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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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In India, Getting Lost Is Half The Fun by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Let them eat cake...! Last Sunday we went for a drive out of Bangalore.  We were headed for the vineyards we had heard about North of t ... Read on »
Finding The Balance by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Neil with Tony Spence, David Seaman and Bas Huibers Singapore Sailing Visitors We've been delighted to have visitors from home during th ... Read on »
A Month In Borneo by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation I Must Be Dreaming Birtday surprise. Crystal Blues is anchored on the very peaceful Sungai Tulai, and the sun is just peeping thr ... Read on »
Borneo River Action by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation We always think of our inflatable dinghy as our "car".  Here in Borneo, on the river Sungai Tulai, it is the quickest way for us to get to town, and really the only ... Read on »
Sarawak Update by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation After a three day passage from Singapore, we dropped anchor in the Santubong River , where we're surrounded by peace and serenity.  Mt Santubong towered over ... Read on »
Back To Work by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation We stunned quite a few friends with this decision, whilst others thought we had sailed off the edge of the world. We just see it as part of the adventure. Late las ... Read on »
The Joys of Getting Old by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Our son Shaun and his wife Sarah joined us for a 10 day cruise from Phuket to Langkawi in February.  We explored the delights of Phuket and then set off via Phi ... Read on »
Refitting In Thailand by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Are we addicted to refitting ?  Many of our friends think so, yet I know I'd rather be sailing. Our recent stay in Thailand was our longest refit, lasting 16 mon ... Read on »
Flat Water Sailing by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation I remember when we announced to our families that we were buying a yacht, my brother in law Peter said “Ley, you're in love with flat water sailing - wait until you find o ... Read on »
Time To Go ...... by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Each departure has its own emotional signature - leaving Australia over 4 years ago was different to leaving Borneo 18 months ago.  In each case the lead-up is similar - ... Read on »
A Buddhist Blessing by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Back in October we decided that the boat simply HAD to be in the water by Christmas, so we made a plan to achieve this, which included a long, long, long check lis ... Read on »
The MegaZip Way by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Zooming down a mountain at 60kmph, hanging by a single rope tether ...... flying over jungle, beach and ocean.  Landing on a tiny sand island and returning to the beach f ... Read on »
Its A Long Way To The Top ......... by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation If You Wanna Rock& Roll !   Aussie rock band AC/DC spoke the truth back in 1975 with their hit song ( view it here ).  Right now Ley and I feel we're close to the top after a ... Read on »
Refit Week 4 - Steelwork Completed by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Its just on a month since we sailed into Phuket Boat Lagoon, and three weeks since we hauled out of the water. On deck we've been concentrating on steelwork - changes an ... Read on »
AIS Part 2 - The Installation Experience by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation AIS stands for Automatic Identification System, an active primary safety system for vessels at sea. The black arrow in the photo at right, captured from our PC screen, ... Read on »
A Working Holiday In Phuket by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Most people come to Phuket for a holiday, but we've come to work - Crystal Blues is here for a major refit. After arriving on August 18, we anchored in Chalong Bay and c ... Read on »
AIS Part 1 - A System Primer by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation My father taught me to sail when I was about 8 years old - he's the worried one in the old photo at right (probably because my brother Peter is on mainsheet). With great ... Read on »
Coastal Internet Update - Google At Sea by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation We continue to receive questions about internet access afloat, so an update seems appropriate. To my delight, our Sierra Wireless 3G/GPRS modem continues to provide amazi ... Read on »
1000 Miles To Phuket by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Latitude 06 degrees 32.31 North, Longitude 099 degrees 25.16 East. The Southern Andaman Sea Its 1000 nautical miles (just under 2000km) from our long-house anchorag ... Read on »
A Cruising Life For Sale ... by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation We met Jon & Sandra Stonham in Borneo two years ago. They've became fine friends, and we've travelled extensively together (see our Andaman travels here ). They also ... Read on »