Autumn Borne Cruising

20 January 2020 | VERO
20 January 2020 | VERO BEACH FL
18 January 2020 | Melbourne FL
18 January 2020 | Fat place in ICW - north of cocoa FL
26 December 2019 | WNY -- East Aurora, NY
16 December 2019 | WNY -- East Aurora, NY
10 December 2019 | St Marys GA -- SMBS
07 December 2019 | SMBS
06 December 2019 | St Marys GA -- SMBS
04 December 2019
02 December 2019 | St Marys GA -- SMBS
01 December 2019 | SMBS
30 November 2019 | Saint Marys Boat services & Old Saint Marys GA
29 November 2019 | St Marys GA -- SMBS
21 November 2019 | Cumberland Island GA
19 November 2019 | Wahlberg Creek off the Saint Catherines sound

First full day at VERO Beach -

20 January 2020 | VERO
Dean Perry
WELL...this day didn't turn out as planned, but then again how many 'cruisers' days actually do turn out as planned...

We didn't go to the Mr. Manatee (SSCA) GAM this afternoon... Wind picked up while we were visiting Tom and Marylou (s/v Dalmatian), and enjoying a couple LEMoncellos.... WE figured the wind would make the trip back to the boat pretty "WET".... (in the dinghy)....SO... we stayed at Dalmatian and had another Lemoncello...

We did manage to do the PUBLIX-GO Line bus shuttle "RACE".... that is when you get off the bus on the Miracle Mile...you have just about 25 minutes to cross the street; shop at Publix; checkOUT ($); and make it back to the bus-stop before the bus returns to the stop in front of PUBLIX.... WE MADE IT !!!!

It takes dedication and teamwork!! to win this race.

John Barbera stopped over to both boats and dropped off "treasures" from his bargin store (in this case it was Vanilla wafers; and case of cheeze-its.
VERY NICE !!!!

Tom showed off his patching of the wet exhaust elbow.... and new mounting procedure... VERY NICE... this one should work much better than the one used by the mechanic at Thunderbolt GA.

Anyway... we're HOME on AB... sun is setting.
OH... I updated the Lat/ Long of our mooring on the map to the right (if you're on the blog site).

Made it to VERO Beach FL

20 January 2020 | VERO BEACH FL
Dean Perry | SUNNY BUT COOLER THAN I'D LIKE
20 Jan 2020 – VERO BEACH FL
Finally made it down to Vero Beach Florida…. We arrived Sunday afternoon about 1 PM… We got our mandatory pumpout; took on 60 gallons of diesel, got our tags for the overboard discharges (which they honor that you’ll put on correctly); and then registered for a mooring….
There’s a minor price break on moorings at 25 days…. SO we elected to go just for the daily rates… and go week by week….
Benny and Lisa (from the s/v Rhiannon) were at the gas dock… and greeted us…. Then scurried to their dinghy; and hurried out to the vessel we were about to raft to…and assisted us in getting tied up to “s/v Molly”… The water path getting to this mooring got a “little skinny”… in that we were “pushing mud” to get here… I could hear the propeller start to cavitate… The boat never stopped, but you could feel it noticeably “slow”… (SO…………we’ll pick a different route OUT of HERE… at some future time).
We are literally in the midst of friends…. Around us are Dalmatian (Tom and Marylou); Rhiannon (Lisa and Benny); Spirit (John Barbera); Five and Dime (Kurt, and Kathy); Nightengale (Libby and Grant);
There is a quiet period in the mooring field from 7 PM until 9AM the next morning…. I could see last night that the “quiet period”… isn’t really SO quiet…. As some boats really NEED the extra Generator time…etc. Bad (weak) batteries, etc. SO…………. I was really thankful for our new batteries… new as of our stay at SMBS (Georgia)…. They held very nicely all through the night…. Even watching an evening of TV….and salon lights, etc. NICE!!! The old batteries (8.5 years old) didn’t owe us a thing…
The TV here is marginal…. NO CBS (big Bummer)… but ABC comes in ok… haven’t tried streaming on the local WIFI’s… but I’m sure that will also be marginal…
BUT there’s always music…. And people….
And projects…. 

lazy day -- Cocoa to Melbourne

18 January 2020 | Melbourne FL
Dean Perry | WINDY... (with SUN)
Lazy day today... Space-x launch delayed due to WIND... which was 24 knots right on OUR NOSE all day long going SOUTH...

SO... we decided to make it two (2) easy days to Vero Beach instead of ONE long one...

24 miles today... easy...
Anchored north of the Melbourne Bridge... for protection from the winds.. .and fetch..

WINDY anchorage north of Cocoa FL

18 January 2020 | Fat place in ICW - north of cocoa FL
Dean Perry | VERY very windy -- scrubbed space launch
Wow…. It’s been a long time since I’ve written a BLOG entry…. Why is that Capt. Ron?
We got caught yesterday, by a Bridge LOCKout (for traffic coming from NASA).... and had to quit motor sailing south before our planned destination... (Cocoa, FL)... We're actually between the bridges, just north of Cocoa.... in a wide, and deep place OFF the ICW.... good Holding... STILL very windy!!!
We’re anchored at N28 23.54 W080 43.80 (good holding – very important in this wind condition!!!! But still wide open to fetch….

(in fact that wind scrubbed this mornings launch of the Space-x rocket....
SO... today we'll have a "lazy day".... and only go a few miles South....SO that Sunday we can make it all the way to VERO and get there in mid afternoon, instead of just before DARK.
(at least that's the plan now).... :)
The wind blew steady 15 - 20 knots all night long... Gusts over 30.... (I was up at 0300 to check our anchorage, etc.) STILL blowing... turned wind GEN OFF.... too much noise... Good Charge, but too much racket....(when it goes in and out of self-protect mode).... AB was comfortable even in those winds... Guess that's an advantage of weighing 20 tons.
SO......breakfast is over... Guess we'll start moving South slowly.
I guess I’ll mention that night before last we anchored in our spot north of the Seabreeze Bridge (in Daytona Beach)… N29 14.056 W 081 01.41 we were all alone in the anchorage until about 1700 hours when a ‘coke-bottle’ boat… passed us.. .then literally “BACKED” into our anchorage space…. Close, but OK… They did the right things… asking us about our scope, etc. They never did “back-down” on their anchor…. That was a little worrisome, for a while… (Didn’t really know where they’d end up when their chain stretched OUT…)

Tuesday and Wednesday we spent on a mooring (South field 23)..at Saint Augustine… Where we had a couple great visits with some boating friends (Shane and Aimee – on 38 foot Morgan). We met them up north at HON marina…Catskill NY… Neat to find friends everywhere!!!
We did two happy hours, and one formal dinner… and one great music night…Shane also plays, but not acoustic… Yet!!! One of their favorite singer song writers is Tom Waite (me too)… so I’m going to try to learn one of their favorite songs… “Old shoes”…

Christmas in WNY

26 December 2019 | WNY -- East Aurora, NY
Dean Perry
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….

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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