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A while ago I uploaded a discussion of the engineered carbon fibre crossbeams I've fitted to my Imagine Multihulls glassfibre Tiki 26, Zest.…Continue

Tags: glass, polyester, epoxy, carbon, sandwich

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeremy Walker May 4, 2017.

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I'm glad to chip in toward the costs of running this site with my small contribution.  The amount of useful information and free help available has to be worth a few dollars / pounds / euros or…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Haromy Nov 21, 2016.

Engineered Carbon Fibre Beams for a Tiki 26
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I've just mounted a pair of new main crossbeams on my Tiki 26, and thought some of you might like to see what was involved.  Zest is one of the Imagine Multihulls Tiki's, built in GRP/foam sandwich…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ian Bamsey May 5, 2016.

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Has anyone had experience of using danish oil to finish teak or iroko on the outside of a boat?  In the past I've always used boiled linseed oil, but recently a chainsaw sculptor recommended danish…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Hughes Feb 21, 2016.

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Robert Hughes replied to Johnny Martin's discussion tiki 26 mastfoot
"Will do, I'll take some pics"
Jul 12
Robert Hughes replied to Johnny Martin's discussion tiki 26 mastfoot
"Hi Ed, I've sent you an email with pics of the tillers & tiller bar. All the best, Rob"
Jul 9
Robert Hughes replied to Johnny Martin's discussion tiki 26 mastfoot
"Hi Ed, Yes, Johnny got the CAD files through to me ok thanks.  I'm working on a variation to give me the best features of that design and the one currently on Johnny's boat, without the disadvantages of either.  I want one that…"
Jul 8
Robert Hughes replied to Johnny Martin's discussion tiki 26 mastfoot
"Hi Ed, I'll also be interested to see that design.  I'm in the process of adding an extra 60cm to the bottom of my alloy mast, and want to make a better foot fitting at the same time.  I've been puzzling over how to do it…"
Jun 28
Robert Hughes replied to Nathan Stanley's discussion Chopped Melanesia?
"Good idea.  You could always screw temporary full bulkheads to the frames for while it's in transit, that way you could get away with very narrow frames... All the best Rob"
Apr 25
Robert Hughes replied to Nathan Stanley's discussion Chopped Melanesia?
"When people build sectional tenders (to make then easy to stow on deck) I think they usually construct them in one piece to start with.  They install a pair of bulkheads where the join is going to be, with a tiny gap in between.  Then they…"
Apr 25
Robert Hughes commented on kim whitmyre's photo


"Hi Kim, I'm extending the base of my mast using the same method.  Do you happen to remember what size rivets you used, and how many in each half?  I assume they were monel? Thanks! Rob"
Mar 5
Robert Hughes replied to Jacob Sears's discussion Ocean Crossing Tiki 26
"I don't know specifically about the wooden T26's as mine's a GRP version, but on most boats of the size one of the most vulnerable areas is the hatches and companionway boards.  You need to be absolutely sure they are strong…"
Jan 27
Robert Hughes replied to chris.t.schupp's discussion Tiki 30 transducer
"Thanks Chris, I'll bear those comments in mind as I firm up the design of mine... R"
Dec 21, 2018
Robert Hughes replied to chris.t.schupp's discussion Tiki 30 transducer
"Hi Chris, I had the transducers for my sounder and log mounted in a hull, but found the sounder signal wasn't great and the log paddle wheel kept catching weed.  I'm moving both to a kind of upside down periscope contraption that will…"
Dec 20, 2018
Robert Hughes replied to Steve Burrage's discussion Paint suggestions in the group Tiki 21
"Hi Steve, I've had that problem when renovating old boats, it's a tricky one.  If the old paint was fairly easy to rub down the chances are it was oil based.  Two pack polyurethanes have been around a long time now and give a…"
Dec 20, 2018
Robert Hughes replied to Aneblanc's discussion Cockpit cum tender for Tiki 26
"http://wharrambuilders.ning.com/photo/zest0028/prev?context=user My tender is a Tinker foldaway RIB, which stows neatly ahead of the mast.  When it's there it reduces the amount of spray reaching the cockpit.  This tender also has a…"
May 23, 2018
Robert Hughes replied to john james's discussion Acrylic windows are cracking
"What shape are the heads of the screws?   If they're countersink heads they tend to act like wedges and expand the holes, just like if the holes were too small.  I've used pan heads this time for the windows on my T26. …"
Apr 2, 2018
Robert Hughes replied to Mark Stevens's discussion Melanesia Beams
"Hi Mark, I was hoping someone who's built a Melanesia would give you a response, but as they haven't here's my view for what it's worth... Ideally I'd use whichever timber is recommended in the plans, assuming one…"
Mar 12, 2018
Robert Hughes replied to boatsmith's discussion Tiki 8m Build
"Impressive stuff !"
Jan 28, 2018
Robert Hughes replied to Building Wharrams's discussion Leaving the pumps on the epoxy containers?
"I left mine in for over a year and they were fine.  Leave a cup under them though, as they can drip slightly, especially if the temperature changes a lot."
Nov 5, 2017

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I own a Wharram
What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
Tiki 26 "Zest"
Swallow BayRaider Expedition "Myth"
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Portsmouth, England

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Comment Wall (4 comments)

At 4:52am on December 6, 2011, paul anderson said…

good to have you on board mate,show us some pics hey?

At 5:45am on December 6, 2011, Robert Hughes said…

Thanks Paul!

Yeah, I'll sort some out and get them uploaded.

At 11:03am on December 13, 2011, paul anderson said…

Robert she is lovely i do like the idea with the chart table,i shall shamelessly copy it.

At 3:56pm on December 13, 2011, kim whitmyre said…

+2!  Very well thought-out t26, Robert.

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