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Omar M. Rashash
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  • Hampstead, NC
  • United States
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Actual Build Weight of a Hitia 17
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I just came…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Hughes Apr 14.

For sale: Unused Set of Tiki 30 Plans
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Marge and I have decided that a Pahi 31 better meets our requirements than a Tiki 30. Therefore, I have an unused set of Tiki 30 Plans for sale. They are Sail #127, which I purchased from the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mirko Mattesini Jul 12, 2016.

Rolly Tasker? Yes, I'm pissed!
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There is a cautionary tale in here somewhere.  So, the wife and I have been busting our asses to get our Hitia 17 in shape to sail at the Hui Wharram this weekend.  For those of you who don't know,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ann and Neville Clement Jul 6, 2013.

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Omar M. Rashash replied to Josh's discussion Unused Tiki 26 or 30 plans?
"Tiki 30 plans still available Omar"
10 hours ago
Omar M. Rashash replied to Valery Gaulin's discussion Time estimated to build a Wharram catamaran are they accurate?
"Whether adding additional people to your build crew will actually decrease total labor hours depends on two things. First, you are assuming your helper(s) know as much, or more, about building a boat than you do. If not, you will be spending time…"
May 9
Omar M. Rashash replied to Valery Gaulin's discussion Increasing Pahi 31 by 10%
"Pahi 31 increased by 10%? As an exercise, I find the idea very compelling, but from a practical point of view there are some pitfalls. If we were just stretching her three feet in length, adding an additional bulkhead amidships would probably be all…"
Apr 14
Robert Hughes replied to Omar M. Rashash's discussion Actual Build Weight of a Hitia 17
"No chance of a capsize in that race then !!! It's amazing what these boats are capable of at times."
Apr 14
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Apr 13
Omar M. Rashash replied to Omar M. Rashash's discussion Actual Build Weight of a Hitia 17
"Not my boat, but the reason why you don't use the wrong materials and bad technique, to build a wood boat. Just the two hulls weighed more that the completed boat was supposed to. No fiberglass on the decks, combined with two years out in the…"
Apr 13
Omar M. Rashash posted a discussion

Actual Build Weight of a Hitia 17

I just came across my notes, so I figured I'd post this. All weights in lbs.  29 Mast   5 Gaff  22 Crossbeam, Front  23 Crossbeam, Middle  22 Crossbeam, Back   2 Tiller Bar  12 Tillers, Both 190 Hulls, Both (95 each, design weight is 90, but this build includes solid hatch covers)  13 Rigging …See More
Apr 13
Omar M. Rashash replied to Alfred Archibald Linthorne's discussion Aluminum Catamaran
"LOL, you noticed that. I can get as much Sapele as I want locally for $5.50/bd. ft. I can get Goncalo Alves for $5, $10 if I want stripe. The only boat wood that's expensive is Teak,  starting at $30. All of this also ignores the Tiki…"
Apr 13
Omar M. Rashash replied to Alfred Archibald Linthorne's discussion Aluminum Catamaran
"Jay said- "Omar, respectfully, I can think of three reasons for an amateur to give an ally wharram a go - it's fun as hell, it's rewarding trying and you learn something new mostly on your own initiative and dime. I'd take a…"
Apr 11
Omar M. Rashash replied to Alfred Archibald Linthorne's discussion Aluminum Catamaran
"The following quotes are from "Boatbuilding Manual, Fifth Edition" by Robert M. Steward, 2011: "Aluminum, compared to wood, produces boats of about equal weight and cost where an equal complexity of structure is accepted. Wood boats…"
Apr 11
Omar M. Rashash replied to Alfred Archibald Linthorne's discussion Aluminum Catamaran
"Aluminum is a great material, in all its various alloys, including maritime applications. However, I suspect if you build a Wharram out of aluminum, you'll end up with a boat that looks like a Wharram, but doesn't act like one. I've…"
Feb 22
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Nov 8, 2016
Omar M. Rashash replied to Éric Bouvéron's discussion Deadeyes for dyneema rig tension?
"While lignum vitae is the traditional material, it is difficult to find in adequate size and quantity. If you want to make your own deadeyes, 1/2"-3/4" industrial grade phenolic (resin impregnated linen), will do the trick. It can be…"
Oct 9, 2016
Omar M. Rashash replied to Christian Linder's discussion What is the best way to get rid of the dust after sanding wood and before coating?
"A tack cloth can be a really bad idea when working with epoxy. Whatever it is impregnated with may interfere with the ability of the epoxy to cure. If you're going to wipe it down, either use a wet cloth or a cloth saturated with acetone or…"
Sep 29, 2016
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"Great looking Wharram."
Sep 16, 2016
Omar M. Rashash replied to Soren Carlsen's discussion reskining a pari42
"Any wooden boat can be repaired, given enough time and money. The best decision you could make would be knowing when not to attempt it. This would be an example of when paying for a proper survey would be worthwhile. It's pretty much given,…"
Sep 14, 2016

Profile Information

I am:
A professional builder, I own a Wharram
What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
Built and launched a Hitia 17. Contemplating the build of our Pahi 31- "Taku".
Country, City, and State?
Hampstead, NC
About me or us?
I have over 40 years of experience in woodworking, but my introduction to boatbuilding has been rather recent. I'm a 2010 graduate of the full-time Wood Boat Building Program at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC. This program is one of only a handfull of full-time programs in the U.S. While exposed to a variety of both traditional and modern boatbuilding techniques, I've gotten more experience in some areas than others. I probably know more about epoxy than I really wanted to learn.
Looking to?
Sailing with our Hitia 17 and to start our Pahi 31.

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At 11:00am on November 5, 2013, Bao Ya said…

Thank you for taking the time to respond to what I wrote, many including me read but do not always respond.

At 11:55am on November 5, 2013, Omar M. Rashash said…

I've learned to do new things using two methods.  In the first method, somebody shows me something new, preferably with an explanation.  In the second method, I find out what works by trial and error.  This is usually more painfull, although the lesson has a greater tendency to stick in my memory.

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