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One of the first books Randy purchased when we bought Blue Turtle was Marine Diesel Engines: Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair. He was determined to learn about diesel engines so he could maintain our engines. He’s read this book cover to cover and refers to it quite often. It’s been invaluable to him when troubleshooting engine issues especially when you are without internet. Buy on Amazon
Jackite Osprey Kite to deter birds
We happened to receive an osprey kite as a Christmas gift from Randy’s father. We never used it in the marina because we really didn’t have an issue with birds landing on our boat. We’ve heard that they can be quite pesky in some marinas. We finally put this baby to good use on our last Dry Tortugas trip where we always have issues with the sooty terns landing on our boat and making a mess. We rigged this kite up on the bow of our boat with line coming from the fly bridge to the bow pulpit so it would look like it was in flight. Worked like a charm! We highly recommend one one these if you have bird issues in your marina or anchorage. Buy on Amazon
You may have noticed that we are avid cruisers to the Dry Tortugas. We love it so much that we’ve given TrawlerFest seminars on this fab location as well as wrote an article about it for PassageMaker magazine. This book by L. Waynne Landrum is by far the best in terms of information and photography about the Dry Tortugas. It’s well written, has a plethora of information and facts and it’s hardbound with excellent photography making it a great coffee table book. Landrum is a retired national park ranger who spent 6 years there with his wife and son. Buy Book on Amazon
Magma Cabo Gas Grill (from West Marine)
We grill quite often on Blue Turtle not only because it’s healthy but also it just gives us more options for cooking on a boat. We first started out with the smaller, round version of the Magma grill which was fine, however, I had to grill in shifts if I were grilling veggies and meat. Eventually our old grill got damaged and we decided to purchase the Magma Cabo Gas Grill. I love it because I can fit so much more on it. I can grill veggies and meat at the same time if it’s just us, and when we have company it helps to have that extra space. We’ve had ours about 2 years now and it’s held up really well.
Go-Anywhere Seat 2 (from West Marine)
Randy and I noticed these seats on several of our sailor friends’ boats and thought they were great. We wondered why we didn’t see them on power boats that often. I guess with power boats you tend to have more deck space and don’t need something like this but we bought two of them and love them. While we do have a couple of deck chairs on our bridge, we use these more since they are so versatile. They’re great when watching sunset from the front of the boat or when sitting on dock boxes. We use them on the aft deck as well. They’re very comfortable and easy to stow away when not in use. Get the Go-Anywhere Seat 2.
Staying fit while cruising can be a challenge. While you do tend to be more active, you still need to work your muscles: core, upper body and legs. I’ve been a long-time user of TRX Suspension Training even before moving aboard. I used to use it at the gym I belonged to and I loved the simplicity of it and how you use your own body weight to strengthen your muscles. When we moved onto Blue Turtle, I wasn’t sure how I was going to continue my workouts. I bought one of these online and started using it right away. At our home marina, we have a nearby community gym so some days I don’t use it, but other days when the weather is nice, Randy and I will actually wrap it around tree and do an outdoor workout. What’s great, is that it folds up into a small mesh pouch requiring hardly any storage room. While cruising, I’ve used it outdoors suspended from trees as well as around our mast on Blue Turtle. It’s always a great workout. Click here to learn more about TRX and the exercises. Buy the TRX Suspension Trainer