Autumn Borne Cruising

08 May 2018 | Southport NC - Wrightsville Beach
03 May 2018 | Wynyah Bay -- Near ICW cutoff
03 May 2018 | Charleston HARBOR
28 April 2018 | Titusville
26 April 2018 | Cocoa Florida -- just off the AICW
23 April 2018
21 April 2018 | Vero Beach FL mooring field - South
20 April 2018 | Great Sale CAY -- Abacos
15 April 2018
11 April 2018 | GTC -- mooring
09 April 2018 | Donnie's docks - GTC
07 April 2018
07 April 2018 | Donnie's docks - GTC
04 April 2018 | GTC - Abacos

Muriatic acid clean up of parts

07 December 2019 | SMBS
Dean Perry
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….

New House Batteries --

04 December 2019
Dean Perry
the new Lifeline Batteries showed up this morning... and the yard used the forklift to lift them (92 # each) to the deck height.

this afternoon...We exchanged the New LifeLines for those in Battery SET #2...
That is now complete.... Tomorrow (Thursday) We'll complete Battery SET #1...

Then have the cores palatalized and get them ready for pickup by the battery "man"... from Jacksonville, FL.

This afternoon, Andy, and I rode down to a local hardware store for "STUFF"... I bought some fittings for the watermaker ( the valve that controls the flow from JUG to TANK OR OFF simply BROKE)... So I've got a replacement from ship stores...but needed some small fittings to adapt it to our watermaker discharge.
SO.... that project is ready to GO after the batteries... get done


03 December 2019
Dean Perry | BRRRRRRR
WELL... it happened... again... ICE on the AB's DECK this morning...
I carefully went out this AM for two additional propane cylinders for the heater.... and WHOA !!! (slippery !!! )...

The OIL lamps are going... the heater is now going...CBS News is on the TVs... The day has begun...

The yard is working as usual...although everyone is dressed differently than "normal"...

OUR "battery guy" called yesterday...with delivery information... House batteries will show up here at the marina on WED. AM... SO by Wednesday night we should have brand new batteries to power AB... (after 8+ years these batteries really don't owe us anything...). I hope these next ones are as good.

Rocky or Kevin will lift the pallet of batteries up to deck height of AB, so I don't have to lug the batteries up a ladder.... Wonderful !!!

OK... On with the day... NO PIC of frozen dew!!

Cyber Monday

02 December 2019 | St Marys GA -- SMBS
Dean Perry | windy -- Sunny
cyber MONDAY, Morning, and I've already done my part for keeping the economy up and running... !!!

Checked in with SSB this morning on Cruiseheimers NET... fixed breakfast, and started to clean out engine room for today's work on Northern Lights Generator ( change out raw water pump, and clean up wet exhaust elbow [ generator used so lightly that elbow carbons up after a couple years]).

Yesterday started to replace all the pencil Zincs around the Perkins (Main) Engine. one to go today...

must "fresh-water flush" water maker too... or pickle it... we'll be gone nearly a month...

WELL.. best get working... more later.

Sunday - Morning --

01 December 2019 | SMBS
Dean Perry | Sunny warm, and windy
Sunday Morning... easy AM...Watching "sunday Morning" on CBS... Starting more "inside" projects today... (yesterday, I replaced the Forward Solar Panel controller.... that had malfunctioned... (loosing half of the digital display).... (I'll send that one back to the manufacturer with a letter... It lasted just 1-1/2 months... just over the time allowed to send it back).

Today, I'll start on the engines... (Generator, and Perkins)...

the car is rented for December... and we were a part of the Black Friday $$$ buying some presents ON-Line, in the PM...

Last night we retired to the aft cabin after dinner, and watched a "christmas movie" calle "A Prince for Christmas"... IT was Filmed in our home town of East Aurora, NY. It was fun picking out the familiar landmarks, like Vidler's 5&10; restaurants; etc.
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
Summer Projects on Autumn Borne
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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
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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
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 !!
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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
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 !!!
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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...
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