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Celebrating 5 years living aboard – reflections and observations

Living aboard a boat vs. living on land, how is it different?

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Choosing the right liveaboard boat

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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!

Celebrating 5 years living aboard – reflections and observations

May 7, 2017 | 8 Comments

This May marks our 5th year anniversary of living aboard Blue Turtle. Hard to believe that 5 years ago Randy and I brought Blue Turtle home and moved aboard to live full time.  We were complete noobs and had no idea what we were in for. Everything was a learning process. We joke about the fact that we were into our second year when we took the boat out for the weekend to anchor and returned to...

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Spring Break cruising “stay-cation”

April 22, 2017 | 7 Comments

Last week we had my sister, Tracy, and nephews, Jack & Ryan, aboard for spring break. Since the kids were all out of school for a full week, our original plan was to head to the Keys and anchor out near Key West to do some spear fishing and kayaking and then head into Key West for the weekend before our return. Unfortunately, the weather this time of year just doesn’t want to cooperate with...

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Living aboard a boat vs. living on land, how is it different?

March 31, 2017 | 5 Comments

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our Disclosure for more info. When Randy and I first decided to live aboard a boat, we really had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Well, actually my parents were living aboard at the time, so we did have “some” idea: we thought it was going to be all vacations and sunsets but we really didn’t think about the day-to-day aspects of living aboard. Thankfully, we adapted very well...

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Weekend at New Pass with All Bright at Sea

March 29, 2017 | 6 Comments

This past weekend, Blue Turtle and crew + Corey’s cousin, Nicole, headed to New Pass to anchor for the weekend. Also accompanying us on our cruise was Ned and Beth aboard their boat, All Bright at Sea.  Ned and Beth had never anchored there and wanted to tag along to check it out.  Needless to say I was pretty happy to finally have another girl on board for the weekend since I’m usually outnumbered by...

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Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

Living aboard a boat – is it minimalism?

March 21, 2017 | 4 Comments

Randy and I were watching a documentary on Netflix the other night about minimalism and it got me thinking about whether living aboard a boat would be considered minimalism. The documentary titled, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, examines the many flavors of minimalism and follows two young men who are living meaningful lives by living with less. Their definition of minimalism isn’t about placing restrictions on what you can and can’t own or how many...

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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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Kalisiks at Trawlerfest

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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maintaining a single diesel engine

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

February 25, 2017 | 7 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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