We are a family of 6....for the pass 3 years we have been sailing in a hurley 22( in Danish waters)with 4 children... dreaming about liviing and sailing around the world...
Have family to visit at the cook islands ,Australia ,New zealand...they dont believe we can do it with kids
. We doooo....anyone wanna swap their Catty for a house in Denmark...:))
buy a Wharram and start sailing ,was recommended by CDE Danish Marine Design to buy or build a polynesian designed catamaran
Checked the link for the Pahi. Amazing how quick a boat can disintegrate. I think this could be a great opportunity for you as a 42 feet boat is exactly what you need for your family. After all, the boat has been kind of neglected for not more that 4/years, so the depth of the damage cannot be that bad. Epoxy does miracles and certainly this boat could be restored without heavy structural refit.
15000 pounds is approx 30k $, I think that can be negiotiated (buyer market right now), and there is a lot of equipment.
I checked the the link to the Pahi. Do what you should do with any boat you are interested in. Go there, take a look and do not fall in love with her (very important). If it you are still interested, find an independant surveyer who knows Wharrams and pay him to do a full survey. It is always worth the money I think.
He should be able to give you an estimate how much it would cost to bring her back 1.if you buy materials and do most of the work yourself or 2. if you let someone else do it.
With that info in your hand it is easy to say 'yes' or 'no'
Taking the kids cruising is the best thing you can do for them. Do home schooling and have confidence that they will have a great education from you and from the cruising experience. What kids need and want is responsability and giving them real responsability on the boat is perfect because each task is to obviously important. I have seen 4 year olds winch dinghies up on the deck with persistence, 8 year olds navigate, 10 year olds standing on a box to take the helm, etc. Kids are well able to do real sailing and they love it. Don't entertain kids. Give them responsablilty.
Ann and Nev
Hi, did you guys ever buy that Pahi in the UK? Oh and I agree, kids love sailing! I enrolled my 8 year old in a dinghy sailing class thinking that anything he picks up will be an advantage... he is now running the show!! They love the freedom, the responsibility and obviously the fun! My father gave me the best bit of advice which was that when ever we do a jibe or any manouvre, we have a signal (in our case we shout "pirates ready" ) which means both kids jump into their pre-decided safe places (one down each hatch with their heads sticking out) and stay there until the move is done and the all clear is given ( "pirates clear" ). It really does work and they love it!
My friend had three boats for sale - all Wharrams - after her husband recently died. Anita wrote me today that the little Melanesia sold this morning and the same family may be interested in the Tiki 26. The Tiki 26 is named Skinny Dipper, is painted yellow, and there is a lot of equipment to go with it. The outboard was being worked on when the owner fell ill and is in pieces at the present time.
I know she also has another, larger Wharram but she is not yet ready to part with it due to sentimental reasons which can be readily understood. Anita helped build that larger Wharram, they fell in love on it, and perhaps she will consider selling at a later date.
Anita has a speech impediment which makes telephone conversations difficult. But you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will provide particulars.
I wish you all the best in your search for a good boat. Life has many pleasures but one of the best is to get aboard a boat you just got or built and take her out for a spin.
Ann and Nev
Hi again Dennis,
I suspect you folks have a lot of energy. Something in your photo tells me that. You also deeply want to live on the sea. Rhiannon will likely have enough room for you because you all seem to make yourselves fit well into small spaces, but there is a lot of work to do. Be sure to look carefully at the boat and be sure you are not buying more problems than you can cope with. Building from new is lots, lots easier than removing rot and rebuilding which is extremely difficult if you are living aboard especially if doing so with children. Rhiannon has been for sale for over a year. I have not seen the boat for a while, and only as a guest then. It would be good to have a friend look the boat over for you carefully. This is not a boat to buy without careful looking. I do not think he is asking much though, so it might be a good deal if you are handy with ply, epoxy, and fiberglass.
Ann and Nev
If you are asking about the recently widowed woman in Britain who has three Wharrams for sale, her name is Anita. I think it would be nice if you sent her those two lovely photos you have on the website. When you sell a boat, it is nice to know it goes to a nice family. Boats are a little like puppies or kittens. You want them to have a nice home. Hope everything works well for all of you. Ann and NEv