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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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Shrimp Festival 2017 Fort Myers Beach

March 15, 2017 | 1 Comment

This past weekend, Shrimp Festival and spring break were in full swing. Shrimp Fest is always a great time to be on our little island of Fort Myers Beach. It’s festive, fun and crazy with spring break happening at the same time. Last year we missed Shrimp Fest because I had just had surgery on my foot but we’ve attended it the 3 previous years and it never disappoints. Miss Amy J and Hailey Marie...

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Boat interior storage ideas OR where to put all your stuff?

March 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our Disclosure for more info. I think the most popular question when moving aboard a boat is “where am I going to put all my stuff?” If you’re like me and don’t like clutter, this can be a challenging question. I recently went through Blue Turtle and completely reorganized a few areas that were driving me crazy. Even after almost 5 years living aboard (can you believe it?) I still periodically...

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PDF of Dry Tortugas presentation

Cruising to the Dry Tortugas (TrawlerFest Seminar)

March 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our Disclosure for more info. We’ve been asked if our TrawlerFest presentation, Cruising to the Dry Tortugas, will be posted on our blog and so I thought I would share it with you along with the map handout and some resources we shared.  Below is a link for a PDF of the presentation. We did show a few short videos in the presentation which I had to take out to...

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Blue Turtle crew at TrawlerFest – Stuart, FL 2017

March 5, 2017 | 5 Comments

As we announced back in January, we were invited to give a seminar at TrawlerFest in Stuart, FL on “Cruising to the Dry Tortugas”. Two weeks ago, we gave the same seminar at the Yachts Miami Beach show as part of Passagemaker Magazine’s CruiserPort free educational boat seminars. While the Miami show was a lot of fun for us, TrawlerFest was a blast! The Kalisiks at Trawlerfest Our official TrawlerFest Presenter badges The TrawlerFest seminars...

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Single engine vs. twin engine trawler, maintenance, fuel consumption, costs and other considerations

February 25, 2017 | 6 Comments

We’ve received several comments and questions about what our thoughts are on a single engine trawler vs. twin engines. Many folks have questions about the maintenance and operational costs as well as safety and redundancy. This topic of single vs. twin is always highly debated and there are good arguments for both sides. There’s a great article on Passagemaker Magazine regarding the subject as well as Knots and Boats and while single engines look really attractive cost-wise,...

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First presentation is in the books at Yachts Miami Beach!

February 19, 2017 | 3 Comments

This weekend we visited Miami to give our very first seminar as part of PassageMaker Magazine’s CruiserPort at the Yachts Miami Beach show. CruiserPort offers free boat education seminars and Randy, Corey and I were invited to speak about our experience cruising to the Dry Tortugas. Before our presentation on Friday, we met up with Peter Swanson, event content manager (and former-editor-in-chief), of PassageMaker Magazine so we could get our media credentials.  This was our first time...

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Tour inside our cozy live aboard trawler

February 12, 2017 | 13 Comments

I’ve always loved touring the insides of boats. When we were shopping for a trawler, we would try to crawl around every interior possible to get an idea of what style and layouts we liked. I also love to see how other cruisers solve space issues and decorate to make it feel like home. We’ve been asked a few times to post pics of our trawler interior and I actually did back when we first purchased...

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Superbowl weekend at New Pass

February 9, 2017 | 3 Comments

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Last weekend, we spent another gorgeous weekend at New Pass, our favorite close-to-home anchorage. We love it because we can get there in under 1.5 hours and it has plenty to do for Corey and his friend, Sam. We bring the kayaks and they can paddle to the beach with skim boards or fishing poles and when they get hungry, they paddle on over to the Lover’s Key snack bar...

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New teak doors for Blue Turtle!

February 4, 2017 | 1 Comment

A few weeks ago I posted on our Facebook page that we had picked an inopportune time to pull the doors off Blue Turtle and have brand new ones made. We were in the middle of a cold front with 25-27mph winds and our replacement doors were thin pink foam insulation from Home Depot — I called them our “ghetto doors”. Somehow Randy managed to barricade the doors perfectly and we survived the winds with both temporary...

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MLK weekend trip to Franklin Locks

January 23, 2017 | 1 Comment

Cruising to Franklin Lock and Dam is one of our favorite spots to visit in the winter here in Florida. So, last weekend we took Blue Turtle and crew + 2 (my parents) there to take advantage of the long weekend for Martin Luther King’s birthday.  My parents used to live-aboard a 38′ Marine Trader and two years ago they cruised the Great Loop. This was their first cruise since selling their trawler and joining the world of land-lubbers....

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