If you’re not familiar with the life of a mariner, then it might sound a little strange why they don’t allow bananas on the boat.
The reason is quite simple: bananas are bad luck.
Yes, fishermen are a superstitious lot. The fear of bananas on board seems to have its origins in the 1700s, when the Caribbean trade was in full swing. It was believed that boats carrying bananas had to move quickly to deliver the fruits before they spoiled, leaving little to no time for fishermen to troll for fish.
Lots of bananas, but no fishing poles.
Also, back when ships were more rickety and overcrowded, they tended to sink easier. And what do you think would be floating at the top of the wreckage? Bananas, of course.
Spoiling bananas also relates to simpler times in Hawaii. Before modern fiberglass and motorized boats, Hawaiian fishermen paddled out in dug-out canoes. By the time they got out far enough to catch something, the bananas would rot.
Rotten bananas = no food = no fun = no fish = bad luck.
Yet another anti-banana theory has to do with what often comes with bananas: nasty bugs, spiders and snakes. These unwelcome and sometimes venomous critters certainly don’t add to the safety and comfort of crew that’s stuck together in the middle of the ocean.
Some boat crews take “no bananas” one step further by banning anything banana-related including baking such as banana nut muffins or banana bread.
Whatever the story — and whatever you think about it — don’t bring bananas on your next fishing trip. Just go with it. You’ll have a much better chance of catching a fish!
Source: Maui Yacht Charters