Autumn Borne Cruising

CSY-44 Antigua - Hull 001

Back in the USA

26 April 2019 | Vero Beach FL
Dean Perry | windy -- possible rain later
24 April 2019 -- Great Sale Cay to America (USA)...
We're in transit right now... (as I write this), AND we're away from all cell towers and normal communications gear.... ( the nice thing is that we have HF (high frequency) radios, and we also have SEEKER next to us... (buddy boat)... Good Feelings...
We did minor projects all morning while anchored at Great Sale Cay... WAITING for noon(ish) to leave...
You may ask... Why didn't you leave in the early morning when more than half of the boats in the anchorage left???? WELL....the answer is... TIMING.... IF things go according to PLAN... and we "proceed across the bank, and Then enter the Gulf Stream after dark....... We will arrive just off the coast of the USA, AT Fort Pierce just in TIME to enter the inlet, there at FLOOD TIDE.... Instead of having to FIGHT your WAY into an EBB tide... That is the reason to WAIT.
Many boats sail/ motor sail today... to the edge of the bank in the daylight...then anchor for a while....
We have had success at just continuing the trip, once started.... To sleep for a few hours... makes me "groggy" and ineffective....
ANYWAY... We're motoring (mains'l is flying, but only 3 knots of breeze... right now...) Could pick up once we're in the ocean (off the bank....
YESTERDAY, coming from Manjack Cay to Great Sale cay... was 9 hours of pure sailing... Wonderful !!!
Motor ON for the anchor pull, and for the anchor SET... other than that .. .pure sailing... (well , we did motor/ sail the last 4 miles into the bight of Great Sale cay... WIND dead astern, and falling).
BUT... it wasn't all Peaches and cream....in the mid-day... I used the forward head.... Never really checking it afterward... (who does? ).... WELL.... About 2 hours later... I HEARD the bilge pump come on two times in a row.... HUMMM TIME for a "Walk-about"...
. I went down again, below decks... (boat heeled over about 15 degrees... sailing... wonderfully.... I entered the forward head and stepped into about 3 inches of water inside the head door.... CRAP.. NOT GOOD!!!!
Turns out that the ANTI-siphon device on that HEAD, failed to function after the last use... and sea water had been siphoning into it... and overflowing..... NOT a good feeling having the boat fill with seawater.. SO I quickly closed all of the local seacocks that service that system... and stopped the leak...
That was one of this morning's projects (at Great Sale Cay)-- Check out that head... and valve... (anti-siphon)... WORKS this AM... but still "keeping an eye on it"... !!!!
We also made dinner for tonight supper.... Dinner time we should be almost OFF the Bahamas Bank... and heading for the east side of the Gulf Stream.... Minimum time below deck can sometimes be a blessing.... Right NOW... it's close to a JILLY_Q crossing ... FLAT water....
OK... I guess I'd better get back up there.... And take my watch...

OK.... TIME has passed.. .and we're back in the USA.... Entered at Fort Pierce Inlet.. about 0945 and STILL had to fight a little of the EBB Tide.... I guess 1030 hours would have been better, but crossing the Gulf Stream at "Engine IDLE" just seemed "SO SLOW".... But we saved a lot of fuel !!! that's for sure...
(I know not as much as if you'd been SAILING !!! heheheh)
SO.............. WE called Vero Beach City Marina... and gave them our "particulars" (length, draft, etc.)... and waited for a mooring assignment.... Then the PHONE Rang.. It was Kathy Barth (s/v FIVE and DIME); saying that they had a friend coming in on a 47 foot for one side of them, but we were welcome to the other side... (TRIPLE RAFT)... GREAT !!! wonderful !!! SO we're on mooring #24 in the north field...for a short time.... (before starting NORTH toward Hop-O-NOSE marina, at Catskill, NY).
We called up the APP "ROAM" to check in with Customs, and Border Patrol.... WOW... I thought it was going to be a true "BITCH"... because..... Somehow... they (the government had been sending me my "codes"... to my "Bahamas" telephone number...WELL...now that SIMM card was NOT in my PHONE... SO ... now what... I can't log IN... EVEN to Change my password, or codes.... DAMN !!!! Even the "back door" secret things weren't working.....
START a New ACCT' ???? and loose all the data that I'd already put in..... NO WAY.... FINALLY a found my 10 digit "Account KEY".... Wow.... And it (the APP) let me IN.... from there a BREEZE ... checking IN...
Wow.... So.. we're legal again....
WE launched the dinghy (no easy feat, as it was covered in the freshly LOWERed stays'l).... And dinghy'd over to the office to check in with VERO Beach.... WE've Signed up for 5 days.... (RE-PROVISIONING, RESTING, AND waiting for Pete and Bunny to make their way up from the Keys.... (they having made it to Rodriguez Key last night...)
The crews of SEEKER, and Autumn Borne.. were "Running on EMPTY"... but we went to the "4 PM happy hour anyway"... but didn't stay for the whole event.... Back to AB.. to nap; have supper; and CRASH.
Today, is FRIDAY.... First full day at VERO.... Shopping is on the agenda.. .at sometime... plus maybe a water run... to fill tanks... we'll think of things... I'm sure...
While I was covering the sails yesterday... I said to Bill and Margaret on "Margaritaville"... that this is a one time shot (covering)... because once they come off next week... "these sails won't be covered again until we reach the top of the Hudson River"....
OK.... Time to get coffee, and start today's project LIST.... Shopping, water... etc. ........

Comments
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.
Autumn Borne's Photos - Main
Autumn Borne has new home in 2020 - summer...
14 Photos
Created 25 August 2020
Vero Beach 2020 - Limit to this seasons southerly travels... Activities and Projects.
9 Photos
Created 24 February 2020
Summer Projects on Autumn Borne
8 Photos
Created 21 August 2019
preparation projects on the AB...for trip south
6 Photos
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.
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.
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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).
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'.
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Created 16 September 2012