Blue Turtle Cruising

Finally some decent weather in the Dry Tortugas!

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 8-10, 2017 Thursday – Weather forecast is looking better After 4 days of cloudy skies, high winds, and rough seas, we finally had a decent day forecasted. Although Thursday morning called for SW winds near 20 knots and seas at 5-7ft  it was to calm down throughout the day and into Friday. We had …

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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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Snorkeling the Dry Tortugas with Sukha and crew

Sunday, June 4, 2017 On our second day in the Dry Tortugas, the weather still wasn’t cooperating with high winds and seas that makes for poor diving conditions. With the winds coming out of the southeast, we decided to try snorkeling Little Africa since it is on the northwest side of Loggerhead Key and would possibly be …

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Day 3 in the Dry Tortugas: Diving, dinghy rides and running out of water

The boys on our dinghy ride

So on our third day (Thursday) in the Dry Tortugas, the plan was to get up early and head out for a morning of diving. When Randy went to brush his teeth and turned on the faucet there was no water. He checked the bilge (which was previously dry) and realized that it was full of …

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Day 1 in the Dry Tortugas: Diving, snorkeling and exploring the fort

dry tortugas

On our first full day in the Dry Tortugas (Tuesday), we left the anchorage around 7am and headed out for diving. Scott, Brandon and Matt were onboard with us and this was to be their first ocean dive, having just recently completed their dive certification. We were hoping to find a reasonably priced air compressor to bring …

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Garden Key and Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas

We lucked out with beautiful weather and calm seas the first 3 days which provided us with excellent diving and snorkeling, however, the latter part of the week the wind kicked up and seas weren’t as calm. Since diving was out, we spent a couple of days snorkeling around Garden Key and exploring Fort Jefferson. …

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Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas, June 30 – July 2, 2014

After our towing in, Randy continued through the night to get our engine started. We were lucky he was able to get the generator started. After a sleepless night for Randy, he awoke early and began again to get the engine starting batteries charged up enough to start the engine and finish bleeding the lines. …

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