29 November 2018 | North River -- at St. Mary's Boat services area
28 November 2018 | North River - St. Mary''s GA
27 November 2018 | North River - in front of the St Marys Boat Services YARD
25 November 2018 | St. Mary's River GA
22 November 2018 | St. Mary's River -- anchored basically in FLorida
21 November 2018 | St. Mary's River - Anchored
20 November 2018 | Fernandina Florida - across from paper plant
18 November 2018 | St. Pierre creek -- off South Edisto river
15 November 2018 | Carolina Beach NC
14 November 2018 | Carolina Beach
14 November 2018 | Carolina Beach NC
12 November 2018 | Carolina Beach NC
11 November 2018 | Mile Hammock Bay
10 November 2018 | Beaufort NC
09 November 2018 | CEDAR creek off Adams creek, and the Neuse river
08 November 2018 | Belhaven NC
01 November 2018 | great bridge VA - Chesapeake VA
Christmas in WNY
26 December 2019 | WNY -- East Aurora, NY
Christmas in WNY
Drive to WNY -- from Georgia
16 December 2019 | WNY -- East Aurora, NY
Dean Perry | SNOWY.. cold
Monday, 16 DEC. 2019 -- Western NY
We’re NOW in Western NY, and driving the rental car… (a Hyundai – KONA _ supposedly an “UPGRADE” but very SMALL)…
When we left the Autumn Borne on Friday, Having picked the car up on Thursday, It was POURING rain… Deluge type rain… when we loaded the car…
We started for the north in that same rain… and it poured on us all day long. We drove to Rocky Mount NC where we stayed for the night… where we stayed at the home of one of closest cruising friends. The first day was only 464 miles…. The next day Saturday, would be 603 miles….to WNY.
We started out on Saturday, in a light rain… but soon ran out from under that front… and traveled the bulk of the day in Sunshine and moderate temperatures… (40-50F)… The traffic was moving right along except for around Washington DC… where some trucker missed an exit and ended up in the woods… causing quite the chain traffic jam.
The end of the trip was the most thrilling (for someone that lives on a boat, and seeks out WARM Weather every winter)… The RAIN started to turn to sleet… then snow… and then REALLY heavy SNOW… like “white-out” type snow… Normally, IF we were in our car…The Honda Pilot… I wouldn’t have even slowed down… but in the light-weight rental car… the slush began to “throw the car” from side to side… NOT a great feeling… SO… SLOW down we did… then the cars around us began to react “badly” to this weather too… sliding OFF the road… etc. OK… NOT GOOD, again…. Finally as we’re closing in on East Aurora, NY… on Route 390 / Rt. 36, Rt 77 and 354 the plows and sanders began to APPEAR… COOL!!! SO the very last 15 miles was decent… but the 50 some miles before that were pretty intense…with a very light-weight rental car (with all sorts of traction control devices, that were not really that obvious… and were flashing a lot of strange lights on the dashboard…. Weird !!!
(I’ll have to get out the manual while we’re here)…
SO…………… anyway… we’re here at the Pomerhn’s home….enjoying their company, and watching the BILL’s wind against the STEELERS….and clinching a playoff spot… Yeah!!!
Shopping is not done… But there’s a few days left….
Autumn Borne is “On the HARD” at St. Marys GA…. Safe… and plugged in… Although I did have to re-rove the electric extension to another YARD Panel… (hopefully a “safer” one)… The panel into which the AB was initially plugged into had a nasty habit of “tripping” a breaker during every RAIN Storm… NOT GOOD….
Water maker diversion VALVE - Tank OR JUG
10 December 2019
The pic below is of the new location for the NEW (replacement) diversion valve for the watermaker's made water.
the OLD valve had the control handle break completely away from the diverter mechanism... so there was NO control as to where the water was going.. .(tank JUG, or No where)...
This location should work well.... mounted to the side of a drawer (box)... in the WORK BENCH in the engine ROOM....
