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My wife and I are in the planning stages of a build that should be starting in the spring.  We have spent a year researching which Wharram to build, and have come to the conclusion that the Narai mkIV is the ideal boat for us.  I can't find many pictures of completed Narai, and the only recent info I have found is S/V Tiger, being built now. 

If anyone has built one, restored, sailed or has pictures, please let me know.

Thank you!

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As Andy rightfully pointed out and I am finding out on my build right now the fit out is what really takes a vast amount of time.I have just spent the best part of a day trying to fit latches to some low profile hatches I have made,the amount of time taken for these and other fit out projects seems massive compared to the hull making.

This is one of  the reasons my wife and I chose to build our own.  My father has been restoring a Freedom 28 Cat Ketch for 3 years now.  He has put in almost as much time as what is called for on a Narai mkIV.  Mostly small stuff.

Of course the other reason is that we can't afford the boat of our dreams right now, but with careful budgeting we will have what we need within 5 years!

paul anderson said:

As Andy rightfully pointed out and I am finding out on my build right now the fit out is what really takes a vast amount of time.I have just spent the best part of a day trying to fit latches to some low profile hatches I have made,the amount of time taken for these and other fit out projects seems massive compared to the hull making.

Very exciting for me to return to the site after a bit of an absence and find someone else planning a Narai Mk IV -- and also talking about our project. We are currently scurrying to get hull 2 glassed before our weather gets chilly -- once that's done, I'll take a look at the upgrade package and give you a list of what's different if you wish, Robert. And while we claim only the expertise that should be claimed by someone with half a boat (that is, not much! particularly about the sailing of her, which is a couple of years off yet), we'll be glad to share what we've learned as we go along.

Don - thanks for the link, a great voyage and a lovely read.

Rogerio - thanks for the link to the NARAI in the UK, I wo'nt be buying but it certainly gave me something to think about.

In fairness to the seller [no I do'nt know him] this is not a project boat needing repair. It has a super fit-out and inventory inc. wind-vane, 30hp diesel [2008] + + + etc. and is less than 10 yr old..

The only thing I saw that would stop me taking this boat to sea in the morning is the anchor - 20 lb - surely that is a typo and they mean 20 kg??

When you [rogerio] say to do some work on on it I think you mean to do those small things that we all do to make it just as we like it, but later posts give the impression that this is a renovation project.

This is unfair to this guy who after all was just like the rest if us 10 yrs. ago but now must move on and is selling his boat.

Galway,

     Thank you for mentioning the mkII in the UK again.  I took a second look at it, and you are right.  It was built in 94', and seems to be in great shape.  My wife wrote the seller an Email, and he responded very quickly with a lot of good info.  If we had the money now, had a full survey done, and enough time to learn how to sail it around Europe I think it would be a boat we would consider crossing an ocean with.

     The drawbacks for me would be the narrower hulls, narrow overall beam.  Doesn't look like it has lashed beams.  I think one reason we are considering building is that I am very picky about what I want...Kristen is a lot more flexible!!



Galway Bay said:

Don - thanks for the link, a great voyage and a lovely read.

Rogerio - thanks for the link to the NARAI in the UK, I wo'nt be buying but it certainly gave me something to think about.

In fairness to the seller [no I do'nt know him] this is not a project boat needing repair. It has a super fit-out and inventory inc. wind-vane, 30hp diesel [2008] + + + etc. and is less than 10 yr old..

The only thing I saw that would stop me taking this boat to sea in the morning is the anchor - 20 lb - surely that is a typo and they mean 20 kg??

When you [rogerio] say to do some work on on it I think you mean to do those small things that we all do to make it just as we like it, but later posts give the impression that this is a renovation project.

This is unfair to this guy who after all was just like the rest if us 10 yrs. ago but now must move on and is selling his boat.

Robert - thanks for reply. My concern really was not for you directly but for the seller. Some of the posts were making this sound like a boat in need of a lot of work which might have put off a potenial buyer.

There are many valid reasons to choose the Mk1V. Apart from the width etc. the underwater lines are different to give a better run aft for less drag.

I have seen Kristen's post and am delighted to hear you have sailing plans.

Look after that lady!!  Don Dodds in his book "Modern Cruising Under Sail" values a good crew above all other factors in a successful cruise - even the boat !!! I have to agree with him.....

I will do my best at keeping my family happy...though if I ever called her 'crew' I would get my butt kicked.  Co-Captain is more appropriate :-)

Galway Bay said:

Robert - thanks for reply. My concern really was not for you directly but for the seller. Some of the posts were making this sound like a boat in need of a lot of work which might have put off a potenial buyer.

There are many valid reasons to choose the Mk1V. Apart from the width etc. the underwater lines are different to give a better run aft for less drag.

I have seen Kristen's post and am delighted to hear you have sailing plans.

Look after that lady!!  Don Dodds in his book "Modern Cruising Under Sail" values a good crew above all other factors in a successful cruise - even the boat !!! I have to agree with him.....

All the "family" wants is to live and sail on the water as soon as we possibly can:)  For me, whether our boat is a Narai mrk II or IV or a tiki 38 doesn't matter.  Whether we build or buy also doesn't matter except that I hope it won't take us more than three years....i like the comment on good crew being more important than the "perfect" boat.  Any boat we choose can be destroyed by some kind of natural disaster, and sailing is always going to be risky, much like falling in love.  You just can't plan or be prepared for every single challenge you might encounter.  But the risks we take to fall asleep to the sound of waves lapping against our hulls are worth it.  I'm deaf and live 40 minutes inland, and I still hear the sea calling me.

I've got a Narai Mk IV for sale in Vava'u, Tonga, for $14,000.  Contact me if you're interested at m222@rocketmail.com.

Thanks,

Matt Murphy,

Florida

Is the Risho Maru, the boat for sale in Tonga?

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