Blue Turtle Cruising

Wood rail rehab on the Blue Turtle

This Florida winter has been a productive one for the Blue Turtle.  Boat projects have been plentiful now that Corey is driving and Randy’s taxi services are no longer needed. Randy has realized that he now has quite a bit of extra time so now he can focus on Blue Turtle. It’s been years since …

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The workingman’s guide to finishing wood on a boat

When Randy first took me to see Blue Turtle (back then, it was called Down Time), I fell in love instantly. Our De Fever is a classic trawler with beautiful lines and it had gorgeous wood inside and out. The wood sold me, it was so beautiful with the blonde colored rails that are lighter than you see …

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Varnishing wood: Lessons learned

The tools I started out with: Captain's Varnish and a Purdy brush

You may have read a while back that Randy and I renamed our Trawler from Down Time to Blue Turtle. We’ve since changed the lettering on the stern and held a christening. One of the last items to take care of, was refinishing the wooden name boards that were on both sides of the trawler. …

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