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Auto Tiller on a TIki 21

After a bit of work I sailed for a hour or so under the control of my auto tiller.…Continue

Tags: autopilot, 21, Tiki

Started Jun 13

Tiki 21 Foresail Rigging
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I bought some secondhand Tiki 21 Jeckell sails over the winter. I have a working jib and genoa. Both these sails have a luff wire and do not have hanks to bend the sail onto the forestay. I have…Continue

Tags: foresail, 21, Tiki

Started this discussion. Last reply by Budget Boater Aug 21, 2017.

Tiki 21 forestay and Jib downhaul

I've got new sails on my Tiki 21 and required a fixed forestay in place of the old furler. Here's the new set up. There's more on …Continue

Tags: downhaul, jib, 21, Tiki

Started May 17, 2017

Tiki 21 Navigation Lights
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Nav lights on a Tiki 21 are not easy as you will find most options require an electrical system. The alternative is battery powered. Most of the available battery nav lights I can find are useless.…Continue

Tags: Lights, Navigation, 21, Tiki

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ian Bamsey Feb 6, 2017.

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Auto Tiller on a TIki 21

After a bit of work I sailed for a hour or so under the control of my auto tiller. Here's the full story.See More
Jun 13
Ian Bamsey replied to boatsmith's discussion Tiki 8m Build
"what does your transducer set up look like on the outside ? (Thanks for the pictures .. excellent)"
Jun 6
Éric Bouvéron replied to Ian Bamsey's discussion Trampoline Maintenance in the group Tiki 21
"I have no trampoline but a net. Two strong ropes all around it, and a line to tie on the beams and hulls.Why not do the same on a trampoline? Make a hem all around the trampoline, slide a rope inside, and through some open places in the hem tie the…"
May 25
Ian Bamsey added a discussion to the group Tiki 21
May 25
Ian Bamsey replied to Aneblanc's discussion Cockpit cum tender for Tiki 26
"I'm able to pack an inflatable into the front hatch on my 21. It's not a top quality inflatable, but a medium quality vinyl thing. It's quite big, and I'm thinking of getting another smaller one which will pack down even…"
May 25
Ian Bamsey replied to Éric Bouvéron's discussion Sail cover and luff tube
"My process is the same as Brad's"
Apr 17
Ian Bamsey replied to Éric Bouvéron's discussion Sail cover and luff tube
"Éric, you should note that it is really a squeeze getting the sail in the bag. It needs to be carefully packed and compressed with sail ties in order to get it in the bag. Ian"
Apr 16
Ian Bamsey replied to Éric Bouvéron's discussion Sail cover and luff tube
"See here for a picture of my home made sail cover on the Tiki 21 http://tiki21gratitude.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/real-sailors.html"
Apr 16
Ian Bamsey commented on Roger's photo

Passing Pt Reyes

"It's definitely hard work sitting for long periods on a Tiki 21. I spend a lot of time standing !"
Mar 29
Ian Bamsey replied to Roger's discussion Limber Holes
"Roger, I have holes between some of the bulkheads. They are a nuisance and I plan to block them. Any water that gets into the cockpits ends up in the cockpit bilge and that's fine, I can clear that at the end of the day. The problem is that it…"
Mar 12
Ian Bamsey replied to Roger's discussion Tiki 21 Hatch design in the group Tiki 21
"Bo, Yes I did consider the soft hatch option, but on balance came back to the original design. I find I am in and out of the cockpits all the time. I think the soft option would take too long to clip back in place all the time.  I did drop the…"
Feb 15
Ian Bamsey replied to Roger's discussion Tiki 21 Hatch design in the group Tiki 21
Feb 15
Ian Bamsey replied to Roger's discussion Tiki 21 Hatch design in the group Tiki 21
"I have the standard designed folding/sliding hatches on my Tiki 21. Before rebuilding the hatches I went through the design options and came back to the original design. I think the folding design is very good. Here are my findings on the standard…"
Feb 15
Ian Bamsey commented on Roger's video

