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

Welcome Aboard!

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!

Main cabin

Interior tour [Video + Photos]

June 14, 2012 | 1 Comment

Several folks wanted to know what the interior of the trawler looks like so I decided to shoot a quick video and take some photos. With a boat like this, the photos don’t do it justice. It really is a lot bigger than any images. Also, I wanted to note that the boat interior (and exterior) are a work in progress. In these images, the windows look like they are whited out…this is due to...

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Rear view of Blue Turtle and Island Time

Settling into marina life

June 10, 2012 | 6 Comments

Cape Coral Yacht Club It’s been exactly 1 month since Randy and I brought the DeFever home from Longboat Key in Sarasota. We put the boat temporarily in Cape Coral Yacht Club since my parents are live a boards there. We’ll eventually end up in a marina on the southern end of Fort Myers Beach. The marina we’ll eventually settle into permanently is having some major construction going on this summer, so we decided we...

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Outside deck tour [Video]

June 6, 2012 | 3 Comments

Here’s a quick video showing the outside decks, walk arounds, and fly bridge. This was shot on our trip home from Longboat Key, where we purchased the boat. My father, Captain Steve, and Randy’s father, Johnny-Boy, were along with us for the ride.

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image of John with faucet

Boat projects continue

June 4, 2012 | 2 Comments

Now that we have the Memorial Day holiday past us, we’ve been getting into small boat projects. The projects at this time are small because we’ve spent a lot of money in the first few weeks with the installation of the holding tank, putting fuel in the boat and replacing the fridge that we’re focusing on smaller things we can do to the boat until we have more money coming in. Last week, we had...

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image of 4 boats

The maiden voyage

May 29, 2012 | 5 Comments

View of Island Time from our trawler Our first official trip on our new trawler (other than bringing her home) was Memorial Day weekend. This was a much anticipated trip for both Randy and I. He had been travelling the last two weeks straight for work, while I’ve been busy moving stuff onto Blue Turtle as well as managing several small projects on the boat. We were to meet up with a couple of other...

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Naming our DeFever trawler

May 24, 2012 | 5 Comments

When we finally knew we were going to actually bring our trawler home, Randy and I decided then to start thinking of what to name her. Being my usual organized self, I started a list of boat names on my iPad. When ever Randy and I felt creative (or had a few drinks) and thought of any cool boat names, I would jot them down. Somehow this was the hardest part of buying a boat…I...

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BOAT = Break Out Another Thousand

May 22, 2012 | 4 Comments

I’ve always heard this saying from boaters and live a boards and now I fully am living it. Even though our old boat surveyed well, we knew there were going to be some expensive projects in our future. One of the first things we did was schedule to have a holding tank installed. The aft head in the DeFever currently uses Electro Scan to dispose of waste. It treats it with chemicals and discharges it....

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photo of dog on trawler

Bringing the trawler home

May 20, 2012 | 1 Comment

Captain Randy at the helm After the sea trial and survey was finished, it was time to bring our trawler home. This was a much anticipated trip for both Randy and I and we were very excited to bring our new-to-us boat home to more familiar waters. Knowing we would need the experience of my father to help guide us through this 2 day trip home from Long Boat Key, we asked him to come...

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1974 DeFever survey

Sea trial & survey

May 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Once Randy and I decided this DeFever was the boat for us, we made an offer. The negotiating process went well and once we had reached an agreement, it was time to schedule the sea trial and survey. We googled surveyors in the Sarasota/St. Pete area and found a couple promising sites. Randy called the first surveyor and after a 5-10 minute phone call, he decided this wasn’t the guy for us. I think it...

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1974 40' DeFever

Welcome aboard the Blue Turtle!

May 15, 2012 | 4 Comments

Hi ya’ll, welcome aboard. My name is Kim and I am embarking on a new adventure. My boyfriend, Randy, and I have decided to purchase a 40′ trawler and live aboard. Now, this wasn’t an overnight decision, however, both of us have always loved the water and loved boating. We’ve always wanted a good sized vessel so that we could cruise the Bahamas, the Keys and anywhere else we fancy. Problem was, we decided we...

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