Autumn Borne Cruising

19 November 2019 | Wahlberg Creek off the Saint Catherines sound
15 November 2019 | Skull Creek
14 November 2019 | South of Beaufort Mooring field (at anchor)
13 November 2019 | Fenwick Island on the South Edisto River
12 November 2019 | Ashley river - Charleston SC
06 November 2019 | Carolina Beach Mooring Field
05 November 2019 | Mile Hammock Bay (USMC)
03 November 2019 | bayboro NC
03 November 2019 | Bayboro NC (near New Bern)
22 October 2019 | Solomons MD
20 October 2019 | Weems creek Annapolis MD
18 October 2019 | Weems Creek = Annapolis MD
16 October 2019 | weems creek -- Annapolis MD
03 October 2019 | Catskill NY
21 September 2019 | new Hampshire & MA

Cooper river to Walhberg Creek - outside

19 November 2019 | Wahlberg Creek off the Saint Catherines sound
Dean Perry | WILD
Today started in the Cooper River… high current situation when pulling anchor, but that worked out ok… as we drifted backward away from shoaled area.. (NICE)..
Sunrise… had us approaching the Savannah River.. .passing two dredges… (successfully)… and then into the Savannah river… where the first thing we had to dodge was a container ship… approaching… NOT a Problem… HUG the reds…but outside the channel… until clear to go across to the green side…
Passing the Tybee Roads USCG base…we noticed we were being followed… and then BOARDED by the USCG.. for a safety check…. VERY nice young men….(2)… The inspection went well.. but the one man did leave his safety manual with us on the AB… (accidently)…. I was going to call back by VHF…but thought better of it….. I didn’t want to embarrass the man… Maybe it fell overboard… when they were going from the AB back to the “small boat” (better)…
BUT… the safety inspection did take time… SO we ended up FIGHTING our way OUT of Tybee Roads (against the flood tide)…. And then when the forecast for the day’s weather was just outright WRONG…
We had to fight our way BACK into St. CAtherines sound….
OOPs…. Time out…the Generator jUst shut down on it’s OWN…. NOT GOOD…
Anyway…we ‘re anchored in Wahlberg Creek, off St. Catherines Sound… for the night…
Anchor down at N31 40.98 W081 09.43 after 50.1 NM of travel from The Cooper river.
OK…. Pause over…
STICK found jammed in GEN water intake…. Caused overheat condition. STICK cleared… waiting for unit to COOL… I’ll run later tonight… free flow of water at PERKO seems FINE NOW…. STRANGE occurrences !!!!
OK… let’s relax just a bit… before NCIS…

Skull Creek to The COOPER River - Staging for ocean HOP

18 November 2019 | Cooper River
Dean Perry | Sunny - CaLM conitions
We had a very short day, as far as moving south today…. We moved from SKULL creek, where we endured a LOT of REALLY BAD weather…. Gale force winds, torrential rain… etc. and WAVES (yes…. Even in skull creek…. 2 footers)….
We pulled anchor this AM before breakfast… but after first light… with some degree of difficulty… I keep a line forward with two HOOK type heads (one at each end… When the anchor chain comes up, and shows me a BRIDLE HOOK that’s wound around the chain… due to the fact that the wind has pushed the AB around the anchor for days, and knotted said chain…. I hook one end of this extra line on the chain…. BELOW the bridle hook, and then let out anchor chain, until I get enough freedom to work with the chain knot by pulling the anchor chain back on deck …. This pretty much eliminates the possibility of pinching my fingers in the chain IF the boat pulls tight on the anchor…. (The secondary hook is holding the boat).
Anyway. We pulled anchor in SKULL Creek and left.. .bound for The COOPER River…. Just above the Savannah River….Where we plan to exit to the ocean tomorrow… at Tybee Roads…
We did call Rocky and TERRY… at St. Mary’s boat Services to see if we could arrange an early Haulout… to allow us to change HOUSE batteries when Plugged in….a nd on the hard.
No room at the INN right now… BUT SOON.. .says Rocky Smith.
This afternoon I did take the time to tighten each and every connection of the batteries and charging system…. They were all tight…. I was hoping.. to find at least something… creating increased resistance… SO………….. I guess we’re coming down to the realization that these batteries (8 plus years old) have “had it”… and need to be put out to pasture… or whatever they do with old batteries.
SO…………….we’re all ready to HOP around GA tomorrow… or at the very least … hop down to St. Simons sound… (that’s IF we wimp out…) it’s 118 nm to Cumberland Island anchorage… or planned stop tomorrow…. We may wimp out… and stop at Lanier GA…. For the night… WE’LL SEE..
We’re anchored at N 32 08.79 W080 52.90

