Us, the boat, etc.

The People

Matt, Jen, Conrad and Mark are from Chicago and started living aboard in 2012 when Conrad and Mark were 6-1/2 and 5 years old. They both love nature and the beach. They keep begging to become stranded on a deserted island somewhere so we can build our own shelter (I think we have enough Lego to accomplish this) and find our own food. Yes, we are homeschooling. No, we don't have TV, for the most part. No, we are not crazy, as far as we know.

Much of Matt's sailing experience comes from helping race his friend Ken's Reliance 12 Metre on Lake Michigan, as well as smaller vessels. He also learned a good amount about Privileges, having had the opportunity to sail them during the buying process. Jen has sailed a Pearson 26 and O'Day 21, as well as Sunfishes and Hobie cats.

Contact us through Facebook or Twitter (@SVPerrySails).

  The Boat

Perry is a 1992 Jeantot Privilege 48 catamaran. The name is short for peregrine falcon, one of the kids' favorite animals. Here is a post with more details defending the name. See a video tour of the boat here.

Our Location

When we are on passage, you can track our progress through our IridiumGo! and Predictwind at

Click here to see a map of where we have been.

You can go to Marine Traffic and enter '367557260' into the search box to see where we are. There may be a delay because updates are only made when we are in range of a receiver.


  1. Just ran into your mom and dad at the Wilmette sailing beach and they gave us an update on your trip. I'm psyched to see your blog and read about your progress. What an amazing adventure!

    1. Thanks Jill. Congrats on the new addition to your family!

  2. Hi Matt & Jen,

    Thank you for visiting our Atoll Island, Mortlock (Takuu) in Bougainville. Our people have shared wonderful stories about your visit, including Field Trip too.

    The photos you took, I will share on one of our FB pages, Mortlock (Takuu) Island Climate Change Association (MTICCA). We're most likely to be the second 'world climate change refugees' if we don't get any support from outside donors for some of our projects.

    Anyway we hope that you will reach out and tell the world that there's an island that is just about to vanish from the surface of the earth.

    We wish you all the best, and safe journey in all your travels.

    Many thanks,
    David Marena
    MTICCA Inc
    PO Box 263, Buka
    Autonomous Region of Bougainville
    Papua New Guinea

    Mob: +675 70605597

    We hope you

  3. Hi Jennifer, My name is Ruth Migliori, I use to work at LSSI were I met you, I was in the HR dept. I admire and enjoy seeing your adventures with your family...what a wonderful experience, wish I was half as brave to venture out like you. My best to you and your beautiful family.

    1. Hi, Ruth! Of course I know you--it's good to hear from you. Thanks for your kind words. I hope you and your loved ones are well.


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