"Well, I did it. It looks awful and points into the wind pretty badly, but it is really easy to handle. No jib sheets running across the deck. Probably packing about 120 square feet of sail on my 15 foot mast.
Three photos to show the rig. The…"
I'm curious how you think the Hitia 17 would handle if the mast was moved up to the front beam and the rig was turned into a Sprit Cat Rig? Also, is there a way to calculate stability based on Width? My boat's beam is about 7 feet (so it does not have to be taken apart to be trailered) so to be on the safe side I use a 15 foot mast. It is also substantially heavier due to a plywood deck, trimmed 4x4s used for beams and a 6HP outboard on the back. My mast is electrical conduit so it is not much…See More
"LOL. Treated southern yellow pine 4x4s for crossbeams! I knew there was an easier way to build those crossbeams. I can't decide whether you've built a green Wharram or are breaking ground with the first…"
"Howdy folks. I did launch my boat in a sort of finished state and its is probably the worst Wharram you've ever seen. I'm almost embarrassed to show anybody. Truth is, work got too busy and I felt that I was spending too much time working…"
"Well, the build continues and I'm probably within 3 weeks till launch. Have a few things to figure out. 1) How to register the boat, as my state makes it a bit of a pain to register homebuilt boats, but requires it. 2) How to launch the…"
"Welcome Ben. I came across your canoe blog some time ago. Lovely stuff. I do a lot of kayak trips. We seem to have a lot of wind here and the kayak handles this better. Kayaking / canoeing is the best education in watersport there is.…"
Just wanted to say Hi and introduce myself. I'm interested in the Wharram designs and philosophy so I thought I'd try building one. My dream Wharram would be the Tiki 38 but I wanted to start with a smaller project and so got the Hitia 17 plans.I'm lucky to have a 20X25' garage space to use for the build, so I can build the entire thing indoors and not have to worry too much about weather. I started the build about 3 weeks ago and have less than 15 hours in the project so far. I've done most of…See More
Welcome Ben. I came across your canoe blog some time ago. Lovely stuff. I do a lot of kayak trips. We seem to have a lot of wind here and the kayak handles this better. Kayaking / canoeing is the best education in watersport there is. You really learn what the wind / waves / currents do to your craft when you have nothing more than your muscle-power to react with !! You will get lots of satisfaction and pleasure from your HITIA. I will be checking the blog.