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I can also recommend Gunther. He built my Tiki 30 Nok Talay around 2001, the first that went on to be many 30's ( and i believe each one got better as he adapted to suggestions from the owners, and when James Wharram visited he said it was "the sweetest most beautiful 30 he'd seen and loved the mods that Gunther did for the tropics. I had Nok Talay for around 10 years and never had any issues with quality.
Gunther is a character but calls it how it is and he delivered exactly what he said for me, actually better than promised and in budget.
I also understand that he is no longer an approved wharram builder because he was very limited in what he could change / improve from the plans regarding the owners wishes due to his agreement with wharram. This parting of the ways was driven from his side and not from issues regarding quality etc. He just want to build great boats with no restrictions.
Are you sure your phuket friend wasn't talking about a guy in Pattaya who's building Wharrams? Raul Bennetti i think his name was. He was a crook and a charlatan and built pieces of sh*t. One tiki 38 broke up on its mooring and was washed ashore in bits and another was taken away back to NZ by the owner who spent thousands and thousands fixing sub standard work. I believe Raul may be in jail here in thailand for fraud etc. I know he was arrested a few years ago. Have a look on google as its easily found as one owner blogged extensively about his experiences.
I'd agree with the positive comments about Gunther. Back in 2008 I crewed on the delivery trip of one of the Pahi 52's he built. I was on board for about five weeks and we sailed over 5000 miles. It was a solid, well finished boat. I'd go to Gunther if I wanted a Wharram built.
Check this video clip on this site: http://wharrambuilders.ning.com/video/busker-and-wavedancer-sailing...
Both boats are built by Gunther Nutt Seascape ltd. in Phuket
There are some fotos from my boat on this forum as well.