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Marc LaFrance
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  • Orlando, FL
  • United States
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Marc LaFrance commented on john james's photo


"Looks great John. You're there ! Congratulations."
Jun 26, 2018
Marc LaFrance left a comment for Rogerio Martin
"Hello Rogerio, I just saw your comment on my page. Thank You. I have been following your pics and videos for years now. I'very envied your sailing experiences while I was stuck in the details. You have a great boat as well. Congratulations to…"
Feb 8, 2018
Rogerio Martin commented on Marc LaFrance's photo

Tiki 30 #205

"Congratulations Marc, your patience has been rewarded. I knew it was going to be a beautiful boat."
Jan 20, 2018
boatsmith commented on Marc LaFrance's photo

Tiki 30 #205

Oct 5, 2017
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Oct 4, 2017
Marc LaFrance left a comment for John James
"Hi John,  What's up?  Launched my boat in early Nov. Still no sails and a long story. How is your project going? Almost there? I met Tom from tiki 46  Follower, in Titusville. Your friends Anne & Neville should be there with…"
Feb 23, 2017
Marc LaFrance left a comment for Rod Jones
"Hi Rod, Sorry about the delay. I did launch my tiki 30 in early Nov. I lost the building space, so it was a race to get her water ready!  Still don't have sails. When we vacated the space, another company sublet and bought the assets,…"
Feb 23, 2017
Marc LaFrance left a comment for John James
"Hello John, Your boat's looking good, really like the pod.  Very nice job. "
Oct 29, 2016
Marc LaFrance left a comment for John James
"Hey John, Tabernacle has been done for a long time.  I went with 5 coats of epoxy, 3 coats of epoxy primer and 6 coats of linear urethane paint.  # of coats of epoxy and epoxy primer were for sanding. The paint had to be put on thin, hence…"
Jul 13, 2016
Marc LaFrance left a comment for john james
"Ha ! So you decided on a wood mast after all. Looks great. I just finished painting mine about 6 weeks ago. Over 2 months of mornings, nights and some weekend work. Looks like you're getting real close."
Jul 12, 2016
Marc LaFrance commented on Marc LaFrance's photo


"Hey John,  Just got back into town. Aft beam seems solid enough. Only supporting solar panels on one side and hanging blocks for the bottom end of the ladder on the other. It's a Doug Fir box with a chamfer piece under the top and the ends…"
Mar 13, 2016
Marc LaFrance left a comment for john james
"Hey John, They made a cross grain laminate for strength, same as at the top of the mast. I ended up laminating the whole thickness out of hydrotek ply. I covered it with some scrap xynole that I had. Two layers on the edges. Time will tell."
Nov 10, 2015
Marc LaFrance left a comment for john james
"John,  I just decided not to make the recesses, particularly the ones between the rudders and the sterns. Thought that it would be better to have the rudders rolling over lashings rather than  fiberglassed, painted surfaces. I did take…"
Oct 27, 2015
Ricardo Aráoz commented on Marc LaFrance's photo


"I think the indentations are meant so that wood lies upon wood and not the lashings. So the lashings just hold the pieces together but dont get squashed between them (leading to more chafe than necessary). I think both indentations together make up…"
Oct 27, 2015
john james commented on Marc LaFrance's photo


"Hey Mark Im back for more help on Wharrams remedial boatbuilding course. I'm preparing to drill the holes through my rudder to attach it to the transom. My plans indicate and inset of about 3/16 of an inch.whare the  Hinge lashings…"
Oct 27, 2015
Rod Jones commented on Marc LaFrance's photo


"Wow! Beautiful work."
Oct 16, 2015

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I am:
A home builder
What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
I am currently building a Tiki 30. I have built a Kauffman and Ladd Pilot Cutter, a "36 'Benford Ketch" and a Sam Devlin "Winter Wren" which I currently own.
Country, City, and State?
Orlando, Florida, USA
About me or us?
I am not currently a professional boatbuilder, but I have built some other boats professionally and done boat repair in the past. I received my plans for thr Tiki 30 in Feb. 2010 and began part time construction in mid March.
Looking to?
Learn from and share with other wharram enthusiasts.

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At 5:28pm on April 11, 2011, Rogerio Martin said…

Marc. That's not my boat, it was my first experience in a Tiki. My wife and I flew from Rio de Janeiro to Florianopolis in southern Brazil to sail on the Tiki 26, a friend. I am starting to do the shopping wood for a 21

Good Winds

At 10:40am on July 3, 2011, paul anderson said…
your work is of a good quality marc and so clean,well done.
At 5:29am on July 4, 2011, Rogerio Martin said…
Marc you are 3 or 4 months in front me...I'm close the bunks of the frist hull now. And start another hull in next week. Your finish is much better then my. I still don't like my finish level. One ask: where your toilet ?
At 3:49pm on September 17, 2011, Mawibo said…


First, let me congratulate you for achieving such a high standard of work.

My question is what makes your fillet so dark? they look nearly black.

What do you use to thickened the epoxy?

Cheers, C.

At 7:01am on September 18, 2011, Marc LaFrance said…

Thanks for the compliment and for reminding me that I'm still building a boat. Been so busy trying to stay afloat, that I haven't been able to work on her for months.  The fillets are wood flour. Maple, purchased from Raka

Must be the the photos, it turns a dark brown in the epoxy. Seems to make a good, strong joint.

Cheers to you.

At 8:43am on July 14, 2012, John James said…

Marc I have benefited much from all your construction pictures will borrow the interior sheer clamp of wood instead of slimey epoxy .TINEY INTERIOR space is more like an airplene cockpit than yacht.

At 7:56am on July 19, 2012, John James said…

so what I ment tosay was thanks for sharing knowledge thru pics.What is your thoughts on interior finish .Is that varnish topcoat or would you roll a final coat of U.V. RESISTANT epoxy and call it done?Maybe both/

At 11:59am on September 2, 2012, john james said…

marc Im worried that sandwich deck might cure too flat and imovable it must curve to cabin side also corkscrew slightly.Is this a problem? Maybe I should try laminating the topmost skin in place?

At 9:55am on February 22, 2014, john james said…

ThankYou Mark could not have done it had I not had your good pictures to go bye plans seem really pretty in  adequate in a lot of ways. Your pictures helped me a lot what do I do next let's see some pictures of your progress

At 8:56am on February 24, 2014, Marc LaFrance said…

This site has been a fantastic resource, I'm sure, to everyone who is building, repairing, sailing or thinking about a Wharram cat. Myself included. Thanks to you and everyone else.

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