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I am:
A home builder, I own a Wharram
What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
I built a tanenui classic stretched to 46'.Built on the island of Sumbawa Indonesia.At present lying in Bali awaiting the next leg of the journey to West Oz.
Country, City, and State?
Australia,Perth,WA
About me or us?
I am from West Australia but lived in the north of the country and Indonesia.I am a surfer who was lured to the magic of Balis culture and waves in the early 80s.I now live with my wife Erna and son Joey who came to be with me as the boat was being created.The boat,'Kalembo Ad'e is her name which means 'peace be with you' in Bimanese language which the local people speak .The journey continues....
Looking to?
Move to West Australia for a while as work and environment is ok.I am now planning to sail 'K Ad'e here in the next year so we can enjoy her again.
The photo on the sandbank is a Tangaroa 'Pepecat' which a friend of mine bought.She was lying in a creek in the back of Borneo.Finally when she arrived in Bali we were debating whether to make a kids playground out of her or whether to go the rebuild.One year later 'Pepecat' is ready for the next few decades and thanks to a couple of very good local carpenters Nuki and roji.Also we believe the boat was originally built in the Philipines with red meranti,marine ply and copper nails.

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At 11:14pm on December 31, 2008, The Ethnic Catamaran Company said…
"down the road" :-)LOLOL that's some long f---ing road. but yeah, might see you this year, if u haven't sailed west.
At 9:20pm on January 3, 2009, Ralf said…
Dave,
Thank you for the encouragement. The paint job on the hullsides has just been completed 3 days ago. Before we turn her around again I will finish the inside of the cabin roof in the main cabin which is so much easier to do if you don`t have to work overhead.
Then after getting her upright again I`ll sand and paint the decks and finish the hatches and the mooring cleats and.....
I really have no idea how anybody could build such a boat in the advertised 900-1000 hours. Maybe a pro-builder with a fully equiped workshop who spends no time time in thinking for even a minute what the next step of work is going to be and how to do it best. I am not aiming at a top notch pro finish (which is behyond my abilities anyhow) but I am still looking at 2000 hours (just a wild guess) building time to finish her.
Still I am having a good time and am enjoying myself lot.
At 8:08am on January 5, 2009, Chris Bretter said…
Hi Dave,i see your boat has a long shaft I am starting with a Tiki38 in a few months and am keen on the same system.Are you happy with it -I am a diesel Mechanic and dont like outboards.They lie about the building times if they told the truth there would be no home builders.Perhaps in professional yard with lots of skilled builders.But not in your garden for sure.
At 6:46am on January 6, 2009, Chris Bretter said…
Hi Dave.its nice to have some positive info on the Eggbeater.I have a 2.2 Datsun SD22 motor which i want to use.What size is the prop looks about 500mm 20 inches.Iwas thinking of ducting the prop with a rudder as well to help with manouverability.Thanks again Chris
At 6:22am on January 9, 2009, Chris Bretter said…
Hi dave what size is the propellor Regards Chris
At 3:48am on January 14, 2009, Ralf said…
The cradle has worked very well for me in turning the boat over and back upright again (last Sunday). We were 6 people and turned the hull without trouble and without causing any damage whatsoever which I worried about much before the first turn over.
Best
Ralf
At 1:46am on January 22, 2009, sarah said…
At the risk of sounding REALLY stupid... the prop that is on the pics, we have one of those under our boat, I was told it is a drag generator, but it looks exactly like that.... the back and underneath of our boat is still a mystery until we get it out of the water!
At 11:09pm on January 31, 2009, Trevor McKenzie said…
Hi Dave, I look forward to seeing the Kay2 s pics. Photos of Arikis are hard to come by. I will be in Bali in the next couple of months, might even see you there. Have had a look at your boat pics, looks very nice.
Cheers Trev
At 10:34pm on October 29, 2010, Greg Russell said…
Thanks Dave
I have always been into multihulls this is the first Wharram that I have owned and I like it. Sails good, shallow draft and very stable. At 31 feet it is a good size for where I live in Panama City. I would want a bigger one if I was cruising with more than 3 persons.
Life is Good
Greg
At 9:35pm on November 10, 2010, John& Kat Wilkie said…
Dear Dave,
We are building a pahi 42 which we hope to launch next year. On February 17th we are sailing into Freemantle for the day (on the QM) and wonder if you'd like to catch up for coffee and a chat about the trials and tribulations of building / owning a wharram. let us know. Cheers John & Kat

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