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s/v Kaimu Wharram Catamaran

Vessel Name: Kaimu
Vessel Make/Model: Wharram Custom
Hailing Port: Norwalk, CT
Crew: Andy and the Kaimu Crew
About: Sailors in the Baltimore, Annapolis, DC area.
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Recent Blog Posts
17 May 2017 | st marys, ga

Mo' Riggin'

The lack of internet in the boatyard makes ordering parts particularly difficult. The Google Chrome browser on my phone wants to autocomplete entries, but it goofs up, and shipping address becomes billing address. All the entries have to be painstakingly typed in on the little phone virtual keyboard [...]

15 May 2017 | st marys, ga

Catamaran Sophie's Launch

Here’s a link to photos of the launch of catamaran “Sophie” at St Marys Boat Services:

15 May 2017 | st marys, ga

Rigging

With the topsides painting completed work could commence on the rig. The chainplates were reattached to the hulls and now fittings for the stays had to be sussed out. The lashings of the past will be no more, I will be going back to turnbuckles with only lashings on one upper shroud to isolate it from [...]

13 May 2017 | st marys, ga

Chainplates

The punch list for getting the rig ready to restep the mast included torquing down the beam mounting bolts and installing the chainplates. It was important to check the beam mounting bolts because the rig pulls on the hulls and if the bolts are loose the hulls can become canted. Some of the rigging [...]

13 May 2017 | st marys, ga

Fairing and Painting Complete

The internet is still down in the boatyard, so posting the blog requires a ten mile drive for free wifi at Walmart, or at one of the lunch spots.

13 May 2017 | st marys, ga

Panasonic CF-C1 Toughbook

Here’s a shot of the little Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1. These can be had, used, online for less than a hundred bucks. If you are lucky, you can get one that still has its hard drive. This one cost me about $80 and came with a 320 GiB drive. The wifi wasn’t operative, but I have an external powered [...]

Got Gas?

21 November 2015 | Taylor Creek/Beaufort, NC
Capn Andy/Windy and Chilly
The plan to get underway hit a snag. One last task was to get the gas jugs refilled. I put them in the deflatable dinghy and dropped the handtruck into it also. The handtruck took a lazy bounce over the side of the dinghy and sank out of sight. I was going to hike up Front Street to the gas dock, fill the jugs, and bring them back with the handtruck.
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I decided to row up to the gas dock. It was some distance and there was a brisk North wind holding me back, but I finally made it. There was no one tending the dock. A fellow at the adjacent snack bar said they are closed until May.
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After asking around I found out the locals didn't want to disappoint, even if they had to fib a bit. One said there was another fuel dock the other way up the inlet about a quarter mile, it turned out that it was more like 2 miles. Another local said the marina at Old Town Yacht Club had gas and it was right on my way to Bogue Sound, it turned out they did not answer the phone and were probably not open.
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The other gas dock was located the other side of the drawbridge going to Morehead City. I put the Honda outboard on the dinghy and proceeded to pull and pull on the starter to no avail. I had drifted away from Kaimu, near the little tall ship replica, and its owner was on board working on it. I rowed back to the catamaran and looked for starter spray.
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The little outboard finally coughed to life using starter spray and it settled down, sounded reliable. Off I went toward the drawbridge. The outboard at full throttle won't plane out the dinghy, because the dinghy is a soft bottom design, at just over an idle we moved along sedately into the chilly wind.
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At the gas dock I had to wait for a commercial fishing boat to gas up for his 454 V8 engine, over a hundred gallons of gas. Then it was my turn for 11.6 gallons. 37 bucks. It's almost like a monopoly. Gas in the stations at Morehead City is around 2 dollars a gallon. Inaccessible to us visiting boaters.
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After returning to Kaimu and off loading the gas jugs, I felt exhausted and now it seemed like a good idea to wait a day for departure. The sun was getting low and a couple larger motor yachts were departing the docks at Front Street. Here is a picture of one of them about to depart.
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