Autumn Borne Cruising

CSY-44 Antigua - Hull 001

08 April 2021 | Vero Beach FL
06 April 2021 | Vero Beach FL
14 February 2021 | Vero Beach FL
12 January 2021 | Mooring 56 - VERO BEACH fLORIDA
11 January 2021 | Vero Beach FL
09 January 2021 | Vero Beach FL
23 December 2020 | mooring 56 Vero Beach FL.
20 December 2020 | Mooring 56 - VERO BEACH fLORIDA
11 December 2020 | Cumberland Island GA
09 December 2020 | Fishing Creek (off St. Pierre Creek) South Edisto river
07 December 2020 | Stono river - South of Charleston SC
06 December 2020 | Minim Creek - on route to Charleston SC
06 December 2020 | Little River Inlet -- Bird Island Anchorage

GAM day... and finish bottom cleaning

08 April 2021 | Vero Beach FL
Dean Perry
WELL...the current picked up ( 1000 hours) .... so I've delayed cleaning the remainder of the AB's Bottom until later... SO............
WATER RUN... and Pay Bills.... (not exciting, but necessary !! )

Today is also run the Perkins (Main Engine) to temp....and check everything OUT....

This Morning two of our acquaintances here left the anchorage, and mooring field...and headed NORTH...
It's TIME... ( s/v Atlantis & the s/v Barry Duckworth)....

As long as I have time today... I might do a final check of the fuel in both tanks.... Maybe even top UP a bit...

yesterday... I did manage to get a check on all major seacocks (through-HULLS)... Un-used ones closed...and ready for sea... Yeah !!

OK.... SO On with the DAY !!!

GETTING READY to GO.... NORTH

06 April 2021 | Vero Beach FL
Dean | Sunny and WARM
Tuesday 6 April 2021 - Getting READY to go NORTH
WELL… today, we uncovered the Mains’l…. raised it, and checked out the rigging...
We also unrolled the Yankee (foresail)…. To make sure it worked…. We have NOT touched the stays’l yet…. BUT soon….
Today is scrape the propeller day… Sunny and WARM….and fairly CALM…
Charlie (p/V MY TIME TOO) did us a tremendous favor on Monday… and took us up to Harbor Freight tools, and Walmart…. Where we completed about 90% of our provisioning for the trip north…. WE’LL still have to put fresh bread, milk, and fruit on board before we shove OFF…but we can do that next week….
WE’ve shipped some stuff to RUTH… so we wouldn’t have to carry it back to the Hudson River…and we’ve given a lot of stuff away to fellow cruisers, and the “free tables”…. (there’s a long story attached to the “free tables” comment)….. but NOT here…
During this winter we completed the varnishing of all of the exterior teak….and I sealed up the bottom of the mast, just yesterday…. (Not that it was leaking, but the “wrap” was looking pretty POOR…. 
SO….. on with the day….

