Blue Turtle Cruising

Painting the exterior hull of Blue Turtle

I mentioned in my last post that we have no shortage of boat projects right now. While I was busy refurbishing the interior walls, Randy was finishing up the exterior hull paint. As some of you may know, we began painting the exterior of our trawler in the spring of 2014.  Since this is a …

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Main salon interior walls makeover

We have no shortage of boat projects going on right now. We are tirelessly ticking things off our list to get the boat in shape for our family honeymoon to the Dry Tortugas and Key West. Some of the projects are musts, like regular maintenance and getting spare parts for the engine and generator. Other …

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V-berth makeover

Even with all these strange winter storms we’ve had lately, Randy and I actually managed to get a boat project done. When we bought Blue Turtle over 3 years ago, we always planned to address the interior walls. Our old boat has some very dated, mildewy, stained and ugly wallpaper that is peeling up in …

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Officially a DeFever again

Last April, Randy and I tackled a very large project of painting the exterior of our boat. We still have the bridge, decks and hull left, but we did do a major portion of the exterior cabin. While in the process of sanding and painting, we had to remove the DeFever Passagemaker lettering in order …

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The workingman’s guide to finishing wood on a boat

When Randy first took me to see Blue Turtle (back then, it was called Down Time), I fell in love instantly. Our De Fever is a classic trawler with beautiful lines and it had gorgeous wood inside and out. The wood sold me, it was so beautiful with the blonde colored rails that are lighter than you see …

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Belated boat projects

Since we’re going with the “belated” theme, we can file this one under “better late than never”.  This weekend was one of those wonderful weekends where we have nothing planned. After our hectic schedule with family in town and Randy’s father’s wedding, it was nice to relax a bit this weekend and check off one …

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Celebrating 2 years of living aboard

This month, Randy, Corey and I are celebrating 2 years living aboard Blue Turtle. It was May of 2012 that we brought Blue Turtle (then called “Down Time”) home to Fort Myers from Longboat Key. Our first year living aboard was a bit overwhelming, it seemed that every time we tried to fix something, another …

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