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.
18 November 2017 | Panama City Beach, FL
18 November 2017 | Panama City Beach, FL
18 November 2017 | Gulf of Mexico
14 November 2017 | Key West, FL
10 November 2017 | st marys, ga
07 November 2017 | Lighthouse Point,
07 November 2017 | Great Bahama Bank
07 November 2017 | Old Bahama Channel, Caribbean Sea
07 November 2017 | Old Bahama Channel, Caribbean Sea
07 November 2017 | Cap Cana Marina, DR
07 November 2017 | Cap Cana Marina, DR
28 October 2017 | Punta Cana, DR
28 October 2017 | Punta Cana, DR
28 October 2017 | Punta Cana, DR
24 October 2017 | Antigua
24 October 2017 | Antigua
20 October 2017 | St Lucia
20 October 2017 | St Lucia
18 October 2017 | St Marys, GA
16 October 2017 | St Marys, GA
Recent Blog Posts
18 November 2017 | Panama City Beach, FL

Into Panama City Beach

The inlet to Panama City is straightforward, but the little turn off to the left to Panama City Beach is tricky, with the channel right close to the beach and a red daymark warning not to head through what looks like the main channel. The image is of our track into the marina which has its own channel tricks.

18 November 2017 | Panama City Beach, FL

Into Panama City

I went below and slept and then came up on the 2 AM watch. The owner who was getting off watch said it was boring. I think differently. The boat seemed to jump to life when I got into the helmseat. We were peeling waves off the bows and leaving them in our wake. I was looking at a peculiar star [...]

18 November 2017 | Gulf of Mexico

Key West North

After our rest stop in Key West we headed out into the Gulf. The diesel generator that wouldn’t start was found to have some sort of starter problem. Either the starter motor was bad or perhaps the battery had only enough oomph to click the starter solenoid but not turn the motor over. We did not [...]

14 November 2017 | Key West, FL

St Marys Ft Lauderdale Key West

The hot weather of the summer is definitely over. While we were gone on the delivery it got

10 November 2017 | st marys, ga

Bahama Track

So we are back in St Marys, back in the boatyard, the gulag. Nothing has changed, still the same boat and no rush to launch. Kaptain Ken has got his boat off the marsh, but now he doesn't have the time to talk. I do the laundry and get a shower. Shave the handsome beard off my face.

07 November 2017 | Lighthouse Point,

Arrival and Departure

I made a concoction out of the last remains of mahi mahi. The mahi was trimmed of any bones and cut into large cubes. It was then browned on all sides in a pan of olive oil and black pepper. Then diced onions, red sweet peppers, and mushrooms were wilted in the pan. The whole mess was added to a [...]

Hatch Week 2017

31 January 2017 | St. Marys, GA
Capn Andy/mild winter
The stormy weekend didn’t stop, Monday morning saw 40 knots of cold northern wind blowing across the North River into the boatyard. The day continued blustery, overcast, and bits of rain now and then. There was no motivation to fight the weather and work on the boat.
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The next day I decided to start installing one of the new hatches, over the starboard twin bunk, the cook’s bunk. The compartment was getting fouled with mildew from condensation. I removed the bedding and memory foam mattress and scrubbed the space clean. With the compartment cleared out I could begin the modifications to the hatch coaming. The new hatch was about a half inch larger all the way around. I expected to make a lot of sawdust and wood chips, so having a cleared out space below the coaming would make clean up that much easier.
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I tried to use a router to hack out a 1/2“ X 1“ rabbet in the inside edge of the hatch. This produced a lot of sawdust. There was no way to rout all the way to the corner of the coaming. I began to see the router made a lot of noise and sawdust, but was not the tool for the job. I tried the multitool with halfmoon blade and it was too slow, even with a brand new blade. Then I tried the angle grinder with the chain saw wheel on it. It was too dull and burned the wood. It was exactly the right diameter for the rounded corners though. I found the new 36 grit 4“ flap discs from Harbor Freight. They were the exact diameter of the corner also. These discs just ate up the wood. It took all day to find the right tool for the job.
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The rabbet was almost perfect, but the inside corner of the ledge it formed could not be shaped exactly square with the flap disc. The multitool cut that square corner quickly and I was able to drop the new hatch into the coaming. I would have to add some wood to the outside of the coaming to make it thick enough for the flange of the hatch.
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The forecast had turned to rain again, but I would be away on a shopping trip to Sailor’s Exchange in St. Augustine, so I put all the tools under cover.
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We left early in the morning and ran into a traffic jam going through Jacksonville on I-95. We still got into St. Augustine early enough for breakfast at a local diner. At Sailor’s Exchange we
browsed through the store. Although there is a huge inventory of used boat parts, there were no wind vane self steerers or endless furlers. I bought a very nice single block and Ron the woodworker bought about $500 worth of teak wood. We had time to hike around the town, a tourist trap. Along the way we looked out in the harbor and there was Peace, Ann and Neville Clements catamaran which they had sold, moored. It looked beautiful with its steeply raked masts. I was surprised to see it. It made sense that the new owners would take it further south, from Oriental, probably further south than St. Augustine.
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The rain that was forecast was still holding off. It would come from the North as we drove North and our exposure to the rain would be minimal. It only lasted about 15 minutes and when we got to the boatyard it had already passed over.
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The new hatch wasn’t yet bedded down, but I didn’t expect it to leak at all, but it did. It must have been a real gully washer to force water up over the coaming. There was no gasket or butyl bedding to stop it. That will come later. I took a snapshot of the hatch, in position but unbedded.
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I then began working on the other new hatch over the port forward twin bunk. This time I started work with the 36 grit flap disc and used it to form the corners, then grind out the rabbets. The whole job took about 2 hours including squaring off the bottom corner of the rabbet with the multitool and halfmoon blade.
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