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Choosing the right liveaboard boat

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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!

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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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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