The name of our Yacht is SHANG DU.
This was her name when we bought her. The previous owner told us that Shang Du means: “Pleasure Dome.”
“Pleasure Dome”?? Who goes around the world with their four daughters in a boat called PLEASURE DOME???
Our immediate resolve was TO CHANGE THE NAME as soon as possible!
Frans did a search on Shang Du that told us that it was the name of Kublai Khan’s Summer Palace. Also referred to as Xanadu. Coleridge wrote a poem, calling this palace a pleasure-dome…. So, not really, directly, meaning pleasure dome.
AND the name sort of grew on us.
In the meantime, we continued the “Name Game”
Our “Rubber Duck” , to rhyme with Shang Du, is called “Shampoo”.
Our Larger “Rubber Duck” for use in more hectic conditions, is called (of course) “Conditioner”
We also have a “Wind Vane” ** that earned the name “Slim Gert” on our trip to Luderitz last December.
Our “Autopilot”** did NOT work going up to Luderitz, so was promptly named “Dom Gert”. On the way back, it performed really admirably and was re-named “Sterk Gert”
** See our “List of Definitions” for more information