Laura and Mike lived in coastal Virginia before deciding to live on their 45' sloop, "Float On", and sail south on the Atlantic to chase their dream of living and sailing in the Caribbean. After a 12-day ocean journey onboard Float On, with their dog Abby and Mike's dad Tom, they arrived at the small island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, USA which they decided to make their home. Like others before, Laura and Mike had fallen in love with the tiny tropical island for its culture, friendly and supportive people, and its striking lack of high-rise hotels and cruise ship ports. Laura and Mike quickly became a strong part of the community, creating the business Float On Sailing Charters, donating time and resources to charity organizations like the Vieques Humane Society and the Vieques Navy League, and creating lasting relationships and friendships. Laura and Mike are mostly known for their love of sailing and the sea, a passion they enjoy sharing with others onboard Float On.
When hurricane season began, like everyone else on Vieques, Laura and Mike prepared well and when multiple category five storms struck, they were safe and secure. Their sailboat, Float On, which had brought them safely 1500 nautical miles on the North Atlantic to the Caribbean, and seen them safely through many a rough sea survived both storms.....
.....only to be boarded... looted... and sunk after Hurricane Maria passed!
She was a beautiful vessel which brought so much joy to so many friends and family while being home and business for Laura and Mike and now she has been taken from their lives.
Anyone who knows boats like Float On, knows that insurance will never cover the expenses of replacing and rebuilding what Laura and Mike had. So many people have asked what they can do to help and what Laura and Mike need right now, so we have started this GoFundMe site to allow anyone who can, to help Laura and Mike regain what they have lost and continue their dream together.
Please help refloat Float On by donating. At the very least, you can contribute to this cause by sharing the link to this GoFundMe and helping spread the word.
Thank you so much!
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