Well its been a while since I've written and life has dragged me on to its roller coaster again and suddenly my whole year has been booked up. I guess the big news is that Kuhela is no longer for sale!! There were a few things that lead me down the road to staying on my tiny floating home. Firstly the right people never came forward to take her on their adventures, a few people did, but none of them were the right ones. There was no way I could leave her to be tied up at the dock with someone that has no idea of what to do with her. It had to be the right people, and when the time is right, it will be. With a bit of research I also found a way to get around the tax issue that was looming with keeping her here in NZ and found that by keeping her a bit longer and importing her as part of my personal possessions i could waive the tax due and save myself a bunch of money (be mad not to), and Thirdly I have decided to do that woodworking course I have been looking at in Nelson for the last few years, and will live on board while i study.
Well the big news I guess is that Kuhela is NOT FOR SALE. For a few different reasons I have decided to hold on to her and continue living on board, and having a few more adventures on the way. One of the reasons I was looking at selling her was to free myself up to do different things, maybe buy some land and build a tiny house to have a base somewhere. But the truth is that it is more than a house I want somewhere, it is a home, a place that I belong and that is mine. I’m not sure where exactly that is yet, so would selling Kuhela be the answer for that? maybe not, and why trade my floating home and tiny house I all ready have for something else?
The other issue was the import tax to NZ, My two-year temporary import is up in October this year and with no plans to head back up to the islands at this minute, I would have to foot the bill for the tax due. With a bit of research I found that I could import Kuhela as part of my possessions, as I had moved to NZ for the first time, and that if I kept her for another two years that would wave the import fees, and the money saved there would easily cover the expenses of keeping her for a while longer, and give the opportuinty to explore and adventure around NZ some more.
There was also the fact that the right people had not come forward to take her on her next adventure. To be honest I think the advertising was much to blame for this, (and there was also a lesson learned for me in that, with just leaving things for other people to do without at least checking in sometimes). The people that did come forward were simply not the right people, I would not be selling to just anyone, it would have to be the right person that would continue the many adventures that Kuhela has been on so far. None of the potential new owners fit that bill, and so we never even really came close to parting.
As for me, well I have found my year suddenly booked up and busy. I have decided to go and study and the school of fine woodwork and furniture design in Nelson, http://www.cfw.co.nz/ I have been looking at studying here for quite some time and I kept finding myself coming across links to this course through many different avenues. So one day, when I was having a pretty uninspiring day at work, I decided to give them a call. That way they could tell me the course was full, I had tried and that was that. The only problem with that plan though, was that the course was not full. So after my little road trip to check out the school a few months ago, I made the decision and paid the deposit. Time then seemed to speed up and now I am in the last stages of planning my move to Nelson, and in a new direction in a lot of ways.
With my decision to keep Kuhela came the need to do a bit of work and upgrading, especially as I want to be able to explore the south island, and it gets slightly windy down that way. The standing wire rigging was due to be replaced as well as a few of the halyards and sheets and also the lifelines. I managed to get a pretty good price on the wire and ropes and decided to do most of the work myself, as its far cheaper and you have the benefit of learning as you go. There was also the issue that I had come across earlier that led me to removing and inspecting the bowsprit, and to fix that would require some serious boat yoga in the anchor locker while I fiberglassed in a new support beam for the fore deck. I actually didnt get any pictures of this while i was in there working, as being stuffed in a small hole, trying to work with fibreglass and epoxy doesn't really lend itself to taking pictures. the joys of working alone. but as you can see from the following pictures there isnt alot of room in there.
Its has been interesting to me the way that a step back and some time away from Kuhela has brought about a huge change in the way I was looking at things. A few months ago I couldn’t bring myself to think about spending winter on board, living on a mooring in the south island. To be back to the routine of keeping a close eye on resources, having to hand carry water from shore, making sure the batteries are full, being aware of how much fuel I have, having to use the dingy to get to shore, or to load things on board, and dealing with the weather in a place where you can see snow capped mountains from the harbor. Now, however, I am looking forward to it, It will be just another chapter in the adventure, and by living this way I can cut my cost of living to next to nothing while studying. We will see how my enthusiasm is holding up halfway through winter, but for now I am taking things as they come and looking forward to this next adventure.