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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
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30 November 2020 | St Marys, GA

Traveller

In the photo is a nice motor yacht tied up to the dock and outboard of that is a pilothouse sailboat, very traditional looking, and next to that is Traveller, a Marples 40 trimaran, skippered by Jay, an elderly yachtsman who is nearly deaf. He is also forgetful and has introduced himself to me about [...]

28 November 2020 | St Marys, GA

The Cauldron

Another Catalina 30 appears on Boat Angel. This one is nearby to us in Green Cove Springs, FL. It is a 1981 model with a nice bimini, correct midboom traveler, and the engine has been removed. There is no evidence of cushions. Interior looks clean. Might be missing one of the original cabin windows, [...]

25 November 2020 | St Marys, GA

Ole Mole Pork and Bean Soup

The Catalina 30 on Boat Angel went for $1200.

24 November 2020 | St Marys, GA

Step in the Right Direction

Another Catalina 30 is available at Boat Angel. This one is in Long Beach, CA. It has the Atomic Four and says it does not run/function. I can see some teak trim missing on either side of the companionway hatch.

17 November 2020 | St Marys, GA

Navigatrix 2020

Nothing lasts forever. The Navigatrix operating system I’ve been using for many years has gotten old since its last release. What has transpired now, and the work I’ve had to do, prompts me to write about how to deal with a new release of Navigatrix.

12 November 2020 | St Marys, GA

Insatiable Enabalist

Because I had stepped on my Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1, the screen was a shattered mess, but the laptop still worked. I was going to replace the display, then realized I just had to swap the batteries and hard drove into a spare chassis, and now I have done so and I'm writing the blog on it.

Traveller

30 November 2020 | St Marys, GA
Cap'n Andy | Windy, Chilly
In the photo is a nice motor yacht tied up to the dock and outboard of that is a pilothouse sailboat, very traditional looking, and next to that is Traveller, a Marples 40 trimaran, skippered by Jay, an elderly yachtsman who is nearly deaf. He is also forgetful and has introduced himself to me about 3 times this week. I had met him last fall when he was in the yard.
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I found 9v battery adapter with coaxial DC connector on eBay from Duluth, GA, right up near Atlanta, qty 2 for less than 5 dollars, free shipping. I notified Radio Bill that the adapters were on the way and he could have one to power his little 30 dollar oscilloscope. I plan to use the scope I purchased to see what is actually coming out of the battery charger/desulfator. The 4 group 27 agm batteries in the starboard hull are now up to 9 volts resting charge. They were down to 3.8 volts when I arrived in the boatyard Election Day.
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The Ole Mole Pork and Bean Soup came out very good. In the future I will halve the recipe. It made about 2 gallons of soup. Too Much.
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Clemson and their great quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, were on TV and I was interested because my NY Jets, the loosingest team in the NFL will probably have the #1 draft pick and Lawrence is projected to go #1 in the 2021 draft. I wanted to see him play. By the time I got the game on it was 38-3, the game must be nearly over, but no, it was only in the middle of the second quarter. 5 touchdown passes and the first half isn’t over.
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It is now the day after our post Thanksgiving feast. I felt uncomfortable after the group of feasters began growing larger and more closely packed. I think it is advisable to social distance, but people generally tend to get closer together when talking, especially some of us older and hard of hearing. I retreated to Kaimu several times but had to come back to put away things and scrub dishes. I still had a lot of soup left over and others had the same problem with ham and turkey, there was a lot of food.
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A cold front was forecast and indeed it came through in the morning with copious rain and a gale warning, of course. The wind was howling and the wind chill temperatures were forecast to drop below freezing overnight, but the actual temperatures were forecast to be in the high 30’s. The wind turbine was spinning at an incredible rate so I put the meter on it to see what it was generating. 0. Nada. When the wind calms down I will have to take it down and see what’s wrong. I wasn’t using it to charge anything anyway.
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The engine start battery was down to 12.2 volts, so I put a smart charger on it. The starboard house batteries that had been totally flat were now up to 10 volts using the 7 stage charger/desulfator. A few more days and I will put the house bank back on the solar charge controller. The real test will be using the inverter which draws a lot of current and see if the batteries have any capacity.
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The NY Jets faced their arch rivals, Miami Dolphins, and lost 20-3. They have lost every game this year and now no Jet fan wants to see them win even one game, they are on track to win the #1 overall pick in the NFL draft. Of all the criticism of the coach, ownership, and quarterback, perhaps they are working to get that draft pick and are doing a good job of losing every week. Other teams have tried this tactic over the past few years and have succeeded in getting a franchise quarterback or other dominant player at the top of the draft.

