Salty Sam's sailboat Christmas Tree

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Celebrating 5 years living aboard – reflections and observations

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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!

My freshly painted bathroom

Summer boat projects abound

August 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

My freshly painted bathroom I haven’t posted in a few weeks, mainly because I’ve been caught up in several small boat projects. One of the projects I started a couple of weeks ago, is refinishing our wooden name boards. They are currently at the sign company getting their new lettering and once done, I will apply 3 more coats of varnish. I’ll do a follow up post about this whole process. Other than my lessons...

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Our new white sun screens cover our windows and shade from the sun

We’re now ready for summer

July 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

So July is almost over and we’re now ready for summer. Finally. What I mean is that we now have all of our blinds up as well as our outside screens. June was a one tough, hot month for us with no blinds or shades on our boat. Our poor air conditioners just couldn’t keep up with the sun setting int our windows. You don’t realize how important it is to keep your windows covered...

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A close up of the new graphics

We are officially Blue Turtle!

July 6, 2012 | 4 Comments

Well, we officially became Blue Turtle today! We submitted the name to the Coast Guard back in May when we closed on the boat, however, we finally got around to changing the actual graphics on the boat today. In order to prep for the new graphics, we had to remove the old name from the back of the boat. The previous name (“Down Time”) was lettered in vinyl on the back and in order to...

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Randy in the engine room battling the bilge

The battle of the bilge

June 30, 2012 | 3 Comments

Randy in the engine room battling the bilge Well, it’s been an interesting week with the tropical storm Debby rocking us for 3 straight days with wind and rain and then Randy’s battle with our bilge. Yeah, at this point the score is: Randy – 3, The Bilge – 5. He’s currently losing the battle but does have plans to continue attack. See, it all started with a smell. Whenever we were away from the...

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Randy trying to get down from our boat

Debby comes to Cape Coral Yacht Basin

June 26, 2012 | 2 Comments

For the past couple of days, Tropical Storm Debbie has created a lot of rain, wind and waves here in the Cape Coral Yacht Basin. For new live a boards, like Randy and I, this is possibly the best shake down we can have for finding and fixing any leaks we may have in our old boat. Randy has managed to fix several leaky windows already (thankfully!) and has discovered a couple new ones—thanks Debby!...

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photo of refrigerator

The things we do for cold food (and beer)

June 23, 2012 | 3 Comments

Our previous refrigerator situation: built in Nova Kool fridge that didn’t work and the half sized fridge we borrowed from my folks So, ya’ll have heard all about our refrigerator woes…basically, the old Nova Kool fridge that came with the boat never got below 40 degrees (required to keep food safe), we had it serviced and to no avail, the damn thing still didn’t get cool enough. So, we decided to replace it with a...

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Main cabin

Interior tour [Video + Photos]

June 14, 2012 | 1 Comment

Several folks wanted to know what the interior of the trawler looks like so I decided to shoot a quick video and take some photos. With a boat like this, the photos don’t do it justice. It really is a lot bigger than any images. Also, I wanted to note that the boat interior (and exterior) are a work in progress. In these images, the windows look like they are whited out…this is due to...

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Rear view of Blue Turtle and Island Time

Settling into marina life

June 10, 2012 | 6 Comments

Cape Coral Yacht Club It’s been exactly 1 month since Randy and I brought the DeFever home from Longboat Key in Sarasota. We put the boat temporarily in Cape Coral Yacht Club since my parents are live a boards there. We’ll eventually end up in a marina on the southern end of Fort Myers Beach. The marina we’ll eventually settle into permanently is having some major construction going on this summer, so we decided we...

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Outside deck tour [Video]

June 6, 2012 | 3 Comments

Here’s a quick video showing the outside decks, walk arounds, and fly bridge. This was shot on our trip home from Longboat Key, where we purchased the boat. My father, Captain Steve, and Randy’s father, Johnny-Boy, were along with us for the ride.

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image of John with faucet

Boat projects continue

June 4, 2012 | 2 Comments

Now that we have the Memorial Day holiday past us, we’ve been getting into small boat projects. The projects at this time are small because we’ve spent a lot of money in the first few weeks with the installation of the holding tank, putting fuel in the boat and replacing the fridge that we’re focusing on smaller things we can do to the boat until we have more money coming in. Last week, we had...

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