Friday - Saturday, June 2-3, 2017 Once we got our generator fixed, we were ready for the Dry Tortugas. We had been watching the weather and it was forecasted to be a bit on the lumpy side (15-20mph winds and 3' to 5' seas) for our departure so we decided to head to the Marquesa Keys to anchor … [Read more...] about Marquesa to the Dry Tortugas: Weather watching and meeting up with Sukha
The Dry Tortugas National park is a small group of islands located 70 miles west of Key West Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. It is home to a history of sea turtles, sunken wrecks and one of the largest coastal brick fortresses, Fort Jefferson. It is an amazing cruising getaway to unspoiled reefs, shallow water wrecks and fantastic star gazing. It's no wonder that it is Blue Turtle crew's favorite place to cruise in Florida. Below, you will find blog posts about our experiences cruising to the Dry Tortugas.
Blue Turtle crew has presented seminars on Cruising to the Dry Tortugas at tYachts Miami Beach boat show in 2017 and TrawlerFest in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
The last couple of weeks have been busy on Blue Turtle. We've been gearing up for our annual trip down to the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas. This year will make our 4th year heading south to our favorite cruising destination. We've been working diligently to get Blue Turtle ready and stocked up … [Read more...] about Provisioning for the Dry Tortugas
This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our Disclosure for more info. **UPDATED** We've updated this post to include our 2019 presentation (below). We've added a lot more information and images to this year's presentation as opposed to the previous versions. You can download the updated … [Read more...] about Cruising to the Dry Tortugas (TrawlerFest Seminar)
As we announced back in January, we were invited to give a seminar at TrawlerFest in Stuart, FL on "Cruising to the Dry Tortugas". Two weeks ago, we gave the same seminar at the Yachts Miami Beach show as part of Passagemaker Magazine's CruiserPort free educational boat seminars. While the Miami … [Read more...] about Blue Turtle crew at TrawlerFest – Stuart, FL 2017
This weekend we visited Miami to give our very first seminar as part of PassageMaker Magazine's CruiserPort at the Yachts Miami Beach show. CruiserPort offers free boat education seminars and Randy, Corey and I were invited to speak about our experience cruising to the Dry Tortugas. Before our … [Read more...] about First presentation is in the books at Yachts Miami Beach!
Randy and I have some exciting news to share! We announced yesterday on our Facebook page that we've been invited to present at TrawlerFest in Stuart, Florida as well as the Yachts Miami Beach show (formerly the Yacht and Brokerage Show). Our presentation, "Cruising to the Dry Tortugas", will … [Read more...] about It’s official, we’ll be presenting at TrawlerFest!
Three weeks back from our trip and I'm finally getting around to posting the video I shot while diving in the Dry Tortugas. As a recap, we ended up diving at 3 spots: Texas Rock, Davis Rock and Off Ramp. We also snorkeled a lot of other areas, but this post is about scuba diving. Diving in the Dry … [Read more...] about Diving the Dry Tortugas
I'm a bit behind on posting about the rest of our trip from Key West to Jewfish Basin where we stayed a few days, then on to Cape Romano, near Marco Island and then home. But I am finally getting around to posting some videos I took snorkeling in the Dry Tortugas. Below is video footage that I shot … [Read more...] about Snorkeling in the Dry Tortugas [Video]
So on our third day (Thursday) in the Dry Tortugas, the plan was to get up early and head out for a morning of diving. When Randy went to brush his teeth and turned on the faucet there was no water. He checked the bilge (which was previously dry) and realized that it was full of water. The night … [Read more...] about Day 3 in the Dry Tortugas: Diving, dinghy rides and running out of water
Our second full day in the Dry Tortugas (Wednesday) we decided to hit some snorkeling spots. Since we used up 1 tank of air on the first day of diving, we decided to spend a day snorkeling that way on Thursday would could do 2 more dives with the other tank of air. We left the anchorage around … [Read more...] about Day 2 in the Dry Tortugas: Snorkeling and more snorkeling