Among cruisers there are a number of acronyms and terms used to describe the conditions and situations that are unique to the cruising life. It’s the same amongst R.V. Folks or pilots or quilt makers – a unique area of interest invites a unique vocabulary.
Hence my title: C.L.O.D. Stands for “Cruiser Living On Dirt”. And that would be us.
There are others, of course, but not many that have found their way into our lexicon. “Swallow the anchor” describes the act of giving up cruising entirely, selling the boat, getting a house, accepting a job… Scary stuff.
And then there’s “DH”, used by female sailors to refer to their male partners. Sometimes it stands for “Dear Husband”, sometimes “Dumb Husband”, and sometimes… Well, you get the idea.
But being a CLOD is assumed to be temporary. Some CLOD’s, it’s true, have actually sold their boat, but they are understood to be between boats, not through with them.
In the case of Sionna’s crew, however, we are literally “between” boats. “Boats” plural!
Sionna is, of course, stored in Florida, and we hope she’s safe and sound and eagerly awaiting our return. In the meantime, however, we’ve got this other boat here in Maine, a boat we thought had left our lives for good.
Honfleur is a Tanzer 7.5 (meter). She came to me back in 2008 as a “free” boat – and I’ve been spending money on her ever since. We sold her last spring, but some big life changes happened for the woman who bought her, and by last November she’d come back to us, looking for a home…
So in between working at carpentry and heat pump installations for me and job searches for Nicki, we’ve been working on cleaning up the “Little Boat”, as we’ve come to call her, and are rather looking forward to having a boat to play with around the harbor on a nice day. Working and income creation come first, but it’ll be nice to slip out for an afternoon on the water now and gain, while we prepare for the next phase of Commuter Cruising.
CLOD’s we may be, but we’re also TBNH’s: “Two Boats, No House”!