Autumn Borne Cruising

CSY-44 Antigua - Hull 001

24 January 2020 | Vero Beach FL
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

First Thursday Happy HOUR under Tiki Hut roof

24 January 2020 | Vero Beach FL
Dean Perry | RAINY -- cool
Today is Friday… Yeah!! Yesterday, Thursday, was our first scheduled Happy Hour, under the Tiki hut, on shore…with “all “ the cruisers…. WELL……………….. We did go to the meeting…but RAIN preceded us there… in fact, the rain was with us all day long… in an on and OFF manner…
The meeting was still fun… and the food was good… and drinks even better… conversations were rich in nautical things… SO……………..success… and again we didn’t take any pics…. We are so bad at this social thing….
Earlier in the day… we stopped down at mooring 56 to see how Nelson and Mary were doing… Nelson was in the dinghy… messing around with gasoline fittings… ONE of which was giving him monsterous trouble…
Susan and I stuck around to assist if we could…. BUT the only real way around this particular problem was a new fitting (s) ….. so Susan and I volunteered to take them to the dinghy dock, and then to town… NOT a major sacrifice… in that we tagged along… had a GREAT time…. And even got lunch and drinks at the local IRISH PUB…. After shopping (successful shopping)….
The evening was taken up viewing a brand new (to us) series on TV…. “Station 19; followed by Grey’s anatomy (old show)…” … NICE relaxing end to Thursday…
Today is pumpout day… I have to get up soon, and move the dinghy to the side…. So the pumpout boat can get to our fitting…. OH…. The PRESSURE !!!!
more later.

GREAT Tuesday with Friends -- VERO Beach

22 January 2020
Dean Perry | COOL now.... WARMING... I HOPE
Great day, yesterday, (Tuesday)... We helped Nelson and Mary get rafted up at the north end of the mooring field, then we were immediately picked up by Donna and Mike Dailey (ex-cruisers s/v Mojo).... We ran errands for a little bit of the afternoon... Down to Marine Connection (Liquidators)... Then the liquor store; followed by Reillys Auto parts for fuses...

The evening was then filled with great conversations, Dinner, and TV... Phenomenal evening... with great friends.

Mike took us back to the dinghy dock on a very cold, and blustery night.... BRRR COLD trip back to AB in the mooring field..... We were glad to tuck under the covers last night.... BRRRR

While we were at the home of Donna and MIke, we took in all the plants that were at risk from this cold weather....

This morning we had the Mr. Heater going, as well as the oil lamps.... The sun is now on the HULL... getting better...
Let's HOPE that cold snap is basically OVER !!!!

We talked with Pete and Bunny this AM....Looks like they discovering MORE projects...on the La BELLA Vita... and will be postponing their launch date again....

We also "face-timed" with Earl and Kathy (S/v SEEKER)... they're launching from SMBS in GA tomorrow AM.... So they'll be here in about a week.

SO... the CLAN is gathering....

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 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.

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
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) 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”…
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 - thanksgiving 2016 - at St. Marys GA
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Grant and Betty from Black Tie, and Laura and Bill from SECOND WIND