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Comment by curt goodnight on November 16, 2016 at 7:11pm

the final push to get it on the water ....  after a dozen years it happened!   We launched on Twin Lakes on the second to last weekend the ramp was open.   Spent 5 days on the water....the launch and reload were pretty uneventful .   Trailered like an absolute dream.   But lots to do to refine the "spread hulls, assemble boat and raise mast" techniques.   

Comment by Rod McLaren on March 1, 2017 at 11:44am

Looking great. Tiki 30 - one of my favourite Wharram designs. Twin Lakes is where? i.e. how far apart are we? from the Canadian prairies to the American Rockies is not that far, Is that where you plan to do your sailing? or are you headed for the salt?

Comment by curt goodnight on March 1, 2017 at 12:56pm

Twin Lakes is Colorado Rod-  our next launch will be on our large 'local' reservoir- Navaho Lake .   Weather permitting we will try for late March, early April.   If enough of the "assemble etc" bugs have been worked out we hope to do a sail/camp voyage into Pend Oreille [N Idaho] in early summer.   

Comment by Rod McLaren on March 1, 2017 at 1:07pm

Wishing you success. Camping/sailing with my partner is one of the reasons why I am building the Mana 24. When I still had my Tiki 21 in Canada that isn't something that I ever considered. But in the past 4 summers, a buddy and I have organized camping/sailing excursions on Lake Diefenbaker (145 miles long - man-made after flooding the South Saskatchewan River) on WindRider WR17 trimarans. My partner would be happy to join me, but she wants at least some minimal conveniences so that she doesn't have to hide behind the bushes. :) I just googled Pend Oreille - thats not so far away from here -  a long days drive from Saskatoon. I will watch with interest - it would be good to check out once the new boat is built. I am aiming for launch in June 2018 in time for my 70th birthday.

Comment by Rod McLaren on March 1, 2017 at 1:11pm


Since it is armchair sailing weather in Colorado and Saskatchewan, here is a 30 minute video of last year's sailing/camping trip

Comment by curt goodnight on March 1, 2017 at 1:43pm

fantastic Rod!- my partner too appreciates a bit of civilization- but- as she spent years as a hermit monk in Ireland and in a small ultra spartan monastery in Nova Scotia , she can easily 'tough it out' if need be.  Now we're in our 60's so we are BOTH glad for a few creature comforts- I just installed  a lightweight secondary deck tent platform that reconfigure into fore and aft seating as well as incorporates the motor cover - lets us erect a cheap dome tent and a queen size air mattress for 'luxury accommodations ' ....  

Good luck on your new build- in hindsight, the 26 or 24 would have been more sensible for me but I have ever been an "experiential" kind of learner....  and thus far have enjoyed the challenges of making things work somehow....

By all means we will keep you abreast of our journeys - and I have always had a Canadian hankering - 

Comment by Rod McLaren on March 1, 2017 at 6:23pm

Sounds like we have more than a few things in common. And in the interests of transparency, it is not just my partner that appreciates the "luxury accommodation" of a deck tent and a nearby porta-potti. I am not so fond of getting up repeatedly in the nighttime and having to go out into a chilly (or worse yet, rainy) night. :)

We are also in our 60's and enjoy a simple life where small things are much appreciated. I will be interested to see your deck tent arrangement. I intend to do something as well for the Mana but first things first - a boat to put it on.

Lets keep in touch. I don't know of any Wharram's on the Canadian prairies and it would be great to have another one to sail with. Lake Diefenbaker has been quite a surprise for me since I started camping/sailing on it five years ago. It is big enough to go for the better part of a day often without seeing another boat. And the hills around the lake are high enough to hide the changes that nearby agriculture have made to the flora and fauna. One can easily imagine oneself in the landscape of 150 years ago, before the arrival of the European settlers. For me it is a spiritual rejuvenation that helps to keep things in perspective.


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