SV AKIA

Selling out and sailing on.

This site is our story of moving off land and onto the sea. Enjoy.

Retireing seemed like a land FAR FAR AWAY just a few years. Of course, like most everyone else, we should have considered our options sooner, decided our course sooner, started our planning sooner, and started saving our money sooner. Yet, here we are standing in the doorway, looking out at that day when we can close the door behind us as we get onboard our boat.

We didn't really get serious about it until this past year when Judy suggested we retire on a boat. All our married life we enjoyed Judy's hopes and dreams, her passions for horses and motorcycles which I also enjoyed. With those lifestyles behind us, she is encouraging us to now fulfill a longtime dream of mine, to live on a boat. Initially we considered a power boat, 42 ft or a bit larger. But the thought of having to calculate fuel consumption and costs were not something we wanted to have to sit down and figure out everytime we wanted to go somewhere. And we want to go lots of "somewheres" and some indeed FAR FAR AWAY. A sailboat seems the logical choice for our retirement lifestyle. A sailboat approximately 42 ft LOA (length over all), either a sloop or cutter rig. Not a ketch or yawl, although I like the way they look, I don't want the added costs and physical handling requirements.

Once the decision was made the planning began in earnest. We sold our Harleys, the 24' party barge and pickup,

truck and boat

and virtually everything we owned. We initally thought of downsizing to a condo but the costs were too high. We ended up puchasing a 2004 Itasca Sunflyer

LC AKIA

which we have lovingly named LC AKIA (Land Cruiser) and sold our home.

We purchased a 2012 Nissan Rogue after we sold the truck and we sold our 2015 Dodge Journey Crossroad and bought a 2006 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Neither the Rogue or the Journey were towable and traveling for hours to spend days in an RV park with no transportation was not good.

Shocking? Yes. Drastic? Yes. But drastic times take drastic measures and we felt this was necessary to achive our financial goals to prepare for our cruising lifestyle. We have already been traveling to various marinas in Washington and in Texas and looking at a variety of sailboats, monohulls and catamarans, center cockpits and aft cockpits, newer production boats like Hunter, Beneteau, Jenneau, Lagoon, and older classics Morgan, Hans Christian, Camper and Nicholson, Tayana. We like some things and don't like other things but that is what buying anything is all about, compromises.

We have some good friends who invited us to move the motorhome onto their property. They provided all the hookups for RV living. What a blessing to have such kind and generous friends. We plan to stay in the motorhome until we buy and move onto the boat. Getting familiar with the 12 volt systems, battery charger/inverter, fresh water tank and black water holding tank management, solar panels and controller, etc. The systems are similar for both. We have been to several places in Washington, Oregon and Idaho visiting RV parks. We plan to use the motorhome to travel and check out prospective boats. We will update our journey via this BLOG and a upcoming VLOG as well as our YouTUBE channel (links below) of the same name: SV AKIA.

We came up with SV AKIA as our boat name in a round about way. I initially wanted Rogue something or other but every name I came up with was already taken. Judy suggested we combine the places we were living when we met. I was in Anchorage, Alaska while she was in Moville, Iowa. I suggested Anchorville which, for some strange reason, Judy nixed immediately. Next we thought of AKIA which is the abbreviations of the two states, AK for Alaska and IA for Iowa. We found no active sites or boats named SV AKIA so we adopted it for our own. It just so happens, there is an interesting definition for AKIA on the Urban Dictionary.

Follow along with us on our journey. We hope that you find it intersting, educational, and maybe amusing at times.