Sailing Family Defends Choice to Raise Children at Sea

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The boat is also equipped with high-tech communication and navigation systems, gallons upon gallons of sunscreen and a trauma-ward medical kit.

Even though the Kauffmans took all the same precautions and ended up helpless in the middle of the Pacific, the Zanibonis still defend their decision and say the Kauffmans were not being irresponsible.

“Mother Nature can do fierce, fierce things,” Carl said. “We live on the water but who’s to say we’re any worse than people who live in New Orleans with hurricanes or Kansas with tornadoes... it’s just our way of choosing to live.”

Although they saved money, the Zaniboni family said it is uncertain how long they can afford to keep up their nautical lifestyle. Despite the challenges, including selling everything they owned on land, the Zanibonis said they have no regrets.

“I don’t want to be that person that looks back and just says that I worked and became a slave to the system and not live. I want to live,” Carly said.

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