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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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07 April 2024 | St. Marys, GA

Clammy Hands

Items came in from TEMU, the Chinese cut rate retailer. One was a nice little drone that cost about twelve and a half dollars. It looked like an easy thing to play with while I coughed and sneezed. I was fighting a summer cold, even though it is not summer elsewhere, it seems like it here. A nice [...]

02 April 2024 | St. Marys, GA

Sun Doggie

After laminating the cedar strips onto the gunwales of the dinghy I found the screws I used wouldn’t come out. The epoxy had seized them. The screw heads were stripped so I cut a straight slot in the heads with the cut off wheel. The cedar smoked when the screw heads got red hot. I could remove [...]

21 March 2024 | St. Marys, GA

Just Add Water

The rainy weekend started off with overcast and fog but no rain. It looked like I might be able to get something done on the D4 dinghy. I wanted to change the bow seat which is really the bow deck. The sailing option uses the deck to hold the freestanding mast. I didn’t like how the deck looked, [...]

01 March 2024 | St. Marys, GA

D4 Dinghy Alternative Seats

The rain event was more wind than rain, strong winds with gusts up to 44 mph. We drove into town to see what the harbor was like. There was a small sailboat that had dragged anchor and was sitting close to shore. The tide was out. We left and played with Bleu at Notter’s Pond.

23 February 2024 | St. Marys, GA

D4 Inside Seams

Day two of the dinghy build started out with me finishing wiring the hull bottoms together on the centerline of the bottom panels. This was much easier than the wiring of the chine edges of the bottom panels and the side panels.

15 February 2024 | St. Marys, GA

D4 Dinghy Day One

A Wharram Pahi 26 had been anchored in the river nearby the boatyard and was hauled out with the travel lift. I went around to look at it and talked to the owner couple. I was surprised that it had been built in Martinique in 1988. The boat is more than 30 years old.

