Wood rail rehab on the Blue Turtle

Bottom Cleaning your boat in Southwest Florida

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Choosing the right liveaboard boat

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Live aboard marinas in southwest Florida

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Blue Turtle is a 1974 40' DeFever Trawler and our permanent home in southwest Florida. This blog is about our journey of living aboard, working full time and raising a boy—while still finding time to cruise. Get to know us—Kim, Randy, Corey and Sophie—and follow our adventure!

Wood rail rehab on the Blue Turtle

April 19, 2021 | 3 Comments

This Florida winter has been a productive one for the Blue Turtle.  Boat projects have been plentiful now that Corey is driving and Randy’s taxi services are no longer needed. Randy has realized that he now has quite a bit of extra time so now he can focus on Blue Turtle. It’s been years since we varnished our rails and they began to peel over the years of neglect. With us both working full time […]

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Blue Turtle crew goes sailing on “Noodin”

February 3, 2021 | 1 Comment

In our last post about spending time at Franklin Locks after Christmas, we mentioned meeting cruising couple Ron and Phebe from Montana. Ron and Phebe spend their winters cruising aboard their 34′ Cabo Rico sailboat named Noodin and their summers living and cruising in their RV. This is definitely a lifestyle to dream of and Randy and I could definitely see ourselves doing the same sometime. Typically, Ron and Phebe cruise to the Bahamas but […]

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Post holiday down time at Franklin Locks

January 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

Every year between the holidays of Christmas and New Years we plan to go cruising. We generally have time off or a reduced amount of work due to the holidays so we like to head somewhere like Cayo Costa or Keewaydin. This year, with red tide in the area along the coast, we decided to head up the Caloosahatchee River to one of our favorite winter destinations, Franklin Lock and Dam. To make our trip […]

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So long, 2020!

December 31, 2020 | 1 Comment

This past year has been a difficult one and the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the day-to-day routine for many of us. With the vaccine finally making its appearance this month, here’s to hoping 2021 will somehow eventually get back to “normal”.  This blog has gone dark since my last post in May about our 8 year anniversary living aboard mostly because there has been no real news to report. We did get off the dock […]

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Celebrating 8 years living aboard

May 21, 2020 | 1 Comment

Every year, the month of May marks our living aboard anniversary and this year it’s been 8 years since buying and moving aboard our trawler, Blue Turtle.  It’s ironic that this month Randy and I have been spent more time on land living in an Airbnb in Jacksonville so he can work at the naval base here. Land living does have it’s advantages like the extra space (and a dishwasher!) but I miss my boat. […]

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trawler anchored by fort myers beach

Scenes of Fort Myers Beach during ‘stay at home’ orders

April 26, 2020 | 1 Comment

Even though our governor issued a ‘safe at home’ order on April 3rd closing down most of the state except for essential businesses, we have been practicing social distancing since mid-March. Randy and I have been off the dock more during this time than any in past years. With every grocery run becoming a potential risk, we’ve just been provisioning for 6-7 days at a time and with our gym being closed, there has been […]

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Ship shape – how to stay in shape while living on a boat

April 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

This post may contain affiliate links Please read our disclosure for more information. Those who know me well, know that fitness has been a lifetime passion for me. Growing up participating in gymnastics and sports had a great impact on me and I have always loved a great sweaty workout. In fact, if I go too many days without some type of exercise I get antsy probably a little difficult to deal with. I admit, I might […]

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Social distancing the live aboard way.…

March 23, 2020 | 5 Comments

This post may contain affiliate links Please read our disclosure for more information. By now just about everyone in the United States has been affected, in some way, by the Coroavirus. We were very aware of the virus the weekend we were at TrawlerFest Stuart and noticed things getting a little weird when we got back. I heard of toilet paper going missing at every single store and didn’t think much of it until the […]

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Another TrawlerFest in the books!

March 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Blue Turtle crew wrapped up another TrawlerFest Stuart the first week of March. This year, we were slated to give our Dry Tortugas presentation on Saturday instead of mid-week like years past. Since it was the weekend, I wasn’t able to attend the Admiral’s Roundtable discussion for ladies to field questions from the group. Still, Randy and I had a great time visiting Stuart for the weekend and attending the show. We were wondering how […]

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We’ll be at TrawlerFest Stuart this weekend – March 6-8

March 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

I’m a little late in posting this but we’ve been invited back to give our Cruising to the Dry Tortugas presentation for our fourth year in a row at TrawlerFest in Stuart, Florida. TrawlerFest Stuart is going on now at the Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina with the educational seminars running Tuesday, March 3 through Saturday, March 7th and the in-water boat show beginning Thursday, March 5th. Randy and I will be there […]

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