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 … [Read more...] about Creative lights, festive attire and holiday cheer at the FMB Christmas Boat Parade
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 … [Read more...] about Life gets in the way sometimes
Seven years ago on Mother's Day weekend, Randy, his father (John), my father (Steve), and I brought Blue Turtle home from Long Boat Key, FL. It was a whirlwind weekend trip filled with excitement and maybe a few thoughts of, "oh dear, what have we gotten ourselves into?" At the time, we really had … [Read more...] about Celebrating 7 years living aboard our trawler
This May marks our 7th year living aboard Blue Turtle. During this time, Randy and I have both worked full time. While Randy works for a company as a regional sales rep, I have been running my business, Blue Turtle Graphics, from the boat. Last year, my company celebrated its 10 year anniversary and … [Read more...] about Running a business (and working full time) while living aboard
You might have noticed by now how quiet our blog has been this summer. It's usually filled with photos and stories of our adventures to the Keys or Dry Tortugas. This year, we were unable to make our Dry Tortugas trip that we've done the last 4 years in a row. With a boy who is now a teenager, our … [Read more...] about Our first non-cruising summer aboard Blue Turtle
Salt & Siren.com is a website/blog run by Todd & Jeneé who are leaning into a life on the water by living aboards and surrounding themselves with work that can support this vision. They've been featuring interviews of liveaboards on their blog. This week, Blue Turtle crew had the chance to … [Read more...] about Check out our interview on Salt & Siren!
It's hard to believe that 6 years ago we brought Blue Turtle home and moved aboard. I mentioned to Randy the other day that this is the longest I have lived anywhere in my adult life since moving out of my parent's home in my 20's. I feel like Blue Turtle is part of us as much as we are part of her. … [Read more...] about Blue Turtle crew celebrates 6 years living aboard
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
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