A Photo & Discussion Forum for Wharram Design Enthusiasts
With the Tiki design, the chine makes it easier to see if the boat is heavy in the water. With the other design,s one can simply paint the water line a little higher and nobody knows if she is heavy or not. Most cruisers repaint the waterline if they like to have lots of stuff aboard. On our Tiki 46 we normally have the chine about 6 or 7 inches above the water but when we leave Florida to come to Bahamas for the winter, we have lots of extra food because it is so expensive in Bahamas. WE go down a couple inches then.
Pay load is one consideration but so is volume and privacy. Having a room of one's own is important to most teens. If you can afford it, I suggest it will make things easier for all of you.
Do not forget that the classics are good boats. Look at the Narai and maybe consider replacing the crossbeams to take advantage of the newer I beam design as on the Tiki so you can make them longer with no weight gain and then have a wider boat for greater stability and more deck space. The Narai Mk IV would be a good choice and folks are still building them. The Tehini might be too big and the Tangaroa Mk IV might be too small but take a look anyway.
I think the Tiki 46 is likely a good size for a family but it seems really big for this elderly couple living here on Peace IV. The smaller boats are cheaper, easier to build, cheaper to build, and if you need to pay for dock space any time, cheaper there too. Go visit the likely boats and if you can do it, I suggest you spend a whole day moving around in the boat as a family.
Well, time to move into greater shelter because a storm is forecast for this afternoon. Safe sailing! Ann and Nev
I owned a Tangaroa MkIV a number of years ago. I believe there is an update or plans to convert the beams to being lashed rather than bolted. The ketch rig was easily handled, but windward performance was very poor. Not sure about a schooner rig on the Tangaroa, but I'm sure the Tiki rigs will improve performance.
The classics are very solid, well designed boats, but there are many rotten examples out there too, mainly due to a lack of maintenance, poorly built boats and poor choice of materials. The beam troughs are a nightmare, but could be vastly improved just with a bit of thought.
The Tiki's are a newer design using newer techniques and materials. It is supposed to be easier to build and faster.
I lived on my Tangaroa for 2 years. Internally they are not very spacious by comparison to similar sized yachts, but the deck space cannot be beaten. 2 people would live/cruise comfortably on a Tangaroa, with enough space for provisions, clothing, water and fuel etc. In my opinion many improvements could be made to the design starting with the beam troughs.
Are you considering buying or building?
Carl, What would you do to the beam troughs? I must say the lashed crossbeams work well on our Tiki 46. Ann and Nev