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


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 [...]


04 January 2017 | St Marys, GA
Capn Andy/winter
The power supply I was using to power up the toughbooks failed and I had to resist the urge to continue using them for fear of draining the batteries dead. The blog article and photos were left till a new power supply came in and the Windows laptop was brought back into service. The horrible Windows 10 update debacle seems to have passed. I have shut off automatic update, search for updates, anything to do with updates.
I had been writing about using a cheap Chinese GPS puck with Navigatrix and the problems in identifying what tty device linux thinks the GPS is. It can be serial port, usb port, or asm (asynchronous serial something). Another GPS device came in from China, a USB dongle that has no cable, just plugs right in.
I haven't tried it with the linux machines, but windows didn't automatically identify it and load a driver for it, the driver was obtained from the U-blox manufacturers site. After installing a piece of software from them, the GPS was recognized in OpenCPN running in Windows.
I was trying to get more work done on the exterior of Kaimu while the weather was still warm enough to use epoxy, even though it was taking a couple of days to cure. While climbing onto a rickety aluminum ladder/scaffold, it wobbled away from the boat, causing me to take a step out into thin air and land down below on my outstretched leg. Pain. What is called a hyperextended knee. I tried to pedal the bicycle around to loosen it up, which seemed to be working, until I stopped and stepped to the ground. At the last moment I realized I was landing on the same bad leg and now the pain was even worse. Embarrassing. Now I was out of commission for a while and limping very slowly to get anywhere. I could drive the car after 2 days.
The weather cooperated by bringing along a severe cold front including tornado warnings and heavy rain. I was too sore to get everything covered with plastic, so I have a lot of wet stuff to dry out.
An order from Harbor Freight Tools came in, including some savage looking 36 grit grinding discs and sanding belts. Also a couple boxes of chip brushes that I had ordered for Bonhomme Richard were traded for a short roll of fiberglass cloth. His wife handed the cloth to me and said Richard was in too much pain to come work on the boat today. He had a boatyard related injury. Later I spoke with steamfitter Bill who had fallen off a ladder and broken 3 ribs. Our courtesy car was in the process of being repaired. I said maybe we don't need a courtesy car, maybe we need an ambulance.
When I searched for ambulance on saatchiart.com the above image came up, called Emergency, by Ricardo Salles of the U.K., a painting available for purchase.
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