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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.
24 March 2017 | St. Marys, GA
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Recent Blog Posts
24 March 2017 | St. Marys, GA

French Toggles

The goal is to refinish the foredecks and the rest of the cabin sides by the end of the month. Some work on the outrigger canoe is being done at the same time.

23 March 2017 | St. Marys, GA

24 In. Multipurpose Trim Guard

I can tell when I have undesirable work ahead of me, I start doing everything else that I can think of. The hatch installation job was set aside so I could do something else, which turned out to be the proa, outrigger canoe, project. Now I had to get back to the hatches, but I still found other things [...]

20 March 2017 | St. Marys, GA

Birdseye View

It was time to return to working on the big catamaran and the installation of the new large Bomar hatches. I had cut out the hatch coamings to accept the new hatches and added new wood to the perimeter of the coamings to compensate for the wood removed. In order to get a perfect fit, I taped off the [...]

15 March 2017 | St. Marys, GA

BeamBrackets and Cold Snap

The remaining fiberglass work on the outrigger canoe included the underside of the inboard side deck and the bottom of the main hull. The inboard side deck already received a 3 foot wide fiberglass belt amidships and now only needed two 3 1/2 foot sections fore and aft to be completed. These are the [...]

05 March 2017 | St. Marys, GA

BFB Test Fit

The epoxy order was on its way so I used up the last little bit I had, priming the main hull’s decks and the bow compartments. The ama deck was primed and then I was out of epoxy.

28 February 2017 | St. Marys, GA

Side Deck Trouble

I had to order more epoxy, I was using it like a fiend. Laminating the hiking seat took 900 ml, about a quart, and that was only for the core. The two layers of fiberglass that wrap it will take as much or even more.

Into the Frying Pan

24 November 2015 | Georgetown, SC
Capn Andy/Cold and Clear
Like the last attempt at Frying Pan Shoals, this will be in several parts.
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First the disclaimer, two very experienced captains strongly advised me not to go around Frying Pan Shoals. It is a long distance around and no nearby havens if you get into trouble. It is about 90 miles to the point where you can turn west or southwest and then about 50 miles to Little River inlet, which was one of my destinations.
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The plan was to sail to the end of the shoal, then decide where to go next. I got up early, unintentionally, at around 4 AM, and didn't want to go on deck to finish preparations, it was too cold. I made coffee and breakfast and warmed the cabin with the space heater.
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It began to get light outside, so I went on deck and brought the dinghy aboard, organized some lines, and decided to get underway. It was now just after sunrise, the engine was started and warmed up, and the anchor was brought up short, then broken free, and then we were on our way, going out on the ebbing tide. Some fishing boats were leaving also, but we were the last boat out the channel that morning.
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The forecast was for Northwest 15 – 20, but it was actually NE 10. Under main and genoa we were making 6-7 knots heading directly for the end of the shoal. It would be about 15 hours at this rate. Although the sailomat was broken, Kaimu could self steer on certain headings, and this was one of them. We were close reaching, the wind was ENE and our course was SSW.
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The wind wasn't cooperating. The forecast was already wrong, now they updated it later in the day and it was NE 10-15 going E and light. Then it was forecast overnight to go SE, S, and SW, oh by the way, Gale Warning. Sunday was supposed to go North at up to 40 knots.
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This was the same problem as last time. You plan your sailing according to the forecast and it is a sensible plan. Then the forecast changes completely and your plan becomes no plan at all, it becomes a reaction to unplanned events.
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Now with the wind dying a bit and Kaimu slowing, it became a nail biting affair, would we make it around the shoal before the gale hit. The projected time to actually clear the shoal to the turning point kept getting pushed further and further away. I kept listening to NOAA's weather prediction until the VHF could no longer pick it up.
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In spite of my apprehension, the sailing so far had been enjoyable. I was able to leave the helm to make meals and there was little physical demand, so the overnight sailing was a piece of cake.
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Clouds were coming in and there was an almost full moon to light the way. It began to get overcast. There were ominous clouds but no rain, yet.
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We had about 2 miles to go to our turning point when everything changed abruptly. There was lightning all around and very dark clouds coming by. All of a sudden rain and a microburst wind hit us, maybe it was 50 miles an hour. It wasn't as bad as the microburst that hit me off Jupiter, Florida years ago, but the sea state was rougher now. The dinghy was blown right off the deck and I hoped its tether would hold. We were getting hit by this microburst from the South and it could drive us back onto the shoal.
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All the lines and sheets were dancing a lively jig as if they were now voodoo dancing, angy, wrapping around anything, slapping me in the head, forming knots instantly around any protruding object, even each other. I had to shorten sail immediately. It was raining. The main came down right away. The roller furler began furling the genoa, but something wasn't right. It would stick and refuse to furl. I looked up to see if anything got caught in the sail or furler up above, unrolled the sail a bit, then continued to furl it. I did get it furled, but I decided I wouldn't use the genoa again until I could take a look at the furler. Something was wrong there.
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The staysail was our only sail and the question was would we need to reef it down to 175 sq ft or could we handle it at 300 sq ft. The other question was could we make it past the last part of the reef. I started the engine and powered our way to cover those last two miles.
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Here is the SPOT track of the entire trip from Beaufort to Georgetown. Why we went there is a whole other story.
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