New (to me ) Light Air Spin

"Excellent Roger!"
Feb 3
Ian Bamsey commented on Rory McDougall's video


"John, I had a furler on Gratitude and most of the time it was good and convenient. Keeping the tension was a problem and things went wrong when furling in strong winds when it would furl too tight, run out of cord and flog. I had the chance to buy…"
Jan 24
Maxim Jurgens replied to Ian Bamsey's discussion Continuous Line Furler on Tiki 21
" I would not fuff around using a code zero furler as a head sail reefer . It was not intended for the job and is unlikely to work satisfactorily . If you could lay your hand on a set of foils you could possibly convert the furler  in to a…"
Nov 28, 2017

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Posted on September 15, 2015 at 3:49am

First Cruise

Back in October 2013 when Gratitude went into her wintering barn for renovation, the spring seemed too far away and there was plenty of time for all the work. Come March, much progress had been made and a date was fixed with a friend for our sea trials.

I'd bought Gratitude, my first sailing boat, at the end of last year after borrowing her for a few test sails. There was a bit of work to do, but essentially she was sea worthy. As the winter wore on, the paint was stripped…


Posted on April 15, 2014 at 8:30am — 8 Comments

Here's the start

The boat, a Wharram Tiki 21 called Gratitude, was finally purchased back in November 2013 from a friend. Kindly, he'd allowed us to borrow it during the summer. This gave us a chance to try it out, and for everyone to get comfortable with sailing. I was in no doubt, but my small boys and Monika don't always see adventure opportunities as I do. I always knew I'd love it.

We'd had several…


Posted on February 2, 2014 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

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At 1:16am on September 20, 2013, Galway Bay said…

Welcome Ian - we need a few UK + EU members for balance !! What boat have you ? Photos ?

At 9:11am on September 23, 2013, Galway Bay said…

Another surf shoe paddler !!

Loved the photos ...this is the real strength of a boat like this.. I remember as a youngster the constant  "Sit Down".... "Don't Rock The Boat " etc...!!

At 9:56am on January 22, 2014, Bill Proteau said…

Hi Ian

I uploaded a picture of launch day for my Tiki 21. We have lived here for the last 4 years and it is an amazing place to sail. However we are very far north (on the border with Alaska) so the weather can be ferocious. The boat has preformed much better than I had hoped and with its' stability, shallow draft and speed has allowed us to go many places completely inaccessible to the average boater up here. I am building a proper mast for it as we speak as the aluminum pole was a temporary mast just to get me out there and I should have it up in a couple of months. Cheers

At 10:14am on January 22, 2014, Ian Bamsey said…

25yrs ago I kayaked in BC on the Fraser & Thompson etc, then up around Jasper and Banff. We went up from Vancouver  as far as the Skookumchuk Narrows. What a place. I'd love to explore those coastal inlets. We wanted to drive up toward Alaska but changed plans when we found out how far that is. You are way up North!

I'm building a new mast in Alu and wood this year.

Good luck

At 1:47pm on August 25, 2015, friendshipsloop . said…

Ian, thanks for your kind comments.  Hope to visit the UK and meet you in person some day!

At 7:58am on September 12, 2015, Rory McDougall said…

Hey Ian,

It will be fun sailing with another Tiki 21, but I have to admit that I won't be sailing unless there is a decent forecast of wind. I've spent enough days of my life flopping about trying to get somewhere in no wind - I'm a bit picky these days!! I'd much prefer a good thrash down to Brixham and a lively surf home!! Nick Martin with his Tiki 26 may also be joining in the fun. Be great if we can have all 3 Tikis sailing!!

Hope to see you on Sat.

Cheers, Rory

At 4:36am on September 27, 2015, Rory McDougall said…

Hey Ian, sorry I pulled out. Would have been good to have had Tikis sailing together. I don't regret tho, had a good time seeing my daughter sailing the laser with her cousins. Hope for more wind next year!

At 4:31am on April 2, 2017, George Woodward said…

Hi Ian I found this Tiki in Turkey when I decided to downsize two years ago -I have been keen on a Tiki for about 30+ years and have the mags to prove it! The boat was built to a very high standard by the  bought it from (he lives in Fethiye). He keeps at his house  and takes it to the launch and takes it home when I return. This the agreement when I purchased.

Here's a link to some photos




PS Still not downsized from my boat in Falmouth!

PPS Still finding my round the site to post replies !

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