Our beloved Blue Turtle is SOLD

9 Years living aboard! Blue Turtle then & now

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Choosing the right liveaboard boat

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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—while still finding time to cruise. Get to know us—Kim, Randy and Sophie—and follow our adventure!

A bittersweet goodbye – Blue Turtle is SOLD

July 15, 2021 | 2 Comments

Well folks, the day has come for us to say goodbye to Blue Turtle, our home of 9 years. She was good to us and gave us many amazing memories and we hope she continues to do that for the new owners, Joel and Nancy. We are super happy that she’s going to a great couple who also plan to live aboard and cruise her. It’s what she deserves after serving us so well. We […]

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Our beloved Blue Turtle is for sale!

June 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

I’m sure this will be a shock to some, especially those who know how much we have LOVED living aboard Blue Turtle for the last NINE years. Rest assured, we are not selling her through any fault of her own. She is the most EXCELLENT live aboard and cruising trawler and we’ve had so many fond memories throughout the years living and cruising with Corey (our son) all over southwest Florida, the Keys and the […]

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9 Years living aboard! Blue Turtle then & now

June 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

It’s hard to believe that we celebrated 9 years living aboard in May. Nine years ago we brought our beloved Blue Turtle home from Longboat Key and nine years later we both agree that it’s been the best decision ever. This year, instead of reflecting back on all the boat projects we’ve done to date or how much we love the lifestyle, I thought we could share the focus on Blue Turtle and show how […]

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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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