Autumn Borne Cruising

CSY-44 Antigua - Hull 001

Anchor Chain Marking TIME again

15 July 2022 | Catskill
Dean Perry | summer
It's anchor chain marking time again...
When we were on a mooring in Vero Beach Florida...we "FLIPPED" the anchor chain "end for end"

that "FLIP" made most of the "OLD" markings appear in the wrong places.... BUT I remembered where the marks were... and adapted well on the 35 day trip north...

BUT NOW.... all the correct markings (every 25 feet === PLUS red / black / red at the end...

and RED (space) RED at about the 12 foot mark.... (where we determine IF we're going to raise the Mains'l while still at anchor (but "pulled UP short"...

Saturday - Happy Fourth of July

02 July 2022 | catskill, NY
Dean Perry
Good Morning…. It’s saturday, I think…. (we’re cruisers…and have lost the clock that say’s “Monday / Tuesday… etc.)….

It’s Fourth of July weekend, and Canada Days…. It’s a shame it’s NOT sunny and wonderful outside…right NOW… BUT sun will return this PM and tomorrow… (I think)…. The tropical storm formed near NC is heading out to sea… (I hope)….

We finished the cleaning of the waterline of AB, and the polishing of most of the Stainess steel, AND yesterday I spent many hours cleaning fenders, and changing their support lines…. I’m cutting up some of the lines (that we’ve stored for years in the aft deck box… that we’ve never used…)… and now making use of them…

the AB is getting LIGHTER every day…. I’m tossing things (parts/ lines/ JUNK/ some spares….). In preparation for either a wonderful, or final sailing season…. We’ve done this for 18 years…. Gone up and down the entire coast of the USA 36 times… ( i see the flora, and fauna of the coats in my mind)…

I’ve pickled the watermaker for this summer season…

I’m trying. to clean up the inside of AB, so that we don’t look like an episode of “Hoarders”… from cable TV.

There’s NO tent here at the marina to play music UNDER…(weather being a factor)… and there’s NO “heated POOL” this year… Liner being ripped and the Owner not willing to spend time or money to replace, and FILL…. SO… this year at the marina is one of worst so far….
The good thing is we have a secure dock with fixed cleats, and nice neighbors….

Last night we had a great music, and happy hour (under the VIRTUAL TENT; NEAR THE VIRTUAL POOL)…. 🙂

OH WELL… time to get on with the day….
SUN is coming OUT… NICE!!
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Changes to AB - this spring (2022)

19 June 2022 | Catskill NY
Dean Perry | cooler / and very windy
WELL.... we've decided to make some changes to the way AB is arranged for "coastal" passages...

We've decided to put the dinghy on the foredeck (that is NOT new)... but what is new is that we'll put it ON the Foredeck WITH the outboard motor ON IT.... and have it ready for immediate Launch IF we want.... sort of like having strong davits...
on the stern...

OUR stern has the Monitor Wind Vane (sort of making aft davits a PAIN...

Anyway.... to make room for the motor we've had to remove the life raft... But...considering that the life raft hasn't been serviced in years.... and we don't do that much open water cruising anymore.... we doubt it will be catastrophic...

the other change made to AB is we've purchased a WINCHRITE winch handle to make lifting the dinghy/motor much easier, and quicker...

SO.... we'll see how this combination of things work out this coming season.... I'm suspecting that It will make life much easier....

WE'RE BACK at Catskill NY - Marina life starts

05 June 2022 | Catskill Marina
Dean Perry | sunny - with cool mornings
WELL.... I've been very, very BAD at communicating on this web page this season ... That will have to change....

Because of the COVID restrictions to the Islands this season we (ON AB) elected to stay in Vero Beach FL.... for the season.... and to our JOY... so did most of our cruising friends.... So It was sort of like the islands BUT here in the States..
:)

It was nice that the Bahamas did finally reduce or relax the COVID restrictions BUT it was too late for us....

We had a strange trip down with some engine problems, but I got those sorted out....
and we still have a Perkins "over-warm" problem... but flushing the cooland system every few weeks seems to keep that in check....

SO.... we're back at Catskill Marina (in Catskill Creek) off the Hudson River....
The marina is WAY BEHIND in it's set UP for the season.... (docks put in IN the wrong order; no WIFI for the boaters; NO tent or furniture OUT; no grilles out for the boaters... etc.

BUT... we're safe; secured to a dock; have 120 dock power; and access to fresh water... SO.............. i guess it could be a lot worse, right ?

more later (the picture used is roughy correct except every thing is backwards this year.... we're on the other side of Brian.... )

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



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 - Summer 2019 Projects
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Aft Head Pump rebuild: rebuilding the Aft Head Suction Pump (Lavac system) 
Main rubber diaphragm began to "spit" liquid (YUCK)  !!   Needed work. 
SO, we used one of the spare rebuilding kits....  Like NEW Now !!!
Aft Head Pump rebuild: rebuilding the Aft Head Suction Pump (Lavac system) Main rubber diaphragm began to "spit" liquid (YUCK) !! Needed work. SO, we used one of the spare rebuilding kits.... Like NEW Now !!!
Added 12 September 2019