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.
17 September 2017 | st marys, ga
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Recent Blog Posts
17 September 2017 | st marys, ga

Hurricane Immunity

According to the officials, we were without power for almost exactly 48 hours. It went out in the middle of the night a week ago and returned in the middle of the night the second night.

14 September 2017 | st marys, ga

Irma Photos

It seems the day after a hurricane is the best weather, blue skies, a little bit breezy, maybe it’s just the contrast with the horrific conditions of the day before.

12 September 2017 | St Marys, GA

Irma Update

No power, no internet. There have been many requests for an update, mostly by yardbirds who skedaddled to get away or hadn't yet returned to the boatyard.

10 September 2017 | st marys, ga

Irma Dwindles

After seeing the 0500 and 1100 NOAA updates to the progress of Irma, I decided to continue to hunker down and sit out the hurricane in the St. Marys boatyard.

09 September 2017 | st marys, ga

Bracing for It

It was 16 years ago on this date when I launched Kaimu in Norwalk, Connecticut, still unfinished, but able to motor and afloat.

08 September 2017 | st marys, ga

Final Approach

It’s not like I haven’t been through a hurricane before, nor Kaimu, nor St Marys, the big problem is going out on the highway to get away from the hurricane. The drivers. When we went to Jacksonville to pick up the mainsail, we encountered the local Jax, FL, drivers, and I commented to Dr. Ken, [...]


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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