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Dave Vinnicombe replied to Brett Parker's discussion tips for lifting heavy beams
"Hi Brett I pulled my (T38) beams out with 3 people. As suggested it is best if they are slid out to one side. As the beam end leaves the one hull, it becomes 'lighter' as the centre moves closer to the other hull. Once the beam is balanced…"
Oct 29, 2015
Dave Vinnicombe replied to Jacques's discussion Failure of T38 Mast case
"Hi Jaques Well done its a beautiful job! Dave"
May 27, 2015
Dave Vinnicombe replied to Jacques's discussion Failure of T38 Mast case
"Hi Jacques You are right, you cant get a tight rig as on a monohull. It is a bit pointless trying as the boat does not need a tight rig. This is just my preference on my boat and that is to keep the forestay tight enough so that the mast does not…"
Aug 11, 2014
Dave Vinnicombe replied to Jacques's discussion Failure of T38 Mast case
"Hi Jacques On Dragon I put an aluminium tube with seagull striker across the bows to take the forestay. I didnt like the bridle design as drawn in the plans as it could pull the hulls inward and be difficult to maintain rig tension. On a day sail I…"
Aug 7, 2014
Dave Vinnicombe replied to Jacques's discussion Failure of T38 Mast case
"Hi Jacques Thanks for your posting. I am sorry for the damage Pilgrim has sustained. As a matter of interest if the mast was 'pumping', was it hitting the back brace of the mast case? I am very interested in this problem. Dragon is 10…"
Aug 3, 2014
Dave Vinnicombe replied to Don Squier's discussion Multipule Power Sources
"Hi Don I am not electrically competent so for my system of 2 banks (2 pairs of 80 watt panels), of solar panels and a standby Honda generator I have separate circuits of each. This means that if a regulator fails on one, it doesnt affect the…"
Apr 28, 2014
Dave Vinnicombe replied to Neil Hawkesford's discussion Tiki 38 Launch in the UK
"Hi Neil As we cant be there, Dragon and I will be there in 'spirit' by raising a glass (p'raps more!) in your and Gleda's honour!! Well done - a huge project well executed! Dave"
Apr 23, 2014
Dave Vinnicombe replied to Geminidawn's discussion Wingsail Rigs- A nightmare in the Rain?
"On Dragon (T38)I have had no difficulty with dropping my mainsails, wet or dry and regardless of wind direction or strength. As for reefing my main sheet attaches to the clew by snap shackle.  I have spliced a short rope strop with a loop at…"
Feb 2, 2014
Dave Vinnicombe replied to matt connolly's discussion which paint?
"FWIW I repainted Dragon (T38) a couple of weeks ago. I did her hulls, beams decks and pod. This was a 3 week marathon. I removed the mid decks and the motor pods to get access to the inner hulls. Her original paint was a two part polyurethane,…"
Jan 30, 2014
Dave Vinnicombe replied to Shundo's discussion Tiki 38 tiller auto pilot
"I tried a tiller pilot on my T38 and wasnt satisfied that it would work reliably. I installed a wheel pilot that has been brilliant. But by far the best is the wind vane as designed by Hanneke. The plans are not expensive and it saves a lot of trial…"
Jan 23, 2014
Dave Vinnicombe replied to Alf Bangert's discussion Kattu under way
"Hi Alf The double lashing came up when I was discussing this very problem with Adrian of Two Ticks (T38). They had just done a similar trip to us, Cape Town to NZ. He had the same aft beam inner lashing issues. He solved it by adding the additional…"
Oct 17, 2013
Dave Vinnicombe replied to Alf Bangert's discussion Kattu under way
"Hi Alf The aft beam lashing on a T38 takes huge loads. I think this is from the twist induced on the rear part of the hull by a quartering sea on a big rudder and skeg and this twisting load is applied to the lashings. I did not have the problem…"
Oct 14, 2013
Dave Vinnicombe replied to wakataitea's discussion what is it about Wharram???
"I guess Wharram has solved all the problems of cruising boats. Ease of build, maintenance and safe reasonably quick passages. In essence its a product of evolution. One day all yotties will sail a Wharram. Of course I am not biased. Dave"
Sep 29, 2013
Dave Vinnicombe replied to Ann and Neville Clement's discussion Ruth Wharram
"I have not had direct dealings with Ruth, but I have read of her many contributions to the 'sea life' and so my condolences to James, Hanneke and family. Those closest to us are just a thought away. Dave"
Sep 5, 2013
Dave Vinnicombe replied to Andy Best-Dunkley's discussion Standing rigging lashings - how tight? - & how?!
"Hi Don The reality is that what I was doing was taking up the slack, but not creating any real tension. So that when we tacked over there was still a bit of slack to be taken out on the otherside. For me it have me the right amount of tension. To…"
Aug 4, 2013
Dave Vinnicombe replied to Andy Best-Dunkley's discussion Standing rigging lashings - how tight? - & how?!
"Hi Andy The rig does not need to be bar tight. Dyneema does stetch or settle a bit.( I used it for beam lashings and was disappointed at the stretch, which it does not recover and so went back to using prestretch stuff. At least when it does…"
Aug 1, 2013

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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 Dragon a Tiki 38, launched in Durban SA April 2004. Now in Aucklannd NZ.
Country, City, and State?
Auckland NZ
About me or us?
Just crazy about boats.

Comment Wall (6 comments)

At 7:45pm on May 23, 2010, Carl said…
Hi Dave. Whereabout in Auckland are you? Would be keen to catch up - maybe discuss the world cup over a few beers and biltong! Cheers~Carl
At 12:28am on September 18, 2010, Björn said…
in one of your earlier in the wharram.com forum you mentioned that you have used the Wharram wind vane steering system. Did you use it to sail to NZ? can you comment a little on the performance and behaviour? is it it a problem to reverse the boat with the trim tabs on the rudders?
Regards Björn
At 1:34am on September 18, 2010, Jacques said…
Interrested too. I built one too but did not use it yet.
At 5:27pm on September 21, 2010, Bob Bois said…
Right you are, Dave.
My family and I would love nothing more than to spend some soul time at sea. Not to mention, Tess and I both feel the education the boys get learning to build, sail, and navigate far outstrips the work force preparation they get at school. They are already talking about following Captain Ahab's track out from Nantucket to the Pacific - although we remind them we don't want our boat stove in. Take good care, Bob
At 1:01am on February 8, 2011, Jeremy Walker said…

Hi, being new to this forum (and also being a bit of a Luddite) I am getting used to the ropes......well, reason for reaching you is that I read somewher about your contact with Hans Klaar, and liked what you had to say about him. Am also a WBHS old boy, so thought it worthwhile to sound you out. I'm living in a shed on the backwaters of the Whangarei harbour, building boats, and have recently aquired an old Hinemoa that was moored in Auckland. Have brought the boat up here to get a bit of time on the water this summer.


At 5:31am on February 8, 2011, Jeremy Walker said…

Hi Dave, names mentioned of your wife and friends from Westville do not ring a bell........I am talking about the late 1960's.

Spent some more time in Durban building a boat ( something like a 30'ish foot version of the Klaar's Maria Jose) and sailed away in the mid 1980's. When in CT, I saw Ernst and Hans for the last time. Then got shipwrecked in Portugal the day after arriving there from England. Times sure have changed since those days when carrying a SA passport made one unwelcome in many parts of the world.

Great to be here in the summertime ! and good to hear your thoughts on how Hans will fare.


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