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 … [Read more...] about So long, 2020!
You might have noticed that we haven’t been off the dock in while. Typically this time of year we cruise often to take advantage of the cool winter weather. Unfortunately, we’ve had some down time due to a few issues with Blue Turtle that Randy has been troubleshooting and resolving. One was with … [Read more...] about Blue Turtle cruising again after repairs
This post contains affiliate links through Amazon. Please read our Disclosure for more info. One thing you will hear across marinas in Southwest Florida is a collective groan when bringing up the subject of bottom cleaning. Our water here is some of the most aggressive, high growth seawater around. … [Read more...] about Bottom Cleaning your boat in Southwest Florida
Not to long ago, we finally got around to a project I've been looking forward to since we got Blue Turtle. When we bought Blue Turtle 6 years ago, the interior main salon and aft cabin had this commercial grade carpeting in it. I completely understand why the previous owners would choose commercial … [Read more...] about New aft cabin flooring
The morning we left for Jewfish Basin, Randy discovered a fuel leak in our generator. He troubleshooted the issue for a couple of hours before we left and discovered it was due to an injector line that might have had a hairline crack in it. Since it wasn't leaking too bad, we decided to head on to … [Read more...] about Jewfish Basin and an early arrival to Key West
Last week, while I was busy provisioning for the Dry Tortugas, Randy was busy installing a new air conditioner in the forward berth. The old CruisAir AC had quit working on us and rather have someone come out and charge it and invoice us $400, we decided it was time to put that money into a new AC. … [Read more...] about Replacing a marine air conditioner
I've always loved touring the insides of boats. When we were shopping for a trawler, we would try to crawl around every interior possible to get an idea of what style and layouts we liked. I also love to see how other cruisers solve space issues and decorate to make it feel like home. We've been … [Read more...] about Tour inside our cozy live aboard trawler
A few weeks ago I posted on our Facebook page that we had picked an inopportune time to pull the doors off Blue Turtle and have brand new ones made. We were in the middle of a cold front with 25-27mph winds and our replacement doors were thin pink foam insulation from Home Depot — I called them our … [Read more...] about New teak doors for Blue Turtle!
While I was busy wrapping Christmas presents, Randy was busy with the annual maintenance on our Perkins 185 and Onan generator engines. Randy learned early on that it is worth every penny saved to do this type of work yourself. Hiring someone to do oil changes is costly and it really makes sense … [Read more...] about End of year (annual) engine maintenance
When we first purchased Blue Turtle, the canvas and isinglass were very worn, the glass was cloudy and had several large cracks and rips in it. We knew we would need to replace it, so in May of 2013 we spent a week at Cape Coral Yacht Club to have it all replaced. We really never gave it much … [Read more...] about Why we removed the isinglass from Blue Turtle