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Pahi 42 Owners

Pahi Owners in Europe

Website: http://www.wharram-fenua.de
Location: Europe
Members: 32
Latest Activity: Jul 6

Discussion Forum

Wingsail on a Pahi 42 as a Tiki shooner rig 3 Replies

Hello all,I have exactly this rig design of Amate a Pahi 42, but since I bought the boat used and the seller was unfortunately not an honest person, I did not get a rig plan despite agree. I would…Continue

Started by Oliver Knittel. Last reply by Lovako Jul 6.

Pahi 42 rudders 1 Reply

I purchased my Pahi 42 in 2004. 'Splash' was built in Nelson, New Zealand in the late 1990's by Keith and Maddy Rowan. They did a great job and I have had few issues. In 2019 my wife, youngest son…Continue

Started by John Madgwick. Last reply by Andy Best-Dunkley Jan 20, 2021.

Daggerboards- are they worth keeping? 3 Replies

Hi to all fellow Pahi 42 owners,I have taken over an incomplete project with my Pahi 42. I have just found out that the dagerboards I have taken over have not been formed/shaped properly. The leading…Continue

Started by Graham Anley. Last reply by Ralf Guentert Aug 28, 2016.

Steering for the Pahi 42 21 Replies

I am about to attempt the steering for my modified Pahi 42. The rudders are in and functional but I have not yet decided how I shall connect them to the helm. Any insights, comments and advice would…Continue

Started by Lawrence de Robillard. Last reply by Lawrence de Robillard Apr 28, 2013.

Comment Wall

Comment by John& Kat Wilkie on December 3, 2010 at 8:42am
We are building a Pahi 42 in Brisbane, Australia, and welcome discussion on any topic. We hope to launch in 12 months, and live on it for the next 10 years +. We have modified the original design slightly by increasing hull width to 7 feet, beam width to 21 ft, and moved the rear crossbeam aft by 4 feet to give a larger cockpit, and extended the roof line aft as well. We hope to fit electric motors, Lithium batteries and 800 watts of solar panels and two D400 wind generators.
John & Kat
Comment by Trevor Lowmass on July 21, 2011 at 2:15am

I live in Cairns, started cutting out plywood for my Pahi 42 a few years ago but confess to very slow progress.  How's progress with you, wouldn't mind seeing a few photos when you have time. Trevor Lowmass.


Comment by John& Kat Wilkie on July 21, 2011 at 5:01am

Hi Trevor, It's good to hear from you.  We were beginning to wonder if, apart from Bill and us, there were any Pahi 42 builders below the equator.  Send your email address to katfish2@iprimus.com.au and we'll organise some photos to you.  Don't despair over the time taken.  Ours has taken 17 years but 11 years of that it was in storage in Athens.  We have made a number of modifications which we would be willing to share with you if you are interested.  We are just at the stage of getting the rigging organised for our in-mast furling system and choosing our deck hardware and paints.  Like Bill, we will be having 2 yamaha 25 high thrust engines.  We hope to (finally says Kat) have it in the water by Christmas.  We look forward to hearing from you soon.  Cheers  John & Kat

Comment by Trevor Lowmass on July 21, 2011 at 3:23pm
That make me feel better.  Most of my materials have been in store for a long time as well. I got diverted for a few years with 3 sons but at least I'll have a crew when progress is finally made!  Trevor
Comment by david duval-hall on August 15, 2012 at 8:58am

come on people, fingers out, get them boats into the wet stuff, hehe

Comment by John& Kat Wilkie on August 16, 2012 at 3:48am

Our boat has been in the water 4 months.  Just waiting for the mast/sails to be sorted.  Minor problems with the in mast furling setup.

Comment by david duval-hall on August 18, 2012 at 3:49pm

ok guys, just thought not much was going on here,, well done, enjoy as i am, david and julie

Comment by Graham Anley on February 10, 2016 at 1:35am

Hi To All Pahi 42 Owners,

I am now nearing completion of my Captain Cook Pahi 42, here in the Southern Cape of South Africa. I need to make a decision on the type of rig I am going to use and would appreciate the input from owners who have experience and would value your advice. I have taken over a half completed project and have inherited a completed wooden mast made of Douglas Fir according to JWD plans of the bermudan rig, however this mast must have been lying in wet grass while in storage, and I have found dry rot, and split timbers in places. It was glassed both on the inside and out, but the expanding timbers split the outside layer of glass and allowed water in.  I have tried to repair these but keep finding new problem areas. In short I do not trust it and need to rethink my options? If I now go the route of purchasing an aluminium mast I can go the route of Bermudan cutter, Wharram wingsail or crabclaw? I intend using my Wharram, mainly short handed, with just my wife and myself,  in open ocean cruising, mainly in Indian Ocean waters, but in the longer term to visit Indonesia and Asia.

What are the pros and cons of each type of rig? Another owner of a Pahi 42 has told me that his Captain Cook, which used an aluminium masted Bermudian style rig had excessive weather helm...? (He also noted that his boat did not have the daggerboards)

I like the look of, and the thinking behind the low aspect nature of the schooner wingsail layout, but I have read that this is not suitable for my boat?

Your thoughts and comments would be appreciated.


Graham Anley.

Comment by Graham Anley on February 10, 2016 at 1:48am

Sorry I posted the above in the wrong discussion group, and have reposted under the forum of Sails and rigs. Please comment on that discussion forum.

Thanks, Graham.


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