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      I was delighted to stumble upon a Utube titled  Solo Atlantic Crossing on a Wharram the other day.  A lady Adventurer produced this and another one titled Wharram Women Then and  Now.  Both are worth watching.     . rather bedraggled and well used.  It has the bolt and rubber beam connections, and interestingly has a cockpit/cockpits like the Tiki 31.   I rather enjoyed her two videos.   Nudity kept to a minimum ;-(    James would have been disappointed ;-).  Strikes me as a likable adventuress, and I look forward to watching her further adventures.  Nice job of production, though I can do without the music........... Not bad, but too loud, and I prefer the "song of the sea"... the winds and waves, seabirds, slapping waves against the hulls, etc to actual "music".    I love seeing boats crossing oceans that are not beautiful  6-7 figure plastic junk.   Rough around the edges, obviously built by someone on a budget somewhere.   The red corrugated shelter on one hull is great.   I've always felt that for world voyaging, I'd want something that at least on the outside looked rough...the paint a bit farther gone than my neighbors, etc as protection from people who want to rip you off either literally or figuratively........ I'd rather look poor than try to impress everybody playing the "better than the Jones's" game.




Women and The Wind Mara Noka

Mara Noka was built 50 years ago in Whitby, England.

It is a classical NARAI design by James Wharram, who is considered to be the “father of multihulls.” 

Made out of plywood with nylon sheathing and tar coating, and having splashed in 1974, it spent most of its life in the Mediterranean Sea, and eventually made its way across the Atlantic to the jungles of Panama. 

The boat is propelled by wind, only being supplemented with an outboard motor when entering or leaving tricky areas. Using traditional sailing methods, exchanging chart plotter for pencil and paper, and navigating without depth sounder, radar, auto-pilot, or wind-meter,  Mara Noka and Kiana bring back to life the raw intensity of sailing as a primary means of transport.

Mara Noka’s design, NARAI MK I, is the direct descendent of Wharram’s RONGO, the first catamaran to sail west to east across the North Atlantic. It was built at a time when safety and sailing efficiency was priority, and little attention was given to space or comfort. The design and lifestyle of the boat is primal, and brings back to life the spirit of the ancients.

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