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
17 April 2024 | St Marys, GA

Dinghy Skeg

I was suffering with what seemed like a cold and also had allergy symptoms. I awoke and felt fine. The green pollen that was coating everything was gone. Maybe it will return.

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.

D4 Redux

11 February 2024 | St. Marys, GA
Cap'n Chef Andy | Beginning of Spring
The inflatable (deflatable) dinghy I had bought was deteriorating. It had bottom seams separating. It is a West Marine branded dinghy made out of PVC. HH66 is the adhesive to reattach the seams. A friend had a similar problem and bought the same adhesive. I was waiting to hear from him how it worked out.
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I saw a chined hard dinghy in the boatyard that reminded me of the D4 dinghy that I had built using Chinese plywood that eventually fell apart. I abused it and maybe could have preserved it better. Geoff the chemist sent me a highlighted spec sheet on the “Revolution” plywood. Basically it said not waterproof although it is designated for underlayment in tiled bathrooms.
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It took a long time to build that boat and I thought it would be easier and quicker to not build it with enclosed foam under the seats. I thought I would have made seat stringers inboard along both hull sides and just fasten the seats to them. The original had bulkheads supporting the seats. I supposed some strengthening cross strips, maybe 1X2 would be enough to strengthen the seats. Alternatively I could build it with just one central seat that uses a centerboard case to help support it.
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Komputer Ken had a little project of pumping rainwater out of a boat on the other side of the boatyard and I went to help him. We brought a length of garden hose to set up a siphon. The water was above the floor boards and had a slick of diesel on it. The siphon didn’t work, perhaps there was an air leak in the hose somewhere. We used cordless tool batteries and a bilge pump with hose attached. We were able to bring the level of the water below the floorboards before the batteries died. I was the volunteer who waded around in that mess with my pants jammed up above my knees. My legs were covered with bilge oil and crap. I biked to the communal shower like that and washed that stuff off. No good deed goes unpunished.
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My friend who repaired his inflatable with HH66 adhesive said he was afraid to take it out on the water. He had the same problem as we do, the bottom was separating from the flotation tubes. If the bottom comes off you are in a giant odd shaped inner tube.
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Venus de Milo Restaurant which has gone under was known for its soups and chowders. I noticed their clam chowder recipe used equal parts of onion and celery, so I made a batch. I started by rendering a half pound of bacon, minced, then adding about 4 cups of celery and 4 cups of onion. I added the juice from 3 cans of baby clams, 3 bay leaves, two tbsp of better than bouillon, chicken base. When the veggies were tender I added a quart of half and half and when that came just to a boil I added 8oz of clam juice with two tbsp of corn starch. Mix and when it thickens add the clams and turn off the heat. Dust with fresh black pepper. There are no potatoes and no water.
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Chesapeake Light Craft has a nice pram dinghy design that I will borrow the shape of the seats from. The D4 dinghy has plain straight edged seats that are simple and look so. The CLC Eastport pram has nice curved edges. That little change makes the dinghy look more like a piece of fine furniture.
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I went back in the blog to look at the dinghy construction, Spring of 2018. It looked like 21 days instead of 20 hours. Of course I was doing other things. If I can make one in two weeks, that would be a big plus. The blogpost starts at: https://www.sailblogs.com/admin/blog_manager/post_edit.php?xjMsgID=440809.
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The image is copied from clcboats.com, Eastport Pram, a dinghy kit with precut parts.
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