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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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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 »
Ugly Raw Water Blockages - A Fouling Story by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation We're spending quite a bit of time in marinas these last few months, as I'm doing some contract work and Admiral Ley needs a safe home while I'm away from the boat.   ... Read on »
Singapore Straits - Sailing From Malaysia to Indonesia by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation The Brightly Colored "Lego Barge" Came Over The Horizon This Afternoon - At 2 Knots We departed Puteri Harbour in Johor, Malaysia at 11.00am this mo ... Read on »
Things That Work For Us # 3 - The Powerdive Hookah by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Did Somebody Lose Something ?  Malacca Straits Midnight Dive As cruising  sailors we are definitely not professional divers, but we do enjoy the und ... Read on »
Cruising Buddies by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Selecting dim sum at a local cafe in Penang Mike and Sue Powell, good friends from Australia and long time cruisers, visited Crystal Blues in June.  ... Read on »
Penang To Johor Baru - Heading South At last by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation We departed Straits Quay Marina in Penang at 07.30 this morning, motoring south through a sticky haze. Penang wasn't going to let us go easily though - after ... Read on »
Northern Lights - Reliable Onboard Power At Last by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation If you follow this blog you'll already know that early this year our Onan generator died, with a frustrating control board fault.   We decided to ditch it, as it was pro ... Read on »
When Stainless Steel Isn't by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation On any sea going boat corrosion is a constant companion, but a dangerous one.  Like a sore tooth, it will flare up sometimes with no warning.  We use grade 316 stainless ... Read on »
The Hidden Cost Of Piracy by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation On any sea going boat corrosion is a constant companion, but a dangerous one.  Like a sore tooth, it will flare up sometimes with no warning.  We use grade 316 stainle ... Read on »
Penang - Its All About The Food by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation We arrived in Penang just over two weeks ago, with plans to complete our new generator installation before moving on south towards Singapore.  Here we found our good f ... Read on »