Via connections with the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy's boat donation program, SailFuture then became the owner of a 65-foot McGregor fixer-upper. The staff aptly named the vessel Defy the Odds. Their challenge: getting it from Turkey, where it was docked, to Florida. To raise money, Long, Hunter and Thompson launched Vacations with Purpose, a donation-based international charter business, through which they invited donors to come for weeklong sailing adventures in the Med. They raised enough money to make the vessel seaworthy and cover expenses for the delivery home. The boat sailed from Turkey to the Canary Islands in the summer of 2015. A group of eight youth sailed throughout the Canary Islands and Morocco, completing service projects in Casablanca and Rabat. The kids flew home, and the captain and staff made the transatlantic journey in December.