The Cauldron

28 November 2020 | St Marys, GA
Cap'n Andy | rainy
Another Catalina 30 appears on Boat Angel. This one is nearby to us in Green Cove Springs, FL. It is a 1981 model with a nice bimini, correct midboom traveler, and the engine has been removed. There is no evidence of cushions. Interior looks clean. Might be missing one of the original cabin windows, but they should all be replaced with plexiglass anyway. There is an outboard motor bracket mounted on the transom. There is a solar panel and battery I presume to power a bilge pump. This boat is kind of what SUNSPLASH would have turned out to be if the Atomic Four was unrepairable. Current bid is around $200 and there are 4 days left in the auction. It looks like the stove is missing, but it has DC refrigeration in the icebox.
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Radio Bill received a small oscilloscope that cost about $30. It would be useful to monitor solar chargers, wind turbine output, and he is using it to troubleshoot his wind instruments. Based on his demonstration of the unit I ordered one from California for $26. It runs on 9VDC and mine may not have the wall wart power supply, but I’d rather power it with a 9v battery.
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It is Thanksgiving in the boatyard we’ll have no planned feast today nor will we go to St Marys for the town sponsored cruisers Thanksgiving feast. I plan to go shopping tomorrow, Black Friday, and purchase ingredients for my bean soup and Monday’s Pizza Night. I’ll make the soup Saturday and our feast will be in the boatyard on Sunday.
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The battery desulfation operation continues with some hope of restoring the batteries. We are now getting 8 volts resting charge and it goes up slowly, maybe 1 volt per day. The charger no longer goes into its pulsing desulfation mode, but it may be designed to work the way that it is working.
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The next day I’m starting the Ole Mole Pork and Bean Soup. A large pot has a colander lowered into it and a bag of 15 bean soup beans is put in the colander. This is so the beans don’t burn on the bottom. An onion is cut into 8ths and put on top of the beans. In a bowl of warm water goes 2 tbs of: chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, cocoa, balsamic vinegar, and peanut butter. Also fruit preserves, in this case Eve the artist’s fig preserves made with figs from her neighbor’s tree. Next 3 quarts of water and a pork butt. In this case the pork butt wouldn’t fit, so I trimmed it and then it just fit. Liquid smoke and Hawaiian sea salt are sprinkled over the pork. After bringing to a boil and a slow simmer for about an hour, the contents had condensed enough to allow chopped kale to be added. The soup will simmer for 3 hours, then the pork comes out to cool and be trimmed further and shredded. The colander of beans comes out, drained, then set on a plate temporarily. The remaining stock goes through a fat separator and then back into the pot along with the beans and shredded pork. A 24oz jar of medium salsa is then added and then the soup is brought to a boil one last time.

