Blue Turtle Cruising

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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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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Check out our interview on Salt & Siren!

Salt & Siren.com is a website/blog run by Todd & Jeneé who are leaning into a life on the water by living aboards and surrounding themselves with work that can support this vision. They’ve been featuring interviews of liveaboards on their blog. This week, Blue Turtle crew had the chance to weigh in on some salty …

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Living aboard a boat … where do we begin?

We recently received an email message from a reader asking us the following question: I’m rather new to Fort Myers and we are pursuing boat living! Our only issue is we are complete novices and have never owned nor driven a boat! Where do we begin?? We don’t know anyone here with a boat yet …

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Celebrating 5 years living aboard – reflections and observations

This May marks our 5th year anniversary of living aboard Blue Turtle. Hard to believe that 5 years ago Randy and I brought Blue Turtle home and moved aboard to live full time.  We were complete noobs and had no idea what we were in for. Everything was a learning process. We joke about the fact that …

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Living aboard a boat vs. living on land, how is it different?

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our Disclosure for more info. When Randy and I first decided to live aboard a boat, we really had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Well, actually my parents were living aboard at the time, so we did have “some” idea: we thought it was going to be all …

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Living aboard a boat – is it minimalism?

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our Disclosure for more info. Randy and I were watching a documentary on Amazon the other night about minimalism and it got me thinking about whether living aboard a boat would be considered minimalism. The documentary titled, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, examines the many flavors of minimalism and …

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Choosing the right liveaboard boat

We’ve received many inquiries from our blog about choosing the right liveaboard boat. Folks have many questions ranging from style of boat, length of boat and horsepower to interior layout and aesthetics. I decided to post our experience with choosing Blue Turtle and what we initially looked for versus what we might have done differently today. First though, I want to …

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Four years living aboard!

In may, we celebrated our fourth year living aboard Blue Turtle.  I’m a little late posting this because we’ve been so wrapped up in wedding plans and planning/provisioning for our upcoming Dry Tortugas trip. Our fourth year finds us loving the live-aboard lifestyle.  Year four was full of some awesome and memorable trips as well as some …

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Pontoon boat party with friends

I’ve been so busy lately that I’m posting this a little late. Two weekends ago, we were invited to go out on a pontoon boat for the day. Our friend Beth had won a free pontoon boat rental at a Snook Bight Customer Appreciation event. It so happened that our mutual friends, Tim and Joan, were in …

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Settling into marina life

Rear view of Blue Turtle and Island Time

It’s been exactly 1 month since Randy and I brought the DeFever home from Longboat Key in Sarasota. We put the boat temporarily in Cape Coral Yacht Club since my parents are live a boards there. We’ll eventually end up in a marina on the southern end of Fort Myers Beach. The marina we’ll eventually …

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