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Greetings from the crew of Crystal Blues. On this site you can share in our travels, interests and experiences. The site contains a lot of information that we hope will be of value to other cruisers. Many site links, plus a wide range of information, document downloads, and video links, all in the... Full Bio
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Cruisehiemers by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Crystal Blues has been lifted out of the water and is on the hard stand at Rebak Island Marina, in Langkawi, Malaysia. Ley (optimistically) booked for jus ... Read on »
Good Medicine In Penang by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Crystal Blues had health issues, with "something" around the propeller.  So after a few days of rest and recuperation in Penang I dived on the propeller and remove ... Read on »
On Board USS Carl Vinson by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation We sail with just 2 crew most times, so it was amazing to visit a vessel with a ship's crew of 3000, plus another 3000 "passengers" being the various air wing team ... Read on »
We "Love" The Mallacca Straits by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation This was our eleventh Malacca Straits passage, and it turned out to be just like some of the others - a pain in the neck.  Keeping in mind that the boat ha ... Read on »
Bound For Penang, Smoky Haze by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation We departed Singapore this morning on schedule, clearing immigration just after noon and turning westward across the bottom of the island.  By 15:00hrs we should w ... Read on »
Escaping Singapore by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Crazy Curved Buildings At The Marina That's us on the right, so keen to move, sitting here with our mainsail up in the marina. Only two days to go a ... Read on »
Black Streaks Are Us by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Escaping the grind of 12 hour work days in Manila, boat work seemed an attractive option and Crystal Blues has been ignored for some time.  Arriving aboard in Singapo ... Read on »
Our Cruising Mantra - Retire Young - Retire Often by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation We first retired from our work in Australia in 2005, before going cruising.  For five years we stayed gainfully unemployed, before happenstance offered up a variety of ... Read on »
Barnacle Busting by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Barnacles and a solitary oyster living on the inlet fittings. Almost two years since we last applied anti-fouling paint, and the barnacles are start ... Read on »
Another Gemini Birthday by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Friday June 13, Lucky For Some Time flies when you are having fun and it flies even faster the older you get.  Neil and Ley celebrated another birthday on Jun ... Read on »
Our Singapore Family by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Shaun, Sarah, Harrison, Sam & Ley Seems like we can't keep away from Singapore. Now, our eldest son Shaun, wife Sarah and two grandchildren ... Read on »
Boating Therapy by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation We have visited quite a few boat shows over the past 20 years and on March 22 we added another one to the list.  Sea-Ex Manila 2014 was held on the ... Read on »
The Local Pinoy Scene by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Singing with Chucky at Senore Paquitos, our local tapas bar. Six months now in Manila, and we're still loving this city. Most Friday evenings w ... Read on »
"Relaxing" at Nongsa Point by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Drilling a hole to mount the new stern light. Well, not really relaxing.  Our visits to Crystal Blues tend to be pretty focused - always a list of j ... Read on »
Floating Between Manila and Indonesia by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Neil on a Skype video call to the team in Manila. It didn't take long for us settle into work mode again....the boat became the home / office fo ... Read on »
Tacking - Changing Direction Again by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation The Great Escape Two months ago we thought our long standing love affair with Asia was about to end.  Crystal Blues and her crew were aching to go to sea. ... Read on »
Dangerous Liferaft Servicing by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Early this year we broke our own "boat rules" and could well have paid the penalty with our lives. The Only Time We Want To Be Inside Th ... Read on »
The Foul Story - Barnacles, Ultrasonics & The Facts From Cousin Glen by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Some weeks back I wrote ( here ) of the difficulties we had experienced with barnacles fouling the sea water inlets on Crystal Blues in estuarine waters. Keen to ... Read on »
Things That Work For Us # 4 - Caribe C10x RIB Dinghy by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Taking our Iban friends for a fast ride on Sungai Tulai, Sarawak Explaining our cruising lifestyle to land lubbers, we say that we do own a "car", it just ... Read on »
A Cracked Anchor & Fake Rocna's by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Taking our Iban friends for a fast ride on Sungai Tulai, Sarawak Explaining our cruising lifestyle to land lubbers, we say that we do own a "car ... Read on »