Ole Mole Pork and Bean Soup

25 November 2020 | St Marys, GA
Cap'n Andy | Very Nice
The Catalina 30 on Boat Angel went for $1200.
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The battery desulfator seems to have a beneficial effect on the dead batteries, but we are only up about 1.2 volts after 15 hours of tedious battery tending. The procedure is to run the charger for exactly 27 minutes, then disconnect from power and the battery, in that order, wait 30 seconds, then reconnect, which restarts the process for another 27 minutes, and so on.
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27 minutes is a long enough time to get other things done. No more procrastination. The mainsheet arrangement was put together with cheap 3/8" line from Harbor Freight. The plan was to replace the cheap line with something more nautical. When I noticed pollen or milkweed seeds floating in the air I realized one of the mainsheet lines was going to deteriorate to dust pretty soon.
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The mainsheet is a copy of a system used by a fellow with a smaller Wharram catamaran. He sheets his boom to the gunwales, two sheets, perfect control of the boom no matter where it is set. My system includes running backstays and their winches which are in a good position for the mainsheets, but one winch and two lines, mainsheet and running backstay. I needed to have rope clutches or jam cleats to secure one line while I winched the other.
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Two pairs of jam cleats were available, one pair was old fashioned but still usable, the other came from the old mainsheet. I went through my dwindling supply of stainless fasteners while the timer clicked along to reset the battery desulfator. This happened several times, drop everything, go to the galley where the batteries were getting their intensive care, watch the timer go to 0 and reset the desulfator.
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The line angles at the winch were lined up with the jam cleats, screw holes were marked, I had the screws already after searching through my stash. I had a box of paint and epoxy tools, plus I found more in the scooter repair shop formerly known as the Breezeway. A small batch of epoxy was mixed and dripped into the screw holes. The holes were first drilled to depth and diameter for the screws to secure, then a larger bit was used to make the surface bore much larger but not going deep enough to wipe out substrate for the screws to bite into. The remainder of the epoxy mix was mixed with Glue Hard, my mix of fibers and additives to thicken the epoxy, then that was forced into the holes. The first epoxy dripped into the holes soaked into the wood, the thickened mixture formed a good anchor for the screws which were quickly fastened. Unfortunately I got epoxy on my vivid blue tee shirt and I am allergic to it, the epoxy, not the shirt, so I was scrubbing and wondering if this tee shirt was on its way to becoming another of my boat repair clothes.
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The old line that was turning to powder was marked and removed from the mainsheet blocks. I had two lines, one for port and one for starboard, but the new line would be in one piece. I totaled up the length needed and ordered new line from Defender in Connecticut. I tied off the boom and one of the running backstays, I ordered line too for the running backstays.
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Another activity during the 27 minute battery process was writing the blog.
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A big Robert Perry designed sailboat had left the boatyard bound for Panama City, FL, but has returned with generator problems. After repairing the generator, the owner will set out again, without his delivery captain. It is a roughly 500 mile passage. The owner has no experience and will need assistance. The boat can be found at sailboatdata.com, search for Polaris 43.
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A trimaran named Traveler came into the yard and I remembered seeing it about a year ago. I thought it was a Dick Newick design, but later found out it is a Marples 40 and it was built by Jaynes Marine in Virginia of the Chesapeake. The owner said he would like to find out more about it. Just by googling marples 40 trimaran I found out all about it on Jaynes Marine website, its for sale listing is still there.
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The upcoming St Marys Cruisers Feast on Thanksgiving Day is probably going to be another covirus superspreader event. I will not attend and many others here in the boatyard are reluctant to go. Lynne of s/v Anyone suggested we have our own Thanksgiving Feast in the boatyard on Sunday. Immediately I saw my go-to recipe, loaded potato salad as an item on the pot luck dinner menu. Now I have second thoughts.
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Kelly's Heroes was playing again on the local Movies Channel. I had just seen it a few days or weeks ago and I kept watching it, a fitting backdrop for the recipe changes that were evolving in my mind. Adolescent explosives, war tanks, Donald Sutherland, hippie warrior, German casualties, and I was looking at two of my favorite recipes, Pork and Bean Soup, and Ole Mole Chili. A stroke of genius in the kitchen or galley, or in the communal kitchen of the Gulag Boatyard.
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Ole Mole Chili has peanut butter and cocoa in its formulation. I haven't made it in quite a while. The pork and bean soup recipe has 3 ingredients, pork, beans, and crushed tomatoes. The soup needed more ingredients. I saw a video of pork and mole sauce on YouTube. Then it hit me. Make the pork and bean soup with the crushed tomatoes, plus the mole ingredients. One of the mole ingredients is fruit marmalade. Eve, the artist, gave me a jar of fig preserves which I gave to Radio Bill to try out. He never opened the jar. Plenty of fruit for the cauldron of soup.
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While watching the movie I compared it to a movie my daughter had asked if I had seen, Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors. I watched most of that one, mainly to see the culture of the Southern Carpathian Mountains, the movie won many awards when it was released in 1965, but the director/writer was imprisoned by the Soviets. It was interesting, but Kelly's Heroes has me watching it again.
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The image is from saatchiart.com when I searched "ole mole". It is appropriate, a sculpture, German.

