Last weekend, we decided to take advantage of some gorgeous Florida winter weather and the Presidents' Day holiday (Corey was out of school for 2 days) and get off the dock for some cruising. My youngest nephew, Ryan, joined us as well since older brother Jack spent his weekend in Bradenton with … [Read more...] about Enjoying Florida winter weather at New Pass
For anyone not following us on social media, we recently posted that my article, "Tortugas Bound!," has been published in the March 2018 issue of PassageMaker Magazine! It's so exciting to see my article and photographs in print! This was such an amazing opportunity to share our experiences … [Read more...] about Blue Turtle & crew published in PassageMaker magazine!
In the past couple of weeks I've had a few folks reach out to us asking for an example of what they should expect to pay for slip rental in marinas in the Southwest Florida area. This post is intended to be a guide on how marinas charge for live aboards and what to look for in your search. The … [Read more...] about Fort Myers Beach live aboard marinas – what to expect to pay
TrawlerFest is PassageMaker’s stand-alone series of boat shows designed for cruising enthusiasts that feature an in-water selection of new and pre-owned cruising powerboats, the latest in marine gear and services, and first-class education & demonstrations. Last year, we were invited to give a … [Read more...] about Blue Turtle crew slated for TrawlerFest Florida 2018
We recently received an email message from a reader asking us the following question: I’m rather new to Fort Myers and we are pursuing boat living! Our only issue is we are complete novices and have never owned nor driven a boat! Where do we begin?? We don’t know anyone here with a boat yet to … [Read more...] about Living aboard a boat … where do we begin?
Happy belated New Year! Hope everyone's holidays were fantastic! Blue Turtle and crew had a short post-Christmas cruise like always, however, this year it was plagued with the flu/cold/crud. Our original cruising plan was to leave Fort Myers Beach the day after Christmas and head north to Cayo … [Read more...] about Another New Year for Blue Turtle and crew
Last weekend marked our third attendance at the annual Fort Myers Beach Boat Parade organized by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Salty Sam's Marina. Last year, we cruised from Snookbight Marina to Salty Sam's to the stay the weekend and enjoy the parade which was being staged … [Read more...] about Lights & festivities abound at the annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade
This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our Disclosure for more info. Holiday shopping can be a stressful thing sometimes when you're searching for that perfect gift for someone. It can be even more taxing trying to find gift ideas for folks who live aboard full or part time. With … [Read more...] about 10 Gift ideas for boaters and live aboards
Since we had an extra day with the Thanksgiving holiday, we decided to cruise out to Franklin Lock and Dam this past weekend. We've made this trip several times in the past and usually it's once cooler weather arrives. We love visiting here because it is a different landscape from the beaches we … [Read more...] about Post Thanksgiving trip to W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam
After 3 sweltering summer months (Aug.—Oct.) we finally made it off the dock last weekend. Enjoying some wonderful cool "Fall" weather, we cruised out to New Pass, a favorite anchoring spot, where we would meet up with Corey's friend, Sam who was being dropped off by car by his parents. We … [Read more...] about Weekend at New Pass and a minor battery issue