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
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.

Sink the Bismarck

14 January 2024 | St. Marys, GA
Cap'n Chef Andy | Chilly AM, Mild PM
I continued reading Richard J Evans - The Coming of the Third Reich. It is chilling to read how a cultured, disciplined country can descend into a horrible Armageddon, not once, but twice, and bring the whole world into wars of might and ignorance. I don't know politics, but this book is a revelation. I'm only about halfway through the first book of the trilogy. I keep saying, it can't happen here, it can't happen here, and the narrative goes on and on with a script that could be written now about our times. That's what's chilling.
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The Nazi party was structured to be not centralized, it was autonomous locally. When the fire at the Reichstag was caused by one single crazy communist, the Nazis crushed their main opponents, the communists and used the fire as justification. They did not issue orders for party members to do whatever they did to the communists. Each local faction knew what they had to do, knew their local foes, the local leftists, and they struck. It's like if you raise the level of violence high enough, everybody will drop out. A relatively small group of thugs can control a much larger population that is in fear of them.
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A sailboat that can access the ocean is a reassuring escape route, if necessary.
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My idea for a small outrigger canoe, the bang for the buck design, persists. I know how to make it and what to do with it. Maybe just the idea of it is pleasing without having to go through all the trouble.
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The idea is a lightweight, easily car topped, sailing vessel that can serve many roles. We want minimum of materials, expense, and effort. The most bang for the buck. The most boat for the effort of building. Building skills and requirement of any special tools or place to build should be at a minimum.
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I have built a few outrigger canoes and have mainly two hull types that can satisfy the easy to build, inexpensive, and good performance, one is the vee shaped hull, kind of like a Hobie cat, and the other is flat bottomed, like a skinny sharpie. There is a hull type I might like to consider, but the complexity goes up, that would be a chined hull. I've gravitated toward the flat bottomed narrow sharpie kind of hull. It's dirt simple to build and it can sit on its bottom while you are assembling the rest of it. The vee bottom is easy and gratifying to build, but when you sit it down it's canted over at an angle. I could make either.
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I've made the outrigger using the vee hull process and it's quick and the shape works well, looks good. The crossarms are not too hard to make. The main hull is very easy. The hard parts in my design are the foils, that is, the rudder and daggerboard, and the masts.
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The wood dictates what you can do with it. I met a fellow in the woodshop that was fabricating sophisticated carbon fiber, clegecell cored, panels. He was using them like plywood sheets to cut out flat panels to make "furniture", replacing panels in his boat that were made out of MDF, heavy. He's way above me. I'm not going to make a boat out of foam and carbon. Bang for the buck. Plywood.
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I found out that the replica tall ship I was just on, the Nao Trinidad, is basically a fiberglass boat with a lot of wood added on, to make it look authentic. It does.
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After coming to the 50% point in the Coming of the Third Reich I continued slogging through it. I was surprised at the 66% point when I found the remaining third of the book was author's notes, footnotes. Scholarly. I started the next volume .
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The big cold snap that is affecting so much of the country isn't really having much of an effect here, but mornings will be cold and we could get a freeze. A boatyarder from South Dakota said it was 20 below back home. Eloisa said it was in the teens in the mountains. She left to head South.
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I was invited to the Southern River Walk after I had already had a couple wines. I end up now, today, with a sickness that I expect is a real true hangover. Breakfast at noon. Grilled ham and cheese, in Irish butter, for supper.
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A motor yacht capsized in the North River very near the boatyard and assorted marine experts from the boatyard went out to salvage it. We have a marine construction fellow who now rents the Breezeway, and an eco engineer who is building an automated trash picker upper, plus we have assorted tradesmen who can repair, refloat, etc. After two days the capsized yacht is now upright but not floating. The photo, taken at sunset, is of that yacht with personnel working on her.
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