More Later.

skull creek - GALE force winds --- Hunkered down

16 November 2019
Dean Perry | Gale force winds.. RaIN
WELL... AB is hunkered down, albeit at anchor, in SKULL Creek (off the Port Royal Sound), in near Gale force winds... and RAIN...

i.e. YUCKY weather outside....
Inside, ALL the OIL lamps are LIT... and warming the main salon and aft cabin....

Getting ready to cook dinner. Comfort food.
I just BLEW the conch at sundown... to celebrate another successful day at sea.... ( that's one where we weren't injured of killed at sea)...
BLOW and toast with shot of RUM.... YOU got's to have your "traditions"... !!!!

This afternoon I did some research regarding our house bank batteries.... SEEMs we replaced them in 2011..... some eight plus (8+) years ago... SO... I guess they "don't OWE us a thing"....

they're LIFELINE AGM's.... So the easiest thing is to replace them IN KIND, when we get to St. Mary's Boat Services... in DEC.

SO................TIME FOR DINNER...

skull creek (near gale force winds) - hunkered down

16 November 2019
Dean Perry | skull creek (off Port Royal Sound, SC)
WELL... AB is hunkered down, albeit at anchor, in SKULL Creek (off the Port Royal Sound), in near Gale force winds... and RAIN...

i.e. YUCKY weather outside....
Inside, ALL the OIL lamps are LIT... and warming the main salon and aft cabin....

Getting ready to cook dinner. Comfort food.
I just BLEW the conch at sundown... to celebrate another successful day at sea.... ( that's one where we weren't injured of killed at sea)...
BLOW and toast with shot of RUM.... YOU got's to have your "traditions"... !!!!

This afternoon I did some research regarding our house bank batteries.... SEEMs we replaced them in 2011..... some eight plus (8+) years ago... SO... I guess they "don't OWE us a thing"....

they're LIFELINE AGM's.... So the easiest thing is to replace them IN KIND, when we get to St. Mary's Boat Services... in DEC.

SO................TIME FOR DINNER...

rude awakening this AM - Beaufort to skull creek

15 November 2019 | Skull Creek
Dean Perry | VERY VERY Windy... and rainy
15 NOV 2019 – Rude awakening this AM – Beaufort to SKULL Creek
The evening anchorage at Beaufort was a good one… peaceful, and quiet… even with the howling wind and rain… But one thing bothered us…. Because of the depth of water…we had a lot of chain out for a 4+:1 scope… but the sloop (unoccupied) next to us…. Seemed to have quite a bit more rode out… of Rope…. With something hanging off the stern (???)… could that be a secondary anchor… it was slack…HUMMMM (at that moment, anyway).
WELL…we thought we were far enough away ….. and ALL evening and ALL night that was the case…. BUT………………………
This morning with a FULL FLOOD tidal flow… the sloop did a slow motion touch on AB, but one that could not be ignored… SO at 0630 we got up… looked at the situation… started the motor, and backed easily away from the sloop… no damage to either vessel… our anchor chain just brushed into his toe-rail…. No other contact…. SO………….. Susan took the helm and kept us away from the sloop, while I pulled up the anchor… we did a slow search for another local anchorage…. Then said “The hell with it…let’s go across Port Royal Sound to SKULL Creek”…. (we’ve used this anchorage a couple of other times…. It’s sort of weird in that you’re in the middle of some wild looking grass patches… and shoals.. but in-between … deep !! 8+ foot tide here !!!!! WILD!
SO… we’re anchored again in SKULL Creek…. The good thing that happened this AM…with all the wind and rain….The wind Generator started to work again…. (????) Why it stopped … who knows…
SO………………but it’s still noisy… so I may shut it down anyway….
WE did hear from s/v Dalmatian this AM…. They’re looking at a Tuesday through Thursday weather window to get south…. From Wynyah Bay….
We’ll probably use the same window… We’re a lot closer to St. Mary’s Inlet than Dalmatian now… (being just OFF Port Royal Soundj)… and just above the SC / GA border…..
SO…. We’ll stay here and wait for that window…. (as long as this anchor holds….it’s quite the BLOW out there right now…. We seem stable but the tide is still rising … (nearly a eight foot tidal range here).
I may let out some additional chain….. Pause here…. I did let out more chain…. Over 130 feet out there now, and the tide is dropping… (thus increasing the scope). More later.
Anchor down at 32 15.14 N W080 44.69 Skull Creek after 13.4 nm of travel this AM (before that second cup of coffee).

