Blue Turtle Cruising

Ding Darling anchorage

This past weekend we had yet another opportunity to get off the dock. It would be a short trip, so we decided to stay close to Fort Myers Beach. We left Friday evening at around 5pm and headed for an anchorage off Sanibel Island outside Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. A couple of times, we’ve …

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Easter Weekend at Cayo Costa

With our weekend on the mooring ball and the Wednesday dock party behind us, we were ready to get off the dock for an extended stay. This was Randy’s last weekend of freedom before starting a new job and the end of Corey’s spring break so Randy wanted to go to Cayo Costa. Unfortunately, I …

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Fort Myers Beach Mooring Field

We haven’t been off the dock since our New Years Trip to Cayo Costa and Palm Island Marina so we decided to take a very short cruise from Snook Bight Marina to the Matanzas Harbor Mooring Field on Fort Myers Beach. Randy and I have stayed on my parent’s boat Island Time on a ball …

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Friday evening sailing excursion

Friday evening, Randy, Corey and I were invited by Tom, Mary Kay and Maddie to go on a sunset sailing cruise. Mary Kay has a little 21′ sailboat perfectly sized for her and Maddie to take out on weekends or perfectly sized for a small group sailing excursion.  This was Randy and Corey’s first ever …

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New Years Trip to Cayo Costa and Palm Island Marina

Blue Turtle at Palm Island Marina

Our longest trip yet on Blue Turtle was after Christmas and during the New Year’s festivities.  We were gone for a total of 6 days while anchoring at Cayo Costa and staying at Palm Island Marina to celebrate New Years with a bunch of friends. On board with us were Randy’s son, Corey and his …

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A weekend trip to Merwin Key

With Christmas around the corner, Randy and I decided to get away from the marina for a quick weekend trip. This was also a great opportunity to test out our new windlass system that we had installed a couple weeks ago. We headed out Saturday morning, December 22nd, and planned to come home the morning …

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Post Thanksgiving trip to Franklin Locks

W.P. FranKlin Park and Boat Docks

We set off for a peaceful Caloosahatchee River cruise on Friday morning, the day after Thanksgiving (also known as Black Friday).  Joining us were my parents (on Island Time) with my two nephews, Jack and Ryan. On board Blue Turtle was Randy, myself, Corey, Sophie, Johnny (Randy’s father) and Gerry (Randy’s uncle visiting from Taiwan). …

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Labor Day weekend: sun, fun and a boat christening

Our Labor Day weekend flotilla

Friday, August 31, 2012 This past weekend (Labor Day weekend) we provisioned our trawler and set out on Friday afternoon for Cayo Costa. Since the boys (nephews Jack and Ryan and Corey) had school, we left a little later than we would have liked. Since my sister and nephews were going to ride with us, …

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