Ahea Kali stands for "Why Wait?". Ahea Kali is Hawaiian as Rene & Michael were married on the beaches of Maui. The graphics on the logo are from the hawaiian heirloom wedding rings they both wear and have a mailea leaf symbolizing love, honor, & respect & a plumeria leaf symbolizing a sacred union.
When we first started to plan this trip, we met so many wonderful people who had either done it or dreamed of doing it. There was one united theme - just do it! Do it now, while you're young and can enjoy it. Don't wait and let it just be a dream. And that's how she got her name.
Nope. Michael has a son already and we are both not interested in any more. Rene’s perfectly happy being the “Aunt” to Gracie & Nolan... We even thought of naming the boat "Instead of kids!" but decided it would be too difficult to say 3 times fast in an emergency over the radio or even worse...confusing...."Rescue us...instead of the kids!" :-)
Pirates do exist, however, the risk is about the same as being mugged in the States. And the pirates out there are looking for the large ‘booty’ to steal, nothing a lowly cruising boat has to offer. Besides, we'll take every precaution we can not to attract attention, and won't carry (or won't flaunt that we're carrying) large amounts of booze, cigarettes, or money on board for anyone to steal. If we lived our life because we were in fear of everything, it wouldn't be much fun.
Of course, it’s a variable, just as being caught in a tornado or earthquake. We’ll watch the weather faxes, listen to the weather nets, and hole up during hurricane season. We’ll take all of the precautions we can as we’re not in a hurry and want to have fun doing it. Besides, I can only hope that Camus was right when he wrote that "what gives value to travel is fear". I suppose that a little dash of fear gives value to more than just travel. For one thing, it can teach us to be brave.
Sadly, Casey passed away. We will not get another pet for some time. His passing was very difficult for us both. He will come with us in spirit & his collar still hangs in the main salon. We miss him a lot.
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The short answer is: as much as you've got. Part of how much you spend depends on what the cost of living is in the areas you cruise, but an even larger portion depends on the choices you make. Will you stay at marinas or anchor out? Eat at restaurants or onboard? Travel by plane to visit relatives or wait to see them until you finally sail home? Buy insurance for every conceivable threat or take your chances? Have a boat full of electronic gadgets that require frequent repair and replacement or become self-sufficient and choose only equipment that is essential and learn how to maintain it yourself? Will you buy imported foods that you are used to or learn how to use cheaper locally produced foods? Will you buy a new budget-busting inflatable dinghy every third year or knock something together out of plywood? The list of choices goes on and on, even to the little things like the crew giving each other haircuts to reusing washcloths for cleanups instead of buying paper towels. Mastering the art of frugal cruising means you have found how to live aboard independently and happily and perhaps even indefinitely. You can do some reading to get ideas on how others cut their expenses. Pete and Annie Hill cover the subject in their book, Voyaging on a Small Income. Other books on the topic include, Sensible Cruising: The Thoreau Approach by Don Casey, Cost Conscious Cruiser, by Lin and Larry Pardey and many others. It's great if you can help support these authors, but I suppose the truly frugal sailor just borrows books from friends!
Some people wonder if we will get bored once we are out cruising and away from the frivolous distractions of the house-bound life we have created. At home we have been moving through our life at a frantic pace, trying to please our boss, family, friends and ourselves and accomplish a thousand tasks a day with an attention span that's shrunk to that of a chimp. Out cruising, we're going to let all that slip away in our wake. If it weren't for navigation concerns, we'd be better off dropping our watch overboard as well.
Actually, there will be plenty to occupy our waking hours. On long passages we navigate, read, cook, exercise, stand watch, & sleep when we can. Once we make landfall, there is the socializing with the locals and other sailors and exploring our new environment. We'll be learning new skills, maybe a new language or two. A surprising amount of time is taken up in the mundane tasks of boat maintenance, fetching water, anchor tending, dealing with the dinghy, shopping and cooking, etc. Even so, we'll want time for our hobbies as well; swimming, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, writing, sketching or painting, learning the guitar and ukulele, photography or whatever. Bored? Not possible unless we are utterly lacking in imagination.