Finally some decent weather in the Dry Tortugas!

Snorkeling the Dry Tortugas with Sukha and crew

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

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!

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 | 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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It’s official, we’ll be presenting at TrawlerFest!

January 8, 2017 | 2 Comments

Randy and I have some exciting news to share! We announced yesterday on our Facebook page that we’ve been invited to present at TrawlerFest in Stuart, Florida as well as the Yachts Miami Beach show (formerly the Yacht and Brokerage Show). Our presentation, “Cruising to the Dry Tortugas”, will first be presented in a shorter format (1 hour) at the Yachts Miami Beach show on Friday, February 17 (time TBD). Our TrawlerFest presentation will be held...

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Post Christmas Cayo Costa trip

January 5, 2017 | 4 Comments

Every year between Christmas and New Years we take a trip on Blue Turtle. During this time, business slows down for both Randy and I and Corey is out of school. It gives us a good length of time to cruise and anchor out somewhere so we can all decompress and destress. But first, Captiva… This year, we headed to Cayo Costa but first made an overnight stop to anchor near Tween Waters on Captiva....

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Why we are loving our marine WiFi booster now

December 30, 2016 | 2 Comments

This is a follow up to a post I wrote in February 2013, “Installing a WiFi booster antenna” I wrote a post a few years back about how we purchased and installed a marine WiFi booster from Island Time PC. We’ve been asked many times by folks how it is working and if it solves the age-old issue of getting decent internet access in a marina.  I never really knew how to answer the question...

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