Bracing for Hurricane Irma

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Live aboard marinas in southwest Florida

Welcome Aboard!

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!

Post Hurricane Irma drama and waiting for power

September 13, 2017 | 3 Comments

By now, Irma has passed through Florida, Georgia and Alabama and made its way through Tennessee where it downgraded to a tropical storm. While Irma was less severe and devastating for some in Florida, it caused catastrophic damage to the Caribbean islands as a category 5 hurricane. Major damage and flooding was suffered by the Florida Keys where the eye wall made U.S. landfall as a category 4 hurricane and near Marco Island as a category...

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Bracing for Hurricane Irma

September 9, 2017 | 5 Comments

As everyone has heard by now, Hurricane Irma has been wreaking havoc on the Caribbean islands, the Bahamas and Cuba with its path set on making landfall in Florida on Sunday. Earlier in the week we watched as Irma gained mass and power and started heading in our direction. By Wednesday, most of the state of Florida was in the cone of the hurricane. Tuesday evening, Randy and I had a look at the forecast...

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Settling into our new marina (and summer hibernation)

August 28, 2017 | 2 Comments

I know it’s been a while since the last update. Things slow down a bit on the blog in the summertime since we tend to cruise a little less due to the heat and humidity. Truth be told, we pretty much hibernate since one step outside the door of our trawler means you are either drenched from rain and thunderstorms or totally wet with sweat. Sometimes walking down the dock with the sun blaring on...

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Why we left Snookbight Marina

July 22, 2017 | 9 Comments

It sometimes can be bittersweet when you’re moving to a new home, town or in our case, new marina. When we first moved Blue Turtle from Cape Coral Yacht Club to Snookbight Marina 4 and half years ago, we honestly thought we’d be staying there at least until Corey graduated from high school. We did extensive research on live aboard marinas in southwest Florida and found it difficult to find one in a location close...

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Dry Tortugas to Key West and home

June 30, 2017 | 5 Comments

June 11-17, 2017 June 11, Dry Tortugas to Marquesa Keys – a bumpy ride + a stow away! It was finally time to leave the Dry Tortugas and our plan was to head to the Marquesa Keys to anchor for the night before heading into Key West. The weather forecast called for 2-4ft seas which may not sound like much, but it was enough to make the ride a little uncomfortable at first. Sometimes I tend to stay below...

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Finally some decent weather in the Dry Tortugas!

June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 8-10, 2017 Thursday – Weather forecast is looking better After 4 days of cloudy skies, high winds, and rough seas, we finally had a decent day forecasted. Although Thursday morning called for SW winds near 20 knots and seas at 5-7ft  it was to calm down throughout the day and into Friday. We had a morning shower in the a.m. and then the boys left to go fishing in the dingy. In the afternoon,...

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Poor weather conditions continue in the Dry Tortugas

June 22, 2017 | 2 Comments

Tuesday and Wednesday, June 6-7, 2017 While our hometown of Fort Myers was getting hammered with unusually large amounts of rain, we too were facing the same conditions in the Dry Tortugas. Since there is no wifi or cell service in the Dry Tortugas, it’s difficult to predict the weather. To get the forecast there, you dinghy into shore and visit the dock house where you check in. There, they post a print out of...

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Spearfishing at the Tortugas Bank

June 16, 2017 | 2 Comments

Monday, June 5, 2017 Sukha and crew departed on Monday morning to head back to Key West, while our weather forecast continued to look grim. It was a cloudy, gloomy morning with SSE winds at 15kt and 2ft seas. We decided that this would be the best day to try to get in some diving since the weather conditions the next few days were calling for higher winds and seas up to 5-7ft. The boys had...

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Snorkeling the Dry Tortugas with Sukha and crew

June 15, 2017 | 1 Comment

Sunday, June 4, 2017 On our second day in the Dry Tortugas, the weather still wasn’t cooperating with high winds and seas that makes for poor diving conditions. With the winds coming out of the southeast, we decided to try snorkeling Little Africa since it is on the northwest side of Loggerhead Key and would possibly be protected from the winds and seas.  Captain Chris offered to take us all aboard Sukha and it was a lovely...

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Marquesa to the Dry Tortugas: Weather watching and meeting up with Sukha

June 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Friday – Saturday, June 2-3, 2017 Once we got our generator fixed, we were ready for the Dry Tortugas.  We had been watching the weather and it was forecasted to be a bit on the lumpy side (15-20mph winds and 3′ to 5′ seas) for our departure so we decided to head to the Marquesa Keys to anchor for one night. The Marquesa Keys are a small group of islands about 20 miles west of Key...

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