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Wings
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Having an interest in trimarans also.....  The question of "wings" comes to mind with regard to the limited internal space in some Wharrams.  The Tangaroa in particular appears like it would be…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dean Wilkerson on Tuesday.

free standing masts

My interest is in junk rigs, which have progressed a long way since James decided that they were unsuitable for Wharrams.   Instead of the flat junk rig that was pretty universal in those days, we…Continue

Started Feb 28

Rigid 37 footer??
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I was looking at Catamarans for sale, and recently found an interesting "Custom Wharram Design 37" that appears to be rigid.   Anybody know the story if this boat?   It can be found here at the link…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Arthur Gottschalk Sep 11.

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Dean Wilkerson replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Wings
"     I knew Richard worked with James originally, and they obviously have major design differences such as you mention..... bridge deck cabins and rigid beams, and wings.   I hardly see wings as a pounding issue,…"
Tuesday
Graeme replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Wings
"Richard Woods did it on early V-hull designs of his. Makes the sales pitch for it on his site. Woods worked on designs at JWD before going his own way circa mid 70s. (From late 70s, early 80s, JW had strong disagreements with and criticisms…"
Tuesday
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Wings

Having an interest in trimarans also.....  The question of "wings" comes to mind with regard to the limited internal space in some Wharrams.  The Tangaroa in particular appears like it would be suited to having inboard "wing" extensions at bridge deck level, which corresponds fairly well with countertop level.  This would increase worktop space, stowage space, and greatly increase the sense of space.  They would presumably be confined only to a limited area such as the main cabin, and would not…See More
Sunday
Arthur Gottschalk replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Rigid 37 footer??
"I did communicate with the owner of that boat. He admitted that pounding was a problem ad that he is selling because his wife found it uncomfortable. "
Sep 11
Dean Wilkerson replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Rigid 37 footer??
"A great "houseboat"........ I would love to have it for a live aboard in a place like Chesapeak or Puget Sound..... I would be reluctant to sail it off shore in either the Pacific or Atlantic, but it would be perfect on the intracoastal,…"
Sep 11
Arthur Gottschalk replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Rigid 37 footer??
"Yikes!  The more I look at this boat the more I like it. Still, wondering what the offshore effect of the lower bridge deck  would be. Probably pounding. But unsafe? "
Sep 9
Arthur Gottschalk replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Rigid 37 footer??
"looks like great boat.  Certainly could not build it for that price.  i agree the the lower bridge deck might be a problem. and I would like to know  exactly how the beams were reengineered.  r i grr that the lower "
Aug 30
Dean Wilkerson replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Rigid 37 footer??
"Here is another rigidized Wharram.... a Pahi 42, that has been rather radically altered..... quite beautiful, but you will notice that they lowered the bridge deck under the bridge deck cabin, greatly reducing clearance.......  not  my…"
Aug 30
Dean Wilkerson replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Rigid 37 footer??
"     Any designer / engineer gets hostile when people start making changes......... for good reason.     He has developed a sound reliable, and rugged boat, according to his own parameters, and someone is…"
Aug 24
Arthur Gottschalk replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Rigid 37 footer??
Aug 24
Omar M. Rashash replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Rigid 37 footer??
"I'm a boatbuilder, not a designer, so my inclination would be to not do this modification. However, it's my understanding the bulkheads were increased in height and the beams glassed in. The boat has held together for over 40 years, which…"
Aug 24
Arthur Gottschalk replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Rigid 37 footer??
"So please tell us, how are the beams attached?  I've seen the boat on a Luckyfish video.  Loved it then. Seems perfect. I think that video was shot in the Bahamas. Do you think it's seaworthy enough to cross an ocean? "
Aug 24
Omar M. Rashash replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Rigid 37 footer??
"That's my boat. Marge and I purchased her from Larry and Connie back in July. She's residing on a mooring ball in Islamorada, FL, a couple of hundred yards out from the Lorelei. I've some pictures taken during the last refit, but…"
Aug 24
Dean Wilkerson replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Rigid 37 footer??
"looking at how short of rigidizing , and integrating a bridge deck cabin with the hull cabins, to improve the interior spaces.    Looking specifically at a T38, the cabin sole in the main cabin is very far down.  Also everything…"
Aug 23
Arthur Gottschalk replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Rigid 37 footer??
"I saw this 40' boat as well and contacted the owner,  Turns out the boat has sold. It has a large bed in the central cabin which looks to me like a good thing. I'd like to know more about it, how the beams were attached etc. Anyone…"
Jul 29
Dean Wilkerson replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Rigid 37 footer??
"Here is a more extreme example.  A 40 footer built in '76, then rebuilt in '14 with rigid beams and an integrated cabin, currently listed on Craigslist…"
Jun 29

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At 7:29pm on April 8, 2019, Iain & Cherry Mae Cairns said…

G'day Dean, unfortunatley this did not happen with the Teheni hulls. The project stood to long and got wet rot in the hulls. I am in the process of buying a new boat also in my picture albums ORO with a center cockpit, this has no mast so the intention is to Junk Rig her. As original plan. I will keep an eye out for your Build as well. Fair winds.

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