Let's help fix Inelia's boat home

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Inelia Benz  NEAH BAY, WA


UPDATE:
I would like to THANK everyone who has supported us to get Ilaria back in shape! You are so awesome and you got us over a very big and what looked like insurmountable crisis.
We are going to close this fundraiser page now, as have Ilaria in a safe and stable state for the foreseeable future. Again thank you SO MUCH!!!

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In my life, I haven't really "asked for support" for a personal project. The support I request is usually for a collective need, such as the Global Ascension Center, or Ascension101. But for personal support, there was never an opportunity for me to actively ask for support. When I heard how much money it will cost to repair some key areas of our boat's hull (which is our home), the first thing I thought of was, "I'll ask for support from my audience, start a crowdfunder or something like that". Which was soon after blocked by... "how does one do that?" And then I hit a program which said, "asking for help for your personal life is wrong".

When I looked at that program I was really surprised it was there because the individuals who follow my work, and hang out with me, are extremely supportive all the time, and would be really happy to be part of an inflow of energy and well being into my personal life. Yet, every time I looked, that program would kick in. It felt artificial and external, but there was something in my own field where it latched on, or it wouldn't have affected me.

So, I asked a bunch of friends at Walk With Me Now to look at this particular program with me. And the energy started freeing instantly.  Before I knew it, I was ready to ask! The block was very simple, it assumed limits and lack of where the support could go, and projects that benefited others were "more important" than my basic physical needs.

How come we live on a boat?

I had been asked by Source, Gaia, the Human Collective, to stay, live and work in California for many years. But at the start of 2014, it asked me to leave. In fact it was very insistent that I leave! But by now I had been in California for nearly 10 years and had a life there.  Two of my children live there, my ex-husband and close friend lives there.  And I had nowhere else to live. So, I procrastinated moving out. The result was that I got extremely sick for months. There were a couple of close calls, when I nearly didn't make it.

But I stayed!

In September 2014, I had the opportunity to spend some hours with my friend Larry.  A man who lived all the way up on the very tip of Washington State, so we didn't get to hang out very often.  We'd originally met in 2011, at one of my public events. He was then very active in most events, volunteering, helping out and even organizing some too. We also became collaborators on a couple of projects, and would often hang out with friends. He was like a brother to me. Or one of the girls. Completely invisible as a man, or possible partner. In fact, the thought was so ridiculous, when someone finally verbalized it to me after a mutual friend's birthday party (they thought we were secret lovers), I thought it was hilarious and also impossible.

Normally, when he left California, he would also leave my attention. When he was gone, he was really gone. And he wouldn't pop up in my attention field until he sent me a text or Facebook message. But this time, this time not only was his visit different (I noticed two things: one that he was a man, and the other that he was extremely handsome), but after he left, he sent a continuous flow of text messages, which meant he did not disappear from my consciousness.

The second day after he left, I looked at all the messages on my phone, and realized that our discourse was not over. That our conversation needed to be had and concluded...

Long story short, some serious fires engulfed the areas around Sacramento, where I lived. My asthma kicked in, and I was not able to procrastinate my exit from California any longer.  I packed my car, my dog, and drove North West toward the coast.  He suggested I travel to where he lives, as the air is clean, cooler and the sea is all around.

It's now February 2015, and we moved in together... onto a liveaboard boat.  Another amazing surprise is that living on a boat on the sea was one of my most cherished dreams. A dream I had actually given up on. When we tried to rent a house, any house, we found really crazy blocks coming up. We realized we were not looking for the right thing. Then his mother said to me, “why not a houseboat?” And I thought... whoa, that is one of my life long dreams.  So I asked him if he wanted to live on a boat. And guess what! That was his lifelong dream too... figures.

We found an amazing boat - a beautiful wooden trawler-yacht from 1961 designed by William Garden. The price was really low, so we didn't have to get into debt to buy it due to the extensive repairs it needed.  Some planks in the hull have dry rot, as do some ribs, and the "house" needs a bunch of caretaking done too.
When we posted our predicament in Walk With Me Now, someone immediately volunteered to help us with the house repairs. So that brings our total bill down many thousands of dollars (thank you Hopi!!)

This campaign is to repair the hull, which can only be done by shipwrights (expensive) and it will make our new home sound and safe to be in the water.
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Update 19
Posted by Inelia Benz
3 months ago
I would like to THANK everyone who has supported us to get Ilaria back in shape! You are so awesome and you got us over a very big and what looked like insurmountable crisis.
We are going to close this fundraiser page now, as have Ilaria in a safe and stable state for the foreseeable future. Again thank you SO MUCH!!!
Ilaria safe and sound at Makah Marina
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Update 18
Posted by Inelia Benz
20 months ago
We are in the water! but not quite mobile yet, as we have to wait until the wood swells in the hull and all the leaks stop. We were out so long the wood dried up and shrank. This is "normal" for a wood boat, it just means hanging in the crane sling for a few hours until all the leaks stop.
Stewart, our project manager, gave me an awesome purple carhartt company jacket, it's super nice! Larry got a t-shirt hehe

Theadora went into the engine bilge today, silly kitty, we knew it had to happen sooner or later as she likes to get everywhere. We cleaned her up and now she's getting happy again.

