Autumn Borne Cruising

CSY-44 Antigua - Hull 001

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...

Running again to the HUDSON River for STORMS

05 September 2021 | Catskill Marina
Dean Perry | Rain
WE ran again with Autumn Borne, to the Hudson River, to accommodate the dockmaster, here at Catskill Marina... for "IDA".

Most of the large boats were either taken out of the water (travel Lift), or asked to leave to minimize the forces on these OLD docks...

Except for the Interruption of PROJECT TIME... it's a good test of whether or NOT the AB is "ready to RUN".... so far she Has BEEN....

We did loose a small inverter (that Powers the aft cabin TV, and entertainment systems)... due to water leaking down one of the cables.... I had spare...

and we lost a coffee percolator (18 years on board).... Started leaking from bottom seam... JUST TIRED, we guess...

Now back at dock, for Labor Day weekend... but Raining now.... HOPE for better weather... but projects continue !!!
:)

New Mantus Anchor ON the AB

22 July 2021 | Catskill NY
Dean Perry | WET season
This is the new Mantus anchor (45 lbs) ON the Autumn Borne's BOW....

It fits much better than the old (18 year) Manson Supreme due to the narrower shank...

The narrow shank allows the anchor to come up farther through our bow roller HOOPS... and have the shank lay parallel to the water...
and IT locks better into our secondary BRUCE.... for no MOVEMENT (while at sea)...

It is, however, still "self deploying" with just a slight "LIFT" of the shank...

NICE
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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