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!

Blue Turtle crew slated for TrawlerFest Florida 2018

January 28, 2018 | 2 Comments

TrawlerFest is PassageMaker’s stand-alone series of boat shows designed for cruising enthusiasts that feature an in-water selection of new and pre-owned cruising powerboats, the latest in marine gear and services, and first-class education & demonstrations. Last year, we were invited to give a seminar about our experience cruising to the Dry Tortugas at their show in Stuart, Florida. We’re very excited to announce that they’ve asked us to return this year to once-again present on...

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Living aboard a boat … where do we begin?

January 21, 2018 | 1 Comment

We recently received an email message from a reader asking us the following question: I’m rather new to Fort Myers and we are pursuing boat living! Our only issue is we are complete novices and have never owned nor driven a boat! Where do we begin?? We don’t know anyone here with a boat yet to potentially teach us, unless we enrolled in formal classes. Any recommendations? We love the idea of visiting nearby islands,...

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Another New Year for Blue Turtle and crew

January 9, 2018 | 3 Comments

Happy belated New Year!  Hope everyone’s holidays were fantastic! Blue Turtle and crew had a short post-Christmas cruise like always, however, this year it was plagued with the flu/cold/crud.  Our original cruising plan was to leave Fort Myers Beach the day after Christmas and head north to Cayo Costa and a new destination we’ve been wanting to visit, Don Pedro Island. We’d heard reports that red tide was pretty bad in the area and so...

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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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