Pooped

09 January 2024 | St Marys, GA
Cap'n Chef Andy | Stormy
Ah, the winter holidays. The days when the despondents finally take themselves out, and even take a few others. So we have a rainy chilly Christmas with a task, make Christmas dinner for the nao Trinidad tallship. The replica of Magellan’s flagship. It will be a similar task as the Thanksgiving Feast but with fewer guests. How many? We don’t know. Communication with the city’s dockmaster is intermittent, incomplete, and we forge ahead, guessing how much, how many, and where we will have the dinner.
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The usual glazed carrots and buttered green beans are joined with potatoes now roasted, not mashed. The turkeys are replaced with a beef tenderloin roast. I trust Geoff will know eactly how to roast the roast.
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I get myself going a little early to go to Geoff’s kitchen and assume my duties as vegetable peeler and chopper. He does not delegate too much. We are cooking early because dinner time is 1PM. He uses a thermocouple and meat thermometer to get the roast just right. He makes a green peppercorn gravy, or jus. The food is trayed, covered with foil, and loaded into the bed of the pickup truck. I get the idea that this is how some catering is done.
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I ask if there is wine and I am assured we have a couple bottles of good cabernet. We roll into town right up to the Gateway Marina park, roll right up into the park. It is raining. The nao Trinidad is tied up there and a group has assembled into the gazebo on the dock, but they are not of the ship, they are tourists. Geoff and Karen head off to the ship to find out where to bring the food. I see them conversing with some of the crew. I bring a pot of jus and a bag of cooking utensils to the gazebo. I am not sure if we will serve on the ship or at the dockmaster’s house. The dockmaster has been out of touch today.
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It is on the ship, I bring my stuff on board after requesting permission. The crew is European, mostly Spanish, but English is not a barrier for most of them. I am wearing my Somers Cove Marina cap, it is their most recent port of call.
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Just as I had hoped, the crew traipse to the pickup and bring the trays of food. One trip in the rain is enough. The dining table is on main deck level in the forecastle, open to the deck, but covered from the rain. I slip on the deck where someone must have spilled something oily. I get the impression the crew is on board to serve watch at dock, a delivery crew must have brought the ship down from Crisfield and Charleston.
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The food is completely consumed. It is very good. The wine is depleted also, but the crew have some rum and fresh coffee. I take a few photos. We are given tee shirts emblazoned with the logo of the ship.
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After dinner is over there is little to bring back to the truck. The gravy pot and the bag of utensils are it. We return to Geoff and Karen’s house and watch some football. More wine is consumed. I am grateful, there is no wine aboard Kaimu and the stores are closed for Christmas.
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The rain is part of another Gulf of Mexico storm that has crossed Florida and dumped rain on us. Overnight there is a huge deluge and some rainwater finds its way into my bunk. Damp, chilly, Merry Christmas.
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I was out of wine on the boat and out of cheese. I needed to go shopping and I had ideas about shrimp and rice, namely a soup like bouillabaise, but with shrimp and rice and not fish. Komputer Ken said let’s go, he had some things to pick up.
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I wanted the fresh Mayport shrimp that Winn-Dixie sells at their store in Kingsland, not far from Walmart or from China Wok. Ken went into the Wok to get some pork lo mein while I shopped for shrimp. I ended up getting frozen raw shrimp, there was no fresh seafood at the grocers. I picked up two pounds of Fisherman’s Wharf large raw shrimp, frozen. Normally 19.99 a pound, on sale at 5.99 a pound. Guess they got to get rid of them, the Christmas holiday is over. I grabbed a pair of leeks as well. I was looking for anise or fennel, but they didn’t have any. In fact, I was unable to find them anywhere. Just when you need them.
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The shrimp were boiled in 6 cups of water, no spices. Brought to a boil and then left to sit. The idea is that the shrimp don’t overcook because they are in water that is cooling off. The shrimp are scooped out with a slotted spoon into a bowl and allowed to continue to cool. Then they are peeled and the shells, etc. go back into the broth. The broth is brought up to temperature and simmered.
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After putting the cleaned shrimp in the fridge the broth is strained into a large bowl, the shells, etc. are tossed out. The broth is returned to the pot and a cup of brown rice is brought to a boil and allowed to poach for a few minutes, then repeated, then the rice was done. I was done for the day.
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The next afternoon I diced ½ lb of bacon and began rendering it while prepping the leeks and celery. An onion was diced also. The veggies went into the skillet of bacon which hadn’t rendered a great deal of bacon fat, and steamed. The veggies cleaned the bacon bits off the bottom of the skillet. I set it aside and put a pot on the stove and into it went sliced mushrooms, shredded carrots, and as much spinach as I could fit. As the spinach wilted down I added the rest of the bag. After more wilting the contents of the skillet went into the pot. I added the rice liquid and some of the rice. Finally I added the rest of the rice and the pot was full to the brim. I thought I would prepare zip lok bags of this soup with shrimp added, but then I realized the shrimp didn’t need to cook and shrink, just keep them separate for whenever I reheated the soup.
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I ended up with 7 quart bags of soup and microwaved one and added 5 shrimp. It is more like stew than soup. Tasty, but could use some heat, like red pepper flakes. I am loath to salt food unless it really needs it and it looks like this concoction could use it. I have a cannister of Tony Cachere’s original creole seasoning, which when I tasted it recently, is mostly salt. I added a very small amount to a bowl of the soup. It has some heat, cajun heat, the soup tasted great. Each zip lok bag would make two servings of soup. It’s kind of like condensed soup, needs ½ to 1 cup of water. Good with or without the shrimp.
