A Photo & Discussion Forum for Wharram Design Enthusiasts
I just received the study plan. This is certainly an interesting boat. One of the drawings shows an extra steering paddle being used as an "optional" leeboard. This would seem to imply that performance of the hulls alone is not entirely satisfactory. This will be proven one way or the other when the prototype is sailing.
I like the look of the hull shape, it will have much less wetted surface than a vee-section of equivalent length/displacement.
The rig is designed for low cost and ease of handling, but I wonder if windward performance will be acceptable. The laced-on luff and sprits must surely create a significant amount of drag.
The steering paddles are much higher aspect and seem more efficient that the standard Wharram plywood slabs, but more prone to ventilation and damage one would think.
I wonder what the price will be for the building plans?
Could you explain a little more about the steeringpaddle and how it works? I still don't get de picture.
I'm helping out building the prototype now. And when we have a nice tide we go sailing on the tahiti wayfarer. Which has a similar hullshape and thus a similar sailing performance.It goes to windward pretty well under the condition that there is enough sail pressure and weight in the front of the boat. under light conditions you assist by giving the odd paddle or if you are too lazy you just stick an extra paddle in somewhere in the front to create extra lr. steering is done by lowering or raising the steeringpaddle,not turning it as if it was a rudder. thus changing the clr, causing the boat to roundup or fall off. this method of boathandling is copied from the va'a alo or bonito canoe from vanuatu or fiji or so, I don't remember which island
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