Crafton Family Comes Back Home After 7 Years At Sea

August 7th, 2010 - 7:00 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
familyAug 7, (THAINDIAN NEWS) While most of us will love to go on a vacation for a week or two on a small private vessel, there is no doubt about the fact that spending seven precious years on sea is something which most of us will never imagine or dare to do. However, that is what an American family has done. Tom Crafton and Kathy Crafton along with their three children have traveled across the world on their 43-foot sailboat named Nueva Vida. Over the past seven years the family had sailed 30,000 miles and visited more than 20 different countries. The family has recently come back to their homeland after running out of money in June.

Tom Crafton who was a child psychologist and Kathy Crafton a nurse left their respective jobs in Alaska and also sold their house to sail out on sea. The family of five sailed out in 2003 from Maryland. Nueva Vida passed through the Panama Canal and to New Zealand. The family spent a year and a half in New Zealand. Crafton family had during their voyage met rural tribes of New Guinea, Papua and climbed a mountain in South Africa. However, the journey was not all that flowery and the family had to live in a cramped space where they could touch the ceiling. They survived five hurricanes and ate canned tuna for 43 days at a stretch.

However, both Tom Crafton and Kathy Crafton maintain that they took the decision to sail out as they wanted to be with their children and see them grow from proximity. Kathy Crafton said to a media source that she did not want her children to be like those teenagers who are more attached to telephones and televisions than to their parents.

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