Brian and Karin Trautman have been living on a self-sufficient sailboat for 10 years, and their boat is set up so they can be off the grid in remote places for months at a time with solar and wind power providing electricity, a water maker that turns salt water into freshwater, multiple freezers and loads of storage space for food, and even a small washing machine on board!
Video: living on a self-sufficient sailboat for 10 years
They’ve sailed SV Delos – a 53′ sloop rig ketch – 83,000 nautical miles which is the equivalent of circling the earth at the equator more than 3 times. Their latest adventures include sailing as a family with their 6-month baby, Sierra, and outfitting the boat with a heater so they can explore the Arctic this summer after several years in the Tropics.
Why the name “Delos?”
The name Delos may sound familiar; it is a mythical island off the coast of Greece. The story began long long ago when Zeus, god of the sky, cheated on his wife with a human. Even more disastrous – he got her pregnant. When the half-god-half-human twins were born, Zeus’ wife banned them from being born on any land. Poseidon, god of the sea, took pity and raised a small piece of land from his underwater kingdom for the twins. The island of Delos was a floating oasis for the half God, half-human offspring, and is now our floating oasis.
What makes this world cruising sailboat so special?
She’s a sailing ketch (2 masts) and has enough room to comfortably sleep 6 people. Delos is able to turn salt water into freshwater, sun into energy, provide food and shelter, travel for months on end without visiting a dock, and best of all, be the place we call home.
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