Autumn Borne Cruising

CSY-44 Antigua - Hull 001

Ordering STUFF - day after day

16 June 2021
Dean Perry
This has been an expensive week.... I've been on various web pages (Defender/ eBay / amazon, etc. )... ordering replacement items or rarely NEW items for the AB....

Our deck brush literally disintegrated while we were in VERO Beach.... I kept the shaft...but finding the right HEAD for that shaft.... was a pain....(because it's been on the boat since we bought her....).... Who knows who the manuf. WAS????

Anyway... we've now got spare RAW water pump impellers coming for both the Perkins (main Engine), and the NL Generator...

We've got ZINCs for the 1-1/2 propeller shaft coming.... We've got a replacement RADAR head unit coming (actually already delivered to Ruth's HOME).... Our's has a burned LCD screen... (Big burn area in middle of screen... SUN, and operation in daylight.).

more later.

friday - ONE WEEK at home dock (sort of)

11 June 2021 | catskill
Dean Perry | sunny and warm
It’s Friday 11 June 2021, and we’ve been at our HOME dock at Catskill, exactly ONE WEEK…. We’re IN a slip that doesn’t really FIT Autumn Borne, and the marina manager (and Owner….) said they were going to move AB…. After they relocated ONE dock three feet to the north…..
Let’s just say… I’m not holding my breath….. But I hope It happens…. IF you look at the photo of AB (hopefully attached to this post)…YOU’LL see why we HOPE the move happens…. There’s literally INCHES between AB and our neighbor…. WHO we love, but it makes HIM extremely Nervous about “coming and going in his seasonal power vessel…..
Some projects (summer 2021) have started…. And we have played some music with fellow cruisers here on shore…. BUT…. The POOL is NOT open yet… and the big white “circus” tent is not erected yet, either….
We’ve ordered a bunch of parts to be installed in the AB… this SUMMER…. Most are being delivered to Ruth’s HOME….because of price and weight…. WE’ll go pick them up….. NICE excuse to see Ruth and LILLY anyway !!! (insert heart pic here)….. !!!
OK….. ON with the day…. More later…

BACK at Catskill Marina for the SUMMER of 2021

08 June 2021 | CM
Dean Perry
WE're back at the Catskill Marina for the Summer of 2021...
We're not in our slip of last year... One of the more senior residents came back from Lake George and Sean granted him HIS OLD slip back....

SO... we're in a narrow slip, a little closer to the OFFICE (and WIFI system).... NICE..

the Pool has NOT been opened yet, and the big white ("circus") tent is NOT up... so the Marina, in General, is WAY BEHIND the normal Memorial Day startup...timeline....

BUT.... it's wonderful to be "HOME"....

We'll Write MORE about the trip up the coast of the USA this season.... (mechanical difficulties, etc.).... and weather.... and the fact that most of our normal cruising friends stayed home this past season... leaving their boats on the "HARD".....

OK... more LATER....

Second day out of VERO... Titusville FL - STORM warnings

19 April 2021 | titusville FL
Dean Perry | STORMY -- One after another.... all day
The second day out of VERO... northbound... found us doing a very short day... 17.7 nm to Titusville from Cocoa...

The reason for stopping so abruptly was incoming weather system... (stalled front over central FL...allowing Gulf of Mexico weather to cross FL.. . right on top of us... UGH !!!

SO...we anchored just outside the Titusville Mooring field....(as we trust our own Ground Tackle (anchor/chain, etc.) over City Moorings...

We anchored a little after NOON... Bill and Laura on s/v 'Second Wind' were coming up the ICW behind Us...By about 20 miles.... WELL..... about 1300 hours a weather front hit us...with near GALE force winds, and RAIN... SO we Immediately called BILL and Laura... (knowing that they were SAILING the Icw ...with FULL SAIL)....

He (Bill) then took in about 1/2 the sail...BUT the storm still CAUGHT HIM with too much "canvas" OUT..... ( stressed or broke something)... don't know what...at this point..

Quite the BLOW... Today (is Monday) and we're sitting still in RAIN and more storms...

WE did manage to defrost the freezer...BUT in doing so... we may have triggered another problem....Ice crystals in the refrigerant... clogging the "micro Bore"...TX device...

WELL.... that just pushed us over the edge... and this morning we ordered another Engle Freezer.... SO we'll use the 37 year old built in freezer for something other than freezing... (IT WAS or IS our major energy consuming device)....

Well have the new freezer unit delivered to Rocky Smith at St. Marys Boat Services...

WE're Anchored at Titusville at
N 28 37.8' W 080 48.36
9.0 feet of water..... 7:1 Scope (not quite storm scope)

AB Moving up the Florida Coast - Northbound

18 April 2021 | Cocoa FL
Dean Perry
WELL....we did it... Broke the "velcro" bonds of Vero Beach.... We went for a celebratory "Fish Fry" at Mister Manatees on Friday.... before loading the dinghy on the foredeck....

(Sailor's superstition: NEVER leave for a voyage on a Friday)............... so we left on Saturday AM.

The first day...was, indeed, a learning curve... Listening for unusual boat noises; pumps running; unusual smells (like antifreeze; or OIL...)... The trouble will ALL of that concern... is that we've been sitting basically STILL since Mid-DECEMBER...at Vero.... SO it was ALL "unusual"....
It's tough when you sit still for so long...

When we were in the islands... at least you'd go sailing for pleasure and to pumpout the heads....once a week or more... Now... we're fully "composting"... we wouldn't even have to do That.... Anyway... it was a very successful day... (First DAY)...

We anchored at Cocoa FL at 28 20.95 North
080 43.08 WEST....
10 foot water depth.... 80+ feet of Chain....

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 !!!
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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