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.

That was then and this is now. Covid delayed us for a year but, we sold the RV and the Jeep Wrangler in 2020. Judy's employer closed due to covid and she moved onto the boat in September of that year. I retired on April 1, 2021 and moved onto the boat as well. We have made some additional major upgrades to AKIA. We installed a 6KW northern lights diesel generator, a Splendide combination washer/dryer, we installed an arch on the stern with solar panels, moved the radar to the arch and sold the gimbaled rad mount on the back stay. We replaced the AGM batteries with Lithium Iron Phosphate, and added a 4KW battery charger/invertor. We modified the back edge of the keel which solved some cavitation issues.

In May I succesfully completed the Captains training exams. We joined the Panama Posse this year and will head south in August, and plan to go through the Panama Canal in January 2022. If things go well, we may continue up the east coast and cross the pond to the Med. Time will tell.

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