As you might already know, two weeks ago Blue Turtle crew presented at TrawlerFest in Stuart, Florida. This was our second time attending the show as presenters and we had a fabulous time staying at the Hutchinson Island Marriott where the show was being held. We also got to have dinner a couple of … [Read more...]
The Dry Tortugas National park is a small group of islands located 70 miles west of Key West Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. It is home to a history of sea turtles, sunken wrecks and one of the largest coastal brick fortresses, Fort Jefferson. It is an amazing cruising getaway to unspoiled reefs, shallow water wrecks and fantastic star gazing. It's no wonder that it is Blue Turtle crew's favorite place to cruise in Florida. Below, you will find blog posts about our experiences cruising to the Dry Tortugas.
Blue Turtle crew has presented seminars on Cruising to the Dry Tortugas at t Yachts Miami Beach boat show in 2017 and TrawlerFest in 2017 & 2018.
TrawlerFest is PassageMaker’s stand-alone series of boat shows designed for cruising enthusiasts that feature an in-water selection of new and pre-owned cruising powerboats, the latest in marine gear and services, and first-class education & demonstrations. Last year, we were invited to give a … [Read more...]
June 11-17, 2017 June 11, Dry Tortugas to Marquesa Keys - a bumpy ride + a stow away! It was finally time to leave the Dry Tortugas and our plan was to head to the Marquesa Keys to anchor for the night before heading into Key West. The weather forecast called for 2-4ft seas which may not sound … [Read more...]
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 8-10, 2017 Thursday - Weather forecast is looking better After 4 days of cloudy skies, high winds, and rough seas, we finally had a decent day forecasted. Although Thursday morning called for SW winds near 20 knots and seas at 5-7ft it was to calm down … [Read more...]
Tuesday and Wednesday, June 6-7, 2017While our hometown of Fort Myers was getting hammered with unusually large amounts of rain, we too were facing the same conditions in the Dry Tortugas. Since there is no wifi or cell service in the Dry Tortugas, it's difficult to predict the weather. To get … [Read more...]
Monday, June 5, 2017Sukha and crew departed on Monday morning to head back to Key West, while our weather forecast continued to look grim. It was a cloudy, gloomy morning with SSE winds at 15kt and 2ft seas. We decided that this would be the best day to try to get in some diving since the … [Read more...]
Sunday, June 4, 2017On our second day in the Dry Tortugas, the weather still wasn't cooperating with high winds and seas that makes for poor diving conditions. With the winds coming out of the southeast, we decided to try snorkeling Little Africa since it is on the northwest side of Loggerhead … [Read more...]
Friday - Saturday, June 2-3, 2017Once we got our generator fixed, we were ready for the Dry Tortugas. We had been watching the weather and it was forecasted to be a bit on the lumpy side (15-20mph winds and 3' to 5' seas) for our departure so we decided to head to the Marquesa Keys to anchor … [Read more...]
The last couple of weeks have been busy on Blue Turtle. We've been gearing up for our annual trip down to the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas. This year will make our 4th year heading south to our favorite cruising destination. We've been working diligently to get Blue Turtle ready and stocked up … [Read more...]
This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our Disclosure for more info. **UPDATED** We've updated this post to include our 2018 presentation (below). We've added a lot more information and images to this year's presentation as opposed to the 2017 version. You can download the updated … [Read more...]