Autumn Borne Cruising

21 January 2018 | Vero Beach FL mooring field - South
19 January 2018 | Vero Beach FL mooring field - South
16 January 2018 | Vero Beach FL -
13 January 2018 | Vero Beach FLorida
10 December 2017 | Vero Beach FL -
08 December 2017 | Vero Beach FL -
04 December 2017 | Vero Beach FL -- Mooring field (south)
03 December 2017 | VERO Beach FL
01 December 2017 | ICW near Palm Bay
29 November 2017 | Titusville
28 November 2017 | daytona Beach FL
27 November 2017 | ST Augustine
27 November 2017 | ST. Augustine FL
26 November 2017 | St. Augustine Municipal Marina - Mooring M28
25 November 2017 | Cumberland Island
23 November 2017 | St.Mary's Georgia -- anchorage
20 November 2017 | Darien River (Georgia)
19 November 2017 | Vernon River (just above Hell GATE) Georgia

Happy Hour and cookout on AB - The Dailey's

21 January 2018 | Vero Beach FL mooring field - South
Dean -- partly cloudy but warming
Saturday was a day of myriad of small projects...
We received the Paddle for the Stand-UP paddle board, but NOT the 10 foot leash for your ankle.... The package was OPEN...we're hoping that it didn't fall out in transit.
The spare controller for the Western Digital converter box also came yesterday.

In the late afternoon, Mike and Donna Dailey came to the Autumn Borne for Happy Hour, and Dinner (a cookout on the grille)....(It's been so cold these last few weeks, we haven't used the grille on the aft deck at all). It was nice to start again. Wonderful to have Mike and Donna out to AB.... They used to cruise on "s/v MOJO"... a Panda double-ender. Earl and Kathy joined us for dinner, and Happy Hour.

Saturday Morning we all (Susan, Earl, Kathy, Grant, Libby, and me) walked to the Farmer's Market down at the beach. Then Susan and I walked back to Riverside Park to find friends.... No Joy there. So we took the bus to Publix to get supplies for the "cook out"... and provisions.
(4.3 miles total walking). probably the same on the bus.... hehehe :)

Dinghy MOTOR back from SERVICE

19 January 2018 | Vero Beach FL mooring field - South
Dean -- COLD - but sunny
The dinghy motor is now back from service. We were so lucky to be here when the motor began to overheat... (well to be more accurate, when the motor began to REALLY overheat, as it had been tending to do since Annapolis - high speed run on plane from Weems creek to EGO alley).

Anyway the service organization put a lot of new parts into the 2000 Mercury outboard (including a new water pump, housing, etc.)

But when I got the motor back on Tuesday, the same overheating symptoms showed up. Damn!!! call the service guy back... Scott took a ride with me in the dinghy and shot the motor head with an infrared temp sensor; YEP.. overheating, with he called the "cat's ass syndrome"
(the grommet, beneath the motor head, had closed from 1/4 inch diameter to less than 1/16th of an inch... causing the overheating problem in the dinghy motor).

SALT crystals get between the motor head, and the grommet, and gradually push the hole closed... and "harden" the rubber... The technician had to chip it out, and then drive to Lake Worth for the part.
I would have been hard put, to do this work... wow... We were lucky to be here when it failed, and lucky to find "Complete Marine Services of VERO, Inc." (Mercury dealer, and mechanics).

We have to keep reminding ourselves that this Mercury is already 18 years old... and (touch wood) still running like a charm.
OK.... touch wood again.

Last night we saw the movie "Three Billboards" with Mike and Donna Dailey (s/v Mojo). GREAT movie. And one more impressive thing from last night the outboard started right up in 45F temps... (touch wood). Yeah !!!

Windy and COOL... Inside Projects

16 January 2018 | Vero Beach FL -
Dean -- COOL, and very windy (up to 30 knot gusts)
Monday, 15 Jan 2018 -- Windy – COOL – project day

Today the weather dictated “inside projects”… So The LUBE OIL and oil filter are now changed on the Generator ( we missed the required change interval by just a few hours (16 hours)). But now that’s good for another 150 hours (touch wood).

The V-berth was also cleaned out, and rearranged… items tossed… and re-packed… That was tiring.

