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Seven at Sea

Why a New York City Family Cast Off Convention for a Life-Changing Year on a Sailboat
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Erik and Emily skillfully reveal that it is possible to live big on a shoestring budget while giving their family an astonishing education in adventure, creativity, purpose, and grit.

Working the night shift as a temp in a high-rise cubicle, Erik Orton knew something had to change. He felt the responsibility of providing for his wife and their five children, the youngest with Down syndrome, but craved a life that offered more than just surviving.

Watching the sailboats on the Hudson River during his sunset dinner breaks, Erik dared to dream. What would it be like to leave the hustle of the city and instead spend a year on a sailboat, somewhere beautiful, as a family? Despite having no sailing experience, his wife Emily's phobia of deep water, and already stretching every dollar to pay rent and buy groceries, the family of seven turned their excuses into reasons and their fears into motivation. Sure, they would miss their friends, they could go broke, they could get injured or die. Worst of all, they could humiliate themselves by trying something audacious and failing. But the little time they still had together as a family, before their oldest daughter left for college, was drifting away. The Ortons cast off the life they knew to begin an uncertain journey of 5,000 miles between New York City and the Caribbean, ultimately arriving at a new place within themselves.

A portrait of a captivating and resilient family and a celebration of the courage it takes to head for something over the horizon, this is a deeply compelling story, told alternately by Erik and Emily, for all those who dream of leaving routine in their wake.

©2019 Erik Orton and Emily Orton (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Most boring book I've read in a long time!

This book was admittedly produced from daily journals, but since nothing much ever happens, it is excruciatingly boring. I was actually hoping that someone would fall overboard just to perk things up!

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  • jennifer
  • san francisco, california, US
  • 08-12-19

Sailing isn't everyone's cup of tea

The whole book, to me, had a tone of the annual letter in the Christmas card from your most religulous extended family.
I neither admire or abhore the family, they just are very "city" and very Mormon.

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More!

My only complaint is that there's not more. This was a great story about a family adventure we should all experience.
Thank You Ortons.

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Adventurous Family Cruising

I loved reading their Caribbean adventure. It’s inspiring and thought provoking, and certainly took guts to pull off with five children. They are clearly a loving and warm family.

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makes you feel like you could do it, too!

This fun story, in which the authors share their troubles as well as their successes, will make you feel like you can chase your own dreams. while they have the privilege of throwing some money at their problems, it is very much a limited supply just like most of the rest of us. it's empowering to hear just how far this family of 7 could go!

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Unbelievably moving

What a beautiful story of how strength and vulnerability combine to create courage and love. I laughed out loud! I also cried from sadness, worry and joy. It’s hard to believe it’s true but that is why it is so inspiring.

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Very Nice

Fun and thoughtful. The story is interesting and includes meaningful thoughts and ideas. It is worth reading.