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.
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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


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 [...]

Birdseye View

20 March 2017 | St. Marys, GA
Capn Andy/mild winter
It was time to return to working on the big catamaran and the installation of the new large Bomar hatches. I had cut out the hatch coamings to accept the new hatches and added new wood to the perimeter of the coamings to compensate for the wood removed. In order to get a perfect fit, I taped off the mating surface of the hatches and bedded them down on the coamings with an epoxy filler. When I now removed the hatches it was apparent that the filler hadn't filled all the space between the hatches and the coaming. I mixed up a new batch of filler, retaped the surface of the hatches, and jammed it all back together. Due to the cold weather it will take a few days to be sure the filler has set up.
Meanwhile the canoe received a coat of "sand beige" paint on its decks and gunwales. On the one hand it made the decks all one color, on the other hand it revealed some rough spots in the finish.
Sad news from Captain Lou who lost his boat in St. Andrew's Inlet. Lou was the fellow who rowed so forcefully just before hurricane Matthew and we set additional anchors for our two boats. His Sea Sprite was a very pretty, well maintained boat and hearing that he had lost it was startling. How could such a capable boat and skipper come to grief? He believes that an old rudder repair failed. He could not control the boat and ended up getting pounded on a shoal until the boat began to take on water. He was rescued by the Coast Guard and was heartbroken, but not injured.
I did some work on the mast and rig. I had one of the Lewmar blocks that had failed, but the sheave was still good. Then I had a Harken block whose sheave had disappeared. I ripped apart (it was half apart anyway) the Lewmar to get the sheave, tried a 1/2" bolt as an axle for the sheave, it worked, then drilled the Harken block to accommodate the bolt. Now I had a good single block to use on the mast. The Garhauer block from Sailor's Exchange was mounted at the masthead for the spinnaker halyard. The remaining blocks were Harken, even if one had a Lewmar sheave, and they were used for the staysail halyard and topsail halyard. The foot of the mast had been damaged and about 2" were cut off to make the foot square again. The main halyard winch was jammed with its handle corroded in place. It looks like I will replace the jib and main halyard winches with some leftover 2 speed winches.
Radio Bill sent me an unexpected email with a photo he took while up his mast. It shows Kaimu and Richard's Antigua side by side. Richard's boat looks pristine, Kaimu not so much. You can see the cabin tops and rear decks are painted on Kaimu, new solar panels in place, new forward hatches in place but not yet bedded in.
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