Welcome aboard!

Blue Turtle Trawler My name is Kim and my boyfriend, Randy, and I are live-aboards in southwest Florida. Two years ago, we purchased a 40′ trawler and moved aboard. It's been an amazing journey so far and we can't wait to see what the future holds. So stay tuned and see what it’s like to live aboard. We still have a lot to learn about cruising and living aboard and I intend to post everything here. Hope you enjoy!

22 July 2014

More diving, fishing and a visit from Sea Crazy

The diving continued this weekend with a couple of trips out to Samantha Reef.  The weather was perfect for diving and the water was smooth as glass. Samantha is an un-marked reef with no buoys so we had to be careful making sure we dropped our anchor in the sand and not on part of […]

22 July 2014

Dive, dive, diving Marathon, Florida [Video]

This past week was spent working and catching up on chores. Finally, we went diving! Sombrero Reef is about 4 miles offshore from Marathon Marina which makes it very convenient to get in a few quick dives without all the travel time. A National Marine Sanctuary, the reef is marked by a 140 foot lighted […]

17 July 2014

Diving Looe Key [Video]

I finally had an opportunity to pull together some footage of a couple of out dives at Looe Key. Our friend, Melvin (the Goliath Grouper), makes a couple of appearances with his entourage. We were so lucky to have him swim beneath our boat for a while to let us see him and take some […]

15 July 2014

Trip to Keys/Dry Tortugas [Video]

This is some video that was taken on our way from Fort Myers Beach to the Dry Tortugas from June 27-29, 2014 on 40′ DeFever Passagemaker, Blue Turtle.

15 July 2014

Bahia Honda anchorage & Looe Key dive, July 11 – 13, 2014

Since last week was spent on the dock at Marathon Marina, we decided we want to anchor out and dive for the weekend. Randy did some searching for anchorages and found one at Bahia Honda which is close enough to Looe Key for us dive. So, Friday afternoon we left the dock and headed toward […]

15 July 2014

Marathon Marina, July 6 – 13, 2014

The past week here in Marathon was spent on the dock, working (for Randy), catching up on the blog (me) and running errands—getting air tanks refilled, grocery, dive shop outlet for new mask for me and fins for Corey, ordering a new part for the generator, etc. The marina we are staying at, Marathon Marina, […]

14 July 2014

Looe Key, July 5 – 6, 2014

On Saturday morning, July 5th, we left Key West and headed for Looe Key. Looe Key is a National Marine Sanctuary located 5 nautical miles off of Big Pine Key. The last time I was here was back in the 1990′s with my parents. At the time I was only snorkeling while they dove the […]

13 July 2014

Key West, July 2 – 5, 2014

After our awesome adventure in the Dry Tortugas, we were ready to head into civilization. Well, not really, but it was time to head on to Key West where we would stay in a marina for a couple days over the 4th of July holiday. We left early again knowing it would take us about […]

12 July 2014

Loggerhead Key, Dry Tortugas, June 30 – July 2, 2014

After the storm and winds came through the previous evening, we were hoping for the winds to calm down some. We wanted to take the boat over to Loggerhead Key and check out the lighthouse and windjammer wreck. One thing we didn’t realize about the Dry Tortugas is that the other little islands are just […]

11 July 2014

Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas, June 30 – July 2, 2014

After our towing in, Randy continued through the night to get our engine started. We were lucky he was able to get the generator started. After a sleepless night for Randy, he awoke early and began again to get the engine starting batteries charged up enough to start the engine and finish bleeding the lines. […]