Blue Turtle Cruising

Project weekend in Cape Coral

This weekend, Randy and I took Blue Turtle to Cape Coral Yacht Club (CCYC) for one night (Saturday) to get some much needed projects done. Since we didn’t have Corey for a couple of days, we decided this would be a good time to take Blue Turtle there and have my dad help guide him …

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Main salon renovation

When we bought the DeFever, one of the things we weren’t crazy about was the fact that the main salon had built-in bench seating and bolted down table.  When looking at different boats, we noticed that built-in seating is quite common in trawlers. We decided that if we found a boat with the built-in furniture, …

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Celebrating 1 year living aboard!

We’ve come a long way baby! One year ago (May 2012), Randy and I bought a 40′ DeFever Passagemaker and brought her home from Longboat Key. It was then that began our experiences in living aboard. We didn’t really know anything about caring for and maintaining a boat this size, but with the help of …

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Boat projects continue…

Since Randy has some time off before starting a new job, we’ve been taking advantage of him being able to dig into some boat projects. One of things he started working on already is the restoration of our exterior wood.  Several days ago, Randy patched the holes and cracks with and epoxy and Life Caulk. …

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Installing a WiFi booster antenna

Check out our more recent post, “Why we are loving our marine WiFi booster now“ Most of you folks know that I make my living by using the internet. I’m a graphic designer and web designer and I work out of our trawler. I absolutely have to have good internet access which totally clashes with …

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Wood restoration begins

We’ve been planning on repairing the wood rails on the deck and giving them a maintenance coat of varnish this winter, but somehow keep procrastinating. Part of the reason is that Southwest Florida is a paradise this time of year, and living on the beach seems to make us lazy…all we want to do is …

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Doors and davits

Doors after first coat of Cetol...and yes, I was too lazy to tape the rounded window corners

We’ve worked on a few miscellaneous projects last week. One of them was to remove the doors and waterproof and repair them. With the summer storms, we quickly realized that the doors weren’t weather-proofed. During a downpour, we would have water coming through a few cracks in the door. Also, some of the wood was …

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Another tiling project

Aft head renovation

A few of you may have seen the photos posted here or on Facebook about our recent galley project, where we resurfaced our galley countertops with porcelain tile, replaced our faucet and installed a 2 burner cooktop where an old propane stove used to be. Since we had such a great outcome with the tiled …

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