Kaimusailing

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.
20 November 2017 | Gulfport, Mississippi
18 November 2017 | Panama City Beach, FL
18 November 2017 | Panama City Beach, FL
18 November 2017 | Gulf of Mexico
14 November 2017 | Key West, FL
10 November 2017 | st marys, ga
07 November 2017 | Lighthouse Point,
07 November 2017 | Great Bahama Bank
07 November 2017 | Old Bahama Channel, Caribbean Sea
07 November 2017 | Old Bahama Channel, Caribbean Sea
07 November 2017 | Cap Cana Marina, DR
07 November 2017 | Cap Cana Marina, DR
28 October 2017 | Punta Cana, DR
28 October 2017 | Punta Cana, DR
28 October 2017 | Punta Cana, DR
24 October 2017 | Antigua
24 October 2017 | Antigua
20 October 2017 | St Lucia
20 October 2017 | St Lucia
18 October 2017 | St Marys, GA
Recent Blog Posts
20 November 2017 | Gulfport, Mississippi

Into Gulfport

Panama City Beach was a refreshing stop for us. The marina, Bay Point, was inexpensive and well appointed. It was a cab ride to go anywhere. There is pizza cafe on site which is open evenings and serves wine and beer. It is the off season so there may as well be other establishments open in the high [...]

18 November 2017 | Panama City Beach, FL

Into Panama City Beach

The inlet to Panama City is straightforward, but the little turn off to the left to Panama City Beach is tricky, with the channel right close to the beach and a red daymark warning not to head through what looks like the main channel. The image is of our track into the marina which has its own channel tricks.

18 November 2017 | Panama City Beach, FL

Into Panama City

I went below and slept and then came up on the 2 AM watch. The owner who was getting off watch said it was boring. I think differently. The boat seemed to jump to life when I got into the helmseat. We were peeling waves off the bows and leaving them in our wake. I was looking at a peculiar star [...]

18 November 2017 | Gulf of Mexico

Key West North

After our rest stop in Key West we headed out into the Gulf. The diesel generator that wouldn’t start was found to have some sort of starter problem. Either the starter motor was bad or perhaps the battery had only enough oomph to click the starter solenoid but not turn the motor over. We did not [...]

14 November 2017 | Key West, FL

St Marys Ft Lauderdale Key West

The hot weather of the summer is definitely over. While we were gone on the delivery it got

10 November 2017 | st marys, ga

Bahama Track

So we are back in St Marys, back in the boatyard, the gulag. Nothing has changed, still the same boat and no rush to launch. Kaptain Ken has got his boat off the marsh, but now he doesn't have the time to talk. I do the laundry and get a shower. Shave the handsome beard off my face.

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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