Blue Turtle Cruising

About Blue Turtle

The name Blue Turtle was formed in 2008 when Randy and I were brainstorming names for my new graphic and web design business. After many ideas and lists, I settled on Blue Turtle. Inspired by my love of sea turtles and adding our favorite color (blue) a name was born.

Four years later (in 2012), when we were bringing home our trawler we were trying to decide what to name her. Randy said, “why not name her Blue Turtle?” At first, I didn’t want our boat name to be the same as my company but after deliberating, it was decided. After all, Randy had a point—she was blue and she was slow like a turtle.

In 2021 when we sold our trawler to a wonderful couple, they told us they were keeping the name Blue Turtle. I was so thrilled because our trawler would always be Blue Turtle in my mind. Now we have two Blue Turtles exploring the waters—a mini fleet!

Learn more about our first Blue Turtle (the trawler).

Blue Turtle ~ 1978 CSY 44′ Walkover Cutter

The CSY (Caribbean Sailing Yacht) 44′ sailboats were originally built for chartering in the Caribbean islands. Mainly built in the 1970’s and early 80’s, their thick fiberglass hulls made them a ruggedly built mid-cockpit boat that could withstand the abuses from chartering. The CSY 44′ has earned the #11 spot on Cruising Worlds40 Best Sailboats” of all time.

Blue Turtle is a 1978 44′ CSY Walkover. She has 2 completely separate cabins separated by the center cockpit. Below are a few of her specifications:

  • Make: CSY (Caribbean Sailing Yachts)
  • Year Built: 1978
  • Designer: Frank Hamlin/Peter Schmitt
  • Builder: CSY (Caribbean Sailing Yachts)
  • Construction: Fiberglass
  • Hull Type: Fin with rudder on skeg
  • LOA: 44′ / 13.41m
  • LWL: 36.33 ft / 11.07 m
  • Beam: 13.33 ft / 4.06 m
  • Draft (Max): 5′ / 1.52m
  • Water: 400 gals / 1,514 L
  • Fuel: 100 gals / 379 L.
  • Displacement: 38,000 lb / 17,237 kg
  • Balast: 14,000 lb / 6,350 kg
  • SA: 906.00 ft / 84.17 m
  • Aux. Power: 1998 89hp Perkins 4.236 (Diesel)
Blue Turtle sailing along the Fort Myers Beach coast.

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