Blue Turtle Cruising

Scenes of Fort Myers Beach during ‘stay at home’ orders

trawler anchored by fort myers beach

Even though our governor issued a ‘safe at home’ order on April 3rd closing down most of the state except for essential businesses, we have been practicing social distancing since mid-March. Randy and I have been off the dock more during this time than any in past years. With every grocery run becoming a potential …

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Post-holiday cruising in SWFL

Every year, right after Christmas we always take some time to get in some cruising. With both of us working full-time and having a teenager with his own busy schedule, we haven’t really had the time to get off the dock as much as we would like. Post holidays is always a great time for …

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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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Off the dock for a wedding celebration!

I’m so late in posting about this very fun weekend we had back in November. Our friends Will and Tiffany (@teamwiff) got married the second weekend in November. These are the very same folks who we helped bring their 48′ Sea Ray Sedan Bridge home from Pompano Beach at the end of April. Their absolutely …

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Finally off the dock! Time to go cruising!

Finally the red tide has subsided in our area and the temperatures have dropped below the 90’s! We survived another scathing summer here in Southwest Florida and are happy to report that we finally made it off the dock last weekend. It was a short weekend trip but just enough time to decompress and enjoy …

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Lights & festivities abound at the annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Salty Sam's sailboat Christmas Tree

Last weekend marked our third attendance at the annual Fort Myers Beach Boat Parade organized by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Salty Sam’s Marina. Last year, we cruised from Snookbight Marina to Salty Sam’s to the stay the weekend and enjoy the parade which was being staged there. This year …

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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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Shrimp Festival 2017 Fort Myers Beach

shrimp festival fort myers beach

This past weekend, Shrimp Festival and spring break were in full swing. Shrimp Fest is always a great time to be on our little island of Fort Myers Beach. It’s festive, fun and crazy with spring break happening at the same time. Last year we missed Shrimp Fest because I had just had surgery on …

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Post Christmas Cayo Costa trip

Every year between Christmas and New Years we take a trip on Blue Turtle. During this time, business slows down for both Randy and I and Corey is out of school. It gives us a good length of time to cruise and anchor out somewhere so we can all decompress and destress. But first, Captiva… …

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FMB Christmas Boat Parade & Salty Sam’s “stay-cation”

This past weekend, we took Blue Turtle to Salty Sam’s Marina to stay 2 nights and watch the Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade.  We left Snook Bight on Friday afternoon and took a short cruise over to Salty Sam’s. On our way there, we were escorted by several pods of dolphin (Check out our …

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FMB Christmas Boat Parade – Join in the festivities!

Come celebrate the Christmas spirit at the 28th Annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade. The parade is held on Saturday, December 3rd and starts at Salty Sam’s Marina and will pass though Matanzas Harbor and the first two canals of Siesta Isles. We participated in the parade in 2014 aboard a friend’s Mainship, Bon Foyeage, …

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Yar! It’s Pirate Festival on Fort Myers Beach!

pirate fest canon battle fort myers beach

Pirate Festival on Fort Myers Beach is always a blast. This marks our third year attending and this year was no different. We had planned to take Blue Turtle to Matanzas Bridge on the North end of the island to anchor for the weekend, but our generator currently isn’t working since we have the starter …

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