S/V Crystal adventures

cruising the carribean, in search of the golden turtle that lays the golden eggs!

09 June 2008
29 April 2008 | Puerto Aventura, Mexico
12 March 2008 | Portobello Panama
18 February 2008 | Cartegena Colombia
07 February 2008 | COLOMBIA
12 January 2008 | Kralendijk, Bonaire
26 December 2007 | Bonaire
23 December 2007
28 November 2007 | Venezuela
28 October 2007 | Trinidad
19 August 2007 | trinidad
26 July 2007
07 July 2007 | St. Vincent
14 June 2007 | The Saintes, Guadalupe
02 May 2007 | st. Maarten
27 April 2007
22 April 2007 | St.Martin/St.Maartin
07 April 2007
03 April 2007 | St.Thomas
07 March 2007 | st.thomas

the remoras

07 March 2007 | st.thomas
The first time we stayed at water bay in St.Thomas (U.S.V.I) our boat was perfectly clean and had hardly any parasites. Then came February. In February many animals mate and reproduce, so there's lots of stuff floating around. Our boat was suddenly an "all you can SCRUB buffet."
In the harbor we noticed a turtle that had also made its home there, and had a parasite on its back. This parasite was a remora. When our boat was suddenly so full of "food" the remora decided to make the bottom of our boat its new home.
One day when dad thought it might be time to check the hull. What he found was (as I described earlier) an, "all you can SCRUB buffet". But then he noticed yet another thing. It was a customer! This "customer", surprisingly was not alone. It had brought over a friend. I told dad over and over that the remoras won't bite, but he was convinced that he could not scrub the bottom as long as they were there. (Personally I think he is just trying to get himself out of scrubbing the hull.)
My sister ad I decided to name the remoras "Jack" and "Jill". Now anytime something falls of gets tossed over board... (Example a close pin, they fall of all the time.) Both remoras come shooting from under the boat to see if it is edible. It's funny to watch other people see them when they sprint from under the boat. Usually, because of the surprise, they jump and do a little scream to go with it. And now because dad is scared to go in the water whenever we jump of our boat we swim as fast as we can to the ladder. The only problem with that is me and my sister are too scared to jump in alone so when we jump in at the same time it's a very vicious race to the one and only way back on the boat. The Ladder.
Lately we have been swimming in the pool at the resort my dad works at because of our unreal theory that the remoras are dangerous. I have read and heard many times that remoras aren't dangerous, but because the biggest person on our boat is scared, we all are. One of our favorite fish books, "Guide to Corals & Fish of the Caribbean" said only one little sentence about remoras. I was a little disappointed. I needed some kind of solution to make dad scrub the bottom before we become part of the reef. I suggested to leave now for the day to a different harbor but mom and dad where stuck in the bar. You know cruisers! I'm guessing we will just have to wait until we make way again.
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Vessel Name: crystal
Vessel Make/Model: pearson 39
Hailing Port: delaware
Crew: kurt, Nadine, Jana and Lisa
Extra: cruising the carribean, with the kids
crystal's Photos - crystal adventures (Main)
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slide show 2006 006: swing in paradise
slide show 2006 011: Marcie from the cruising cat "serendipity" and Lisa enjoy each other.
slide show 2006 012: jillian and jana, its special to meet fellow cruisers with kids!
crystal at sail: Crystal sailing into coral bay in St. John
bitter end: The bitter end yacht club in Virgin Gorda bvi
dinghy problems: yeah!!!  the dinghy works!  Conception Island Bahamas
dinner: This one we cherished after running out of protein in Mayaguana in the Southern Bahamas YES! that is daddy
kids aboard: we have never been so close, cruising has made our family bond like elmers!
 
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Cruising pics alonf the Colombian coast
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Created 8 February 2008
6 Photos
Created 12 January 2008
working on Auquamarine our new home!
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Created 29 September 2007

we are sailing!!

Who: kurt, Nadine, Jana and Lisa
Port: delaware