(easily reachable while you're working the controls for the watermaker).
one more view of elbow - Generator wet Exhaust
10 December 2019 | St Marys GA -- SMBS
Dean Perry | sunny and warm 81F high today
One more view of wet Exhaust Elbow... after clean up, using muriatic acid.
the new batteries are wonderful... when you turn off the shore power for a while, or put heavy load on them... Then turn shore power ( simulating an ON-Board Generator RUN)... the BULK charging rate is VERY HIGH... (like 22 AMPs... then Quickly drops OFF... as the charger goes toward Absorption phase... the it times out into FLOAT MODE.... JUST like it's supposed to....
(The old batteries would sometimes take a good first charge (BULK)... but then sometimes only charge at a rate of about 11 AMPS... no Matter how far down they were drawn... (NOT GOOD)...
SO............... Today is Christmas shopping day... WE'LL see if we can make a dent ON IT...
without leaving the boat... (seeing as we have NO CAR.... YET )...
Muriatic acid clean up of parts
07 December 2019 | SMBS
Saturday - 7 DEC 2019 ---
Muriatic ACID... bath...for WET ELBOW; and Heat Exchanger core
This was a good day... I cleaned up the Generator's wet exhaust Elbow, and the heat exchanger core (shell and TUBE)... using a shallow pan of slightly diluted Muriatic acid....
Wow... what a difference in these items...
The carbon deposits in the Wet Exhaust elbow are gone... and FULL water flow to the exhaust should be there when we re-start the Generator unit... (I thought... before I started cleaning the elbow that I was "hearing" a little more Exhaust TONE... and a little less water noise...)...
The core of the heat exchanger looked ok to begin with... but NOW it looks like NEW.
So... tomorrow, Sunday, I'll try to put all the pieces back together.... And put the Generator (all 375 lbs) back where it's supposed to be... (had to pull it forward and AFT to work on the exhaust...)
I did give the couple next door (s/v Cosmic Convergence).. a length of chain to insert between his Rocna, and a swivel.... Then when we were discussing how his anchor (Rocna).. returns to the anchor roller we LOOKED UP at the roller... and what do you know... His roller and the ½" diameter PIN was completely missing... OOOPS ..... WELL... that would make it a little harder to retrieve the anchor. SO.. .he's got ONE more project...
Batteries installed -- GREAT
06 December 2019 | St Marys GA -- SMBS
Dean Perry | sunny outside -- cold inside
Friday 6 DEC 2019 -- Happy with New AGM batteries (touch wood here)
Good Morning… WELL…. Last night I turned off the shore power electric service…. To the AB… just to see how the new batteries would react to the “boat Load”… of refrigerator (set LOW)… and freeze (set lower than normal)…. And I was very, very pleased this morning… when we rose from sleep….
Both battery sets were up in the 12.75 to 12 .8 volt range….after a night’s “boat Load”…. (the caveat being that it was pretty chilly last night… so the cooling loads were LOW)…
BUT… still …. When I turned the shore power ON… this AM… the charge rate was in the range that It should have been in…. and quickly turned from BULK / Absorption to float…. VERY NICE Indeed !!!
Today… Nelson and Mary are coming for breakfast…. Then I’ll start on the Generator PROJECTS… (cleaning of the Wet Exhaust Elbow… and replacement of the raw water PUMP...(keeping this one for spare… it only leaks a little OIL… not water… )
The elbow is the critical part…. When it clogs the engine requires a few more turns to start when cold…. NOT GOOD…. But typical…
Our good friend Marty Besant wrote last night… about his time as “Caregiver” out in the San Francisco area, with his sister-in-law, Jean… Wow… His story this morning really HIT ME hard.. I feel so sorry for his pain, but admire his spirit, and duty to stay there and take care of Jean in her hours of need.
SO…………… on with this DAY…. Coffee and a bagel consumed, but still hungry for breakfast….
Sunny and warm outside… BUT when out of the water the Thick HULL of AB holds the COLD like you would NOT believe !!! Descending into the companion way is like walking into a cold CAVE….