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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Recent Blog Posts
19 April 2018 | st marys, ga

Pulled Pork and Cole Slaw

I worked on the fuel tank and finished applying fairing mixture on the port side of the port hull, below the waterline. The fuel tank was coated with epoxy and sanded, then painted with rustoleum enamel to protect the epoxy. I was told that it wasn’t necessary to wet sand the epoxy into the metal, [...]

15 April 2018 | st marys, ga

Hyper Collage

I said I would look for Mel’s hole and it’s on wikipedia at:

14 April 2018 | st marys, ga

Goodbye Art Bell

The work on Kaimu was delayed by the little "20 hour" dinghy project. I was hustling along, but careful not to make any mistakes. Some were saying they hadn't seen me working like this. I knew I was trying to make up time lost, but fortunately, my normal pace doesn't have to be accelerated that much [...]

05 April 2018 | st marys, ga

D4 at Rest

After 3 coats of gloss white had been applied to the dinghy hull I left it to dry while we went out for burgers at the gas station restaurant. The hull was dry to the touch when we returned and I removed the masking tape, turned the dinghy upright and removed the masking tape and plastic from the seats. [...]

04 April 2018 | st marys, ga

D4 Paint Job

After the interior of the dinghy got its last coat of epoxy, the foam pieces that fill the voids under the seats were forced into place. One of the bulkheads that is the aft seat riser for the midships seat was bowed inward and the foam pieces forced it out straight. Good. Now the foam pieces had [...]

31 March 2018 | st marys, ga

D4 ETL

Here is a link to a time lapse video of laminating the gunwales on the D4 dinghy:

Got Gas?

21 November 2015 | Taylor Creek/Beaufort, NC
Capn Andy/Windy and Chilly
The plan to get underway hit a snag. One last task was to get the gas jugs refilled. I put them in the deflatable dinghy and dropped the handtruck into it also. The handtruck took a lazy bounce over the side of the dinghy and sank out of sight. I was going to hike up Front Street to the gas dock, fill the jugs, and bring them back with the handtruck.
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I decided to row up to the gas dock. It was some distance and there was a brisk North wind holding me back, but I finally made it. There was no one tending the dock. A fellow at the adjacent snack bar said they are closed until May.
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After asking around I found out the locals didn't want to disappoint, even if they had to fib a bit. One said there was another fuel dock the other way up the inlet about a quarter mile, it turned out that it was more like 2 miles. Another local said the marina at Old Town Yacht Club had gas and it was right on my way to Bogue Sound, it turned out they did not answer the phone and were probably not open.
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The other gas dock was located the other side of the drawbridge going to Morehead City. I put the Honda outboard on the dinghy and proceeded to pull and pull on the starter to no avail. I had drifted away from Kaimu, near the little tall ship replica, and its owner was on board working on it. I rowed back to the catamaran and looked for starter spray.
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The little outboard finally coughed to life using starter spray and it settled down, sounded reliable. Off I went toward the drawbridge. The outboard at full throttle won't plane out the dinghy, because the dinghy is a soft bottom design, at just over an idle we moved along sedately into the chilly wind.
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At the gas dock I had to wait for a commercial fishing boat to gas up for his 454 V8 engine, over a hundred gallons of gas. Then it was my turn for 11.6 gallons. 37 bucks. It's almost like a monopoly. Gas in the stations at Morehead City is around 2 dollars a gallon. Inaccessible to us visiting boaters.
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After returning to Kaimu and off loading the gas jugs, I felt exhausted and now it seemed like a good idea to wait a day for departure. The sun was getting low and a couple larger motor yachts were departing the docks at Front Street. Here is a picture of one of them about to depart.
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