All about our first presentation at Yachts Miami Beach!

Tour inside our cozy live aboard trawler

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

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Choosing the right liveaboard boat

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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!

First presentation is in the books at Yachts Miami Beach!

February 19, 2017

This weekend we visited Miami to give our very first seminar as part of PassageMaker Magazine’s CruiserPort at the Yachts Miami Beach show. CruiserPort offers free boat education seminars and Randy, Corey and I were invited to speak about our experience cruising to the Dry Tortugas. Before our presentation on Friday, we met up with Peter Swanson, […]

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Tour inside our cozy live aboard trawler

February 12, 2017

I’ve always loved touring the insides of boats. When we were shopping for a trawler, we would try to crawl around every interior possible to get an idea of what style and layouts we liked. I also love to see how other cruisers solve space issues and decorate to make it feel like home. We’ve been […]

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Superbowl weekend at New Pass

February 9, 2017

Last weekend, we spent another gorgeous weekend at New Pass, our favorite close-to-home anchorage. We love it because we can get there in under 1.5 hours and it has plenty to do for Corey and his friend, Sam. We bring the kayaks and they can paddle to the beach with skim boards or fishing poles […]

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New teak doors for Blue Turtle!

February 4, 2017

A few weeks ago I posted on our Facebook page that we had picked an inopportune time to pull the doors off Blue Turtle and have brand new ones made. We were in the middle of a cold front with 25-27mph winds and our replacement doors were thin pink foam insulation from Home Depot — I called […]

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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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