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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!

Blue Turtle cruising again after repairs

March 23, 2019 | 4 Comments

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 our 185hp Perkins engine and the other was with our steering. During a previous trip, Randy noticed the oil pressure on the […]

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TrawlerFest Stuart 2019 a success

March 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Another TrawlerFest is in the books! Two weeks ago, Randy and I drove to the east coast of Florida to participate in our third TrawlerFest in Stuart, Florida. Unfortunately, this year we didn’t have Corey with us. Being a teenager now, we’ve realized that we just aren’t cool enough for him to hang out with anymore 🙁 Maybe he’ll come with us again in the future. The show was held at the Hutchinson Island Marrott […]

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Bottom Cleaning your boat in Southwest Florida

February 23, 2019 | 3 Comments

This post contains affiliate links through Amazon. Please read our Disclosure for more info. PLEASE NOTE: This post is intended as a guide living aboard in Southwest Florida and how we bottom dive our boat. WE DO NOT OFFER DIVING SERVICES. Please contact a local diving company for rates for bottom cleaning. One thing you will hear across marinas in Southwest Florida is a collective groan when bringing up the subject of bottom cleaning. Our water […]

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We’ll be at Trawlerfest Stuart, March 6-7

February 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Blue Turtle Crew has once again been invited to give our presentation on Cruising to the Dry Tortugas at Trawlerfest in Stuart, Fl. This March will mark our third year presenting on the Dry Tortugas to seminar attendees where we share our experiences of provisioning, getting there and anchoring to snorkeling, diving and fishing this beautiful oasis. Below are some details of this upcoming Trawlerfest and we hope to see you there! TrawlerFest 2019: Stuart, […]

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Post holiday cruising to Keewaydin Island

January 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

With the Christmas holiday over, it was time for Blue Turtle crew to get off the dock. The holidays have always been a great time for us to get off the dock. With work slowing down for Randy and I, and Corey out of school it’s always been a great time for us to cruise a little further than our neighboring spots. In the past, we’ve cruised to Palm Island Marina in Cape Haze, Pelican […]

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Festive lights, friends & family at the FMB Boat Parade

December 9, 2018 | 3 Comments

The temperatures may feel like summer, but the holiday festivities have certainly arrived in Southwest Florida. And what holiday season would be complete without the annual Fort Myers Beach Boat Parade? This year marked our fourth year in attendance and second year as Salty Sam’s residents. It’s such a fun and festive reason to invite our friends and family to Blue Turtle for a holiday party to watch the parade. With the parade being held […]

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Off the dock for a wedding celebration!

December 4, 2018 | 1 Comment

I’m so late in posting about this very fun weekend we had back in November. Our friends Will and Tiffany (@teamwiff) got married the second weekend in November. These are the very same folks who we helped bring their 48′ Sea Ray Sedan Bridge home from Pompano Beach at the end of April. Their absolutely beautiful wedding was held on a Friday afternoon at the Church of the Ascension on Fort Myers Beach.  Randy, Corey […]

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Finally off the dock! Time to go cruising!

November 11, 2018 | 2 Comments

Finally the red tide has subsided in our area and the temperatures have dropped below the 90’s! We survived another scathing summer here in Southwest Florida and are happy to report that we finally made it off the dock last weekend. It was a short weekend trip but just enough time to decompress and enjoy some new surroundings. Of course, without fail, we had a small front kick up some wind that weekend changing our […]

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Our first non-cruising summer aboard Blue Turtle

September 16, 2018 | 2 Comments

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 schedules have become a bit more hectic. Summer breaks are short for our son and […]

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Check out our interview on Salt & Siren!

August 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

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 weigh in on some salty topics that are common among liveaboard folks. To read the full interview click on the link below: Featured Liveaboard – […]

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