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 [...]

Ye Shoppe

06 February 2017 | St. Marys, GA
Capn Andy/mild winter
Work continued on the hatch coamings, building up the outer perimeter with hardwood, faired with epoxy compound, painted, and the hatch bedded in Bed-It butyl tape. This is the recommended product for bedding hatches and other fittings that bolt or screw onto the hull.
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In the woodshop, carpenter Ron began an upgrade. The debris of years and years of wood shavings, sawdust, and bits of offcut wood was slowly getting cleaned up. I helped pick up the pieces and Ron identified rare and expensive wood to save. My eagerness to contribute was due to needing a space to build the outrigger canoe later this month. I needed space to store plywood that was dry, also a place to leave glued up assemblies that was dry. Epoxy in the winter temperatures takes longer to set up, 2 or 3 days instead of just 1.
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I ordered the Bed-It tape and began looking for a replacement for my shop vac, which was losing its vacuum, and my dremel-like rotary tool, which had gone missing. It will turn up when its replacement arrives.
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I had been buying tools from Harbor Freight, they only charge $6.99 per shipment, so I searched their web site. The boat next door had one of their rotary tools and it was starting to fail after exactly 3 uses, two by the owner and one my me. I decided to search for alternatives. The small shop vac from Harbor Freight was $35, but the same unit (probably) was available from ACE hardware, free ship to store, for about $20 plus tax. I searched for rotary tool reviews online and found the Black and Decker tool was rated at #1 or #2, available from Target at $27, free shipping. I saved about 1/3 the cost.
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Surprise, surprise, the little shop vac at ACE was ready just 2 hours after I ordered it online, so I went out and picked it up. Then a little while later, Target canceled my order for the Black and Decker rotary tool. I reordered it for pickup at their Yulee, GA, store, about 20 miles away.
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The little Craftsman 2.5 gallon shop vac was put to work cleaning up the wood shop. This was not just ordinary dirt and sawdust, this was impacted dirt and sawdust from over a decade of use. People just don't pick up after themselves. The vacuum was packed full of sawdust and small bits of wood about three times and dumped out each time and put back to work. The only bad point is that the hose and attachments don't include a straight rigid section, so you have to stoop a bit to hold the vacuum fitting to the floor. I think we can come up with a solution for this problem, either a stick attached to the fitting or find a straight section that fits.
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The Black and Decker rotary tool looks very solid, but I haven't had a chance to use it yet.
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The woodshop was now ready for some woodwork. I picked up 2 cedar 2X4's from the lumber store and ripped them into 3/4" square stock, then used the scarfing jig to put 10:1 bevels on the ends. I planned on making 2 13 foot gunwale stringers for the outrigger canoe's outrigger float (ama), making 2 19 foot chine stringers (logs) for the main hull, and 2 19 foot gunwale stringers for the main hull. The butt ends of the stringers were left square and all the interior joints were 10:1 scarfs. Any bad spots in the square stock were cut out with the same 10:1 bevel. The 2X4's produced about 8 pieces of square stock each and a thin 8 foot batten.
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The pieces were glued up in two sessions, the first would put together 8 and 5 foot sections to make the ama gunwale stringers, as well as two 8 foot sections to produce the start of the longer main hull stringers and chine logs. The second section will add 3 foot sections to the main hulls stringers to bring them out to 19 feet. Actually all the stringers will be longer than required and cut back to the required length.
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The photo is of the woodshop.
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