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Someone asked me where the shrimp were from and I had thrown the packaging away. I googled Fisherman’s Wharf shrimp, all varieties on sale at Winn-Dixie, and found they are farm raised, from India. Hmm. Last year there was a recall in Jacksonville by Winn-Dixie for listeria contamination. Hmm. Next time I’ll wait for the local Mayport fresh shrimp. Who knows what contaminants are in them.
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It’s cold in the mornings and on board Kaimu I am in my bunk with a big clear hatch over my bunk, it is covered with condensation, I am staying under cover of two quilts, I have to get up to pee and light the propane heater. Get back under the covers. I had a dream, but now I am mostly awake and I have to get totally under the covers, out of the cold. I go through the various games and puzzles I daily work my way through, such that my mind remains much the way it always is.
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I was invited to go to the new lobster spot on Amelia Island, aka Fernandina Beach. The next day I was invited to go to Walmart where I could find out if my lost notebook turned up there. No success calling. Holidays. But I couldn’t pass up the lobster gig.
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The lobster place is called Mason’s and it is new. If you crave lobster, go there.
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I was dragged to the upscale grocery Harris-Teeter which is located on the other side of the island, i.e. away from Georgia. I have not been there very much, but I understand they have things that you can’t find elsewhere. I went in and immediately went to the restrooms. Priorities.
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I made a purchase of a pinot noir that I maybe could get elsewhere, but it was a dollar off, I had to buy it.
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We went to Aldi’s which I went through without really wanting to buy anything, but I got two trays of blueberries. I’m addicted. I got 8 cans of tuna and did something very bad. I thought the two cardboard trays of tuna were the same, but they were not. One was almost empty and I wanted it to pack the food I bought. I put the rest of the cans on the other cardboard tray, then I realized one tray of cans was packed in water and the other in oil. My bad.
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The next day I could go with Komputer Ken and Doc, of Doc’s Chop Shop, and exchange a propane tank at Walmart and purchase some items not available at Aldi’s. I needed Walmart’s non-stick pizza pans and purchased the last remaining 3. I got the ingredients for Cream of Chicken Soup Florentine. A trio of leeks, huge leeks, were the same price as an ordinary bunch. No blueberries. I wanted a “water device” as suggested by Gordo. They weren’t on sale in the store, but I could order online.
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I didn’t make the soup that day, but had the shrimp rice concoction.
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The next day I made the soup. I used a stock pot since my previous recipes had filled ordinary pots and skillets to the brim. The leeks were huge and after prepping them I decided to forego the onions. They will keep. The leeks were spit in half lengthwise, rinsed to remove any sand, then the halves were spit in half lengthwise and the long leek strips were sliced into a kind of thin dice. Celery and mushrooms were prepped.
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The chicken I purchased was 4 thigh/leg quarters and they were poached in 6 cups of water with two heaping spoons of Better than Bouillon. The chicken was set aside to cool and the broth was skimmed for fat. In went the prepped veggies (including carrots and a bag of spinach) and a half cup of brown rice. I was watching a TV show and brought the broth to boil twice with about 15 minutes of steeping time in between. The chicken was skinned, deboned, and diced. In it went. A ¼ cup of butter and flour were cooked in the skillet for a couple minutes, then broth was ladled into the roux and whisked smooth. The roux then joined the stock pot and the soup was brought to a boil again, then off the flame, and a pint of half and half was added. I had some of the soup. It needed a bit of garlic salt and thyme.
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It was frigid at night, so I ladled about 2-3 cups of soup into zip lok bags, put them all into a large gallon bag and left the soup out on deck overnight. When I got my breakfast ingredients the next morning I put the bag of soup into the fridge.
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Another Gulf storm is brewing and will pass over us and up the East Coast, dumping snow on areas of the Northeast that are cold enough. I am settled in with a bad book, The Coming of the 3rd Reich, first of a trilogy about the Nazis and WWII. I have read the trilogy a while ago, but recent political events have me going back again. Some people are comparing the Trump candidacy as similar to Hitler’s rise to power. The remarkable situation in Germany is similar but not on par with our situation now. The first book starts with the forming of the German nation just 50 years before WWI. Germany was successful and prosperous but took the ill advised step of going to war and defeat. The Allies armistice reparations were crushing. Germany went into a financial collapse with the greatest hyperinflation ever. There were 6 major political parties and many smaller sects, any government would have to be a coalition and at every turn these coalitions would get a no confidence vote and have to reform a new government.
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The Make America Great Again campaign is a similar theme to what the right wing political groups wanted in Germany after WWI, to restore pride in their defeated country. The government in power was able to right the ship of state and stop the hyperinflation and adjust the reparation payments to something manageable. The Nazis were just a tiny ultra right political group and probably would not have grown into the ugly giant except for the worldwide economic depression that hit Germany and sent it into an even worse depression, 6 million out of work. The Left, the Communists, had a field day recruiting party members from the unemployed.
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Yet another Gulf storm is coming through our area with gale warnings and wind strengths forecast to up to 60 mph. Also an additional storm will follow a few days later. The ten day forecast has more days of rain and wind than days without.
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The image is a photo taken from the poop deck of the Nao Trinidad moored at St. Marys transient dock.
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