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!

07 September 2014

Dinghy trip to Mound Key

With the dinghy already in the water from yesterdays trip to New Pass, we decided to go out again today. Johnny and April tried to find Mound Key a couple weeks ago with no luck, so Randy decided we would go there and show them where it is. Randy and Corey have been to Mound […]

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06 September 2014

Hunkering down for the hot months

With our big trip to the Keys and Dry Tortugas being over Randy and I decided it was time to “hunker down” for August and September and stay land-locked. Staying land-locked will help us pay off some credit card debt after we had a few unexpected repairs in the Keys. While it’s pretty much hot […]

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06 September 2014

Weekend surf trip at Cocoa Beach

All has been quiet on Blue Turtle since we returned from our Dry Tortugas and Keys trip. So, what have we been up to for the month of August? Well, mostly getting back into the work and school routine. Weekends continue to be mostly aquatic, either going to the beach or the marina pool. My […]

11 August 2014

Post Tortugas/Keys trip wrap up

So tomorrow it’s back to the grind—the routine, the work, the clients.  I worked some last week, but was out some due to us breaking down in Naples and retrieving the car.  I just watched this video and soooo wanted to be back there (Dry Tortugas). Don’t get me wrong, I love my work and clients […]

10 August 2014

Heading home: Flamingo to Fort Myers Beach

It was time to head toward home the day after Mini Lobster Season began and we headed toward Flamingo, Florida. Flamingo is the southernmost headquarters of Everglades National Park and home to world-class fishing. Randy had been here before years ago on a fishing trip and learned of the anchorage. We decided we would stop […]

04 August 2014

Mini lobster season, Content Keys

After our weekend diving at Looe Key, we headed back to Marathon Marina for a couple days to fill the water tanks, take on some fuel and provision for our trip home.  We planned to head west from Marathon, on the Gulf side, toward Content Keys for sport lobster season, also known as mini season. Mini […]

03 August 2014

Trawler surfing in Marathon

Some of you may know what trawler surfing is when it was first introduced on this blog from our trip to South Seas on Captiva Island (scroll to the bottom of that post). For those who don’t know what it is,  trawler surfing is sort of like waterskiing except the boat pulling you is a […]

02 August 2014

Last weekend diving Looe Key, July 25-27, 2014

With one last weekend in the Keys before we head back, we decided to go back to our favorite dive spot so far—Looe Key—anchoring again at Newfound Harbor.  We stayed at Newfound Harbor on Friday night and got up early on Saturday to head to the reef. We arrived before any other boats, before even […]

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 […]