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.
25 May 2017 | st marys, ga
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07 May 2017 | St. Marys, GA
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Recent Blog Posts
25 May 2017 | st marys, ga

Rig, Rain, Rearrangement

The mast work was almost done. The starboard upper shroud was removed and two 3/8" nylon thimbles were lashed with 7 strands of dynema 6 inches apart. One thimble was pinned to the tang on the mast, the other thimble had been carefully split at the teardrop end and fitted over the eye at the top end [...]

17 May 2017 | st marys, ga

Mo' Riggin'

The lack of internet in the boatyard makes ordering parts particularly difficult. The Google Chrome browser on my phone wants to autocomplete entries, but it goofs up, and shipping address becomes billing address. All the entries have to be painstakingly typed in on the little phone virtual keyboard [...]

15 May 2017 | st marys, ga

Catamaran Sophie's Launch

Here’s a link to photos of the launch of catamaran “Sophie” at St Marys Boat Services:

15 May 2017 | st marys, ga

Rigging

With the topsides painting completed work could commence on the rig. The chainplates were reattached to the hulls and now fittings for the stays had to be sussed out. The lashings of the past will be no more, I will be going back to turnbuckles with only lashings on one upper shroud to isolate it from [...]

13 May 2017 | st marys, ga

Chainplates

The punch list for getting the rig ready to restep the mast included torquing down the beam mounting bolts and installing the chainplates. It was important to check the beam mounting bolts because the rig pulls on the hulls and if the bolts are loose the hulls can become canted. Some of the rigging [...]

13 May 2017 | st marys, ga

Fairing and Painting Complete

The internet is still down in the boatyard, so posting the blog requires a ten mile drive for free wifi at Walmart, or at one of the lunch spots.

Emergency

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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