Our Mercury Outboard IS out for service… New Thermostat (old one stuck closed), new bleed lines (old ones rotted, and leaking), fresh lower gear oil, and the main reason it was in there, the water pump assembly. So… it’s practically a new motor now… NICE !

I had been looking for the source of those stupid fuel leaks for months…. Vinny found them in a few minutes in his test tank… Nice!!

Last night (Sunday) after watching the movie “The POST” at a local theater, with Kathy, Earl, Grant, and Libby, we settled in here at AB for the evening…. Windy…. We invited Kathy and Earl over to AB for a ham, potato and applesauce dinner…. They had been driving us around all weekend. Seemed right.

Nice to just sit and talk… too. ..

I was just about to order a SUP paddle too… (SUP = Stand UP paddle Board); Mike and Vickie gave us the SUP board, but didn’t have a paddle for that one. Have to order one that adjustable… Earl wants to try it, as well as Susan… So… “adjustable” is the name of the game there.

Saturday - 13 Jan 2018 - Busy WEEK at VERO Beach

13 January 2018 | Vero Beach FLorida
Dean -- Sunny but cooler than normal
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - Cool front settling in here in VERO Beach
Good Evening… We just finished dinner… this has been a wonderful, but very hectic day. Earl, and Kathy rented one of those weekend specials from Enterprise, so we did some far ranging shopping…
We drove down to Fort Pierce this morning to see what shopping wonders were at the Marine Liquidators shop… that proved very good for both SEEKER, and AB. I found PERKO hinges that fit our cabinets…. (RARE); and Earl found a Macerator for SEEKER, much cheaper than the West Marine unit.
We moved on to lunch at HarbourTown Marina…in Fort Pierce… very nice fish and chips, and tacos.
On the way back we hit a few places like Walmart, CVS, Melody Music, West Marine, etc. SO by the time we got back here to the marina, I think everyone was whipped…. Nice to be sitting, and watching TV…
Tomorrow, we may try to see the movie “The POST” starring Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks. Everyone has been looking forward to its premier, here.
Friday evening we spent at the condo of Gina, and Joe (s/v Okeema Rose), and re-connected with Don, and Judy Polifka.
Thursday night we spent next door on SEEKER, after the Tiki Hut Happy hour, at the Marina (on SEEKER we were in the company of Benny and Lisa (s/V Rhiannon); and Grant and Libby (s/v Nightengale). Nice evening…re-connecting with those folks.
Wednesday night Rhiannon (Benny and Lisa) treated us to dinner at Riverside Café. I had worked on their refrigeration system earlier in the week. NICE evening…
Anyway… it’s been a very busy week… starting with Manatee Monday… On guess when…. Monday!
More Later.

christmas in New York - SOCKs --

26 December 2017
We came north in great weather... in Mid-DECEMBER. It's now getting colder... MUCH COLDER... We're talking single, and negative digits.
(Photo = SOCKS)... therefore Socks have been required, while here.

Snow came after midnight on Christmas Eve... 9 or 10 inches of IT...

We had a lovely Christmas here at the home of our daughter; Now we're on the way to WNY for Grandkids X-mas gift giving.

Inside Projects - COLD FRont

10 December 2017 | Vero Beach FL -
dean - cold front went through.... BRRR
Yesterday was a total "inside" day... Rain / Wind / cold front coming in... etc.
We re-confirmed one of those "cruiser rules of thumb" regarding potable water filters (carbon 5 micron); They last exactly ONE MONTH... (the way we use the boat). EXACTLY the same as COFFEE (one large can of Maxwell House coffee, lasts exactly ONE month). So Susan suggested that when we "change to a new coffee can, go ahead and change the FILTER too.." Good idea!!!

The symptoms of this filter failure (clogging), for those that use these things... are as follows:
The pressure pump fails to reach the correct pressure to shut off and / or cycles on and off quite a bit before reaching shut off pressure.

Anyway.... the aft cabin head cabinet door has been re-hung, and works well, with it's new hinges... (it did take a little wood working to make the hinges fit the existing teak frame... as the hinges aren't QUITE the same as the originals.... they're "VERY" close, but...

