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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 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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Jewfish Basin and an early arrival to Key West

June 1, 2017 | 6 Comments

The morning we left for Jewfish Basin, Randy discovered a fuel leak in our generator. He troubleshooted the issue for a couple of hours before we left and discovered it was due to an injector line that might have had a hairline crack in it. Since it wasn’t leaking too bad, we decided to head on to our new anchorage where he could look at it again more closely. Our trip from the Content Keys to Jewfish Basin...

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Headed south: Marco Island to the Content Keys

May 30, 2017 | 2 Comments

Since we are meeting our friends in the Dry Tortugas later this week, we decided to use the Memorial Day holiday to our advantage and head south to anchor out in the Keys prior to that. Our first stop along the way was to anchor at Cape Roman near Marco Island. We didn’t get to Cape Romano until late in the evening and it was an extremely low tide so were unable to get into the little...

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Replacing a marine air conditioner

May 29, 2017 | 3 Comments

Last week, while I was busy provisioning for the Dry Tortugas, Randy was busy installing a new air conditioner in the forward berth. The old CruisAir AC had quit working on us and rather have someone come out and charge it and invoice us $400, we decided it was time to put that money into a new AC. Randy had read somewhere (online) that once a marine AC is over 7 years old, it’s difficult...

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Provisioning for the Dry Tortugas

May 28, 2017 | 3 Comments

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 for the trip. It can be exhausting just prepping for a trip like this, but after 3 years we pretty much have it down...

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Living aboard with a boat dog

May 14, 2017 | 3 Comments

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our Disclosure for more info. Living aboard with pets is a common topic among cruisers. If you are living aboard full time or just seasonally, why wouldn’t you want to have your pet along with you? They are part of the family as much as anyone else and I know I couldn’t imagine life aboard without Sophie. If you do a google search for “living aboard with pets” you will...

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