FMB Christmas Boat Parade & Salty Sam's "stay-cation"

Why we removed the isinglass from Blue Turtle

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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!

FMB Christmas Boat Parade & Salty Sam’s “stay-cation”

December 4, 2016
The Minions jamming in style with kickin' music and an MC on back

This past weekend, we took Blue Turtle to Salty Sam’s Marina to stay 2 nights and watch the Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade.  We left Snook Bight on Friday afternoon and took a short cruise over to Salty Sam’s. On our way there, we were escorted by several pods of dolphin (Check out our […]

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Why we removed the isinglass from Blue Turtle

December 3, 2016
Blue Turtle sans isinglass panels

When we first purchased Blue Turtle, the canvas and isinglass were very worn, the glass was cloudy and had several large cracks and rips in it. We knew we would need to replace it, so in May of 2013 we spent a week at Cape Coral Yacht Club to have it all replaced. We really […]

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Post Thanksgiving trip to Keewaydin & New Pass

November 27, 2016
Tiki torches meticulously placed around the bonfire area

Since we always take a trip on Blue Turtle the day after Thanksgiving, this year was no different. Usually we take the boat up the river to Franklin Lock and Dam which is a great spot in fresh water with a camp ground that offers plenty to do for the kids. This year, however, we […]

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Blue Turtle is ready for the holidays

November 26, 2016
View of the bow of Blue Turtle

Before I get into the holiday stuff I thought I would mention that our blog is sporting a new look. I’ve revamped it some to hopefully make it easier to navigate. I also recently changed our blog feed service (the one that notifies you via email that a new post is available to read) over […]

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Finally off the dock – weekend at New Pass

November 20, 2016
View of the pass from the bridge

Last weekend we finally made it off the dock. This was our first trip since returning home from our Dry Tortugas and Keys trip in July. I had foot surgery in August which kind of kept us land locked for the summer, so we were psyched to finally untie the lines and head out for […]

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FMB Christmas Boat Parade – Join in the festivities!

October 31, 2016

Come celebrate the Christmas spirit at the 28th Annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade. The parade is held on Saturday, December 3rd and starts at Salty Sam’s Marina and will pass though Matanzas Harbor and the first two canals of Siesta Isles. We participated in the parade in 2014 aboard a friend’s Mainship, Bon Foyeage, […]

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Blue Turtle hauled out

October 30, 2016
Interlux Blue bottom paint - Now Blue Turtle's exterior has completely been painted, hull and all!

Every boat owner knows that it’s inevitable that you need to haul out your boat for regular maintenance. For some, it may be every 2 years for others maybe longer. It all depends on the environment your boat is in, it’s bottom paint as well as how it is cared for on a regular basis. […]

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Yar! It’s Pirate Festival on Fort Myers Beach!

October 9, 2016
pirate fest canon battle fort myers beach

Pirate Festival on Fort Myers Beach is always a blast. This marks our third year attending and this year was no different. We had planned to take Blue Turtle to Matanzas Bridge on the North end of the island to anchor for the weekend, but our generator currently isn’t working since we have the starter […]

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Blue Turtle is dry for Hurricane Matthew

October 5, 2016
Blue Turtle in her resting spot for the next couple of days

By now, most of you have heard about Hurricane Matthew that is making its way toward the East coast of Florida.  Matthew is looking to be one of the biggest hurricanes to come through since 2006 and is currently a Category 3 hurricane in the Bahamas. It is forecasted to be a Category 4 hurricane with 130 […]

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Surf trip for the boys

October 3, 2016
The boys heading out to surf

Since we’ve been land-locked the last couple of months, we decided last weekend to take a trip to the east coast for one night so the boys could get some surfing in. They’ve been wanting to surf an actual hurricane swell and with Tropical Storm Karl sitting out in the Atlantic producing some really nice waves, […]

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