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Sep 15, 2014
David Bennett commented on Charles Eugene Marie's photo


"Looks great!"
Aug 25, 2014
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"Oh, I do like that!"
Feb 11, 2014
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Classic Wharram Group

This is a group for all the owners of Classic Wharrams out there. These older designs are a bit different than the newer stitch and glue designs and have different advantages and different problems. See More
Feb 11, 2014
David Bennett commented on Allan Jones's photo


"Oh. Whoops. Forgive the mistake. She is lovely."
Nov 4, 2013
David Bennett commented on Allan Jones's photo


"What is she? A Raka?"
Nov 4, 2013
David Bennett commented on Björn's photo

Tiki 38 Cockpit Tent 2

"Beautiful looking boat."
Oct 9, 2013
David Bennett replied to Galway Bay's discussion Adventure without £££ $$$
"Paul I think your quote may have just changed my life."
Oct 9, 2013
Rogerio Martin commented on David Bennett's photo

Free Spirit 6

"Raka ahhh, I almost build one...then tiki 30, was my second choice, I like too much. She's rare."
Jun 15, 2013
David Bennett left a comment for Trevor McKenzie
"Hi again Trevor Please post more pics - I like the idea of a longer Raka, still keeping the speed but offering a little more accommodation. I'd be fascinated to see how she turns out. Dave"
Jun 14, 2013
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Free Spirit 5

"Why thank you Paul and Kim. "Boadacious" is a mighty fine compliment."
Jun 14, 2013
David Bennett commented on David Bennett's photo

Free Spirit 6

"Hi Rogerio She is original. She is a Raka which was designed to be fast and so her hulls are pretty narrow. The downside is that you don't get much interior volume, although you get masses of deck space for a 36 footer. Dave"
Jun 14, 2013
Rogerio Martin commented on David Bennett's photo

Free Spirit 6

"Nice boat. Do you open more beteween the hulls? Is the original size?"
Jun 11, 2013

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A home builder, I own a Wharram
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South Africs, Richards Bay

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At 2:41pm on November 1, 2010, Chris Bretter said…
Hi David.Is Raka a Tiki 38 from R/Bay Regards Chris
At 2:53pm on November 1, 2010, boatsmith said…
The Raka is one of my favorite Wharram designs. I have drawn a Tiki 30 stretched to 36', increased the beam and the hull beam and it came out to be almost the exact same thing as a Raka. Perhaps you could share more photos with us. Cheers, David
At 1:21pm on November 3, 2010, Chris Bretter said…
Hi David Thanks fo the info if you are in durban give us a call and come and see it.Regards Chris
At 1:32pm on March 26, 2011, Hans Hammig said…
Hi  David, I have seen your Raka at ZYC. Will try to contact you when I visit next.
At 1:05pm on March 28, 2011, Hans Hammig said…
Hi David, I am a member of the ZYC, but still based inland (Brits, North West Province). From time to time I drive to the coast to breath a bit of sea air. I am sailing since the 1970's though, with offshore ticket.
At 5:10pm on March 20, 2012, paul anderson said…

Hey David,I am building a tiki 26 here in Oz but am from Cape town originally,i just was wondering what the costs of building cats are like back in South Africa?

At 3:26am on March 23, 2012, paul anderson said…

Hey David,i am on the sunshine coast in a town called palmwoods,the climate is like Durban,man we have been having massive downpours at the moment,flash floods everywhere.My boat is a dream i have always wanted to build a boat from a young fella.A tiki 26 suits me fine,i hope to do some long offshore passages in it,one thing that is going to be tricky though is adequate shelter from the sun,we will see...I plan on doing most of the major passages on my own,i have a few personalities so company will not be a problem.Mate oz is not cheap,you pay thru your nose over here and like you say the states and U.K are cheaper,ie i pay about $au 100 for four litres of west over here.

cheers apul.

At 7:47am on June 10, 2013, Trevor McKenzie said…

Hi David,
Yeah its an Ariki, which I changed a bit.Wharrams plans are for 45Ft 6in, this one turned out 48ft 6in.Also has 3 cabins above deck,between main beams, original plans call for just one very low cabin,between 2nd and 3rd beam.Also no bulwarks, pleasing sheer and campered decks. But you are right, I believe Wharram took theAriki lines from an upscaled Raka.Have finished the cabin sides, decks, cabin tops and the hatches are getting their coamings now.Will post more pics soon.
Cheers Trevor

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