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
12 January 2018 | st marys, ga

Bon Voyage Crawdad

The cold snap, which is the coldest weather I have experienced down here in St Marys seemed to persist longer than forecast, about a week. It has been freezing overnight and most of the mornings, temperature going down to 28 on successive nights. This is nothing compared to what people up North are [...]

02 January 2018 | st marys, ga

The Penguins Have Us

The coooold snap that is freezing us to death is only affecting the Keys a bit, maybe ten degrees less, so 50‘s and 60‘s instead of 60‘s and 70‘s, or 70‘s and 80‘s. The Keys and Bahamas are where to be in the dead of winter.

01 January 2018 | st marys, ga

Happy New Year Chart Wrap Up

It is Sunday, New Year's Eve Day, and I have come down with a cold. My chart work is finished. I can't imagine going outside to work on the hull bottoms now. I may run out of paper towels to sop up my runny nose.

30 December 2017 | st marys, ga


When THE COMPUTER GUY was talking to me about running shell scripts to convert old charts I had mentioned I liked to manually crop each chart and save it from the image manipulation program. Every chart. He looked at me funny. The shell scripts are ways to do a lot of that manual data processing and [...]

26 December 2017 | st marys, ga

Sir, Render

The procedure to convert old electronic charts in the tiled .pcx format to charts that newer nav programs can use involves bulk processing with shell scripts. The shell scripts I needed to use are located in a compressed archive called pcx2tif.

26 December 2017 | st marys, ga

A Walk in the Park

I had a couple of negative shopping experiences for the holiday season, both involved long waits for ordinary products. I wasn’t looking for quick shipping this time of year, but please, Amazon waited a week to finally ship a box of grinding discs and a roll of Gorilla tape. And that is just to ship [...]

Christmas Solar

26 December 2016 | St. Marys, GA
Capn Andy/Winter
Christmas is approaching and with it mixed feelings. I associate Christmas with snow and a hot fireplace burning the yule log. Here in the boatyard in the swamp in Georgia there will be no snow of course, but a different kind of Christmas is taking place. There is a huge 14 foot Christmas tree in the center of the boatyard. Underneath it we held a pot luck dinner with all the boatyarders who would be staying over the holidays and some who were departing to celebrate with family and friends somewhere else.
Back on board Kaimu I continued working from the top down, the cabin tops were painted and solar panels in their new mounts, not yet bolted down, photovoltaic wiring crimped and connected to the batteries. The old batteries were on their last legs but still functioned well enough to power the interior LED lights and the radios in the pilothouse.
I began on the port cabin side, outboard, and coming aft, grinding bad spots in the fiberglass sheathing, fairing the edges, exposing bare wood. At the stern I followed up over the coaming and onto the aft deck, above the furthest aft compartment which held the water heater and holding tank. The deck sheathing was blistered and came off too easily. An area of about 15 square feet of glass sheathing in total came off. The wood underneath was damp but not rotten. I covered the exposed deck and cabin side with heavy plastic drop cloth to prevent rain or dew from getting into the bare wood.
The rain did come and continued for a few days. It had been dry weather for so long, and now that I had exposed the wood it rained. The plastic drop cloth kept the wood dry and when we had more dry weather I primed the wood with unthickened epoxy, then glassed it the next day.
During the rainy days I did a lot of reading or worked inside the port hull where the full sized main bunk had been chopped up into two counters on either side. The counter above the port battery bank had a hatch cut out of it, exposing the tops of the batteries. Maintenance on the batteries was difficult because the space above the batteries was small and their water level could only be seen with a mirror. It was dark in there also. Now I could look down with plenty of light and see the water level and have easy access to add water. They were very dry and reading only 6 volts, nearly totally dead. After adding water and giving them a charge they came up to 13.4 and an indication of 75 percent. Perhaps the electric toilet, which is in the port hull aft, could now be flushed.
It looks like the weather will continue to be mild, not falling below 60 at night, not going above 70 during the daytime, right up till New Year’s. The image is from saatchiart.com, by ALDYN Alexander of Romania, called Crystallization 2 - Solar Flare, available for purchase. I found it by searching “solar”.
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