Step in the Right Direction

24 November 2020 | St Marys, GA
c | Perfect Weather
Another Catalina 30 is available at Boat Angel. This one is in Long Beach, CA. It has the Atomic Four and says it does not run/function. I can see some teak trim missing on either side of the companionway hatch.
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The battery desulfator I purchased never arrived. The vendor finally gave a tracking number and it was delivered. We searched high and low throughout the boatyard but it didn’t turn up. I was able to call FedEx who said it was delivered to an address about 20 miles away near the King’s Bay Submarine Base. Based on the awful communication with the vendor, I suspect it was misaddressed. I requested a refund and after a little more research on these devices ordered a slightly more powerful and expensive unit on eBay. These devices get mixed reviews. A battery can be too far gone.
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Amazingly, I hear another blatant lie from a friend who happens to be a true conservative Trump lover. The lie: there haven’t been as many deaths from covid-19 as from the flu.
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Maybe somewhere back in the beginning of the pandemic this might have been true for a while. As it stands now, the 2019-2020 flu season deaths are projected to be around 22,000 in the USA. Covid deaths have surpassed 250,000 already. Nuff said.
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There are a lot of people packing personal weapons, expecting gun laws by the incoming administration. I shudder at the thought that I could be killed by someone who has dementia, confuses me with someone who they hate, or someone with a too short fuse. This country is in for more killings by handguns, both by police, and by entitled citizens. I am not a liberal, most liberals would call me conservative. I grew up with guns but gave them up after killing a rabbit. Don’t want to kill, also don’t want to be killed. So why do I go out on boats which is the most lethal thing you can do to yourself? So far I haven’t been killed by riding boats or riding motorcycles, both looming as dangerous activities. I am a coward who doesn’t want to die, so much, that when I involve myself in deadly activities, I really try to overcome them. Like a mountain climber, I don’t lose grip. As someone said, sailing is like mountain climbing, only different.
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The water is our life, within us is basically seawater, we respond to the oscillations of the moon and the tides, we respond to water, I want to live near, nay, on the water. Yet it means danger. But it invites us. Like lemmings we go forward. It’s not good enough to be on the beach watching a sunset. We need to be on the water, feeling the tides and currents. Going out for a short jaunt gives us a jolt of the sea, but going out overnight gives us peace with the water. Going out for a vacation can replenish our sense of where we came from, but we need something more than a canoe or a kayak.
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I recommend the Log of Spartina for its focus on the very essential direct interaction with the sea. You don’t have to build your own boat to do what he is doing. I don’t think you can just read online and get enough, you have to go out on the water.
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The news comes in of Frank Butler’s death. Frank started Catalina Yachts and ran it for more than 50 years. He was one of the most successful designers and builders. Scuttlebutt Sailing News has a nice article about him. How many customers got introduced to sailing with a Catalina boat that many times was cheaper and had more positive features than the competition. Plus, Butler didn’t advertise, he let his competitors get customers into the brokerages and then let the customers choose his boats over his competitors boats. Free advertising. There was a lot of anti-Catalina chatter, not seaworthy, cheap consumer boats. But Catalinas turned out to be robust and good sailers, race winners, and the customers came back for another boat and another boat. Now I have an example of his third boat, the Catalina 30, an early model circa ‘78, I like it.
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Captain Ford Smith who I crewed for for several deliveries surprisingly showed up in the boatyard. The scuttlebutt is that he and a certain female captain absconded into the Caribbean. Her former partner was still in the boatyard, so neither Ford or his new crew could come back here without some worry. He is delivering a sailboat to Panama City, FL and should have a good beginning with NE winds and fair skies.
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The Catalina 30, SUNSPLASH, came with a large jib that was bagged up, and according to the previous owners, was too big to fly on the headstay, so they hoisted it like an asymmetrical. Today I spread it out in the yard and Radio Bill measured it. Thanks Bill. It measures withing the range of jibs and genoas for the Catalina 30 according to Sailrite.com. Sailboatdata.com has forestay length at 41’ and this sail measures 35 feet 9 inches. The foot is a whopping 26 feet. The luff has the foam insert that allows the roller furler to roller reef the sail. I am not sure about U/V protection. Some sails have white U/V strip on the foot and leech so they look like there is no sunbrella on the sail.
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The battery desufator arrived and I’ve been using it. According to the instructions it could take 80 hours or more to desufate the batteries, if it works at all. So far the resting charge is about 1 ½ volts higher than it was before, but only 5.3 volts.
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The battery desufator is a smart charger that includes desulfation as one of its 7 steps in charging batteries. I found that it does the desulfation cycle for 27 minutes. The charger has to be unplugged from AC power and disconnected from the battery to reset. Then it starts up and runs through a couple initial steps before doing the desulfation. That consists of charge pulses that are supposed to break up the sulfate that has formed on the battery plates.
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The swimming ladder was a mess, having lost half of its steps. I had been using thin planks of cedar and cedar splits easily, so they fell apart. Now I bought some PVC planking and made new steps. The PVC planks are cracking. I may have to try again with thicker planks. The photo is of the new swimming ladder steps.

