Blue Turtle Cruising

Social distancing the live aboard way.…

This post may contain affiliate links Please read our disclosure for more information. By now just about everyone in the United States has been affected, in some way, by the Coroavirus. We were very aware of the virus the weekend we were at TrawlerFest Stuart and noticed things getting a little weird when we got …

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Enjoying Florida winter weather at New Pass

Last weekend, we decided to take advantage of some gorgeous Florida winter weather and the Presidents’ Day holiday (Corey was out of school for 2 days) and get off the dock for some cruising. My youngest nephew, Ryan, joined us as well since older brother Jack spent his weekend in Bradenton with their Mom for …

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Spring Break cruising “stay-cation”

Last week we had my sister, Tracy, and nephews, Jack & Ryan, aboard for spring break. Since the kids were all out of school for a full week, our original plan was to head to the Keys and anchor out near Key West to do some spear fishing and kayaking and then head into Key …

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Weekend at New Pass with All Bright at Sea

This past weekend, Blue Turtle and crew + Corey’s cousin, Nicole, headed to New Pass to anchor for the weekend. Also accompanying us on our cruise was Ned and Beth aboard their boat, All Bright at Sea.  Ned and Beth had never anchored there and wanted to tag along to check it out.  Needless to …

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Surf trip for the boys

Since we’ve been land-locked the last couple of months, we decided last weekend to take a trip to the east coast for one night so the boys could get some surfing in. They’ve been wanting to surf an actual hurricane swell and with Tropical Storm Karl sitting out in the Atlantic producing some really nice waves, …

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Canoeing on the Peace River

This past Sunday, Randy, Corey and I were invited to go canoeing on the Peace River with marina neighbors Tom, Mary Kay and Maddie.  Also accompanying us, were friends Mark and Cara and their 2 children.  It was an absolutely gorgeous, sunny and 80 degree Winter day and we left Fort Myers Beach early to …

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Weekend surf trip at Cocoa Beach

All has been quiet on Blue Turtle since we returned from our Dry Tortugas and Keys trip. So, what have we been up to for the month of August? Well, mostly getting back into the work and school routine. Weekends continue to be mostly aquatic, either going to the beach or the marina pool. My …

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Surfing in southwest Florida

Usually when someone mentions surfing in Florida, they are referring to the beaches on the eastern coast, not southwest Florida. Our Gulf waters are usually pretty calm and don’t always present the best wave action needed for surfing, however, if you watch the weather and fronts, you might find some surfable waves here. Corey recently …

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Stand Up Paddleboarding at Hell Pekney Bay

Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) has been gaining popularity over the last few years. Randy and I own kayaks and we love exploring the backwaters in southwest Florida. I had been wanting to give SUP a try for a couple of years now. Our marina, Snook Bight, has recently started to sell and rent kayaks and …

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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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Kayaking Estero Bay

Corey throws a nice pancake cast

Since Blue Turtle is still on the hard, Randy, Corey and I got to launch our kayaks out of Week’s Fish Camp again. This time, we had some very windy weather so we couldn’t cross the bay to Lover’s Key, so we decided to paddle south and stay along the mangroves for protection. I was …

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