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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!

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 | 0 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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Celebrating 5 years living aboard – reflections and observations

May 7, 2017 | 6 Comments

This May marks our 5th year anniversary of living aboard Blue Turtle. Hard to believe that 5 years ago Randy and I brought Blue Turtle home and moved aboard to live full time.  We were complete noobs and had no idea what we were in for. Everything was a learning process. We joke about the fact that we were into our second year when we took the boat out for the weekend to anchor and returned to...

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Spring Break cruising “stay-cation”

April 22, 2017 | 7 Comments

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 before our return. Unfortunately, the weather this time of year just doesn’t want to cooperate with...

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

March 31, 2017 | 5 Comments

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our Disclosure for more info. When Randy and I first decided to live aboard a boat, we really had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Well, actually my parents were living aboard at the time, so we did have “some” idea: we thought it was going to be all vacations and sunsets but we really didn’t think about the day-to-day aspects of living aboard. Thankfully, we adapted very well...

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Weekend at New Pass with All Bright at Sea

March 29, 2017 | 6 Comments

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 was pretty happy to finally have another girl on board for the weekend since I’m usually outnumbered by...

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Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

Living aboard a boat – is it minimalism?

March 21, 2017 | 4 Comments

Randy and I were watching a documentary on Netflix the other night about minimalism and it got me thinking about whether living aboard a boat would be considered minimalism. The documentary titled, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, examines the many flavors of minimalism and follows two young men who are living meaningful lives by living with less. Their definition of minimalism isn’t about placing restrictions on what you can and can’t own or how many...

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