Blue Turtle Cruising

Settling back into marina life after Irma

A reader emailed us the other day asking how we were since there hasn’t been a blog post since September.  We certainly appreciate the checking in, but I told him quite frankly that we really haven’t been up to much. This blog tends to go quiet in the hot months of summer, from July-October down …

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Post Hurricane Irma drama and waiting for power

By now, Irma has passed through Florida, Georgia and Alabama and made its way through Tennessee where it downgraded to a tropical storm. While Irma was less severe and devastating for some in Florida, it caused catastrophic damage to the Caribbean islands as a category 5 hurricane. Major damage and flooding was suffered by the …

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Bracing for Hurricane Irma

As everyone has heard by now, Hurricane Irma has been wreaking havoc on the Caribbean islands, the Bahamas and Cuba with its path set on making landfall in Florida on Sunday. Earlier in the week we watched as Irma gained mass and power and started heading in our direction. By Wednesday, most of the state …

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Poor weather conditions continue in the Dry Tortugas

Tuesday and Wednesday, June 6-7, 2017 While our hometown of Fort Myers was getting hammered with unusually large amounts of rain, we too were facing the same conditions in the Dry Tortugas. Since there is no wifi or cell service in the Dry Tortugas, it’s difficult to predict the weather. To get the forecast there, …

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Blue Turtle is dry for Hurricane Matthew

By now, most of you have heard about Hurricane Matthew that is making its way toward the East coast of Florida.  Matthew is looking to be one of the biggest hurricanes to come through since 2006 and is currently a Category 3 hurricane in the Bahamas. It is forecasted to be a Category 4 hurricane with 130 …

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Winter storm aftermath and damage

If you live in the southwest Florida area, then you no doubt heard about the storm and tornado that came through last night. Winter storms like his one around here are rare and tornadoes in the area even rarer. Normally, we are always on alert for hurricanes during hurricane season and can relax in the …

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The hurricane that never was (at least for us)

Randy (with Sophie) using a dock box to get down from the boat

So, Tropical Storm Isaac has come and gone and left very little mark with southwest Florida. Overnight, the storm moved further west into the Gulf of Mexico and is currently heading toward Louisiana. Originally, Isaac was to become a hurricane by the time it passed us, but with it’s westward path, it somehow missed us …

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