Navigatrix 2020

17 November 2020 | St Marys, GA
Cap'n Andy | Perfect Weather
Nothing lasts forever. The Navigatrix operating system I’ve been using for many years has gotten old since its last release. What has transpired now, and the work I’ve had to do, prompts me to write about how to deal with a new release of Navigatrix.
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It happened this way, I moved to a spare Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1 chassis after I had accidentally stepped on the display of my regular laptop. These laptops feature swappable batteries and hard drives, can convert easily to a tablet, i5 processors, but a rather small display, a display that is also a touch screen, a display that fits in the confines of a boat. The spare chassis did not have working WiFi, so I ordered a WiFi adapter.
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Most hardware is recognized by Ubuntu, which is Navigatrix’s parent operating system, but the Realtek adapter I purchased was not one of them. After much trial and error I was able to find a route to a driver for Ubuntu for my adapter by using the old chassis with its damaged display. I moved the swappable hard drive to the chassis with the good display and now had internet here in the boatyard. I had been using my Samsung phone for internet for a long time. It was a blessing to work on a laptop again instead of the phone. A blessing in disguise.
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I needed to deal with an issue on one of my accounts but when I tried to access it there was an error message - “version of browser no longer supported”. I was using the Chromium browser, which is Ubuntu’s version of Google Chrome, I had to upgrade. I then tried the Firefox browser whose home page in Navigatrix is navigatrix.net. It had the same error message, but the home page said, “Navigatrix 2020”. I could upgrade and continue.
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But, I couldn’t install the newer operating system and overwrite my preferred SSD hard drive, plus I should do the upgrade on something else and see if it worked. I had been using navigatrix for many years with success, it’s an open source free distribution, but now they wanted a donation and hinted a tiny donation would give me a chance for one of the few free downloads meted out. I donated $10 and got an email that gave me access to their regular download. There were 3 versions there, a 64 bit version, a 32 bit PAE, and a 32 bit non-PAE. Which one should I install? I downloaded all 3.
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I was initially unable to get a thumb drive, USB stick, to boot the operating system. I found a SATA hard drive laying around and a USB to SATA adapter. This involved scrounging around in the Breezeway where I once made pizzas. Hard to believe the mess there was worse than when I was there.
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I used the “Start Up Disk Creator” to build a bootable start up disk with the 64 bit version on it, on the spare hard drive. Then I tried booting up the laptop on that drive and it did not work. The 32 bit PAE version worked. I was getting brave. I was able to build a bootable USB stick with that version on it. The laptop booted up with the hard drive removed and the USB stick in one of the slots.
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I couldn’t just overwrite the old hard drive without saving a bunch of data, pictures, documents, operating parameters, so I wiped the spare hard drive on the SATA adapter and transferred a ton of files to it. At the same time it was Pizza Night, so I rose dough, prepped mozzarella, etc., and kept the computer working.
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Finally I had all the data I thought I could get from the old hard drive, which would become the new hard drive. I changed the BIOS boot sequence to “USB Hard Drive” at the top, stuck the USB stick in and rebooted the laptop. It booted up into the new Navigatrix and on the desktop was an icon for hard drive installation. I activated it and the new distribution was installed on the old hard drive.
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Success? Well, kind of. I was able to reload the nautical charts I had saved onto the spare drive as well as all the documents, downloads, and a few videos, but after the dust cleared I realized I had overwritten the driver for the WiFi adapter. I was back at square one.
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Pizza Night was a success, only 3 slices left over. I made ordinary mushroom, pepperoni, and 2 combination pies with both. Not very inventive this week.
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The next day I restored the wifi adapter driver using the old chassis. Once the adapter was working I could install chromium browser in its latest version.
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The photo is from Cornelia Marie of Crisfield Town Beach at sunset this past weekend.

