Keaiwa Heiau Camping

I am a bit late posting this, but I have been busy with packing, cleaning, and classes. We had our first land adventure earlier this month! It obviously wasn’t our first ever, but it was our first since starting this blog.

We went camping March 11-13 at the Keaiwa Heiau State Park! It was beautiful, and fun, and cold.

We took a roughly 4 mile hike, had hot chocolate with marshmallows, and made smores. Our hike was along the Aiea Loop Trail. It had some incredible views!!! We even got to see the WWII airplane that had unfortunately crashed there on its second flight. We found a Jackson’s Chameleon. The kids, and the Boy Scout Troop we were hiking and camping near, got a history lesson about the plane and a biology lesson before we put him back. The children named him Pickles! Hopefully Pickles has a nice long life and will help educate more hikers.

In our tents, I was freezing!!! I had my wonderful plaid fleece pjs on (in Hawaii) and was curled up in a cold weather sleeping bag. The wind up there seeped through everything!!! Thankfully the hot fire and hot coffee in the morning was amazing! I recommend getting a french press if you don’t have one! Just boil the water and it works like tea! No coffee pot or electric needed. I loved our tent! I got it specifically for this trip because the kids could have their own tent and I would have my dog with me, so Sophia’s teepee style owl tent wouldn’t work for them. I decided on this amazing 3 person tent. It was so easy to put up and I loved the awning in the front so I could keep shoes out of the rain and out of the tent. Then I slept in it. It was sweltering it there!!! I went to open the windows to let in some air, but I quickly realized that the wonderful tent that I loved so much could only have air flow if I go out of the tent and unzip the rainfly from the outside! This major design flaw really ruined the tent for me, so I am now looking into other options! I am always trying to improve our experiences. What I’ve learned from this adventure is that I need a tent with windows that open from the inside (preferably with the awning still), a lantern to see what we are eating if it gets dark quicker than expected, flip flops for everyone in case the ground is rocky at camp so we don’t wear boots the ENTIRE trip, and head lamps for everyone! We already can’t wait for our next trip!

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What to Do, What to Read?!

I read a story about this couple who sold their house and all of their belongings and  started to live on their boat. Before the wife  would agree though, she required  a suitable library to be on the boat. This got me thinking about what I could do in my free time on this live-aboard adventure for a few years! The obvious answer is read!

Just about every time I go to Target, which isn’t really very often, I always seems to get a new book to read! Lugging a whole library of books however doesn’t seem very ideal to have on a boat,  primarily for the weight, but also for the potential sogginess that may ensue. Although I am slightly opposed to the idea of kindles since I really enjoy the feeling of holding a book in my hands and the smell and feel of the paper, I do realize the mobility and potential of a kindle or kindle app to outlast books. I have some books that have fallen to pieces which doesn’t happen to digital versions.

I have been trying to find good, inexpensive or free, books through kindle, and have been fairly unsuccessful. I am trying to budget for a $20 allowance for kindle books! This is so exciting for me because I didn’t want to buy any books, mostly because I wouldn’t want to limit myself! Who needs to pay utilities and bills when you can have books, right!? Is that just me? Possibly. I do need to save for a boat however! I would love suggestions of books I should add to my collection, as well as comments as to what you do in your spare time, if you have any.

Where do I even begin???

I have extremely limited knowledge on boats. All I really know is that I need one that is big enough to hold supplies, preferably still having enough room to be comfortable to live aboard for a few years, and that it needs to be small enough that it can be managed without much effort or concern. Based on what I have come across so far, I am thinking I will need something about 30′, but that could easily change if I see a boat and fall in love with it. Also, some sources say that 40-45′ is recommended for bluewater sailing. I’m not going for speed, so smaller isn’t really necessary. I read about the Caliber 40 LRC, Hylas 46, Island Packet 420, Tartan 3700, and Valiant 42 as being good, affordable bluewater sailboats. The Tartan and Valiant have been fairly prominent in my readings so far, as well as the Westsails.  I also am not sure if I want a catamaran, sailboat, or something else entirely, although I’m also not really quite familiar with what these mean and what my options are! I think I need to start going to weekend boat shows! I am planning to take a basic keelboat sailing class soon, so hopefully I will know more about what I am getting into!!!

How much is this ship going to cost?