Fenwick Is. to Beaufort SC (south of mooring field)

14 November 2019 | South of Beaufort Mooring field (at anchor)
Dean Perry | Miserable COLD and windy
Thursday 14 NOV 2019 -- Fenwick Island (anchorage) to Beaufort SC (anchorage)
WELL…. This was a miserably cold and wet day…. Good for one thing only… PUTTING MILES under the KEEL !!!
We both “slept IN” this morning, where we were anchored at Fenwick Island…. (just a really WIDE place in the AICW)…. Nice anchorage… not much protection, but then not much was needed last night.
(This is the South Carolina Low country… and they mean it… the vegetation is so low it sometimes doesn’t even show on radar)… 
The voltage was extremely LOW this morning on Battery set #1… I think we’ve got a problem cropping up there…. May have to be addressed at Rocky’s (St. Mary’s GA)…
The batteries just aren’t holding their charge…. From the night before, even with the only thing drawing is the anchor light, refrigerator, and freezer.
We called the Beaufort SC City Marina this AM to see if any moorings were available…. Laura (operator) said she could not SEE the mooring field BUT they were “first come – first serve” anyway!!! Then I looked up Lady’s Island Marina… $84+ per night for AB…. HUMMMM NOT worth it…. Four lines, and power cord…. TOO cold to walk around town…
SO……………………………. We waited a bit (15 min.) at the Lady’s Island swing bridge… then looked at the FULL mooring field… and decided to ANCHOR to the South of the field…. In SAND/MUD (good holding BUT DEEP, and with quite the current).
We’re anchored at N32 25.59 W 080 40.99 after 23.8 NM of travel from Fenwick Island anchorage to here.
We seem stable (at anchor)… the only “heart Palpitation” I had when considering anchoring here is the depth (20 to 26 feet –with 6 foot tide), and the thought of the last time we anchored here the two boats to our BOW … dragged each other to SHORE… in a morning blow. NOT really a good thought!!!
(BTW.. after those two dragged ashore… Susan and I hurriedly pulled anchor and drove down to SKULL Creek for a nice nights sleep).
WIND is NOW “howling outside”…. But the OIL Lamps of AB are lit for and aft (salon and aft cabin)… and the Propane Heater is sitting here “at the READY”…. SO LIFE is GOOD… COLD but GOOD !!!!
Plenty of RUM available…

OK… time for NAP….
SAD about the CA shooting…. Guns that aren’t locked up, and available to kids are still a problem….
More LATER.
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 14 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 #001.
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Summer Projects on Autumn Borne
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Created 21 August 2019
preparation projects on the AB...for trip south
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Created 30 September 2018
Goodwill Date NIGHT at the pool at HOP-O-Nose. Great Fun with good folks. spouses buy outfits for the other party.
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Created 6 August 2017
2017 Trip to the Abacos Islands - BAHAMAS
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Created 15 February 2017
Wonderful time at St. Marys GA -
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Created 1 December 2016
Bill and Janet took us to Wilmington NC ( aka "the big city") by car on FRiday... GREAT TRIP
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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 !!
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Created 19 February 2016
our times at VERO Beach
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Created 9 February 2016
FALL 2015 - Trip South along EAST Coast of USA
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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 !!!
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Created 18 September 2015
After Key West - winter of 2015 spent in Boot Key Harbor, and Marathon FL. Lot's of friends here...
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Created 19 April 2015
Vacation from Cruising... Becoming a tourist again.... and a wonderful visit from our kids.
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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...
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Created 18 December 2014
Cumberland Island GA - great place to visit... like walking on an alien planet
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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.
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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.
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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).
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Created 25 December 2012
Painting the trim at Ruth's house, led to some interesting happenings... Like my first ambulance ride (head wound).
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Created 28 September 2012
photos from our past, and hopefully from our sixth year 'out'.
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Created 16 September 2012