Insatiable Enabalist

12 November 2020 | St Marys, GA
Cap'n Andy | Tropical Storm
Because I had stepped on my Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1, the screen was a shattered mess, but the laptop still worked. I was going to replace the display, then realized I just had to swap the batteries and hard drove into a spare chassis, and now I have done so and I'm writing the blog on it.
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The starboard forward solar panel, the one that had 0 output, was quickly repaired without removing the panel. The negative lead had corroded to powder. It looked like tinned wire, shouldn't do that. Trimmed back to good wire, maybe a foot was removed, reconnected and now had full power at the charge controller. The batteries have not recovered from going flat, who knows how long ago. The longer AGM batteries sit uncharged the more likely hard sulfation will occur and it can permanently ruin the batteries. There is a device that pulses sulfated batteries to break up the sulfation, so I bought one on eBay for under $30. It is unlikely it will fix these batteries, but the $500 or more replacement cost makes it a good idea.
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We had the usual Monday night Pizza Night, but no longer in the Breezeway. I baked the pies in the communal kitchen and we sat around on the communal porch eating the pies. I made a pepperoni, a mushroom, a Canadian bacon and Swiss, and a pie with all three. It was the first Pizza Night in the boatyard since I left to go up to Maryland.
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Tropical storm Eta was forecast to pass through the Florida panhandle and head NNW, but the update has it crossing North Florida and going right through the Jacksonville area, which includes this boatyard. It will probably be gale or near gale strength. I've had my share of gales this year. There is also another tropical depression forming.
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The mainsheet on SUNSPLASH bothered me. It was sheeted to the binnacle guard, a sort of stainless tubing feature, not meant to be a mainsheet anchor point. This thing held up under a lot of stress when the boat was flattened by gusts during the gales and microbursts when I sailed it. I only sailed it less than a week in total, let's say 5 1/2 days, we were hit by 2 microbursts and 3 gales. One afternoon and night included a microburst and a gale force front.
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The dodger on the boat had no canvas. I wanted to stitch a new canvas dodger, but also wanted to add a bimini above the helm. I envisioned a two bow bimini with a couple of solar panels on it. Additional canvas would make it rain proof.
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Catalina made an improvement years ago after introducing the Catalina 30 as a tiller steered sloop with the mainsheet sheeted to a traveler at the front edge of the lazarette. Customers wanted a wheel helm, so one was added and the mainsheet was moved to in front of the dodger with a midboom sheet. SUNSPLASH had neither of these arrangements. I thought I could add a mainsheet arch in front of the binnacle. The mainsheet would be up out of the way of the cockpit and the arch could have the dodger forward of it attach to its front edge and the bimini behind it attach to its aft edge.
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Riding through the now much bigger boatyard gave me a good look at mainsheet arrangements. Later Doc, of Doc's Chop Shop, drove me around in his utility vehicle and I saw the ideal arch on an older boat that may end up on the chop schedule. This arch was aluminum plate about 6 inches wide and about 1/4" thick bent into a large upside down U. The top was mostly flat and a mainsheet track was mounted on it.
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The other arrangement was found in a bunch of photos I had saved of a C&C 30 from the same group of boats I bid on when I bought the Catalina. The mainsheet was sheeted to a short traveler across the cockpit in front of the binnacle, mounted low between the cockpit lockers. This may have been our Catalina's actual traveler back in the day. I had a similar traveler on the Coronado 34 I had before KAIMU came along.
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It is Veteran's Day and I watched a WWII movie, a farce of sorts, Kelly's Heroes. It's hard to read extensively about the Third Reich and the horrible war they brought about with disastrous ends for themselves and for many of those who opposed them without a sense that this must never happen again. But we have just seen a government that is scary and obtuse to any reality. Lies, all lies, and it continues in spite of a public mandate to put it to an end. The era of those who served in WWII, survived the privations of the Great Depression, but persevered to rebuild a great country that continues to be great, is dying out. We need to appreciate our real heroes, and see that there are charlatans who may claim to be great, but the greatest is the one with courage and grit. There are such people, even young people, and when the country throws its youth into conflict, we must have a just purpose for them. They will go, as the young will go where the old are wise not to. The old and wise must be careful not to waste the youth.
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On Pizza Night I was surprised to hear from a Veteran that Donald Trump won the popular vote. This is an alternate false scenario, totally discounted by officials who have integrity, something that Donald Trump doesn't seem to have. The governors, and I mean those who govern, abide by certain rules and accepted behavior. It is hard to lose an election, to lose favor with the populace, but in a democratic society it happens to someone every election. What do you do? You go back and quit or try again. In football, losers can become winners later, like Bill Belichick.
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Eta came through in the morning with gale force winds and steady rain. By noon it was on its way out. I took a photo of the sunset, setting over Ron the Carpenter's new Cape Dory 25 sailboat.
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