I get out that way once in a while I live in the high plains of Montana right now. I would be interested to look around/go for a sail sometime in a Wharram. I retired from the USN all my time at sea…Continue
"Please, try the crab claw on a small boat of some kind even a monohull. Sail the boat with a conventional sail then switch out the rig for a crab claw. Keep the sail area and the sailing conditions the same. Try them both out in a varity…"
"Crab claw can have advantages, and most of this has not been reported before. There are radically different rigs being called crab claw, the wharram style and the ontong java style, replicated on wakataitea, for example, have little in common.…"
"The rig: Wakataitea is carrying 60qm of sails. The main sail has 45qm and the stay sail 15qm. A lot of people ask us if we can reef the main sail and how we do it. Yes we can and it is basically the same system like on a regular main sail. We have…"
"@Scott, I'm very interested to hear more about results of your experiments. My plan is to put a crab claw on a Hitia 17.
Why crab claw: my requirement for sail rig is something that reefs fast and simple. I will be sailing mostly solo trolling…"
"Hi Scott, I think the crab claw look real cool and exotic on a cat. Thats why I had three diffent ones. I did not have a jib with any of the rigs. I found the crab claw performance very lacking compared to more convetional…"
"I think its going to take some time and lots of experimentation to understand and implement a successful crab claw rig on Wharram catamarans, but my experience to date suggests that is it certainly worth the effort. Our first experiments last…"
"Hello ,I had a crab claw on a 16'outrigger for about a year. I sailed an average 1-2 times a week. So I had alot of experience with this rig. I was inspired by the romance of the crab claw like many Wharram folks are. I must tell you the crab…"
"I couldn't find gripfast nails where I am either...no monel at all. For most of the building, I've used steel screws for clamping preasure, and then removed them. What a pain.
But, I found a really cool nail! It is made out of plastic by…"
"I have been officer of the deck in the United States Navy and have almost run over some sailboats that were poorly lit with no radar reflector or if they had one did not show up on our radar. Anything you can to do make yourself more visible to…"
I get out that way once in a while I live in the high plains of Montana right now. I would be interested to look around/go for a sail sometime in a Wharram. I retired from the USN all my time at sea has been on warships or mono hull sailboats. ThanksDonSee More
"My 5hp Nissan long-shaft is fantastic for steering the boat with in tight quarters:
I do have to watch it if I am in a bumpy sea, but I really prefer to only use it when inside the harbor.
I can really pivot the boat nicely by pointing the screw…"
"We have a friend who fell in love with Arctic sailing in the north of Norway. When he looked at our Tiki 46, he commented that if we ever wanted to sail in cold climates, we could easily make one hull into a heated living area for eating and…"