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Oliver Knittel left a comment for Ben Wertsch
"Hi Ben, I plan to put an Outboarder on my Hitia 17. How have sou solved the Problem? Can you please post some Photos. Thank you and greetings Oli"
Jun 10, 2016
Ben Wertsch replied to Ben Wertsch's discussion Hitia 17 Cat Rig? in the group Small Cats, Hitias, Maui, Melanésia etc...
"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…"
Nov 11, 2013
Ben Wertsch added a discussion to the group Small Cats, Hitias, Maui, Melanésia etc...
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Hitia 17 Cat Rig?

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
Nov 5, 2013
Ben Wertsch commented on Omar M. Rashash's photo
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Hitia 17 on the Trailer

"Wow, that is incredible! Beautiful."
Nov 5, 2013
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"The shore opposite Paris Landing on the Tennessee  River near Paris, TN. The water level was low but the shore was so inviting I had to check it out."
Nov 1, 2013
Shaun commented on Ben Wertsch's photo
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"Very cool place Ben, where is this? It looks like a paradise for kid style exploration."
Nov 1, 2013
Omar M. Rashash commented on Ben Wertsch's photo
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"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…"
Nov 1, 2013
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Nov 1, 2013
Galway Bay left a comment for Ben Wertsch
"Well I did warn that I would be checking on you !! The big thing is you are in the water. This will give you the boost to finish it off. I have used tarp sails myself they can be surprising!"
Nov 1, 2013
Ben Wertsch replied to Ben Wertsch's discussion Howdy in the group Small Cats, Hitias, Maui, Melanésia etc...
"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…"
Oct 26, 2013
Ben Wertsch replied to Ben Wertsch's discussion Howdy in the group Small Cats, Hitias, Maui, Melanésia etc...
"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…"
Jul 28, 2013
Galway Bay left a comment for Ben Wertsch
"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.…"
Mar 21, 2013
Ben Wertsch added a discussion to the group Small Cats, Hitias, Maui, Melanésia etc...
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Howdy

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
Mar 20, 2013
Ben Wertsch is now a member of Wharram Builders and Friends
Feb 24, 2013

Profile Information

I am:
A home builder
What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
Hitia 17
Country, City, and State?
USA, Clarksville, TN
Looking to?
Build a Hitia 17 and then maybe a 38'.
Website:
http://goferal.com

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At 5:23am on March 21, 2013, Galway Bay said…

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.

At 5:31am on November 1, 2013, Galway Bay said…

Well I did warn that I would be checking on you !! The big thing is you are in the water. This will give you the boost to finish it off. I have used tarp sails myself they can be surprising!

At 10:44am on June 10, 2016, Oliver Knittel said…

Hi Ben,

I plan to put an Outboarder on my Hitia 17. How have sou solved the Problem? Can you please post some Photos.

Thank you and greetings Oli

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