Saturday - 20 March -- AFTER VACCINE - and before

20 March 2021 | VERO Beach
Dean Perry | VERY WINDY
WELL…… Let’s see NOW…. It’s been a while since I’ve written a decent EMAIL…. I’ve been posting on FB because it’s relatively easy….. BUT so many of our friends refuse to have a FB account… Let Me try this….
OK….. I know I mentioned a lovely DINNER and conversations at Mike and Donna’s home, here IN VERO BEACH…. We also got a chance to do laundry… WONDERFUL… on both accounts… They are such great folks… We enjoy every moment we get with them…
The very next day (SATURDAY)…we met ANN GATES (fellow cruiser – although she sold “Krazy Lady II”… she’s still a cruiser at heart…. Traveling all the way down to FL, from Oswego NY… to assist a friend… with a surgery recovery…
We had a great Lunch at Mr. Manatee’s… followed by an afternoon of conversations about anything and everything…. WONDERFUL !!
We said good bye to KISMET (island packet 35)…. They were leaving shortly…
Sunday we “sprung Ahead” (our clocks)….although we’re still not used to the additional hour at night…
WE also checked the Bank accounts for the tax returns, and stimulus $$....
On Monday, or Tuesday we signed up for one more MONTH here at Vero Beach… that will cover us for the second shot of Covid-19 vaccine, plus time to put the finishing touches on the sea-worthiness of AB, after sitting still since DEC 2020. (WELL….that’s not totally true.. we start the engine, and exercise the transmission every week…(Sunday)…. And use the dinghy almost every day… (cruisers CAR)…
We continue to give GARY and Diane rides to and from shore to their S/V “Ms Diane”… (FOR SALE)…(Mariner 38 Pilot house sloop). In return GARY gave us two “yellow” diesel jerry cans…. And an aluminum 10# propane cylinder…. WE didn’t really need more jerry cans, but It WILL make topping up the tanks, before we drop the mooring lines, easier. SO… that was great !!!
They are now fIlled… and waiting to be dumped into the tanks…
Thursday (last ) Susan and I got the second of the covid-19 (Moderna) vaccine shots… WE worred all week about the reactions to those shots, BUT….. there were none… at least if there were we didn’t notice… .other than we took a long nap on Friday afternoon…. SO….. I guess we were LUCKY…
The five or six days leading up to the VACCINE day were absolutely perfect days for varnishing…SO we did the entire boat… TEAK… SO… when people talk about that “achy feeling in their muscles after the shot…. I can’t tell if it’s the SHOT, or the result of crawling around on the decks, with knee pads on…
Heheheheh
Today I ran the Perkins engine…(day ahead of normal)…. VERY WINDY today…. In fact I just “shut DOWN” the wind Generator… Batteries at 13.25 volts… and Wind GEN going into “self preservation mode every few minutes (Free Wheeling)….
OK…. No walk today… have to get out early tomorrow… SO… Got to get something out of freezer for tonight’s dinner… MORE LATER !!

STILL at Vero Beach FL and still working on Projects

15 March 2021
Dean Perry
WE're still at Vero Beach FL... in the Indian River Lagoon.... on the very most northern Mooring Ball...
Ms Diane (Mariner 38 for sale) is just north of US... We continue to provide "uber - dinghy" service to Gary and Diane (as long as we're here)... so they can attempt to SELL the "Ms Diane"... They've reduced the price again, just a day or two ago... It does need some engine work... IF not a new engine...

During the first weeks here, we finished the conversion to Fully Composting Heads (toilets) for both HEADS.... So there's no longer liquid sewage on the AB.... LOVE IT !!

I haven't taken the empty Holding tank out of the boat yet.... I may wait until we're back in NY... they, Ostensibly, BUILT the boat around the TANK....because there's two big struts right above the tank... and the tank stretches a thwart-ships right in front of the steering quadrant.... this will be a "project" getting it OUT....

Gary gave us two additional Diesel Jerry Cans... We don't really need them for normal fuel, but it will make it easier to top OFF the tanks, before we leave Vero Beach... We're pretty FULL now...BUT....

We're scheduled for our second covid vaccine shortly.... Hoping for minimal reaction....

OK...on with day... (varnishing)... !!!

ADDED 10 LB propane cylinder for GRILLE on "Porch"

04 March 2021
Dean Perry
An added 10 pound propane cylinder has been incorporated into the AB supplies.... due to the generosity of Gary StoneKing...(diane)...

We volunteered to ferry HIM (GARY) and Diane to and from their 38 Foot Mariner 39 sailing vessel, any time they wished...to accommodate potential BUYERS...(IT'S FOR sale)....

AND Gary just gave us an extra 10 LB propane tank for our efforts.... Thanks GARY.... "LET THE GRILLING CONTINUE !!! )

TAXES for 2020 DONE !!!! WOW...

04 March 2021
Dean Perry
WELL... our TAXES are done for 2020...

But it took the better part OF the DAY..(Thursday)... GAM day... (social gathering day)...

I think We'LL miss today's gathering..., AS it's NOW going on 1600 hours... and the dinghy is still hanging from the starboard BOW...and I'm sitting here in a bathing suit.... with RUM in hand... and NO lunch in mind....(or stomach)... BUT the taxes are DONE..................... Yeah !!!

I'm so glad they're done (TAXES)... generated 1/2 inch think packet of paper documents... but worth it...

I think I will play a little music tonight... but just NOT for the crowd... (such as it might BE)... Usually it's just Susan and I and maybe another individual.... So I'll play for SUSAN.... a good audience.... ALWAYS............ !!!!!

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 - Dinner at the Condo - Boot Key Harbor - 2014
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the Ladies of this evening... Spaghetti Dinner at the Condo... 
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the Ladies of this evening... Spaghetti Dinner at the Condo... (Kathy; Ondra; Tess; Susan).
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