I have being researching a LOT about how much I am going to need to save in order to buy and refit a seaworthy boat. Firstly, I want my boat to be as sustainable as possible, so wind power, solar power, and a water maker are priorities, although this will increase the upfront cost. I also read about a composting toilet, which I love the thought of, since I was hoping to be able to grow herbs, lettuce, and tomatoes on board. The issue with gardening on board though, from what I have read, is that you cannot transport soil through customs in many countries. I am curious if a composting toilet could get around this, but that will be a post for another day. With these 4 extras in mind, here is the rough budget I have come up with based on budgets I have come across.

Overall Budget                                                 Estimated
Boat                                                                     $30,000.00
Engine Room                                                    $14,000.00
Boat Yard                                                             $6,000.00
Electrical                                                              $6,000.00
Plumbing                                                              $2,000.00
Galley/Propane                                                   $3,000.00
Dinghy                                                                  $3,000.00
Anchors/Chain                                                    $3,500.00
Navigation Gear                                                  $1,500.00
Boat Equipment                                                   $2,000.00
Safety Gear                                                            $4,000.00
Tools                                                                        $1,000.00
Materials                                                                   $500.00
Cleaning                                                                   $1300.00
Spares                                                                         $500.00
Fridge                                                                       $1,200.00
Wind Generator                                                     $1,500.00
Rigging                                                                    $20,000.00
Lighting                                                                       $500.00
Charts                                                                       $3,000.00
Chart Plotter                                                           $2,000.00
Life Raft                                                                    $3,000.00
Miscellaneous                                                          $1,500.00
Survey                                                                           $500.00
Solar Power                                                               $8,000.00
AC Unit                                                                          $500.00
Water Maker                                                             $6,000.00
Total Refit Cost                                                   $126,000.00

This is definitely achievable if I save $600 every month for the next 20 years, but I also want to have money saved to live off of.

If I call it quits on land and am living entirely on savings, I need a large amount of money stored up! Dani and Tate, who write the blog Sundowner Sails Again (http://sundownersailsagain.com/costs/#fundingthetrip), Jon and Sue from The Hacking Family (http://hackingfamily.com/Cruise_Info/cruising_expenses.htm), and Pat and Ali from Bumfuzzle (http://www.bumfuzzle.com/2013/03/19/what-does-it-cost-to-cruise/) all estimated (or documented) approximately $3000 – $3100 a month on average needed for operating expenses and unexpected costs.

For me to take a 5 year expedition at $3000 a month, I would need $180,000 saved up. That comes out to $750 a month for the next 20 years. At minimum, I would need $1350 saved every month for 20 years to meet these goals, but more is better and a more solid number is just easier, so I am going to try to have my goal set at $1500 per month.

Now I just need to work on how to get that much money each month and make sure I save it, preferably in two separate accounts so that the money for the refit is spent on the refit and I don’t mess with the actual operating savings. I am thinking a long term CD is my best option for the operating cost, since I can’t touch it and it earns high interest! Stay tuned for any developments on how I am going to make this happen!

The Beginning

How did my passion for sailing begin? Where did this idea come from?

I was working on trying to decide on a name for my essential oil “company”. I am a Wellness Advocate through doTERRA essential oils, and my mentor told me that business cards were essential (pun intended) if I want to be an effective sharer and actually see growth in my team. To begin with, I wanted to have a name that would be my email address for all things oils. The beginning of my brand. So I went to Google for help. One of the tips I found was to try to come up with a name that includes your favorite oil. I have so many, that my list was a bit much, including cedarwood, sandalwood, juniper, lavender, rosemary, serenity, and lime, just to name a few. I tried a few combinations, but none really seemed to work. Then I landed on Serenity’s Embrace. Serenity oil was my selling point on essential oils since it got both of the kids to sleep with no fuss! I finally had the perfect name! I loved it! But how does any of this matter to sailing? Well, the sound of it just seemed perfect for the name of a boat!

And so it began. This one name created a spark that quickly ignited a fire in me! My thought process shifted within a week to adjust the course of my life to make this possible. Why don’t I get a boat? Why don’t I get a boat and travel the world? Why don’t I live on a boat and travel the world for years?!?!

Well to start, I have no money for a boat. Also, I have two children, although the more I research, the less I am considering this as a reason to not live aboard. Since this fire has started, I have been reading and researching and thinking and planning and talking to myself, although I try not to do that out loud, and trying to write it all down. And thus, this blog was born! My goal is to shove off in 20 years. I am only 25 now, so I should have plenty of time to save enough money by then, although I hope it doesn’t take that long. I’ll keep you updated on my journeys in the meantime!