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Kevin Hutchinson
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  • Stuart, FL
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A home builder, I want a Wharram, Other Multihull, Other Monohull
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I built a sailing kayak of my own design. I dream of some day having a large cat.
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artist, boat designer
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paint,design boats,build boats sail world

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Big Island Hawaii

Im in Hawaiin now visiting family. I discover some inetresting boats in a near by port. I was suprised to see the two voyaging canoes Hokulea and Makalii. They  are suposed to be going on another voyage in 6 monthes. The little sailing outrigger  was out to sea when I first spotted it. I watched it sail all the way in.  The Proa was built I believe in the Caroline Islands and is made in the traditional way. The Proa needs help . No one around to ask about it or how it got here. 

Posted on May 14, 2012 at 6:13pm — 1 Comment

crab claw 3rd chance?

Hello, I  read  the optimist pram test and the Marchaj wind tunnel article thats why I gave the crab claw another chance.  Windward ability is not the only thing we look for in a rig. We don't all need to point like a race boat . We do however need to point like a cruising boat, especialy when reefed. Getting away from a lee shore in a blow is a very important ability for any cruiser. I believe a  boat should be able to point 45 derees to aparent wind, minimum. I encourage folks to do their own… Continue

Posted on September 2, 2011 at 8:33am — 2 Comments

Crab Claw Test

Hello Wharram fans! I had a crab claw sail in the past  and  I was disapointed in its performance.The rig is so sexy I thought it needed another chance. So I decided to test it against a lug sail with the same sail area. My test boat was my 14' sailing Kayak(not the most efficient). Last weakend I spent three hours sailing  around a course alternating the rigs. My test results show the crab claw tacked through 130 degrees to windward. The Lug was not much better at 110 dergees. Now a good… Continue

Posted on July 6, 2011 at 9:42pm — 7 Comments

lumber sizes

Hello wharram fans! I am puzzeling over the study plans lumber list for an Ariki. There are a number of odd lumber sizes such as:1x7,1x9 1x11. Whatexactly  is a 1 1/2 X1 do they mean a1x2?  We all know a 1x6 normally means the actual size to be  3/4" X 5 1/2"or less . The list seems to imply true dimensions? I am confused(and not just by this either) ...Kevin

Posted on January 25, 2011 at 9:42pm — 1 Comment

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At 2:28am on August 6, 2010, Harry Stone said…
Kind of you to reply Kevin.

I think I would enjoy a Wayfarer , or something similar .

I`m thinking about something that assembles easier to make it suitable to use at short notice ,
a boat that ( possibly ) folds out , then secured with bolts or locking pins......
A boat I could use for a quick evening sail in summer , after a days ` work.

Best regards , Harry from OZ.

The Wayfarer rig intrigues me ...there does not appear to be a mast , just the two yards ?
At 11:10am on January 5, 2013, Galway Bay said…

Nice to have you onboard our small pahi group.

I built a sailing kayak long-long ago it was great fun complete with ketch rig !! Saw a beauty recently one of the old [ canvas ] folding type about 18ft with ketch rig and  junk sails it was fast !!

I would love to see more general discussion on this forum which was I believe the intention of Budget Boater when he started it.

At 9:24pm on June 7, 2015, Ann and Neville Clement said…


Congratulations on getting a boat good for what ever kind of cruising you decide to do.  As I remember that boat, you might want to check her over real well on the port hull.  Seems there might be a couple issues there outboard side near the windows.  But maybe they got to that already.  He did a lot of stuff to that boat over the years... fancy stainless stuff etc. 

The paint we liked that worked so well on Peace was oil based polyurethane porch and deck paint from Home Depot.  The oil based bit is important.  We found the paint easy to  use and excellent wearing as deck paint with Behr non skid additive one pouch to a gallon.  The gallons were $25.  We have some paint that has been wearing well and it looks perfect even after 4 years.  I do not know how important the lay up is, but here is the lay up for our boat and it might be important for how well the paint works.  Peace had fiberglass from new, then filler made with microlite, then two part undercoat two coats, then two part Jotun marine paint two coats.  That was all perfect for about 4 years.  Then we repainted with the Glidden oil based polyurethane porch and deck paint using Behr non skid additive and it worked for 4 years and we did it again and now it has been 4 years.  It is time to repaint.  If I were going to keep the boat, I would use that same paint. 

We used this paint for the topsides.  It is excellent paint and is maybe better wearing than the highly expensive two part Jotun paint. 

Best of luck with the new boat.  Ann and Nev

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