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Depth sounders.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Kittle Jan 24, 2012.

Using a stern anchor
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Sheridan May 18, 2011.

Yanmar D27 Diesel Outboard for sale
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Lashing on standard beam with poor pressure distribution(mostly on corners). See other photo for better pressure distribution on rounded hardwood pad.
Jun 29, 2014
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lashing around rounded hardwood pad has better contact and spread pressure/forces. Not just on the corners. See other photo for poor pressure distribution of lashing on standard beam.
Jun 29, 2014
Jeff Kittle replied to Budget Boater's discussion Construction Using Stainless Steel Brad Nails
"I think the brads were in the scarf when we made the long layer prior to placing it on the beam itself. Then we used screws to hold the long 1x6 to the one below it.(We removed them after the glue had set).  I haven't tried, but I…"
Apr 8, 2014
Jeff Kittle replied to Budget Boater's discussion Construction Using Stainless Steel Brad Nails
"Just today I had to remove a layer of softwood from a beam that had some rot in it. The lashings had molded nicely into the wood on the beam which unfortunately caused  rot. So I cut off the top 1x6 on the beam. The saw went right through the…"
Mar 25, 2014
Jeff Kittle replied to Budget Boater's discussion Construction Using Stainless Steel Brad Nails
"We used stainless steel brads fired from a nail gun extensively in our Tiki 46 build. It was a great time saver and held things together well. We have not had any problems with them protruding or causing discoloration on fiberglass."
Mar 24, 2014
Jeff Kittle replied to boatsmith's discussion Wharram Still In Love at 85
" I think the author was thinking of Ruth..... .they walked away arm in arm, just like when they were twenty years old."
Oct 1, 2013
Jeff Kittle left a comment for Mark
"Xynol cloth bends around corners easily. It can be placed over wood or fiberglass, so we plan to wrap it around much of our beams. Maybe all around them."
Sep 19, 2013
Jeff Kittle commented on Mark's photo


" Mark,The boat looks great!  By the way, what brand of barn are you in?"
Sep 15, 2013
Jeff Kittle left a comment for Mark
"We have our boat on the hard. So we plan on some work. We are planning on putting xynol cloth around the beams. Since we will have the beams out I plan to put hardwood rounded pads on the beams where the lashings are so that the pressure of the…"
Sep 15, 2013
Jeff Kittle left a comment for Mark
"Hi. I didn't check to see where you live to see how far you are from Wisconsin. I am from Michigan and found Eider Flag in Wisconsin. Not sure if I spelled that correctly. They made 21 foot sections by 8 inch diameter 0.25 inch…"
Sep 15, 2013
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Aug 16, 2013
Jeff Kittle replied to Chris's discussion Tiki 38 for sale in Caribbean
"Is this the German built 38 that we saw in Jamaica in spring 2012. It is a beautiful boat!  "
Aug 14, 2013
Jeff Kittle replied to Ann and Neville Clement's discussion bottom painting without haul out in marina
"The Marina is Pensacola shipyard in Florida.  Sue corrected me. Its $10 per foot, so $460. We made our boat 24.5 ft wide so the marina should be able to handle any Tiki 46. (25ft wide Travel lift bay).   Sue and I are in Saginaw, MI. We…"
Aug 14, 2013
Jeff Kittle replied to Ann and Neville Clement's discussion bottom painting without haul out in marina
"We haul out at Pensacola shipyard. They have a travel lift wide enough and they charge us 495 dollars for haul out, blocking, and re-launch. So if you want to sand the boat or make it easy to do the bottom of the keel you should take a tour of the…"
Aug 6, 2013
Jeff Kittle commented on Peter Brook's blog post Early Plans Tiki 38/46
"I think one of the questions that has to be answered when considering size is 1: how many people on board, and 2: how long will you be living on board. We were a family of 5 when we decided to build a boat. The debate was between the 38 and a…"
Jul 27, 2013
Jeff Kittle replied to alex's discussion RE POWERING THE BOAT
"DONT DO EPODS!!! The man in charge of the business may be very nice but he is totally unresponsive to phone calls, emails, and according to some blogs I've looked at he has taken money without providing product. When we built the boat, we had…"
Jun 9, 2013

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I am:
A home builder, I own a Wharram
What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
Tiki 46 "KittyWake"
Country, City, and State?
USA, somewhere in Florida......
About me or us?
We are the product of God's imagination.
Looking to?
What we see with our eyes tells us there is more to life than what we see.

