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.
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17 November 2023 | Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, MD
03 November 2023 | Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, MD
26 October 2023 | Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, MD
17 October 2023 | Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, MD
11 October 2023 | Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, MD
04 October 2023 | Alice B. Tawes, McReady Pavilion, Crisfield, Maryland Eastern Shore
03 October 2023 | Alice B. Tawes, McReady Pavilion, Crisfield, Maryland Eastern Shore
03 October 2023 | Alice B. Tawes, McReady Pavilion, Crisfield, Maryland Eastern Shore
20 September 2023 | Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, MD
Recent Blog Posts
23 February 2024 | St. Marys, GA

D4 Inside Seams

Day two of the dinghy build started out with me finishing wiring the hull bottoms together on the centerline of the bottom panels. This was much easier than the wiring of the chine edges of the bottom panels and the side panels.

15 February 2024 | St. Marys, GA

D4 Dinghy Day One

A Wharram Pahi 26 had been anchored in the river nearby the boatyard and was hauled out with the travel lift. I went around to look at it and talked to the owner couple. I was surprised that it had been built in Martinique in 1988. The boat is more than 30 years old.

11 February 2024 | St. Marys, GA

D4 Redux

The inflatable (deflatable) dinghy I had bought was deteriorating. It had bottom seams separating. It is a West Marine branded dinghy made out of PVC. HH66 is the adhesive to reattach the seams. A friend had a similar problem and bought the same adhesive. I was waiting to hear from him how it worked [...]

06 February 2024 | St. Marys, GA

The Clincher

We decided to go to Amelia Island for the day, probably to the beach. Our plan to cycle around on the Raleigh 20’s seemed like a bad idea, Bleu can’t keep up with a bicycle for very long and when he quits he quits. So we would walk, where?, Fort Clinch State Park. She has a forever pass for Florida [...]

26 January 2024 | St. Marys, GA

Zen and Bike Maintenance

Eloisa rolled into the boatyard after a long drive down from the mountains. It was getting cold and isolated up there. I had a nasty toothache and we went to Southern River Walk. Bleu, her black American cocker was showing a bit of plumpness. I had had a sandwich and some wine already, so I didn’t [...]

14 January 2024 | St. Marys, GA

Sink the Bismarck

I continued reading Richard J Evans - The Coming of the Third Reich. It is chilling to read how a cultured, disciplined country can descend into a horrible Armageddon, not once, but twice, and bring the whole world into wars of might and ignorance. I don't know politics, but this book is a revelation. [...]

Hobie Mania

17 May 2013 | Chesapeake Bay/ Bodkin Inlet
Capn Andy/summery
The Hobie 14 was done. All it needed was a bungee for the trapezes. When I disassembled the trapezes that came with the boat, I didn't make note of how they were configured. They were taken apart and the old dirty pieces of line were run through the washing machine, to come out like new. But when I went to my resources to see how they are put together, there was nothing that included all the parts I had just disassembled. I ended up putting them together and leaving out a bunch of parts that didn't fit.
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With the trapezes ready I could take the boat out for a test sail. The first shakedown involved getting the trapeze line caught in one of the battens and breaking a cleat on the mast. We were able to get back to the dock and only about 3 hours were necessary to make repairs. Another foray resulted in the hiking stick falling off and down to Davy Jones' Locker. The boat seemed to sail well and it was returned to the dock without further damage.
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The next day a new hiking stick was fabricated from an aluminum tube. There was a problem noted on the mainsheet ratchet block. There is a control on the block to turn the ratchet on and off. When it's on, the block only turns in the “sheet in” direction and the ratchet holds the line. This is like a self tending winch, a good thing when you're working upwind in heavy weather. When it's off, the line should run free in the block. In light weather it is beneficial to be able to ease the mainsheet without a one-way ratchet hanging things up. The control on the block didn't seem to have any effect on the ratchet, it was always on. Because these blocks are obsolete, there is no information about this problem on the internet. It was possible to temporarily release the ratchet by adding an aluminum piece to the winch. A permanent solution might be possible, otherwise the block will have to be replaced.
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This time the boat went out and sailed like a champ. I followed the old routine that I sailed in the 420 dinghy last year. Everything seemed so similar, the headwinds at the beginning of the inlet, the close reach out into the wider area on our way to the bay. It was very enjoyable. We sailed back on a quick broad reach. I was missing my cell phone and hoped it was still at the dock. When I got there, there it was. It rang. I answered. “You're late, did something go wrong?”, it was the Safety Officer, Dottie. I guess my excursion with the little catamaran wasn't as quick as it felt. It took longer than the old 420 dinghy.
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