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Anyone have a boat in Seattle Wa or Portland Or?

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

Started Oct 2, 2009

Gripfast Nails
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I can not seem to find gripfast nails in the USA is there a source here or do we have to order from overseas? Conversely can they be replaced with galvanized screws instead? Thanks for the info.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Bois Jan 14, 2010.

what to use for insulation
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I will be traveling in the colder parts of the world part of the time Canada and Alaska what works for insulation? Look forward to any help I can get on this.Don HayesContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ann and Neville Clement Sep 30, 2009.

9 horse yamahas on stern ramp
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For simplicity I was thinking about putting two yamaha's on both sides of stern ramp to get max manueverability and right hight to water for outboards has anyone else tried/seen this work?

Started this discussion. Last reply by kim whitmyre Oct 2, 2009.

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Kevin Hutchinson replied to Don Hayes's discussion Crab Claw information in the group Crab Claw rig
"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…"
Apr 11, 2013
wakataitea replied to Don Hayes's discussion Crab Claw information in the group Crab Claw rig
"".....Definately not for today's consumer cruiser." hahaha  glenn, i like this one....."
Apr 11, 2013
Glenn Tieman replied to Don Hayes's discussion Crab Claw information in the group Crab Claw rig
"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.…"
Apr 10, 2013
wakataitea replied to Don Hayes's discussion Crab Claw information in the group Crab Claw rig
"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…"
Sep 21, 2012
Hendrik Agterkamp replied to Don Hayes's discussion Crab Claw information in the group Crab Claw rig
"@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…"
Sep 5, 2012
Kevin Hutchinson replied to Don Hayes's discussion Crab Claw information in the group Crab Claw rig
"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…"
Jul 7, 2012
Scott Veirs replied to Don Hayes's discussion Crab Claw information in the group Crab Claw rig
"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…"
Jul 7, 2012
Joe Swetish left a comment for Don Hayes
"Did you get started on the Tehini yet?"
Apr 25, 2011
Kevin Hutchinson replied to Don Hayes's discussion Crab Claw information in the group Crab Claw rig
"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…"
Sep 29, 2010
Bob Bois replied to Don Hayes's discussion Gripfast Nails
"Hi Tom, Thanks for the info on the Raptor nails and the link. I am definitely going to try them out. Happy building."
Jan 14, 2010
Tom replied to Don Hayes's discussion Gripfast Nails
"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…"
Jan 10, 2010
Don Hayes replied to Robert Sheridan's discussion Visibility to commercial shipping
"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…"
Dec 15, 2009
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Anyone have a boat in Seattle Wa or Portland Or?

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
Oct 2, 2009
kim whitmyre replied to Don Hayes's discussion 9 horse yamahas on stern ramp
"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…"
Oct 2, 2009
Ann and Neville Clement replied to Don Hayes's discussion what to use for insulation
"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…"
Sep 30, 2009
Jeff Kittle replied to Don Hayes's discussion what to use for insulation
"Also look at the 5th entry on the "Where do they rot" Thread for their foam."
Sep 29, 2009

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I am:
I want a Wharram
What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
plan on building a Narai MK 4 might shoot the works and go for the Tehini even though its more boat than I need I love them.
Country, City, and State?
USA, Conrad, Montana
About me or us?
Retired from the US Navy have an income of about 15000 a year from retirement plan on building a boat and being really retired.

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At 9:49pm on April 25, 2011, Joe Swetish said…
Did you get started on the Tehini yet?

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