Crafton Family Spends 7 Years At Sea

August 5th, 2010 - 1:27 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Aug 4 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Seven years at sea has finally come to an end for the family of five, who spent the time in a cabin that didn’t have much more room than a mini van. The Crafton family left out in 2003, and sailed around the world together for seven years, as their children grew up together.

During the 83 months, the family traveled 30,000 miles and visited such places as Papua Nw Guinea, and even went to a village where no white man had ever been seen before. The patriarch if the family, Tom Crafton, a former family psychologist claims that the voyage has brought them much closer together.

“We just seemed to get along better the longer we were out there. The day we moved onto the boat, the sibling rivalry stopped. I don’t think they ever complained, not once,” Tom stated.

Tom and his wife, Kathleen, who was an ICU nurse had managed to achieve great success with two careers in their home in Anchorage, Maryland by 2003. Instead of feeling accomplished with all of the things they had, they were left feeling empty and frustrated. “We looked at each other and said, ‘What the [expletive] are we doing?’”, Tom Crafton stated. So they sold everything they had and learned how to sail in Florida.

They all claim to ave lived happily in the tiny space. “I would never trade the time we had to raise our kids out there, seeing the world through their eyes, being together 24/7,” Kathleen said of her trip, “But now it’s time for them to come back and learn more about their own country. They need to start their own lives,” she stated, referring to her 15, 18 and 22-year-old children. “And plus,” she laughed, “we’re flat broke.”

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