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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 ..... Turtle-Pac Flexible Tanks by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Whilst we aren't happy about the demise of our Onan genset (more on that in the future), we are rewarded when we see other systems that work as advertised .... and keep ... Read on »
Double The Crew, Double The Fun by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation A couple of weeks back we were joined on board by good friends Ray & Jan Pitt, veteran Crystal Blues holiday sailors and determined thrill seekers. As you can see from ... Read on »
Onan Genset Blues by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Fault Code 41 :  There is no way my hands will be clean for days - have just removed the control board on our Onan MDK-AU genset, which took about 4 hours.  Tomorr ... Read on »
Offshore Sailing With A 406 EPIRB - What Price Safety ? by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Like many cruising sailors, we've been is Asia for some time, in our case over seven years.  We frequently look westward, hoping that the piracy problems will go ... Read on »
Gong Xi Fa Chai by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation The year of the snake is upon us ... it started a few weeks back with a green and yellow sea snake trying to climb aboard the dinghy at Kata beach in Phuket.  No p ... Read on »
Our iPad On Board by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Many cruising sailors have PC's installed onboard, running navigation applications such as Fugawi, C.Map, MaxSea, OpenCPN or other programs.  Then along came the i ... Read on »
Gear For Sale - Pumps, Solar Controllers & More by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Ley and I hate throwing good equipment away, yet somehow each year we accumulate items that just don't have a home aboard.  Over the past few months we've accumulated ... Read on »
A Room With A View by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Ley and I hate throwing good equipment away, yet somehow each year we accumulate items that just don't have a home aboard.  Over the past few months we've accumula ... Read on »
Thai Trawlers by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Clean & Tidy,  But The Smell ..... ! In this part of the world cruising sailors quickly become familiar with the local Thai trawlers and squid b ... Read on »
Can You Keep a Secret ? by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Buffalo Bay We're anchored in a slice of paradise at Ko Phayam, near the Burmese border.  After a week, we now find a new excuse each day not to lea ... Read on »
Cruising Into the Mist by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Clear Water & Sandy Bottom At Nai Yang Beach Last week we departed Phuket for a short cruise along the north western coast of Thailand, up to ( ... Read on »
Power To Live by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Eco Friendly Power Here we are at anchor, with the new solar panels and wind generator putting amps into the boat systems.  Just as well, because o ... Read on »
Sailing at Last by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Phagna Bay Sailing We went sailing last Sunday - what a joy.  There was no destination in mind, just wherever the wind would take us. It ha ... Read on »
Life on the Hook by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Koh Yao Yai beach - not busy at all We escaped from Boat Lagoon in Phuket last Friday, and Koh Yao Yai is a lot more exotic than the boatyard and ha ... Read on »
She Floats ! by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation We hauled Crystal Blues out of the water back in March, here at Boat Lagoon in Phuket. We initially intended a short stay on the hard, but this eventually turned into a ... Read on »
Black and White by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Antifouling Today was all about black(antifoul) and white (sails).  We had applied antifouling paint back in May when we thought we were ready to re ... Read on »
Neck and Neck in the Patches Stakes by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Boat Marooned, at Boat Lagoon, Phuket. Six days till splash down! Our bilge refurbishment is done and dusted.  Systems are rapidly being re-ins ... Read on »
Time Out Chiang Rai by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Sunset over the padi, Northern Thailand A few weeks back we decided to take a break from our refit work on Crystal Blues.  The last few ... Read on »
The Birds by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation A Welcome Bird Visitor. Our Thai carpenter Nhoon, brought his baby parrot, Goldie to Crystal Blues when he was installing the new cupboard bases. ... Read on »
Welding Day by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Grinding sparks Yesterday we closed the hole in the aft bilge.  We prepared the area very well, wrapping all cables and hoses, sealing all holes wit ... Read on »