Celebrating 8 years living aboard

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

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

Bottom Cleaning your boat in Southwest Florida

Living aboard a boat vs. living on land, how is it different?

Choosing the right liveaboard boat

The costs of living aboard

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!

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 | 0 Comments

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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Post-holiday cruising in SWFL

January 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Every year, right after Christmas we always take some time to get in some cruising. With both of us working full-time and having a teenager with his own busy schedule, we haven’t really had the time to get off the dock as much as we would like. Post holidays is always a great time for us to get off the dock with the extra time off and things winding down some with my business. This...

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Creative lights, festive attire and holiday cheer at the FMB Christmas Boat Parade

December 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

One of the great things about living aboard at Salty Sam’s Marina is that we get a front row seat to the staging of the annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Every year the parade starts at Salty Sam’s with boaters adding their last minute decorations or checking the lights before heading out on the water to follow the parade route. The parade returns to Salty Sam’s where we get to view all the...

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Off the dock and to Franklin Locks!

December 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

As I mentioned in my previous post, the day after Thanksgiving we finally got off the dock for the first time in 6 months. That was quite a long spell for us to be docked since we typically cruise a lot more often even if only getting out for the weekend. We’ve been so busy with work and traveling that cruising took a back seat for a while. With red tide still being in the...

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Life gets in the way sometimes

December 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Hi there. Remember me? I used to post quite regularly here about cruising and living aboard. I have to say that you really haven’t miss much since my last post back in May. Where has the time gone? It seems like life sometimes just gets in the way of our cruising and posting regularly. With a teenage boy, we’ve come to realize now that sometimes his schedule doesn’t always coincide with our cruising plans. That,...

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