The last couple of weeks have been busy on Blue Turtle. We've been gearing up for our annual trip down to the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas. This year will make our 4th year heading south to our favorite cruising destination. We've been working diligently to get Blue Turtle ready and stocked up … [Read more...] about Provisioning for the Dry Tortugas
Last week we had my sister, Tracy, and nephews, Jack & Ryan, aboard for spring break. Since the kids were all out of school for a full week, our original plan was to head to the Keys and anchor out near Key West to do some spear fishing and kayaking and then head into Key West for the weekend … [Read more...] about Spring Break cruising “stay-cation”
This past weekend, Blue Turtle and crew + Corey's cousin, Nicole, headed to New Pass to anchor for the weekend. Also accompanying us on our cruise was Ned and Beth aboard their boat, All Bright at Sea. Ned and Beth had never anchored there and wanted to tag along to check it out. Needless to say I … [Read more...] about Weekend at New Pass with All Bright at Sea
This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our Disclosure for more info. **UPDATED** We've updated this post to include our 2018 presentation (below). We've added a lot more information and images to this year's presentation as opposed to the 2017 version. You can download the updated … [Read more...] about Cruising to the Dry Tortugas (TrawlerFest Seminar)
As we announced back in January, we were invited to give a seminar at TrawlerFest in Stuart, FL on "Cruising to the Dry Tortugas". Two weeks ago, we gave the same seminar at the Yachts Miami Beach show as part of Passagemaker Magazine's CruiserPort free educational boat seminars. While the Miami … [Read more...] about Blue Turtle crew at TrawlerFest – Stuart, FL 2017
We’ve received several comments and questions about what our thoughts are on a single engine trawler vs. twin engines. Many folks have questions about the maintenance and operational costs as well as safety and redundancy. This topic of single vs. twin is always highly debated and there are good … [Read more...] about Single engine vs. twin engine trawler, maintenance, fuel consumption, costs and other considerations
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 … [Read more...] about First presentation is in the books at Yachts Miami Beach!
Follow my blog with BloglovinLast 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 … [Read more...] about Superbowl weekend at New Pass
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 … [Read more...] about MLK weekend trip to Franklin Locks
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 … [Read more...] about It’s official, we’ll be presenting at TrawlerFest!