Love the wharram boats, and after a very long search found a Tiki 31, Leveller. Needs some TLC, but is sailable, and is in very good shape to improve it. Am currently sailing and getting to know it, plus changing parts in need of repair. Plan to do a summer cruise later in August '10
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Tiki Thom here to say -- Welcome aboard. I an still in the finishing stages of refitting my Tiki 31, Tiki Thomcat. I have made so many changes and anxious to see how it all works out in the real world. The big deal are the composite beams -- now that the hulls are back in order I hope to be trial fitting them in the next month. There is a new fore deck and cockpit that may make my 31 a more comfortable boat -- we will see. The big deal left is raising the masts -- I have material for a three foot extension. Other commitments have kept me away from this project -- but there still time this season. Thanks for this forum -- just when I needed a little boost.
I am trying to catch up on all of the stuff on this site. Brilliant information and stories.
I also just spotted that your boat is based in Plymouth, but you are in London. We must get together and share experiences of sailing and fixing. My boat is actually based near Exeter so you must drive past me to get to Plymouth.
I'll be hopefully launching again at teh end of March. Drop me a line when you next around.
hello Jose- I am in CI. The original artwork is by my son Hugh www.hughrose.co.uk I am topcoating the starboard hull just now, so he will soon be painting the other side. In a month or two I am shipping the boat to the UK where she will be assembled and launched this summer. Alloy masts are waiting there already. A bientot Ian
Jose- Hugh painted it with International (conventional yacht paint) over the International 2pack(4 coats over the boat). The other side will be a different design. We thought a lot about the salt because he would usually use acrylics I think. He has work on Flickr too. I will take another photo soon of the stern area which looks nice (big waves there).
I am shipping because I am moving back to UK. I can shift hulls in two trips with Condor Freight for around £1600 incl my towing vehicle. A bit cold in shed today but still managed paint. A bientot Ian
Jose- I am in Channel Isles. After many years here of hard work in my own business I am leaving because the place has got too pressured and overpopulated. Also I now have a base in France and UK. My business was 7 days a week and I have completed many major projects in that time, but the boat always had to come second (ie not at all). I sailed a bit, now and again. Ironically, now I have free time and nearly finished the boat I will be sailing in UK and elsewhere I hope, full- time if I want to.
I have got a few building tips for people, but the main one is: don't build a boat without a very good shed, and preferably build in a team so morale and motivation stay high. Another one is to cover right up when using epoxy (ie all over). I started getting reactions to WEST and nearly scrapped the project till I discovered FLAG. I have mostly used a powered airmask which is a must. The building method doesn't suit me at all, as a pro-woodworker. I can't speed it up beyond a certain point; getting a good finish is difficult; and it's mostly unpleasant to work with. Given the number of hours spent building, I could easily have bought 2 boats with my professional rate in that time. However, I still like the Tiki 31 design, which makes it worthwhile. A boat has to be beautiful for me, as well as practical.
What is the origin of your boat? In some ways she looks like Phil le Maitre's Tiki Sunrise which he built here and I have sailed on.
Ian -- Nice job. I have a 31 as well. Getting ready to touch up it's paint and raising the water line. I am dockside in Southern Florida, very tough on wooden boats. The river is dirty, so the water line needs to be another 4" to keep the hulls looking cleaner.
I fond of your trailer -- looks like a rather great solution to moving about. How long is the trailer overall? I am thinking a pair of them for haul outs would be good for me. The going fee in my area seems to be based on minimums, $400 each way.