A Photo & Discussion Forum for Wharram Design Enthusiasts
speak for yourself i still prefer shitting in a bucket. as to putting up with dumb heads with more holes in hull. and holding tanks too expensive to install and to pumping them out at inconvenant times.and to yupies that need desinger kitchens instead of galleys.every one to his own not everybody is the same. and it seems the simpler it is apeals to more."...the designs are far from perfect..." that's right. the market and the "wharram sailor " changed in the last years. not a lot of people want to spend there half life building a boat and when they are ready to sail, they are to old to life like a rabid on a boat.
there is nothing wrong with lashing a boat together with ropes. the design has proofed it's sea worthiness a lot but the space concept (open space plan) is a kind of a joke. time has changed and nobody is shitting in a bucket anymore. the women on board wants a nice galley, the crew here privacy...
i thing wharram is pushing his designs a little bit to much into the professional boat building merket.
The minimalism in Wharram designs is really what attracted me into it. Building myself, respecting the architect and understanding that there is a kind of "philosophy" behind it, I really feel like the genuine Wharram builder in the "amateur" sense.
I think the "Flexi-Space" concept is unique in that you can more simply make modifications in interior arrangements without actually changing the structure of the boat. Hence, you can have a modified Wharram, without it actually being considered a modified Wharram. I think the Flexi-Space idea is Wharrams way of giving you liberties with interior design, even though this may not be what was originally intended.
Personally, I do not know why Wharram would care if myself or anyone else built his boats professionally. I never asked to be certified, approved, or endorsed by Wharram to build the boats. I just happen to be a boat builder that loves Wharrams. My clients tend to be those that want to home build, but soon realize that they either cannot do it themselves, or don't want to. They don't want to have their boat built in Asia, or understand that the exchange rate with the dollar is strong right now. Further, what I do is a service only. I write contracts that protect both myself, and the client - They own all materials all the time. They pay me monthly to "assemble" the parts for them. If a client decides they want to finish the boat themselves, they simply come and get the boat and remaining parts that they have already purchased. They get the benefit of being able to purchase materials at a discount, and have me build on a month-to-month basis.
I have a CNC table router that I cut all of the parts with (I did not start this way.) Because the CNC cuts accurately to within .003", I have had to redraw all of the parts in the computer and can easily offer precut boat kits. I wrote to Wharram as a courtesy to inquire about creating some kind of indicator that I could verify when someone (that wants to purchase a kit from me) has actually purchased a set of plans so that I was not offering kits to people without plans. I know that it would be just about impossible to build a Wharram without plans from one of my kits, but that would not stop some people from trying. Can you imagine the hack job that would look like? I do not know why they have their panties in a bunch. I do know that because of me, they have sold at least 4 sets of plans in the past 12 months that otherwise would not have been sold.
We have a porta potty on Peace and it seems ok until you try to lift it up to empty it. That thing is HEAVY. But there is a way to make your 5 gallon bucket a better option. You can buy a specially made fitting for your 5 gallon bucket that separates the liquids from the solids so long as everybody sits down. The liquids can be safely poured overboard because they are sterile and the solids can be dried in the bucket using solar energy. Computer fans run on 12 volts and can run off your batteries which could be solar or wind recharged as we do on Peace. Fitting a hose to the side of a bucket with a fan inside to exit the air in the bucket could be vented overboard along with the smells resulting in dried poops which do not weigh much at all. Some dried seaweed from the beach in with the poops would help too. Then just dig a hole ashore and plant some seeds for flowers or trees. That would leave a benefit instead of a problem in the water. We hope to have this set up on our boat soon. Ann and Nev