Considerations when building a Tiki 46. What I have changed or would do differently.

1.Place the rope traveler in front of the stern beam so that things can be attached to the rear beam and not be hit by the traveler.

2. Make the aft end of the tillers 3"longer so I could drill a hole in each for the trimtabs of the wind vane system.

3. Make the rudders straight on the back edge so that its easy to attach the trim tabs.

4. We made the deck pod about 11 feet wide in the back and the cockpit about 11 feet wide in the front and are happy with it.

5. We made the deckpod about 5" taller in the back. 48" tall at the back edge of the mast case(full width of the plywood sheet just in front of the door/passage from port to starboard).

6. At many of the upper bulkheads with cutouts they are about 4 inches wide. I would make them 8 inches wide so that shelves can butt up against them easily without any fancy flairing. Functional shelving is important for my family.

7. When coating plywood with epoxy prior to use on the boat we frequently used a large drywall taping knife instead of a brush or roller to spread the epoxy.

8. The plastic popsickle stick works great and can be used again and again and again.

9. We put a hardwood re-enforcement in the midship for a cleet.(per Ann and Nevills rec). We should have changed the softwood center strip on the bow and stern to hardwood for the same reason(now our stern cleats are off center and I still have to put on bow cleats)

10. We made the tiller arms with tapered pieces inside and no gaps. The only hole in the tiller is for the rudder. We then glassed them.


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At 5:59am on July 30, 2009, Ann and Neville Clement said…
Hi Jeff,
Those are the Bylin family of Massachusetts and they are building a Tiki 46 with their three lovely daughters just across the line north of Providence about an hour away from our summer mooring. They are from South Africa. He is a BBQ champion and together they can cook up incredible meals for the picnics we all like to have among the New England Tiki 46 group of builders. They all have something to say and it is always fun with them around. Their kids are about the same age as yours. The parents said if the kids wanted to come sail, they could help build the boat or else pay for the cruising like regular customers. Everybody is helping! I think the oldest girl is in college but living at home. They decorate the bow nicely.
Ann and Nev
At 5:26am on July 31, 2009, Brian Gartland said…
Hi Jeff and Sue and girls,
Good to hear from you. I was in Arcadia last summer and looked you up in the phone book. When I got the disconnected message it gave me a great big grin because I knew it meant that you had all moved aboard and were long gone.
You might have seen our new boat on a mooring in West Grand Traverse Bay near the coal dock a few years ago. I too had noticed that it hadn't gone in the water for a couple years so I found out who owned it and called him up, thinking I may be able to get a deal on it since it was just sitting in the boat yard. Believe it or not, the guy just gave it to me. I'm starting to believe in Bill's Manjack Magic theory that, if you wish for something hard enough, it will appear. There was certainly nothing I wanted more than a Wharram, and now I own one. We're going to haul it out this winter and add a pod, a galley, an engine nacelle and change the masts. We have one house almost sold, one house almost finished and the newest member of our crew due in January. The plan is to be living aboard by early next summer.
Abby and Scarlet and I would love to see you guys and take you for a sail. I'm sure you would have some good suggestions about how to fix up the boat. How long are you in Arcadia? Did you bring Kittiwake north or is she still down south? Give us a call.
Brian, Abby, Scarlet and baby
At 5:50pm on October 7, 2009, Ann and Neville Clement said…
Hi Jeff,
Nev and I are heading through NYC tomorrow if this wind lets up. All is well with us and Peace. Hope to see you all sometime soon. Are you planning to be in Bahamas over winter? Ann and nev
At 8:56am on February 26, 2010, Ann and Neville Clement said…
wonderful to be able to 'take a sail" with you all via the video. It would look good with a Bahamian island in the distance too! Lake Worth to Great Sale, to Green Turtle. Try it! Love, ann and Nev
At 9:48pm on February 26, 2010, Jeff Kittle said…
I have to work for the next 6 weeks at a VA clinic up in the Orlando area....then ?the Bahamas!
Jeff and Sue(She says hi)
At 7:55am on January 25, 2012, Ann and Neville Clement said…

So now where are you?  Did you go the other way. or can we still hope to see you and your good boat?  Love,  Ann and Nev

At 9:03pm on January 25, 2012, Jeff Kittle said…

The boat is in Pensacola. We plan to splash again on feb 2nd. We had plans for central America, but famiy members are wanting to fly down and see us in march and april. So we will go to the Keys and then the banamas-Nassau or Exumas. From there we are no quite sure.

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