The Name Game

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 


    • Sonia on December 3, 2014 at 3:37 am
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    Xanadu is pretty cool! Love the update. Be safe and go well xx

    • Cronje van Zyl on March 24, 2015 at 8:17 pm
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    Wow, this is soo cool. . You are so brave and in return you will have the most amazing experience.
    I will keep following your journey.

    Safe and fun sailing.

    Cronje van Zyl

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