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
02 January 2018 | st marys, ga
01 January 2018 | st marys, ga
30 December 2017 | st marys, ga
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02 December 2017 | st marys, ga
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25 November 2017 | st marys, ga
20 November 2017 | Gulfport, Mississippi
18 November 2017 | Panama City Beach, FL
18 November 2017 | Panama City Beach, FL
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 [...]

Waan Aelon Kein

03 December 2017 | st marys, ga
Capn Andy/chilly Fall
The good news is that the AIS transducer sold and the 421 chartplotter has been listed. We have sold our first item on eBay.
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I’ve been switching computers around in the boatyard and on Kaimu so that I can access the internet to order supplies or just take a break and cruise. I have two Toughbook CF-C1‘s that are very inexpensive and have proven to be very useful. My first has a 320 gig conventional hard drive and came with a dysfunctioning wifi card, so I used an external amplified antenna with it (enGenius). The second came recently, ordered during the hurricanes, when someone in the boatyard wanted a computer just like the one I had. They didn’t really want it though, so I ended up with a second CF-C1, but this one had a functioning wifi card and had a 128 gig solid state drive. Both were loaded with Navigatrix, a linux based operating system that was put together by cruising sailors and thus has a lot of useful features, including OpenCPN navigation program.
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The external amplified wifi antenna proved useful when internet was spotty and weak in most of the boatyard. Now the system has been upgraded with more access points and more powerful signal. Boats that are anchored in the North River Marsh can hook up to the internet.
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My problem started as soon as I had a very powerful signal at Kaimu’s location, where I was using the amplified CF-C1. The new wifi signal wasn’t working very well and some websites were timing out before they loaded. I commented to one of the wifi gurus of the yard about this problem and had the idea that first I should make sure it wasn’t the computer. I brought the other CF-C1 from its location in the communal area of the yard (woodshop) to the boat and it performed fine. I decided to use it as my computer on Kaimu since it worked so well. I brought the amplified computer to the woodshop where it also worked well. My guess is that the strong signal was over amplified and that was causing the problem.
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The third computer is the Getac which is geared for navigation use on board, working the same as a chartplotter with its daylight viewable screen and waterproofing.
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I began organizing my bookmarks so that both CF-C1‘s would be the same. I noticed the bookmark for http://outriggersailingcanoes.blogspot.com/, Gary Dierking’s blog site was missing on one of the computers and I like to check his site from time to time, so I searched for it on Google and found: http://homepages.paradise.net.nz/garyd/walap.html, his commercial site, plus a link to a beautiful outrigger canoe from the Marshall Islands. I like this canoe and searched Google images for it and ended up here:
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http:archive.hokulea.comholokai/1992no_na_mamo.html
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But this was an account of a voyage by Hokulea in 1992. It turns out that the Marshallese canoe was also along for part of that voyage which culminated in an important island reconciliation on Raiatea. I spent some time and read the entire account. Lots of deep Polynesian culture and history.
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Waan Aelon Kein is the name of the beautiful canoe. Compare it to this old lithograph of a couple hundred years ago:
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http:marshall.csu.edu.auMarshallshtmlhistpixHernsheim1883_92_Canoe.jpg
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or this:
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http://www.pacificproa.com/micronesia/marshall_isles_proas_lg.jpg
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It also is along the same lines as Commodore Anson’s proa from 1740 which was measured and provided a detailed accurate shape.
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I was spurred onto this thread by moving the BFB proa from its sawhorses to make room for the lifting crane when we were reblocked. I set up the proa with its windsurfing masts in place. Just a little bit more work and it will be complete.
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The image is from one of the above links.
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