Welcome aboard!

Blue Turtle Trawler My name is Kim and my boyfriend, Randy, and I are live-aboards in southwest Florida. One year 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!

15 April 2014

Weekend in (iPhone) photos

As you might know, Randy and I have been involved in a big boat project—repainting the exterior of Blue Turtle. I will be posting an update (with before and after photos) very soon (hopefully tomorrow!). Other than work life and boat life, things have been slow and steady. Here’s a few photos taken from my […]

05 April 2014

Fun + boat projects

Usually “fun” and “boat projects” don’t fall in the same sentence and in this case, they don’t. This is what’s been going on for the last 2 1/2 weeks and they have been BUSY. We’ve had some fun…a dinghy trip to New Pass (finally!) with our newly fixed prop, a visit from Randy’s cousin Todd […]

20 March 2014

Glover Bight to Merwin Key, March 15-16, 2014

After leaving the Glover Bight anchorage on Saturday morning, we headed to Merwin Key with Maddie on board. The trip was fairly quick but the boat traffic in the “miserable mile” was crazy. We made it safe and sound and dropped anchor. We were surprised to see Royal Tease anchored right next to us. Ron […]

20 March 2014

Glover Bight anchorage, March 14, 2014

On Friday, March 14, 2014, a group of folks and boats from our marina dropped the lines and headed to Glovers Bight on the Caloosahatchee River near Tarpon Point Marina and The Westin Cape Coral. There was a jazz concert being held at the Westin called Sounds of Jazz & Blues presented by the Cape […]

14 March 2014

Big Carlos Pass on Sunday, March 9, 2014

Our plan wasn’t really to go to Big Carlos Pass, we had planned to go further to New Pass. We loaded the dinghy up will all the “essentials” needed to hit the beach: skim board and wet suit (for Corey), large bucket, cast net, fishing pole, 2 small coolers, large dry bag full of extra […]

12 March 2014

Shrimp Fest 2014 on Fort Myers Beach

This past weekend was Shrimp Fest on Fort Myers Beach. For two days the island gets bombarded with folks who come for the parade and festivities.  Last year we attended the parade which was earlier in the day. This year, the plan was to go down to Times Square (where the arts and crafts booths […]

04 March 2014

Dinghy excursion and a Mardi Gras dock party

Since we spent Saturday working on boat projects, Sunday was a day of morning chores and afternoon fun! Randy spent the morning cleaning up the decks after the water tank installation and I added a second coat of varnish to the port side door jam and interior. The afternoon is where all the fun began. […]

04 March 2014

Boat projects: water tank installation and varnishing

This past Saturday Corey stayed with his mom, so Randy and I decided to tackle a couple of boat projects. You may remember from our weekend in Cape Coral that we had our port side door dismantled and rebedded. My project was to sand down the door jam and part of the step and varnish […]

28 February 2014

Weekend in Cape Coral

Last weekend Randy, Corey and I took Blue Turtle to the Cape Coral Yacht Basin. My parents, who are live aboards, have called the Yacht Basin home for the past 4 years until recently. They’ve been planning on doing The Great Loop for the last year and have been outfitting their trawler (Island Time) for […]

19 February 2014

Valentine’s Day weekend on a mooring ball

This past weekend, Randy and I found ourselves kid-free for the weekend. Corey spent the weekend in Orlando at Sea World with his mom. So Friday afternoon, Randy and I dropped the lines and headed to the Fort Myers Beach Mooring Field. Even though getting a mooring ball at Fort Myers Beach only takes us […]