Autumn Borne Cruising

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
15 November 2019 | Skull Creek
14 November 2019 | South of Beaufort Mooring field (at anchor)
13 November 2019 | Fenwick Island on the South Edisto River
12 November 2019 | Ashley river - Charleston SC
06 November 2019 | Carolina Beach Mooring Field
05 November 2019 | Mile Hammock Bay (USMC)

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 - 2015 Marathon FL - Boot Key Harbor
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Last night in Boot Key - Dinner with Karen and Tony