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 [...]

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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