Autumn Borne Cruising

CSY-44 Antigua - Hull 001

16 October 2019 | weems creek -- Annapolis MD
03 October 2019 | Catskill NY
21 September 2019 | new Hampshire & MA
12 September 2019
11 September 2019
09 September 2019 | MARINA
19 August 2019 | Catskill NY
04 August 2019
28 July 2019 | sunset bay
18 July 2019 | Elma, NY -- Western New York... great lakes region
15 July 2019 | HON
29 June 2019 | Elma, NY
21 June 2019 | HON

Changes to AB - this spring (2022)

19 June 2022 | Catskill NY
Dean Perry | cooler / and very windy
WELL.... we've decided to make some changes to the way AB is arranged for "coastal" passages...

We've decided to put the dinghy on the foredeck (that is NOT new)... but what is new is that we'll put it ON the Foredeck WITH the outboard motor ON IT.... and have it ready for immediate Launch IF we want.... sort of like having strong davits...
on the stern...

OUR stern has the Monitor Wind Vane (sort of making aft davits a PAIN...

Anyway.... to make room for the motor we've had to remove the life raft... But...considering that the life raft hasn't been serviced in years.... and we don't do that much open water cruising anymore.... we doubt it will be catastrophic...

the other change made to AB is we've purchased a WINCHRITE winch handle to make lifting the dinghy/motor much easier, and quicker...

SO.... we'll see how this combination of things work out this coming season.... I'm suspecting that It will make life much easier....

WE'RE BACK at Catskill NY - Marina life starts

05 June 2022 | Catskill Marina
Dean Perry | sunny - with cool mornings
WELL.... I've been very, very BAD at communicating on this web page this season ... That will have to change....

Because of the COVID restrictions to the Islands this season we (ON AB) elected to stay in Vero Beach FL.... for the season.... and to our JOY... so did most of our cruising friends.... So It was sort of like the islands BUT here in the States..

It was nice that the Bahamas did finally reduce or relax the COVID restrictions BUT it was too late for us....

We had a strange trip down with some engine problems, but I got those sorted out....
and we still have a Perkins "over-warm" problem... but flushing the cooland system every few weeks seems to keep that in check....

SO.... we're back at Catskill Marina (in Catskill Creek) off the Hudson River....
The marina is WAY BEHIND in it's set UP for the season.... (docks put in IN the wrong order; no WIFI for the boaters; NO tent or furniture OUT; no grilles out for the boaters... etc.

BUT... we're safe; secured to a dock; have 120 dock power; and access to fresh water... SO.............. i guess it could be a lot worse, right ?

more later (the picture used is roughy correct except every thing is backwards this year.... we're on the other side of Brian.... )

air tank to blow out cooling water line

15 March 2022
Dean Perry
The other day a white Berry weed clogged the cooling water intake for our Northern Lights Generator...
Clogged to the point where I needed to get one of the scuba tanks below deck and into the engine room... and use the regulated tank pressure to "blow" the weed backwards and out the through-the-hull fitting...

However... now I've purchased a CO2 cartridge powered drain cleaning device.... very small but, ostensibly, very powerful...

COOL and WINDY here in VERO Beach FL

14 February 2022
Dean Perry
VERY WINDY today in VERO beach... FL... and much cooler than in the past few weeks.... 43F at waking Time... SO.... started the on board "diesel heater".... Ran that for an hour or so... to take the chill off the cabin....

the wind generator spun 50% of it's time "ON" today in "free-wheeling "self protect" mode..... wind 25 knots or greater...
SO....this PM... turned it OFF...
But solar still working great...

Saturday... things didn't work out so well with the Farmers Market walk... so I got out the 7 mil wet suit, and snorkel gear...and went under the AB...scraping the bottom.... Our bottom paint is so thin... after 4 years.... it has NO anti-fouling properties left in it.... SO... I think I'll be doing this scraping thing a few more times before we leave here...

so.... Windy and cooler.... means inside projects and activities today
In fact I just texted and canceled our reservations at Mr. Manatees tonight.... With this NORTH wind we'd get "blown" there...but it would be a rough trip BACK to the AB....
(there's already white caps in the harbor, here)...

SO... perhaps we'll try for TAXes and Banking business..... :P

New Refrigerator and old water tanks = Problems

08 February 2022
Dean Perry
WELL... living on a boat is never like land dwellers think it is.... Saltwater, and constant motion take it's tole on everything....

The dobro is holding up well (touch wood here)... but I've had to literally GLUE the top and back to the GIBSON (with JB weld and boat epoxy)... but the sound of the Gibson (purchased the year I returned from Viet Nam (early 1970) continues to be GREAT.... .and as such I just can't part with it...

The water tanks (4) are suffering from age and use... SO we ordered four new ones yesterday...

The new refrigerator continues to COOL food and freeze things (in freezer)... but starts and stops randomly due to a BAD Thermostat...
SO.....we ordered a new one of those... PLUS a new controller (101N510)

The dealer said I could use my previous controllers the 101N212's but no AC provision... strictly DC power input...

SO.... boat life continues to be a challenge...

AB at Vero Beach FL --- AGAIN !!!

02 February 2022 | VERO Beach
Dean Perry
WELL.... it's been a strange year for the passage SOUTH.... WE were making fairly good TIME; around NJ, and UP the Delaware....

We stopped for a few days in Annapolis to see Deb T. (friend)... and reprovision the boat...

THEN...things started to FALL apart...Weather-wise... Two Gale Force storms...The first one we weathered in KINGSCOAT Creek OFF the Potomac River ( First time we'd ever ventured in there... it was NICE !!! and we were ALONE !!)

the second Gale force storm found us all the way down in Fishing Bay (near Deltaville, VA)... we put out the required scopes, etc. and weathered that storm well... Then things really deteriorated with respect to south bound activities.... That will take a separate POST...

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'.
4 Photos
Created 16 September 2012