Blue Turtle Cruising

Sailboat Survey Part Two (and what we’ve up to since Part One)

In our last post, I mentioned that we were under contract on a 1978 CSY 44′ Walk Over and we had our sea trial and survey. That was in August and the survey had to be postponed due to a line breaking that made it impossible to raise the mainsail. A rigger couldn’t be scheduled …

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Our beloved Blue Turtle is for sale!

I’m sure this will be a shock to some, especially those who know how much we have LOVED living aboard Blue Turtle for the last NINE years. Rest assured, we are not selling her through any fault of her own. She is the most EXCELLENT live aboard and cruising trawler and we’ve had so many …

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9 Years living aboard! Blue Turtle then & now

It’s hard to believe that we celebrated 9 years living aboard in May. Nine years ago we brought our beloved Blue Turtle home from Longboat Key and nine years later we both agree that it’s been the best decision ever. This year, instead of reflecting back on all the boat projects we’ve done to date …

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So long, 2020!

This past year has been a difficult one and the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the day-to-day routine for many of us. With the vaccine finally making its appearance this month, here’s to hoping 2021 will somehow eventually get back to “normal”.  This blog has gone dark since my last post in May about our 8 …

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Ship shape – how to stay in shape while living on a boat

This post may contain affiliate links Please read our disclosure for more information. Those who know me well, know that fitness has been a lifetime passion for me. Growing up participating in gymnastics and sports had a great impact on me and I have always loved a great sweaty workout. In fact, if I go too many …

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Creative lights, festive attire and holiday cheer at the FMB Christmas Boat Parade

One of the great things about living aboard at Salty Sam’s Marina is that we get a front row seat to the staging of the annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Every year the parade starts at Salty Sam’s with boaters adding their last minute decorations or checking the lights before heading out on …

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Life gets in the way sometimes

Hi there. Remember me? I used to post quite regularly here about cruising and living aboard. I have to say that you really haven’t miss much since my last post back in May. Where has the time gone? It seems like life sometimes just gets in the way of our cruising and posting regularly. With …

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Celebrating 7 years living aboard our trawler

Seven years ago on Mother’s Day weekend, Randy, his father (John), my father (Steve), and I brought Blue Turtle home from Long Boat Key, FL. It was a whirlwind weekend trip filled with excitement and maybe a few thoughts of, “oh dear, what have we gotten ourselves into?” At the time, we really had no …

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Running a business (and working full time) while living aboard

This May marks our 7th year living aboard Blue Turtle. During this time, Randy and I have both worked full time. While Randy works for a company as a regional sales rep, I have been running my business, Blue Turtle Graphics, from the boat. Last year, my company celebrated its 10 year anniversary and it’s …

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Our first non-cruising summer aboard Blue Turtle

You might have noticed by now how quiet our blog has been this summer. It’s usually filled with photos and stories of our adventures to the Keys or Dry Tortugas. This year, we were unable to make our Dry Tortugas trip that we’ve done the last 4 years in a row. With a boy who …

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