Our Maiden Trip (sailing south)

S/V Margarita's Maiden Trip Norfolk, VA to West Palm Beach, FL

Side Note***
This post is about one year late...but I'm FINALLY ready to update and MAINTAIN  our blog! Thank you for your patients through this past year of CRAZINESS!!!
October 2017-

We knew from the moment we did our sea-trial on S/V Margarita, that she was perfect for our family! With LOADS of EXCITEMENT we made the purchase... making her our new home, and the KEY to our next BIG ADVENTURE!
We only had 5 days in the boat yard to prepare her for the "first voyage"... but with new batteries, bottom paint, and some minor cosmetic work; she was ready to set sail. 
 Due to Leeanne's work contract in CO her and the Krew (the kiddos) could not make the maiden trip, but would meet up in St. Augustine for Thanksgiving, which was our first planned stop along the way. This was the "PLANNED" stop anyway!!!

Lesson: 1   DON'T MAKE PLANS.... 
When deciding to set sail off shore, choosing good crew m…

Beginning our transition back...FROM LAND TO SEA

For those of you who may have followed us before (as "Sailing Autumn's Wind") you might have found yourself wondering... Where did they go???

Well, if you remember back in late Nov 2015, Ayden fell off the boat in the boat yard and was life-flighted to Miami Children's Hospital. We were in the FL Keys at the time of the accident, just finishing the refit of our Morgan 33' Classic "Autumn's Wind". 

Lets just say that the accident turned out to be huge GAME CHANGER for us!!! To make a VERY LONG, BITTER story short and sweet...we found ourselves at a crossroad! We could sell the boat (we just finished refitting) and move inland to seek better medical attention... or stay, and watch our son continue to slowly deteriorate. At the time of our decision, Ayden's neuropathy had become neuritis (a lot of medical terminology not really needed for this blog post) and it had moved from his extremities, into his face. The moment his Pediatric Neurosurgeon menti…