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.
08 July 2024 | Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, MD
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Recent Blog Posts
08 July 2024 | Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, MD


I was out of cheese and ham. This meant a grocery trip and then of course, visit the American Legion. Cuddily said she would be there after baking fresh fish that she got from her neighbor fisherman.

25 June 2024 | Somers Cove, Crisfield, MD

June is Too Soon

It is Juneteenth, election day for the City of Crisfield, twenty four hundred voters. Up for election are two city council seats for three candidates. The mayor wants to keep her current city council team.

12 June 2024 | Somers Cove, Crisfield, MD

Raindrops and Rainbows

You can take the Mediterranean diet too far, especially with the wine consumption. The noodles are OK if you are burning up the calories, but otherwise they will put on the pounds. So you are left with antipasto, not much else, salad? Chicken Parm? Yes, the chicken parm is probably in itself pretty [...]

03 June 2024 | Somers Cove, Crisfield, MD

Prejudicial Treatment

The excitement of a new baby in the family had me receiving phone calls from all over. The common denominator is that we talked about the weather and food. That makes me hungry and start planning to cook. Cuddily suggested we go to Sysco in Pocomoke to see what wine selection they had there and also [...]

25 May 2024 | Somers Cove, Crisfield, MD

Cap'n Granpa

The Memorial Day weekend was coming up and it is a big deal in Crisfield as well as most of the rest of the Chesapeake. It is the traditional beginning of the summer season. All the boats are launched or commissioned, lots of activity in the marina, motors started up for the first time in a long time, [...]

21 May 2024 | Somers Cove, Crisfield, MD

Cap'n Overboard

The awful jobs get done last. The Atomic Four was waiting for me to pull off the cylinder head, but there was an emergency job, sort of, the mainsail cover was torn and exposing the sail to U/V, very bad.

Goodbye Fleet Wood

06 December 2013 | Bodkin Inlet/Chesapeake Bay
Capn Andy/steady cold rain
The malware called ScorpionSaver kept reappearing even after I deleted it, deleted any mention of it, or of adpeak, its owner, in registry using regedit. It would reappear after rebooting the machine and maliciously put itself in Internet Explorer as an adon and in Chrome as an extension. Because there were two users installed on the infected machine, I found myself clearing it out of one side of the computer and then clearing the other side, then having it return after booting. I went to the msdos prompt entry in accessories as administrator and found obvious files in the TEMP file folder, deleted them, contemplated deleting something called something like internetexplorerinstallhelper32.msi, but decided to search online for that file and find out if it should remain. The search lead to here:
Following the steps in that forum thread, even though they seemed “dangerous”, apparently the scorpionsaver is now gone from the computer. Only time will tell.
The software isn't actually a virus, but it is very annoying. On the Wharram Builders and Friends website, links on the site would be highlighted in strange colors, not normal. Ads would pop up in Craig's List in between lists of ads. There would be redirection when clicking on a link and then getting a strange unwanted ad. If this happens to you, you have a rough time of it. Malwarebytes is suggested as a cure for it. The above link seemed to work. Time will tell.
While browsing the latest Latitude 38 online magazine issue, a mention of Jack von Ommen lead to his blogsite: http://www.cometosea.us/
Here we go again, I thought, it's just like finding Webb Chile's journal, another singlehanded circumnavigator. I've just started at the beginning of the blog and work along following his progress. The latest news is that he lost his boat, “Fleet Wood”, at Ibiza after lack of sleep and changing wind set him on shore. Ouch, that stings! It stings more when you lose your boat and everything you got. He could have been killed if he had been driven onto the the rocky headlands everywhere else on that island, but he ended up in a narrow channel and decided to step off the boat onto shore, in a driving rain, and watch it get reduced to matchsticks.
The picture is of the framework of “Fleet Wood” when Jack van Ommen was building her many years ago.
Every sailor, every time they sail, has to continually compute a survival strategy, a risk assessment, and ask “what if”, knowing the sea can dish out unexpected calamity that might be overcome if we can somehow anticipate the unexpected.
Our own calamity was solved with a new battery for the Lenovo laptop nav computer. The pilothouse was semi cleaned up in between BS sessions with other sailors winterizing their boats. We don't have to winterize, we never commissioned the water system. The boat interior is just as ready as it was last winter for interior work.
The beautiful Wharram catamaran, Mouzzer, is set to sail south from Annapolis. Last year they said the boat wasn't ready, but they were sailing around the bay extensively. It is sensible to gradually step up from shakedown daysails, overnights, and then do some short cruising trips until the bugs are worked out, the boat has proved itself, and the crew are prepared for a real voyage. They have computed their risks and abilities and are ready for almost anything that comes. They will enjoy their boat and enjoy the warm southern waters and be rewarded for their efforts.
Reviewing last winter's blog postings showed a huge gap for December through February. There was a lot of book reading and culinary attempts in the galley. This year might be similar.
The culinary attempt this time is a black bean soup recipe on the internet that had nothing but 5 star reviews. My attempt was to follow this recipe closely, but when the grocery bag came in it was missing one of the main ingredients, a can of tomatoes. So here is how it went:
finely chop about ¼ lb of bacon, cook over medium heat in a covered pot
when it has rendered it's fat, add two diced onions and two tablespoons of diced garlic
continue to cook, covered, until the onion is transluscent.
add 1 pint of chicken stock, 1 ½ cups of prepared salsa, ½ tablespoon of worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 tablespoon ground cumin, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and bring to a boil
add 3 cans of black beans and simmer 10 minutes.
hack the head of a bunch of cilantro and mix it in, without stems, continue cooking, add juice of 1 lime
done! Salt and pepper to taste.

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