|Vessel Make/Model:||Wharram Custom|
|Hailing Port:||Norwalk, CT|
|Crew:||Andy and the Kaimu Crew|
|About:||Sailors in the Baltimore, Annapolis, DC area.|
The yardbirds have asked me time and again have I been following the Volvo Ocean Race. I hadn’t. It’s kind of an extreme sailing kind of race, has nothing to do with us who are mainly cruising sailors and adverse to getting “hosed’ on deck, breaking ribs while down below, and occasionally being [...]
A test of both CF-C1‘s, one with solid state hard drive and 4 gigs of RAM, the other with 6 gigs of RAM and a regular hard drive, came out with some benchmark processes faster on one, some on the other. While playing around with them I received questions about OpenCPN, the navigation software. I explained that the GPS input enabled the program to put a red ship icon on the displayed chart at the position given by the GPS, and the AIS receiver enables AIS contacts to be displayed on the chart also. In the above image Kaimu is shown on the left side, in the boatyard on dry land, and buoys 16 and the sea buoy are shown on the chart as diamond shapes to the right of St. Marys Entrance.
I had to order the deep cycle batteries for the port hull. Right now there is an old group31 AGM battery and Trillium’s group 24 wet cell battery hooked up to the solar charge controller. I guess they are charged up full by now. I planned to install 4 group 27 AGM’s just like I have in the starboard [...]
The idea was to make the most of the difficult weather pattern coming in, tropical depression maybe, thunderstorms predicted for every day. This has happened before here, and we sit around with our work areas covered from the rain, no way to get any work done. But I have some inside work to do, so [...]
I noticed I was more active and anticipating the work day with more of a positive attitude. “Attitude is Everything, Dammit”. I’m not sure why I feel this way, maybe it is getting past the big bottom repair/repainting stage, or maybe it is the ETL, estimated time to launch. June 28.
The red ablative bottom paint was very thick but mixed up easily in a few minutes. The top edge of the red paint formed a boot strip with the top edge of the blue hard bottom paint above it (3 inches). The edge was masked off first with Fine Line masking tape, then the masking was widened with cheap [...]