Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Update: As the “CLODs” Turn – “Wind Dust” a Nauticat 44 For Sale

For those of you who are asking–CLOD-?-what the-(hashtag)? Well “CLOD” stands for “Cruiser(s) Living on Dirt”. It’s the term, full time cruisers use to describe the next chapter of life living shore side. In other words, it’s the word that scares the proverbial crap out of most of us who exchanged the rat race of life on land for the blue knuckle adventures on the water. Now don’t take this the wrong way – Cruising full time is not for everyone. The lifestyle is akin to camping with some luxuries. Days are consumed with finding places to land the dinghy, hauling water, laundry, groceries, wine, beer (lots of beer), worrying about the weather or the ‘Jackaxe’ anchored too close. That’s the down side. Not referring to the Mega yachts with unlimited budgets and staff you see in magazines and TV Adds. Just the plain old (and I mean Old) sailing vessels or motor yachts that transport people with a strong wonder lust and modest means. The upside is when the view, neighbors or just plain wonder lust tells us it’s time for “Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitudes”, in short order up comes the anchor (or off comes the dock lines) and away goes the urge for change as the hull slides through the water. Change can come with a short half mile move or a transit taking a day, week or longer. It’s truly about the freedom to move your home from one place to another on a whim, your whim!

“Wind Dust”, our home on the water over the past five years of cruising, has provided safety, comfort and reliability as we transited the East Coast of the US and Bahamas. Her pilot house, with her inside helm provide shelter and comfort underway and on anchor from the cold, wind and miserable conditions that can be encountered by every cruising vessel. 

The aft quarterdeck (covered by a large bimini) and helm station provide a comfortable elevated point of view while sailing, motor sailing or on anchor in good weather.

Her deep bullworks, decks and broad teak handrails provide extra safety when the going gets tough and crew has to go forward/or aft to check on sails or anchor rodes. Her flared bow sheds water and her strong 135 hp Ford Lehman diesel pushes her into a head sea with speed and comfort only dreamed about by other larger yachts. Her Finnish design and construction heritage for the North Sea, best helps one understand the type of vessel she is. Her full keel, heavy solid fiber glass hull and deck construction (no wood core), powerful ketch rig, water, fuel capacity and storage makes this vessel a great choice for a long haul cruising vessel.

She has new bottom paint, (May, 2014), Interlux Micron 66. New zincs and paint for Maxipro and SidePower bow thruster. Since we have owned her (September of 2009) this is the 3rd bottom paint job. Not one blister or bare spot to report or repair. In addition to her soft ablative bottom paint “Wind Dust” is also protected by an epoxy barrier coat. Her thru hulls and cutlass bearing were good at haulout. The cutlass bearing was replaced in October of 2009 and remains tight at the May 2014 haul out.

Some of the upgrades to “Wind Dust” since Sept, 2009.

Oct 2009 New Lifeline AGM Batteries, (3 xGPL 8DL ) - 765ah house bank. – 2 x GLP-31 T Lifeline AGM Batteries for Windless and Bow Thruster, 1 x GLP-31 T Starter Battery for Ford Lehman.

Oct 2009 - Fireboy MA2 automatic extinguisher installed in the engine Room.
Oct 2009 – New Waeco 4 cft 12v upright refrigerator.
Oct 2009 – New Westmarine AIS Transceiver
Oct 2009 – New Garmin 545 Chartplotter
July 2010 – New Xantrex Freedom SW 2000 watt inverter/ 100 amp charger.
July 2010 – New Blueseas Main Panel
July 2010 – New Blueseas Charge Relay for Starting Battery
July 2010 – New Blueseas Charge Relay for Bow Thruster and Windlass
July 2010 – New ProMariner ProSport 20 Amp Charger
Feb 2011 – New LED Nav lights and selected LED interior lights
Aug 2011 – 2 New Stern Storage Boxes
Sept 2012 – New bimini
Sept 2012 – Pilothouse cushions recovered with white pleather.
April 2014 – Main Saloon cushions recovered with tropical pattern stain resistant fabric from Spain.

“Wind Dust” is Listed for Sale through Bow to Stern Yacht Services. Interested parties should contact Joe Wright, broker at 252-671-9494 for more complete information or visit the website

Here are a few pictures of "Wind Dust" - 

Wide Angle of Main Salon Looking Forward to Galley, V-Birth and Forward Head

We will dearly miss views like this.

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