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
23 April 2018 | st marys, ga

dAISy Hancock

We had another rain event on its way, so I had the fuel tank project ready in the woodshop to work on if the conditions outside deteriorated. I was now painting the old wooden remnant that was used as the mounting for the aluminum tank. The fuel fill had been mounted and the sender for the fuel meter [...]

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 [...]

Waan Aelon Kein

03 December 2017 | st marys, ga
Capn Andy/chilly Fall
The good news is that the AIS transducer sold and the 421 chartplotter has been listed. We have sold our first item on eBay.
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I’ve been switching computers around in the boatyard and on Kaimu so that I can access the internet to order supplies or just take a break and cruise. I have two Toughbook CF-C1‘s that are very inexpensive and have proven to be very useful. My first has a 320 gig conventional hard drive and came with a dysfunctioning wifi card, so I used an external amplified antenna with it (enGenius). The second came recently, ordered during the hurricanes, when someone in the boatyard wanted a computer just like the one I had. They didn’t really want it though, so I ended up with a second CF-C1, but this one had a functioning wifi card and had a 128 gig solid state drive. Both were loaded with Navigatrix, a linux based operating system that was put together by cruising sailors and thus has a lot of useful features, including OpenCPN navigation program.
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The external amplified wifi antenna proved useful when internet was spotty and weak in most of the boatyard. Now the system has been upgraded with more access points and more powerful signal. Boats that are anchored in the North River Marsh can hook up to the internet.
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My problem started as soon as I had a very powerful signal at Kaimu’s location, where I was using the amplified CF-C1. The new wifi signal wasn’t working very well and some websites were timing out before they loaded. I commented to one of the wifi gurus of the yard about this problem and had the idea that first I should make sure it wasn’t the computer. I brought the other CF-C1 from its location in the communal area of the yard (woodshop) to the boat and it performed fine. I decided to use it as my computer on Kaimu since it worked so well. I brought the amplified computer to the woodshop where it also worked well. My guess is that the strong signal was over amplified and that was causing the problem.
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The third computer is the Getac which is geared for navigation use on board, working the same as a chartplotter with its daylight viewable screen and waterproofing.
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I began organizing my bookmarks so that both CF-C1‘s would be the same. I noticed the bookmark for http://outriggersailingcanoes.blogspot.com/, Gary Dierking’s blog site was missing on one of the computers and I like to check his site from time to time, so I searched for it on Google and found: http://homepages.paradise.net.nz/garyd/walap.html, his commercial site, plus a link to a beautiful outrigger canoe from the Marshall Islands. I like this canoe and searched Google images for it and ended up here:
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http:archive.hokulea.comholokai/1992no_na_mamo.html
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But this was an account of a voyage by Hokulea in 1992. It turns out that the Marshallese canoe was also along for part of that voyage which culminated in an important island reconciliation on Raiatea. I spent some time and read the entire account. Lots of deep Polynesian culture and history.
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Waan Aelon Kein is the name of the beautiful canoe. Compare it to this old lithograph of a couple hundred years ago:
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http:marshall.csu.edu.auMarshallshtmlhistpixHernsheim1883_92_Canoe.jpg
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or this:
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http://www.pacificproa.com/micronesia/marshall_isles_proas_lg.jpg
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It also is along the same lines as Commodore Anson’s proa from 1740 which was measured and provided a detailed accurate shape.
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I was spurred onto this thread by moving the BFB proa from its sawhorses to make room for the lifting crane when we were reblocked. I set up the proa with its windsurfing masts in place. Just a little bit more work and it will be complete.
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The image is from one of the above links.
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