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Construction of a Pahi 63 MkII underway at the Montauk Catamaran Company

Friends,

A quick note to let you all know that work has begun on a JWD Pahi 63 MkII. MkII you say? Why yes! When we approached JWD about building a Pahi 63 to add to our Tiki 38 charter business here in Montauk, they suggested that the 63 could be improved by making the hulls just a bit fuller. This was concordant with advice from our USCG certification specialist who reckoned that as drawn the Pahi might be a little light on displacement for our hoped for passenger count. So with all parties in agreement, Hanneke did redraw of the Pahi with hulls that are a kiss wider and about 4" deeper. We got the new drawings on Thanksgiving morning, and they are currently being reviewed our Structure and Stability submission to the USCG Marine Safety Center.

If you'd like to follow the build I'm going to be blogging it here:

http://ordinary-gentlemen.com/blog/author/davidryan

I don't know that there will be daily updates, but I hope to have a few posts up each week.

For those of you who don't already know, our previous Wharram project is the USCG certificated passenger vessel Mon Tiki, a JWD Tiki 38 that we built in 2012. Mon Tiki just completed her second season as a daysailing charter in Montauk, NY, and I met some of you when I cruised her down the East Coast last winter.

Speaking of winter, one thing that ought to make this build interesting is we were unable to secure a build space, so for the time being at least this is going to be an open air build in the Northeast in winter. Fun! :-)

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I've had a look at your blog - Lots of really interesting stuff there!  It's going to be a fascinating project to watch.  Thanks for sharing it.

Thanks for the well-wishes, Robert! :-)

Are you the David Ryan who had an interest in Bolger boats for a while?  If so you certainly get around on boats.  The 38 is very pretty, I am sure the 63 will be exceptional.

Yes, I built a PCB teal in 1999 and before that was finished I had the plans for his Light Scooner, which I launched the next year. Also build a couple of his Gloucester Gulls and a couple of Tortoises. Phil and Suzanne also started to draw me a 60' folding schooner, but were not able to finish the design before Phil's death. 

Tam Dl said:

Are you the David Ryan who had an interest in Bolger boats for a while?  If so you certainly get around on boats.  The 38 is very pretty, I am sure the 63 will be exceptional.

Just a quick update. Today we got the fourth of the Pahi's six akas laid up. With a little help from the weather we'll finish the remaining two in the next week. The are big!

It shows the truth of the old adage - you can never have too many clamps!!

We got through the Mon Tiki build (Tiki 38) with eleven 18" bar clamps. That was just enough to do the scarfing for the stringers and masts.

Bought 20 more from Harbor freight at the start of this build, then a local woman was selling off her late husband's woodworking shop, so I picked up a bunch more.

I already know this work can be done without a mess of clamps, but working outdoors in the winter, we have narrower weather window, and having a lot of clamps lets us get more work done when we have working weather. In this case we can lay up the three courses of 1x6 in one session, using the clamps to make sure everything is nice and tight.

If we were indoors we could probably have all six beams going at once, running a circuit of single courses and clamping with water jugs -- but then we'd be paying rent!


Robert Hughes said:

It shows the truth of the old adage - you can never have too many clamps!!

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