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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
About: Sailors in the Baltimore, Annapolis, DC area.
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Recent Blog Posts
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:

29 March 2018 | st marys, ga

Superfoiling and D4 dinghy

My title for the previous post implied that there would be something about the superfoilers who raced their final regatta of the season over the weekend. I thought I had put something in the blog post, but it was not there, so here is a part recap of the regatta on Australian Sunday, our Saturday.

Boat Name and Logo

24 April 2017 | St. Marys, GA
Capn Andy/Warm Spring
The port outboard hull side received a coat of arctic white with a little dark blue pigment in it. I’m not sure how much difference it will make compared to the cabins and deck which are untinted. The crease in the hull at the sheer automatically creates a different shade of color between the cabin sides and the hull sides.
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I applied most of the paint using a 3/16“ nap roller from Lowes. This left a surface with tiny bubbles which I hope will smooth out. Maybe not.
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3 cups of epoxy was enough to prime the whole hull side, but it began to go off when I got to the stern and made a rough finish there that had to be sanded smooth before painting. Next time I will mix up two batches of 1 1/2 cups, one at a time. The paint is mixed in a small batch with about 5 1/2 oz. of total mix including 1/2 oz hardener, 1 oz reducer, and 4 oz. of paint. Mixing it this way for an entire hull side would be tedious, but I had to use my mixing measurers, ones that I know won’t dissolve in this paint, which attacks most plastics. A paper cup looses its bottom with it. So, I mixed a double batch of paint, or about 11 oz. which is a bout a cup and a half. It did not cover as well as the epoxy and I needed about 3 double batches to do the hull side.
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It is reassuring that this hull side was the worst of them all and needed a lot of repair and fairing. Getting it to this point, only needed another coat of paint (I hope), gives me the feeling that this project does have an ending and it’s not as far away as I thought.
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The internet DIY boat lettering people, http://doityourselflettering.com/, had sent me a proof with Kaimu’s boatname, hailing port, and the Wharram logo. I thought having the hailing port in gold would be better, but after looking at the proof decided to stay with black lettering. I had them remove the comma between Norwalk and CT and ordered the lettering. The logo goes on the bow, name and hailing port on the stern.

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