It’s official, we’ll be presenting at TrawlerFest!

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!

MLK weekend trip to Franklin Locks

January 23, 2017

Cruising to Franklin Lock and Dam is one of our favorite spots to visit in the winter here in Florida. So, last weekend we took Blue Turtle and crew + 2 (my parents) there to take advantage of the long weekend for Martin Luther King’s birthday.  My parents used to live-aboard a 38′ Marine Trader and […]

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It’s official, we’ll be presenting at TrawlerFest!

January 8, 2017

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 first be presented in a shorter format […]

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Post Christmas Cayo Costa trip

January 5, 2017

Every year between Christmas and New Years we take a trip on Blue Turtle. During this time, business slows down for both Randy and I and Corey is out of school. It gives us a good length of time to cruise and anchor out somewhere so we can all decompress and destress. But first, Captiva… […]

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Why we are loving our marine WiFi booster now

December 30, 2016

This is a follow up to a post I wrote in February 2013, “Installing a WiFi booster antenna” I wrote a post a few years back about how we purchased and installed a marine WiFi booster from Island Time PC. We’ve been asked many times by folks how it is working and if it solves […]

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End of year (annual) engine maintenance

December 28, 2016

While I was busy wrapping Christmas presents, Randy was busy with the annual maintenance on our Perkins 185 and Onan generator engines.  Randy learned early on that it is worth every penny saved to do this type of work yourself.  Hiring someone to do oil changes is costly and it really makes sense to learn the ins […]

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Happy Holidays from Blue Turtle crew!

December 26, 2016

Blue Turtle crew and “Sophie Claus” hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas with friends and family.  Our Christmas was spent at my sister’s house where we got to spend quality time with my parent’s and sister’s family. Sophie Claus even made a visit delivering all the presents for Santa. We are heading out to spend […]

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

December 4, 2016

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

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

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

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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