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Marc LaFrance
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  • Orlando, FL
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Struan commented on Marc LaFrance's photo

Tiki 30 #205

"Hi Marc Your boat looks awesome - what a high quality job!  I am looking at an awning for my Tiki and was wondering if you could provide me with the height of yours - above the side deck?  And the front vertical post looks to be about…"
Jan 14, 2020

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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.
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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.
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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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