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Hello everybody,


I haven't been on this site (or any others for that matter) in a few months now.  We are full time cruising on our Tiki 38 and life is good, although surprisingly busy.  The boat is proving to be very good overall despite some minor initial problems but that is more than normal.  Despite the fact that we are loaded fairly heavy with four onboard and lots of gear and provisions, performance is good except close hauled.  However, that is not much of a surprise on a cat.


The main problem I want to bring up here is a word of caution about sail choices.  I bought Jeckells Sails thinking they would be better because they worked with JWD directly for a number of years.  My sails are turning out to be ok but no more, and that is my opinion as well as the opinion of some very experienced people (sailmakers and sailors) that have looked at my sails.  Furthermore, I am very disappointed with their after sale service or lack thereof.  Both my mainsail and my foresail had a manufacturing defect on the outboard end of the gaff and they both ripped (not the same day) whilst sailing in normal conditions (winds no more than 20 kts).  I have sent Jeckells some pictures and they initially acknowledged reception of my e-mail but nothing more.  I simply wanted them to acknowledge the problem, correct it for future sails and maybe pay for my repairs (only a few hundred dollars).  Nothing.  All I will say is beware and shop around.


We are planning on being at the Wharram meet in Florida, depending on the weather.  We are heading to the Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Cuba for the winter and we will need a good window to cross.  If that window is just before the meeting, we may be gone.  If we do attend, we will be glad to talk to builders, owners and other Wharram enthusiasts about our boat and our observations so far.


Cheers all.



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Bonjour Laurent,

Merci pour l'info, je vais demander une quotation pour comparer.

Quelle est la qualité des voiles? le dacron et les finitions?

Penses tu utiliser un ernrouleur? Si oui, lequel?

As-tu construit ton tiki? Je suis à la recherche d'information sur l'immatriculation en France?

D'avance merci pour les réponses et "Bon vents"!



pour l'enrouleur j'en suis au meme point que toi , je n'ai pas encore installé un enrouleur acheté d'occasion . Pour l'immatriculation j'ai choisi le pavillon belge . c'est trop galére pour la francisation car  j'ai acheté le pahi en suisse .

le pavillon belge c'est super facile, pas cher et sans contrainte de navigation ... bah,un bateau belge c'est pas si grave allez...

Merci Jacques, j'attends la réponse de Tasker.

Mais pour l'immatriculation, c'est une construction amateur, un cata de moins de 12m, de classe C. J'ai lu et relu la division 240, en dehors de l'armement de sécurité je ne vois pas trop les difficultés. Le marquage CE n'est pas nécessaire.J'ai fais une deuxième trappe dans la cabine pour avoir une échappée de secours - Article 240-2.63.

Si vous avez des information plus précises pouvez-vous me les communiquez, en particulier la classe de construction, de navigation , les remarques de votre assurance, le nombre de passagers...

Effectivement si après tous ces efforts je ne peux pas avoir le pavillon français, la mort dans l'âme je prendrai le pavillon belge, comme Laurent.



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