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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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Chagos Time & History by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Time has slowed down - after two weeks here we are truly settled in. Cruising sail boats have been calling here for several decades. One of the main attractions wa ... Read on »
Chagos Welcoming Committee by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation It's taken 18 years since we first dreamed of this place, but we finally made it. Crystal Blues arrived in Chagos on Saturday May 2nd, after a three day voyage from ... Read on »
Departing Maldives, Bound For Chagos by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Chagos has always been on our cruising radar - the place is big in cruising folklore.  Recent administrative changes by the UK government have limited th ... Read on »
Adoo Atoll, Maldives - Sailing South Of The Equator Again by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation After a very twitchy and uncomfortable overnight voyage south, Crystal Blues is anchored in 40 meters of clear water at Gan, in the Addu Atoll.  Turtles and dolphi ... Read on »
Kudahuvandhoo Island, Maldives by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Continuing our journey south, we spent two nights in the protected fishing boat harbour at Kudahuvandhoo, South Nilandhe Atoll.  As you can see from the image at right ... Read on »
Iridium Go! - Game Changing Satellite Transceiver by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation For many years we've used our Icom HF / SSB radio for email and weather updates when at sea. Planning our crossing of the Indian Ocean this year, we knew that HF radio p ... Read on »
Nilandhoo Island, Maldives - Paradise For 2000 Peaceful Souls by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Anchor Off The Bow, Stern To The Wharf At Nilandhoo Traveling south down the Maldives atoll chain, we decided to look for a town with a friendly h ... Read on »
50 Shades Of Blue - Maldives South Ari Atoll & LUX* Resort by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Never Mind 50 Shades Of Grey - here there are 50 Shades Of Blue.  We spent three delightful days on the Lagoon at Dhigurah, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. While o ... Read on »
View Open CPN On The iPad by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Open CPN is a very popular navigation program for cruising sailors. Now, with the advent of accurate charts derived from Google Earth satellite images, it plays a very ... Read on »
The Maldives - Viewed Through A Plastic Bottle by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Beautiful, Idylic Sand Spit Island ?  Not Really .... Every country we've sailed through has its share of waste littering the shore line.  Of course muc ... Read on »
Google Earth Charts - A New Aid To Navigation by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Beautiful, Idylic Sand Spit Island ?  Not Really .... Every country we've sailed through has its share of waste littering the shore line.  Of cou ... Read on »
Cruising South Ari Atoll, Maldives by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Inside The Lagoon At Dhigurah Island - The Gin & Tonic Was Excellent As you can see, the weather here has been dreadful ..... some boats (including ... Read on »
Cruising In Malé, Maldives by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Ley, Diving At Last In Clear Water, Just A Few Miles From Malé Malé was a surprise to us - certainly more sophisticated and "switch ... Read on »
Good Friday In The Maldives by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Ley, Diving At Last In Clear Water, Just A Few Miles From Malé Malé was a surprise to us - certainly more sophisti ... Read on »
Fire At Sea - A Cruising Yacht Burns by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Our friend Laszlo Torok is recovering from significant burns after a fire engulfed his cruising boat, 11 nautical miles off the east Australian coast, near Surfers ... Read on »
Arrival In The Maldives by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Before we can see the land, we study that landfall on our charting system.  The approach to Male, the capital of the Maldives, is specially exciting - just l ... Read on »
Indian Ocean Clearance Diving by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation On Tuesday night we hooked up on a surface net, where the top rope was directly buoyed on the surface. I felt it pass under the keel around 9:00pm and then was amaze ... Read on »
Passage To The Maldives by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Three days in to our passage from Trincolmalee, Sri Lanka, to the Maldives the weather has been kind to us once again. Sunny days, dry weather and just enough wind t ... Read on »
Travels In Trincomalee, Sri Lanka by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Between the old Honda Motorbike and a fairly battered Toyota van we managed to cover a lot of ground here in Sri Lanka.  We never did get to one of the nearby wild ... Read on »
The Alfred Normandale - Wooden Pilot Boat History by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation I have to admit I'm a sucker for wooden boats.  As a child my father initiated me into the ways of these special creations - the unique joy that comes ... Read on »