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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!

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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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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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