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 [...]

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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