With fine weather coinciding with the weekend for a change I was able to spend some of the hours necessary to get Ebony in the water. I attacked the hull with oxidation remover, hull polish and finally a coat of wax. In the process I discovered a name faintly visible on the stern. Squinting at the barely discernible letters over a the afternoon I was finally able to see what had once been there in three-inch letters – KYBALION – that’s a long way from Ebony. Without a full roster of owners in the thirty years since the boat was built I have no way of knowing when in her history she had been Kybalion., much less why.
And what of the name itself – here’s what Wikipedia provides – The Kybalion: Hermetic Philosophy is a 1908 book claiming to be the essence of the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus, published anonymously by a group or person under the pseudonym of “the Three Initiates”. An early 20th century sacred text seems to be a strange basis for a boat name, perhaps a former owner was a “true believer”. The only other Wikipedia reference is to a hotel in Brazil. Neither seems to be a good reason to use the name for a boat. On the other hand, a white boat named Ebony seems to be a mystery all of its own.