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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
17 May 2017 | st marys, ga

Mo' Riggin'

The lack of internet in the boatyard makes ordering parts particularly difficult. The Google Chrome browser on my phone wants to autocomplete entries, but it goofs up, and shipping address becomes billing address. All the entries have to be painstakingly typed in on the little phone virtual keyboard [...]

15 May 2017 | st marys, ga

Catamaran Sophie's Launch

Here’s a link to photos of the launch of catamaran “Sophie” at St Marys Boat Services:

15 May 2017 | st marys, ga

Rigging

With the topsides painting completed work could commence on the rig. The chainplates were reattached to the hulls and now fittings for the stays had to be sussed out. The lashings of the past will be no more, I will be going back to turnbuckles with only lashings on one upper shroud to isolate it from [...]

13 May 2017 | st marys, ga

Chainplates

The punch list for getting the rig ready to restep the mast included torquing down the beam mounting bolts and installing the chainplates. It was important to check the beam mounting bolts because the rig pulls on the hulls and if the bolts are loose the hulls can become canted. Some of the rigging [...]

13 May 2017 | st marys, ga

Fairing and Painting Complete

The internet is still down in the boatyard, so posting the blog requires a ten mile drive for free wifi at Walmart, or at one of the lunch spots.

13 May 2017 | st marys, ga

Panasonic CF-C1 Toughbook

Here’s a shot of the little Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1. These can be had, used, online for less than a hundred bucks. If you are lucky, you can get one that still has its hard drive. This one cost me about $80 and came with a 320 GiB drive. The wifi wasn’t operative, but I have an external powered [...]

Boat Name and Logo

24 April 2017 | St. Marys, GA
Capn Andy/Warm Spring
The port outboard hull side received a coat of arctic white with a little dark blue pigment in it. I’m not sure how much difference it will make compared to the cabins and deck which are untinted. The crease in the hull at the sheer automatically creates a different shade of color between the cabin sides and the hull sides.
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I applied most of the paint using a 3/16“ nap roller from Lowes. This left a surface with tiny bubbles which I hope will smooth out. Maybe not.
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3 cups of epoxy was enough to prime the whole hull side, but it began to go off when I got to the stern and made a rough finish there that had to be sanded smooth before painting. Next time I will mix up two batches of 1 1/2 cups, one at a time. The paint is mixed in a small batch with about 5 1/2 oz. of total mix including 1/2 oz hardener, 1 oz reducer, and 4 oz. of paint. Mixing it this way for an entire hull side would be tedious, but I had to use my mixing measurers, ones that I know won’t dissolve in this paint, which attacks most plastics. A paper cup looses its bottom with it. So, I mixed a double batch of paint, or about 11 oz. which is a bout a cup and a half. It did not cover as well as the epoxy and I needed about 3 double batches to do the hull side.
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It is reassuring that this hull side was the worst of them all and needed a lot of repair and fairing. Getting it to this point, only needed another coat of paint (I hope), gives me the feeling that this project does have an ending and it’s not as far away as I thought.
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The internet DIY boat lettering people, http://doityourselflettering.com/, had sent me a proof with Kaimu’s boatname, hailing port, and the Wharram logo. I thought having the hailing port in gold would be better, but after looking at the proof decided to stay with black lettering. I had them remove the comma between Norwalk and CT and ordered the lettering. The logo goes on the bow, name and hailing port on the stern.

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