The Crafton family has spent the last seven years living in a cabin on their 43 foot sailboat. Dad, Tom, Dad, Kathleen, and their three children, now, 15, 18, and 22, have decided to trade in their sea legs.
The Crafton’s are slowly getting back to on shore ways, but are in no rush to return to normalcy. They have traveled a some odd 30,000 miles in 83 months. aboard the Nueva Vida (New Life).
The time that they spend on the ocean was memorable and proved to be somewhat therapeutic for the whole family. “‘We just seemed to get along better the longer we were out there,” marvels Tom, who turned 50 in May as they crept through the doldrums of the equatorial Atlantic. ‘The day we moved onto the boat, the sibling rivalry stopped. I don’t think they ever complained, not once'” (The Washington Post).
Both Tom and Kathleen left their jobs in the medical field, sold their house, packed up their belongings and boarded a sailboat. Something that will change their lives forever.
So what now? “They plan to stay in their floating cocoon. Tom will home-school Ben; Kathy will begin a nursing job in Baltimore in August. Jena has already joined a choir at a church down the road. Kali, who evolved from an 11-year-old passenger to an ace sailor, multilingual adventurer and published essayist (Cruising World, August 2010), is climbing onto the launching pad. She’s applying to college, working part time, and beginning to meet friends and venture away from her two-mast shelter” (The Washington Post).
Photo: (not the Crafton’s boat) Jupiter Images