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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!

Finally off the dock! Time to go cruising!

November 11, 2018 | 1 Comment

Finally the red tide has subsided in our area and the temperatures have dropped below the 90’s! We survived another scathing summer here in Southwest Florida and are happy to report that we finally made it off the dock last weekend. It was a short weekend trip but just enough time to decompress and enjoy some new surroundings. Finally off the dock! Of course, without fail, we had a small front kick up some wind...

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Our first non-cruising summer aboard Blue Turtle

September 16, 2018 | 2 Comments

You might have noticed by now how quiet our blog has been this summer. It’s usually filled with photos and stories of our adventures to the Keys or Dry Tortugas. This year, we were unable to make our Dry Tortugas trip that we’ve done the last 4 years in a row. With a boy who is now a teenager, our schedules have become a bit more hectic. Summer breaks are short for our son and...

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Check out our interview on Salt & Siren!

August 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Salt & Siren.com is a website/blog run by Todd & Jeneé who are leaning into a life on the water by living aboards and surrounding themselves with work that can support this vision. They’ve been featuring interviews of liveaboards on their blog. This week, Blue Turtle crew had the chance to weigh in on some salty topics that are common among liveaboard folks. To read the full interview click on the link below: Featured Liveaboard –...

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New aft cabin flooring

July 22, 2018 | 9 Comments

Not to long ago, we finally got around to a project I’ve been looking forward to since we got Blue Turtle. When we bought Blue Turtle 6 years ago, the interior main salon and aft cabin had this commercial grade carpeting in it.  I completely understand why the previous owners would choose commercial grade if they were going to carpet the interior especially in Florida where sand can wreak havoc on just about everything. Unfortunately,...

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Blue Turtle crew celebrates 6 years living aboard

May 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s hard to believe that 6 years ago we brought Blue Turtle home and moved aboard. I mentioned to Randy the other day that this is the longest I have lived anywhere in my adult life since moving out of my parent’s home in my 20’s. I feel like Blue Turtle is part of us as much as we are part of her. We’ve poured so much work and love into this old boat and...

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Cruising the East Coast of Florida & Lake Okeechobee aboard a 48′ Sea Ray

May 6, 2018 | 3 Comments

If you follow us on Facebook, you might have heard that the Blue Turtle crew was invited to help bring back a 48′ Sea Ray from the East coast of Florida to Fort Myers Beach. Our friends, Will and Tiff (check out their blog TeamWiff.com) just purchased a new-to-them 48′ Sea Ray Sedan Bridge and asked us to come along and help bring her from Pompano Beach, Florida, across the Okeechobee and home to Fort...

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Spring break 2018 at Keewaydin

April 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Near the end of March, Corey had his spring break so we decided to get off the dock and spend some time at anchor at Keewaydin. The trip there was perfect and we had amazing weather the first part of the week. On our way there we were passed by a group of friends from Snookbight who were out for a day cruise on their new boat, Lucky Us. They anchored near Keeywaydin beach and once...

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TrawlerFest 2018 trip wrap-up

March 18, 2018 | 1 Comment

As you might already know, two weeks ago Blue Turtle crew presented at TrawlerFest in Stuart, Florida. This was our second time attending the show as presenters and we had a fabulous time staying at the Hutchinson Island Marriott where the show was being held.  We also got to have dinner a couple of nights with our friends (previous neighbors from Snookbight) who stay on their sailboat at the Hutchinson Island marina during the winter....

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Enjoying Florida winter weather at New Pass

February 26, 2018 | 2 Comments

Last weekend, we decided to take advantage of some gorgeous Florida winter weather and the Presidents’ Day holiday (Corey was out of school for 2 days) and get off the dock for some cruising. My youngest nephew, Ryan, joined us as well since older brother Jack spent his weekend in Bradenton with their Mom for a baseball tournament. Our original plan was to head to Cayo Costa for a quick one-night stay and then on...

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Blue Turtle & crew published in PassageMaker magazine!

February 18, 2018 | 1 Comment

For anyone not following us on social media, we recently posted that my article, “Tortugas Bound!,” has been published in the March 2018 issue of PassageMaker Magazine!  It’s so exciting to see my article and photographs in print! This was such an amazing opportunity to share our experiences cruising the the Dry Tortugas with the readers of PassageMaker. The timing of the issue is perfect as we are headed to Stuart, FL in a couple of weeks...

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