Today it was 39F in Vero Beach FL, because of this cold front, and sinking jet stream (bringing snow to the southern states, etc.
I was told by Karyl Pomerhn not to speak about cold, as long as we were in Florida and not fighting with 20F and snow.... but the fact is... 39F (outside), when you're ON a boat with NO heat...(is sort of like living outside)... Fortunately the warm water keeps the HULL warm....and we do have a small Mr. Heater... (Propane heater) for when it's get's really cold.

I was going to say something here about the "talking heads" I just heard... talking about Roy Moore, and the GOP, and Alabama voters.... But I'm nearly speachless... The reporter would point out errors in the talking heads speach...and he'd just KEEP ON TALKING... as if she (the reporter) didn't say anything.... HE had 'exactly what he was going to say...and he was going to say it... regardless of any FACTS... or ERRORs..
( I guess if you say it long enough, and loud enough it becomes FACTS for some folks).... Wow !!!
I do applaud the reporter, though, for TRYING to point out the actual FACTS....that somewhat contradict what the "head" was saying.... yeah!!

OK... back to work... OR PLAY... sun is out.... YEAH!!
Vessel Name: Autumn Borne
Vessel Make/Model: CSY-44-Antigua
Hailing Port: Buffalo, New York
Crew: Dean and Susan Perry
About: Full time cruisers for 10 years, now. We cruise about 3500 nautical miles each season, from the top of the Hudson River (NY) to either the FL keys; the Bahamas; or the west side of FL, for the Winters.
Extra: Our CSY-44-Antigua is hull #1.
Autumn Borne's Photos - Main
Goodwill Date NIGHT at the pool at HOP-O-Nose. Great Fun with good folks. spouses buy outfits for the other party.
5 Photos
Created 6 August 2017
2017 Trip to the Abacos Islands - BAHAMAS
4 Photos
Created 15 February 2017
Wonderful time at St. Marys GA -
8 Photos
Created 1 December 2016
Bill and Janet took us to Wilmington NC ( aka "the big city") by car on FRiday... GREAT TRIP
6 Photos
Created 16 April 2016
We were invited for Pasta Night with Mike and Vickie McKinnon, to the new home of Michele and Steve Papile (s/v John Rae). Wonderful day !!
6 Photos
Created 19 February 2016
our times at VERO Beach
7 Photos
Created 9 February 2016
FALL 2015 - Trip South along EAST Coast of USA
8 Photos
Created 15 November 2015
Wonderful time at a Finger-Lakes wine tasting tour, organized by our daughter, Ruth. The tour was followed by a B-day celebration, and dinner at a local restaurant. Friends, and Relatives gathered from all over NY, and PA. GREAT TIME !!!
7 Photos
Created 18 September 2015
After Key West - winter of 2015 spent in Boot Key Harbor, and Marathon FL. Lot's of friends here...
12 Photos
Created 19 April 2015
Vacation from Cruising... Becoming a tourist again.... and a wonderful visit from our kids.
6 Photos
Created 22 February 2015
AB on the Hard for bottom work, and new paint. Propeller staightened, and cleaned up by professional prop shop.... two dents, and numerous nicks... and scratches...gone now... plus "pitch" checked and trued... Cutless bearing removed, and reset...
9 Photos
Created 18 December 2014
Cumberland Island GA - great place to visit... like walking on an alien planet
6 Photos
Created 1 December 2014
Traveling with Benny and Lisa on the S/V Rhiannon, and then Ilene, and Roger, on the s/v ILENE. Beautiful Beaufort SC until we had to leave before our anchor let GO in a blow and tide... and a wonderful ST. Mary's Thanksgiving.
6 Photos
Created 30 November 2014
dinner for 8, cooked by Ondra, and Nelson on Last Boat... eaten by the crews from Autumn Borne, SEEKER, Last Boat, and Endurance.
4 Photos
Created 12 March 2014
summer 2013 at HON
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Created 6 October 2013
rented car in Titusville, FL. Drove to Glenville, NY in two days. Christmas with Ruth, Matt, and the kids (Billie, and Charlie).
5 Photos
Created 25 December 2012
Painting the trim at Ruth's house, led to some interesting happenings... Like my first ambulance ride (head wound).
4 Photos
Created 28 September 2012
photos from our past, and hopefully from our sixth year 'out'.
4 Photos
Created 16 September 2012