Wood rail rehab on the Blue Turtle

Bottom Cleaning your boat in Southwest Florida

Living aboard a boat vs. living on land, how is it different?

choosing right liveaboard boat

Choosing the right liveaboard boat

The costs of living aboard

Live aboard marinas in southwest Florida

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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 and raising a boy—while still finding time to cruise. Get to know us—Kim, Randy, Corey and Sophie—and follow our adventure!

Spring break 2018 at Keewaydin

April 9, 2018 | 1 Comment

Near the end of March, Corey had his spring break so we decided to get off the dock and spend some time at anchor at Keewaydin. The trip there was perfect and we had amazing weather the first part of the week. On our way there we were passed by a group of friends from Snookbight who were out for a day cruise on their new boat, Lucky Us. They anchored near Keeywaydin beach and once […]

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TrawlerFest 2018 trip wrap-up

March 18, 2018 | 1 Comment

As you might already know, two weeks ago Blue Turtle crew presented at TrawlerFest in Stuart, Florida. This was our second time attending the show as presenters and we had a fabulous time staying at the Hutchinson Island Marriott where the show was being held.  We also got to have dinner a couple of nights with our friends (previous neighbors from Snookbight) who stay on their sailboat at the Hutchinson Island marina during the winter. […]

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Enjoying Florida winter weather at New Pass

February 26, 2018 | 2 Comments

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 their Mom for a baseball tournament. Our original plan was to head to Cayo Costa for a quick one-night stay and then on […]

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Blue Turtle & crew published in PassageMaker magazine!

February 18, 2018 | 1 Comment

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 cruising the the Dry Tortugas with the readers of PassageMaker. The timing of the issue is perfect as we are headed to Stuart, FL in a couple of weeks […]

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Fort Myers Beach live aboard marinas – what to expect to pay

February 17, 2018 | 14 Comments

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 rates below are current rates for February 2018. Disclaimer: The rates and fees below are […]

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Blue Turtle crew slated for TrawlerFest Florida 2018

January 28, 2018 | 2 Comments

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 seminar about our experience cruising to the Dry Tortugas at their show in Stuart, Florida. We’re very excited to announce that they’ve asked us to return this year to once-again present on […]

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Living aboard a boat … where do we begin?

January 21, 2018 | 1 Comment

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 potentially teach us, unless we enrolled in formal classes. Any recommendations? We love the idea of visiting nearby islands, […]

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Another New Year for Blue Turtle and crew

January 9, 2018 | 3 Comments

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 Costa and a new destination we’ve been wanting to visit, Don Pedro Island. We’d heard reports that red tide was pretty bad in the area and so […]

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Salty Sam's sailboat Christmas Tree

Lights & festivities abound at the annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade

December 9, 2017 | 3 Comments

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 there. This year since we are already at Salty Sam’s, we were already in parade central and so we decided to have family […]

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10 Gift ideas for boaters and live aboards

December 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

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 limited space on a boat, we have to be choosy about what we purchase to bring aboard so you don’t want to buy just any ole’ thing […]

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