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Build help wanted
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I'm in New Mexico, finishing up a Tiki 38. The plan is to launch next year.  I built the bulk of the boat on my own but I am at a place where I need an additional pair or two of hands and am hoping…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Axel Aug 25, 2017.

Sink drains
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I have a question for the huddled masses yearning to be free, or perhaps it's better addressed to those who have already built their boats and are free. Whichever. If you have what you think is the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Axel Aug 2, 2017.

Paying to crew on someone else's boat?
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This came up recently in an all too brief discussion I had with a poster on this forum, who had been looking for crew for a Transatlantic crossing. I was surprised when told that as crew, apart from…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Hughes Apr 9, 2017.

Value of a partially built Tiki 38
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I have come to the sad place where I have to divide assets and move on. One of these is my 3/4 complete Tiki 38. I am trying to find any references to similar Wharram incomplete projects for sale,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Axel Oct 6, 2014.

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Axel replied to Budget Boater's discussion Wharram Wing Sails Now Available
"Hi Budget, I have lost the quote I got from you for T38 sails. Can you get me another quote please. I plan on getting the boat to the assembly marina at the end of September.  Thanks, Alex"
Jul 21
Axel replied to Robert Sheridan's discussion Using dyneema for rigging - warning
"Thanks Eric and Omar. Eric, I really like the resin deadeyes but I fear they would be more work than making them out of wood or aluminum. If I need 50 of them that would be the way to go! I suppose I should clarify that while I can make them out of…"
Jun 21
Axel replied to Robert Sheridan's discussion Using dyneema for rigging - warning
"I'm now ready to start making rigging pieces for my T38 and pondering the deadeyes.... the cost of buying them is prohibitive and so am thinking of different ways to make them. Since I don't have access to a lathe or machine tools, I have…"
Jun 17
Axel replied to Scott Burger's discussion tiki 38 with ensuite shower (How can it be done?)
"No problem at all. The master cabin has plenty of space. Make a solid bulkhead aft, between the master and the aft cabin and you'll have more than enough room. I don't remember the measurements from the stairs back to the bulkhead but you…"
Jun 12
Axel replied to Éric Bouvéron's discussion Solar panel with socket on the back
"I don't know how these relate to the German ones you found in price but I know of these: https://www.renogy.com/products/solar-panels/flexible-solar-panels/ I have a couple of their rigid panels and a charger controller and have been very happy…"
Jun 12
Axel replied to Ygal Golan's discussion Tiki 38 engine (question)
"Personally I'd much rather use diesel than gas as well but appreciate the simplicity of the original design and am going to stick with that. Shame that Yamaha hasn't updated the 9.9high thrust in 20 years though. Would be nice to be able…"
Apr 24
rael dobkins left a comment for Axel
"Nice progress!!! love d banana.... Anything but white looks good on a hull....... Good luck with d rest. rael."
Dec 5, 2017
Axel posted a video

From Bone to Banana; A tale of two hulls

Spraying the hullsides on a Tiki 38. First coat of yellow industrial polyurethane. Base coat is industrial epoxy primer. Probably 1.5 hours spraying, 30 minutes clean up. Topsides are done in the same paint in white. After second coat on hullsides,…
Nov 21, 2017
Axel replied to rael dobkins's discussion Sailing Conclusions, Proa Why Not?....
"Real, sent you a friend request so I can send a personal message. I am here with Vesko in New Mexico. Alex"
Nov 5, 2017
Axel replied to Éric Bouvéron's discussion Tiki 21 wooden mast, critical diameter.
"If you built a mast to Wharram's design I'd say you have more than enough skill to glass it as well. So if you are worried about it, you can buy fiberglass or carbon fiber sleeves that are easy to apply and get a good finish. It's…"
Nov 1, 2017
Axel replied to Giovani Frisene's discussion Tiki 38 Forward-leaning windshield
"Windows are often built that way on bigger boats, particularly working boats. they decrease reflection from internal lights and  are designed to shed and divert water, particularly green water, more reliably. Neither of those issues are likely…"
Oct 29, 2017
Axel replied to Rune M. Christensen's discussion Tiki 21beam repair
"You don't say how or what the beams were painted with and while modern paints are very good they don't last forever and are not foolproof.  They do require inspection, maintenance and sometimes repair. As well as being only as strong…"
Oct 21, 2017
Axel replied to Building SV Satoshi's discussion Is it recommended to coat whole sheets of plywood with epoxy before any cutting?
"SV Satoshi, yes, that is the book I was referring to. If you have never built anything out of wood/epoxy, I recommend it as a resource. I have an older copy but I believe it has been edited several times since then. Downloading it would ensure you…"
Oct 9, 2017
Axel replied to Building SV Satoshi's discussion Is it recommended to coat whole sheets of plywood with epoxy before any cutting?
"I pre-coated most of my plywood on the theory it would give me a nicer, thicker finish when applied  flat and save time messing about at funny angles and in confined spaces putting on multiple coats on later. You can do a single flow-coat on a…"
Oct 7, 2017
Axel replied to Jeff Lindsey's discussion Wharram build in New Mexico
"It was nice meeting you and Emily Jeff, glad you enjoyed the visit. Starting the hull spraying next week, made easier by the help with masking. Thanks, I appreciate the help and keep the capes on as long as y'all can!"
Oct 7, 2017
Axel replied to Building SV Satoshi's discussion Sanders recommendation needed for Tiki 38
"I can't tell you anything about Festool sanders. They are so much more expensive than the common US brands that I never considered them, but I have and use the following on my T38: 6" 90 degree drive RO sander  5" RO sander 1/4…"
Sep 20, 2017

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Tiki 38
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Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 7:49am on September 16, 2009, Jacques said…
Great pictures of your pod. Yes its heavy. With 6 guys (strong) I could manipulate it up and down without crane or loader.
Interesting the reverse thing, i was thinking doing the same and finally stuck to the plans.
Beautiful job.

At 12:03pm on October 11, 2014, Josh said…
No worries Axel, I'm happy for you! If for some reason you don't continue, please let me know!
At 1:26pm on December 5, 2017, rael dobkins said…

Nice progress!!! love d banana....

Anything but white looks good on a hull.......

Good luck with d rest.


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