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
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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 [...]

Christmas Spirits

19 December 2017 | st marys, ga
Capn Andy/chilly winter
In the days coming up on Christmas I remembered a song by Joni Mitchell and I found it on you tube:
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River
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by Joni Mitchell
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It's coming on Christmas
They're cutting down trees
They're putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
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It reminded me of when I could skate along on any of the frozen waters near my home, it was a freedom that only comes in the right conditions, no snow, hard freeze, and the endless nights of the North, clear and a million stars.
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But we have a different thing down here in the North River Marsh. The huge Christmas tree was fork lifted into the yard and the organized tree decorating thing never happened. We had a pot luck dinner which was supposed to be about decorating the Christmas tree, but the tree was still bare, a lonely string of lights pasted up on it and trailing away on the ground. Nothing else.
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This inactivity is in a boatyard where there is plenty of activity, boats are going into the water. The winter season is when boaters down here get their boats into the water and go to the Bahamas or the Keys. There are a few from up North who come down and plop their boats in the water and go away It is too cold here now to hang around, but up North it is imperative to get away from the arctic and get down to the South. They don’t hang around here.
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We had a couple of mornings already with frost on the deck. The daytime temperatures are ideal for hard work. 60‘s and even 70‘s. I can’t say that I have embraced these conditions and forged ahead on my bottom grinding job. I found that coarse grit flap discs did the most efficient job of cleaning off the old bottom paint. Most boat yards won’t allow them, though, there is no containment of the debris. They require sanding machines with vacuum attachments. Here I am using large tarpaulins around my work space and the debris accumulates there. I then either vacuum up the debris or work it to the edge of the tarp and then it goes into the dumpster.
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Debris from our boatyard is like rich ore from a mine. Lots of minerals, metals, and it goes off to China where it is smelted.
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I’ve been grinding, but not like the young yardbirds who work all day, with a well deserved lunch hour, I get into it after lunch, which for me is breakfast, and work 2 to 3 hours. Sorry, I give up after just a short time. I knew it would be like this, I have a large store of Ibuprofen. We are now 2/3 of the way done with both hulls. I am waiting on more abrasives.
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I found that 40 grit flap discs from Harbor Freight worked very well in removing the old lead paint. After about 5 minutes the abrasive lost its edge and we had to limit how long it ground on the paint. The surface would heat up under the disc and then the paint would liquefy and condense on the abrasive. Then it would no longer bite on the surface. In the long run, the HF discs lasted longer than the blue zirconium discs from DeWalt. The DeWalt discs were flat on the surface though, and they would remove an amazing amount of paint for the first few minutes. You had to move them around quickly. If you were paying for the time to do the job, then the DeWalt flap discs would pay for themselves quickly. After a while they too lose their bite.
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The photo is of the boatyard Christmas tree, still undecorated, but someone put a little angel at the top.
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