(CNN) — Imagine casting off most of your worldly possessions to live on a sailboat you bought on the Internet — perhaps without even seeing it, or knowing how to tie a knot or hoist the mainsail.
For some newbie sailors who embarked on boat life during the pandemic, the past year provided an unexpected push to make what may have once seemed unattainable suddenly within reach.
Randi Hitchcock was 30 days into lockdown last April with her family in Colorado Springs, Colorado, when she hit the wall.
“The hours upon hours we had been sitting in the house when we weren’t walking our dogs on an essential trip to the park made us think long and hard about our future,” says Hitchcock.
After a few family discussions with her husband, Steve, and their then 12-year-old son, Cody, the Hitchcocks decided to sell most of their things, put their house up for rent and head to St. Augustine, Florida.
There, they moved onto the 38-foot catamaran, Konstantina, that they bought “sight unseen” for roughly $125,000 off Facebook.
Cody, Randi and Steve Hitchcock (from left to right) have been living aboard their catamaran.