A family of 5 now calls a 42-foot sailboat home even though they've never sailed before. Take a look inside.
- With no
sailingexperience, this couple moved their family of five to live on a boatin 2019.
- They reassessed what was important to them and now homeschool their children while sailing.
- They love exploring the world from their 2-bedroom boat even though they've faced difficulties.
Many people dream of selling their possessions and traveling the world, but this family of five is actually doing it.
Samantha Kalil, 28, and her husband, Aaron, 31, had spent years chasing the American dream. They were pursuing successful careers, saving up for a house, and dreaming about expensive cars.But the couple hit a crossroads when they had to decide whether they wanted to continue living in downtown Boston or move to the suburbs.
He said he tossed around the idea of living on a boat, but never expected it to result in a full-time move.
It didn't take the couple long to decide to move onto a boatSamantha didn't initially jump at the suggestion.
"When Aaron threw out the idea of living full-time on a
With no sailing experience behind them, the couple took a leap of faith
You may think that Samantha and her husband had years of boating experience, but the couple had never even been sailing before.
They didn't let this stop them from chasing their dreams and they taught themselves how to sail during summer 2019.The first few months onboard was spent learning how to get off the dock and sailing while the sun was up.
Fast-forward to today, and the family has managed to sail from Boston up to Maine, where they stayed in the Acadia National Park area for the summer.
"It was magical and filled with other boats filled with kids," Samantha said.Their next goal was to make their way down the East Coast to the Bahamas just in time for Christmas, which they achieved.
Although it isn't big, the boat has everything they need
Before moving, the family downsized and reassessed what was important to them.Their 42-foot sailboat has two bedrooms, one bathroom, a galley, and two settees around a table.
The limited space meant they had to cut the kids' toys down to the necessities. Indoor toys, like blocks and dolls, were replaced with outdoor ones - snorkeling gear, fishing rods, and paddleboards."We've also learned to utilize space better. In such small quarters, you don't want any wasted space," Samantha added. "Our favorite space on the boat is our cockpit, a.k.a our outdoor patio/living room. This is where coffee is sipped in the morning and sundowners are drunk in the evening with new friends," Samantha told Insider.
Although the space is small, they've added some personal touches, like flowers and paintings, to the boat to help it feel like home. Next they want to add some jellyfish wallpaper to the kitchen.
To make this experience work, the parents are homeschooling their children
Out on the ocean, no day is the same since the family's daily experiences depend on where they are.But Samantha and Aaron still try to keep a light schedule to provide their children with structure.
The kids are currently being homeschooled, which Samantha said has been "interesting." She told Insider she's been able to do six hours' worth of schoolwork in about three hours.
She also said she's had to get creative to deal with the challenges of homeschooling since her kids vary in age and it's difficult to keep them all focused at once. Still, for her, the freedom has been worth it."We love having the freedom to take our kids out exploring, hiking, fishing, and sailing during the week," she said.
"We certainly don't have it all figured out in this department but the best advice we got from another cruising family was to figure out what interests your child and work their schooling around that," she added.
The couple also decided to make some career changesTo make this experience work, Samantha stopped working once they started cruising. Aaron has a wealth-management practice that doesn't require him to be in one place.
"Originally, we had planned to spend six months in the Bahamas and while there I'd work remotely the best I could," Aaron told Insider.When the global pandemic hit, his plans changed and he now intends to work remotely indefinitely while he travels with his family.
Their journey hasn't always been sunshine and rainbowsAlthough the last year and a half has been a dream for the couple, it hasn't been without difficulties.
The pandemic hit seven months into their big
Although their goal is to explore each new destination as much as possible, they're also trying to be responsible."Things in Nassau are pretty devastated from COVID. Almost all businesses and restaurants we've seen are shut down, and there are basically no tourists on the island except other boaters," Samantha explained.
"We plan on staying in Exuma for a few months to isolate with other boaters while we ride out this COVID madness," she added. "It's during times like these that we miss friends and family back home."
They've also faced challenges at sea.In one incident, their anchor dragged in high winds at 1 a.m., forcing Samantha and Aaron to get out of bed and relocate in the middle of Hurricane Isaias. With the help of another cruising family, they were able to grab a mooring in the dark.
The family also got caught in a lobster trap in rough seas and spent four hours freeing themselves from it.But Samantha said that these challenges have helped her family build confidence at sea.
"It's not always beaches and margaritas," she added. "Some days it rains, stuff breaks, and things go wrong but every day begins and ends together as a family."
The family's life has completely changed - and they couldn't be happierAlthough there have been highs and lows, making the decision to drop everything and hit the high seas has completely changed the family's life. Even though they don't always have access to things most people take for granted - including grocery stores, laundromats, and Wi-Fi - it has taught them to be prepared for whatever may come.
"My favorite part is the freedom we have to go and explore the world. While we've only sailed around the East Coast of the US, we often talk about all the places we'll visit over the years," Aaron said.
Their best advice for anyone else who dreams of following in their footsteps and living on a boat full-time is to just dive in."Don't wait. There are a million excuses why you can't do it - money, lack of experience, kids' ages, schooling, family. Just jump in headfirst and everything will sort itself out," Samantha told Insider.
Read More:I visited Las Vegas during the pandemic and was shocked how much it still felt like the Sin City I remember
- Best pulse oximeters to keep a check on your SpO2 readings
- Poaching doubled during the lockdown in India due to the 'three F's', and these are the animals most under threat
- Android 12 Developer Preview 3: All the upcoming user-facing features revealed
- These are the hottest fintech and crypto jobs in India right now
- There is a virtual lockdown in the world’s fourth largest automobile market