Gaia decided to support us by providing Larry with two really good fishing trips, so we were able to pay our bill! Not all the areas were fixed in Ilaria, but at least we got all the dangerous areas sorted out :) And we gave her a really good coat of paint, she looks stunning!

I'm putting a video together and it will probably be ready tomorrow :)
new jacket!
Ilaria on her way to the water...
nearly in!
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Update 17
Posted by Inelia Benz
21 months ago
Oops! We didn’t have enough money to leave the shipyard on Friday.
The invoice we had was dated the 29th, but did not include last week’s work. The total payable was more than we had, so the shipyard owner won’t put us in the water.

That’s OK though, as Friday, when we were meant to go, was very windy, or maybe it was windy so we could stay longer… one never knows.

The total has come to over 34K

We kept the amount lower than it would have been by doing a lot of the work ourselves. It’s been a really heavy duty two months, but it has also given us the opportunity to really get to know Ilaria close and personal.

Plus get nice strong muscles on our arms and legs hehe

The plan now is to go in the water next Wednesday the 6th of May. If you want to come over and watch Ilaria be launched back into the water, and take a tour, do come over! If they change our day again, we will let you know :)

It might happen Tuesday… or Thursday… Or next week… Whenever it is optimum for us to leave here.

Theadora has been growing really fast, she’s already the size of an average cat, and she’s only 3 months old. Super sweet too. She’s becoming a bit of a celebrity at my account in instagram! If you want to receive daily personal updates on her, and us, and also get some photo collections as we travel around the planet, my instagram channel is @ineliabenz, see you there!!
yesh I'm cute...
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Update 16
Posted by Inelia Benz
21 months ago
Today is Thursday 30th of April and we were supposed to be back in the water, but the shipyard took in a couple of million dollar barges to fix and they got dips on the crane and staff for the day.

So we are spending another day on dry dock.

Yesterday we had Larry’s parents come over to help out preparing the top of Ilaria for painting and do other heavy duty work, thank you guys!

Now the bottom paint is on and the top is all ready to be painted. As we are staying here for another day, we decided to go ahead and finish what we had planned to do on the water while we are still here.

We also found a storage bench in the yard with a “Free” notice on it, so we took it. The parents removed some storage boxes on the roof that were rotted through, and we will put the bench there.

Theadora is settling in really well, video included :)

When we go back in the water, we will need to spend a few hours hanging in the crane sling. This is because we have been out so long that the wood on the hull is drying up, causing lots of cracks to appear as it shrinks. This means that for the first couple of hours in the water, we will have some leaks into the hull. But that should pass very quickly as the wood gets wet and swells up again.

We didn’t get to finish all the work that needs doing, but have done all the essential parts, and the areas that were dangerous. After this, we will finish what’s left over at the marina. Thank you all for participating and making this project possible! Your support and beautiful messages have been super amazing.

Hugs

Inelia
awww
see the bench on the botton right?
preparing for bottom paint...
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Julie Masters
21 months ago
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Thank you Inelia it is so fun to hear the update and see the pictures - I especially like the one of you and the kitten!

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Michèle Milaras
21 months ago
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I'd like #4, Road less traveled. Thank you for all you do! :)

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Hanna Kutcher
21 months ago
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#3 Father and daughter. Thank you. :-) It reminds me that though my goal may be the horizon, I may have to take an unexpected bridge to get there (and one that doesn't look like it will lead me where I want, but does).

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Monika Tomíčková
21 months ago
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Father and daughter. Thanks!

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Alex Ivanov
21 months ago
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I've chosen №3 Father & Daughter, thank you, Inelia! Wish you luck and lots of love you spread to come back to you!

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Guerina Pellizzi
22 months ago
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I would love the picture of the Duck Sunset, merci :-)

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Joy Herhold
22 months ago
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I would love the pic the road less traveled....blessings to you!

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Theresa Cline
22 months ago
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The sea is agreeing with you. You are looking much clearer. Much love to you and your mate.

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Theresa Cline
23 months ago
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You look so at home and happy on your boat. I'm so happy for you two.

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Julie Masters
21 months ago
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Thank you Inelia it is so fun to hear the update and see the pictures - I especially like the one of you and the kitten!

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Michèle Milaras
21 months ago
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I'd like #4, Road less traveled. Thank you for all you do! :)

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Hanna Kutcher
21 months ago
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#3 Father and daughter. Thank you. :-) It reminds me that though my goal may be the horizon, I may have to take an unexpected bridge to get there (and one that doesn't look like it will lead me where I want, but does).

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Monika Tomíčková
21 months ago
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Father and daughter. Thanks!

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Alex Ivanov
21 months ago
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I've chosen №3 Father & Daughter, thank you, Inelia! Wish you luck and lots of love you spread to come back to you!

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Guerina Pellizzi
22 months ago
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I would love the picture of the Duck Sunset, merci :-)

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Joy Herhold
22 months ago
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I would love the pic the road less traveled....blessings to you!

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Theresa Cline
22 months ago
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The sea is agreeing with you. You are looking much clearer. Much love to you and your mate.

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Theresa Cline
23 months ago
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You look so at home and happy on your boat. I'm so happy for you two.

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