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    The Crafton family set off in 2003 for what would become a seven-year journey in their sailboat. The Craftons, from left to right, Kalena, Tom, Kathleen, Ben and Jena.
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    The Craftons sold almost all of their belongings, along with two houses, in order to start their adventure at sea. The named their boat Nueva Vida, which means "new life."
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    The Craftons spent 18 months in New Zealand and even considered staying there permanently at one point.
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    The Craftons often relied on their fishing skills for meals; luckily supplies were rather bountiful.
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    The Craftons on a visit with natives in Papua, New Guinea.
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    Over the years the Craftons collected mementos from all of the exotic locales. While in the French Polynesia, they picked up this mask.
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    Tom and Kathy Crafton spend a night at sea, doing a little housekeeping -- repairing their boat?s sail.
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    Ben, at age 11, and Tom Crafton proudly show a fish they caught.
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    Three years later, Ben was already much taller, and the fish they were catching much larger.
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    During the years the Craftons called picturesque coves, like Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas Islands, home.
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    Ben and Kalena Crafton scale the sides of a large sand mountain in North Island, New Zealand, while their father, Tom, and older sister, Jena, look on.
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    When the family crossed the equator on their way to Galapagos, they had a pirate party.
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    The Craftons made sure to pick up traditional local clothing during their visits. At left, the family enjoys a night out in Mauritius, an island off the southeast coast of Africa.
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