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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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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 »
Welcome Home To Yacht Haven - Animal Farm by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Fish, Lizards, Snakes & Rats After four weeks away it was good for both Ley and I to be back on board.  It had been a stressful month.  We arrived home to find ra ... Read on »
Vale Ray Worrall, 1921 - 2013 by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation My father in law Ray Worrall passed away on April 16th. That's him in the yellow jacket, sailing aboard Shamrock back in 2006.  He loved boats, loved sailing, and ... Read on »
Whitby Harbour - Living Sailing History by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation My father in law Ray Worrall passed away on April 16th. That's him in the yellow jacket, sailing aboard Shamrock back in 2006.  He loved boats, loved sailin ... Read on »
Sailing Tradition by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation  Peter & I In The Model Room In London for a family reunion, I'm staying at the Royal Thames Yacht Club. The club house is located in Knight ... Read on »
Super Yacht Neighbourhood by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation There go the neighbours - at 213 feet (65 meters) Callisto is an incredibly beautiful motor yacht.  Built in 2006 by Feadship in Holland , she cru ... Read on »
The Cruising Life At Yacht Haven Marina by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation The Admiral Is An Expert Painter After four months of cruising we berthed at Yacht Haven Marina two weeks ago and immediately start ... Read on »
Paper Navigation Charts - A Disappearing Story by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation With The Admiral away in Singapore on a visa run, I was tasked with reviewing our huge collection of paper charts, and disposing of those we ... Read on »
Things That Work For Us # 2 - The Rogue Wave WiFi by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Almost a year ago we wrote about the Rogue Wave - a WiFi bridge built for cruising sailors (read that story here ). At the time our only issue was the chrome plate ... Read on »
Just Cruising - The Boat Shack At Ko Phayam by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Cruising Sailors Enjoy The View At Ko Phayam.  The Crew Includes Fellow OCC Members Gordon & Helen MacKenzie (Mantra of Glasgow),  Aussie Cruisers Mark Ain ... Read on »
No Tears Were Shed For The Onan MDK-AU by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation This morning at 8.30am we finished the job.  The Onan is gone.  Local mechanic Graeme Eaton arrived with a chain hoist and simple scaffold arrangement.  It lifted ... Read on »
Fish Traps In Paradise by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation A common hazard in Thai coastal waters, fish traps create differing reactions among cruisers in the region. Onboard Crystal Blues we work hard to avoid them, tho ... Read on »
The Onan Genset Blues / 2812 Hours by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Fault Code 41 - It's a slow blues in E, with a fat bass line and lots of open space between the notes.....those open spaces represent the quiet times when the gene ... Read on »
Sailing Is In The Family by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation NS38 Moneypenny On Port Philip Bay I learned sailing from my father Dean, as did my brother Peter.  He sails his North Shore 38 Moneypenny from the ... Read on »