Kamau Iandiataiyero is a lifelong Baltimore resident who doesn’t necessarily fit into the world designed for regular folks. He’s 6’7″ and 380lbs, so when it comes to fitting in, it takes a fair amount of customization in the design of everything from bathroom fixtures to dining room tables, and when it comes to his new found love of sailing, well he doesn’t really fit in there either.
Kamau has been the featured guest recently in two sailing related podcasts, mine over at www.theescapepods.com (you can link to the episode here) and 59 North Sailing podcast with Andy Schell which means his big dreams have captured the imagination of many of the sailors he’s come across. You can hear him talk about how he got started sailing and how he delved into learning as much as he could in a short amount of time, and how his dreams got started.
Kamau started sailing with a Groupon gift for an afternoon sailing class in the summer of 2013, and since then has taken many ASA classes in Annapolis and Rock Hall, and has Chartered boats out of the South River and Havre De’grace.
Through his chartering and classroom experiences he has come to realize that boat designers don’t really design boats for guys like him, and having the creature comforts and sailing parameters he desires means that he has to design and build his own boat, which will take place in the backyard of his Baltimore home over the course of the next two to three years.
Having an education in construction management and engineering helps, and as a senior project manager and his own business means that he has the ability to plan out his designs and his build, and with some time, means, and helping hands, his dream to live aboard and possibly become a world blue water cruiser can come to fruition.
With the help of Marine Architect Erik De Jong, his design will be maximized for fast sailing and maximized comfort, featuring 7 foot headroom and a pilothouse, and also using materials and methods that minimize the overall cost,without compromising on safety and sail-ability.
His yet unnamed boat will be approximately 54 feet long and 16 feet wide with a modified lead keel/centerboard configuration, with an interior design featuring a modern look and feel, which he hopes will lean to a business venture whereby he can refit boats into modern, updated looking vessels with all the comforts of home.
He has spend the last year building a 10foot tender for the larger upcoming boat, whereby he experimented with construction methods and materials, making a lightweight sailing tender for up to 6 people out of marine grade plywood and epoxy.
Look for Kamau over at his Youtube channel.