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

Welcome Aboard!

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!

Hanging to dry

Blue Turtle on the hard

October 6, 2012 | 2 Comments

Gratuitous Wiener Dog Photo One sure thing a boat owner can count on, is having to haul out their boat to have bottom work done on it. Depending on the owner and the condition of the boat, it can be done anywhere from 1-4 years apart. The last time Blue Turtle was hauled out by the previous owners, was about 3 years ago. When Randy and I bought the boat, we knew we’d have to...

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The tools I started out with: Captain's Varnish and a Purdy brush

Varnishing wood: Lessons learned

October 1, 2012 | 2 Comments

The previous “Down Time” name boards You may have read a while back that Randy and I renamed our Trawler from Down Time to Blue Turtle. We’ve since changed the lettering on the stern and held a christening. One of the last items to take care of, was refinishing the wooden name boards that were on both sides of the trawler. We took the boards down and gave them to a friend of ours who...

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3 Generations of Kalisik boys

Kayaking at Lover’s Key

September 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

Since we purchased our trawler back in May, Randy and I haven’t been able to get out and do much kayaking. We did have our kayaks with us for Labor Day weekend, but it was mostly for the kids to use. Actually our last kayak outing was early May when we launched out of Weeks Fishcamp in Bonita Springs. So we decided earlier in the week that we would go on Sunday (today). Randy and...

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A few cheers went out for Blue Turtle

Blue Turtle christening ceremony

September 9, 2012 | 1 Comment

Capt. Randy performs the christening ceremony This past weekend, we took the boat to Cayo Costa for the holiday weekend (Labor Day).  Randy and I had been wanting to have a christening ceremony for our trawler, and figured this weekend was as good as any. My parents, who also recently bought a trawler, had renamed their boat as well, so we decided this would be a joint ceremony for both of our boats. For those...

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Our Labor Day weekend flotilla

Labor Day weekend: sun, fun and a boat christening

September 8, 2012 | 3 Comments

Our Labor Day weekend flotilla Friday, August 31, 2012 This past weekend (Labor Day weekend) we provisioned our trawler and set out on Friday afternoon for Cayo Costa. Since the boys (nephews Jack and Ryan and Corey) had school, we left a little later than we would have liked. Since my sister and nephews were going to ride with us, my parents left a little earlier. We were the last boat to arrive to our...

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Our nice clean bridge!

Post-storm bridge and bimini work

August 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

After all the preparations for Tropical Storm Isaac and after the (mild) storm came and went, it was time to put everything back together on the boat. This meant that we had to dig everything out of the lazaret and v-birth and put the bimini and ising glass back together. Since we had the ising glass off, we realized how dirty and mildewed the wood and cushions were on the bridge. So we spent a...

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Randy (with Sophie) using a dock box to get down from the boat

The hurricane that never was (at least for us)

August 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

So, Tropical Storm Isaac has come and gone and left very little mark with southwest Florida. Overnight, the storm moved further west into the Gulf of Mexico and is currently heading toward Louisiana. Originally, Isaac was to become a hurricane by the time it passed us, but with it’s westward path, it somehow missed us and basically caused no threat whatsoever. We got a little rain and some minor wind, but were able to sleep...

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The current projected path of Issaac

Preparing for Hurricane Isaac

August 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

Well, it’s the day before we are to expect Hurricane Issaac to hit us. It’s currently between Cuba and the Florida Keys and will soon make it’s way up through the Gulf of Mexico. Thankfully, this isn’t supposed to be a big one, but it’s looking like it will be a category 1 by the time it’s near us. Randy and I discussed that this would provide us with some great experience on how to...

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Sophie, the boat weenie, checks out what's going on at the docks

A weekend in pictures – August 19

August 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

Not a whole lot happened the last week or so, but I did shoot a few photos and thought I’d share: We celebrated my nephew’s (Ryan) 6th birthday with a bowling party Sophie, the boat weenie, checks out what’s going on at the docks Captain Steve (my Dad) shows us how to make a snubber Snubber close-up – Capt. Steve uses a fid to braid the snubber Captain Randy does a salvage dive to locate...

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Nautical decor like this sign can be found at Mariner's Trading Company

An introduction to junkin’

August 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Nautical decor like this sign can be found at Mariner’s Trading Company Yesterday morning my parents took me to a couple marine supply stores. Now, I’m not talking about West Marine—I’m already too familiar with them. The first place we visited was called Mariners Trading Company located in Port Charlotte. This shop is basically a marine consignment shop where folks with nautical items to sell can place them with this shop. When the shop sells...

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