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.
12 January 2018 | st marys, ga
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20 November 2017 | Gulfport, Mississippi
18 November 2017 | Panama City Beach, FL
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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

Surrender

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 [...]

North River

29 December 2016 | St. Marys, GA
Capn Andy/Winter
I made Beouf Bourguignon for Christmas Day for anyone still in the boatyard. The expected group of about a dozen boatyarders ended up with just four of us and a huge kettle of food. I followed both Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles recipe and one of Martha Stewart's. I had planned to make parmesan potatoes, but ended up putting them in the beef cooking pot, so it became beef stew.
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I was unable to find parts for the VHF whip antenna that goes on the top of the mast. It is a TRAM Browning with a loading coil that has a 3/8X24 stud, a common antenna mounting thread. The whip and mounting nut that came in fit the thread, but would not support the whip properly. Perhaps I had ordered the wrong replacement whip, like maybe for a Metz antenna.
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My email to the TRAM Browning distributor was not answered. The Shakespeare whip antenna looked like it might have the same mounting hardware, so I searched for that. I ended up on a CB shop site called Blue Parrott, and was able to find parts there that would do the job. What I ended up ordering was a 3/8X24 coupling nut and a .1" whip stud mounting. We will see if they fit. Total cost was less than ten dollars.
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I had purchased a couple of cheap GPS dongles from China and one came in. On the back of it was the name "G-Mouse". It took some work to get it to connect to OpenCPN on the linux machine running Navigatrix. In the connection tab, the connection is /dev/ttyACM0, where 0 is zero. There is a wealth of info on the Navigatrix forum about troubleshooting GPS devices. I have another coming in and we'll see if that will work. It is like a thumbdrive, it has no cable.
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The no-see-ums came back, like they do this time of year, swarming and biting. I retreated to the safety of the galley. The sky was bright with sunset clouds, so I grabbed the 30D and took the bike down to the dock and took a picture. Sometimes, even with flies biting you, an image can make it all worth it.
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