Blue Turtle crew celebrates 6 years living aboard

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

Living aboard a boat vs. living on land, how is it different?

choosing right liveaboard boat

Choosing the right liveaboard boat

The costs of living aboard

Live aboard marinas in southwest Florida

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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!

Salty Sam's sailboat Christmas Tree

Lights & festivities abound at the annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade

December 9, 2017 | 3 Comments

Last weekend marked our third attendance at the annual Fort Myers Beach Boat Parade organized by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Salty Sam’s Marina. Last year, we cruised from Snookbight Marina to Salty Sam’s to the stay the weekend and enjoy the parade which was being staged there. This year since we are already at Salty Sam’s, we were already in parade central and so we decided to have family...

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10 Gift ideas for boaters and live aboards

December 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our Disclosure for more info. Holiday shopping can be a stressful thing sometimes when you’re searching for that perfect gift for someone. It can be even more taxing trying to find gift ideas for folks who live aboard full or part time. With limited space on a boat, we have to be choosy about what we purchase to bring aboard so you don’t want to buy just any ole’ thing...

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Post Thanksgiving trip to W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam

November 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Since we had an extra day with the Thanksgiving holiday, we decided to cruise out to Franklin Lock and Dam this past weekend. We’ve made this trip several times in the past and usually it’s once cooler weather arrives. We love visiting here because it is a different landscape from the beaches we frequent all summer and also because of the unique spot the boat slips are located. With only 8 slips that have electric...

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Weekend at New Pass and a minor battery issue

November 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Finally off the dock! Leaving Salty Sams in the distance. After 3 sweltering summer months (Aug.—Oct.) we finally made it off the dock last weekend.  Enjoying some wonderful cool “Fall” weather, we cruised out to New Pass, a favorite anchoring spot, where we would meet up with Corey’s friend, Sam who was being dropped off by car by his parents. We navigated the pass only to get in there and be swarmed with noseeums and...

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Settling back into marina life after Irma

October 20, 2017 | 2 Comments

A reader emailed us the other day asking how we were since there hasn’t been a blog post since September.  We certainly appreciate the checking in, but I told him quite frankly that we really haven’t been up to much. This blog tends to go quiet in the hot months of summer, from July-October down here since we usually don’t get off the dock. It’s much too hot to cruise anywhere so my blog posts...

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Post Hurricane Irma drama and waiting for power

September 13, 2017 | 4 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 | 6 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 | 12 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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