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Two component paint
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While I wait for the Mana "cat kit" to arrive I have been spending considerable time on the Forum, picking up ideas and techniques that will be useful once construction begins. What a great…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Stephani Sep 9, 2019.

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Rod McLaren left a comment for Steve Burrage
"Sounds good, Steve. When you get your trailer sorted, I'd love to have you join us. As you can guess, there aren't so many Wharram's here on the prairies! If you want to be kept on the mailing list for future Elbow Run events, send…"
Feb 11
Steve Burrage left a comment for Rod McLaren
"Got your message, Rod. For next summer, I'll still be using my Tiki 21 fully rigged (minus the mast!) on my trailer. Makes launching easy, but not so much highway travel. I'm thinking of getting a telescoping trailer, and then I'll be…"
Feb 11
Rod McLaren replied to Rune M. Christensen's discussion tiki 21 trailer in the group Tiki 21
"I will be interested to hear how long it takes for Rune to set up his Tiki. Last year, I only set up the Mana once, and then left it assembled on the trailer in the marina parking lot each time I sailed. So I haven't had enough practise to…"
Feb 10
Michael Stephani replied to Rod McLaren's discussion Two component paint
"We painted our Hitia 17 with 2-part sicomin paint and looks like new after 6 years (not exposed to the elements most of the time however). Gleda our Tiki 38 was painted originaly with Jotun Penguard Primer and 1 part Jotun Pionier Topcoat (Acrylic)…"
Sep 9, 2019
Ian R replied to Rod McLaren's discussion Two component paint
"I  brush-painted my boat with International 2- pack. I hate the stuff but it can't be denied that it outperforms any other paint I have known. As I have bored people with this elsewhere, I'll not go on about my ideas about this. I…"
Sep 8, 2019
Richard Flegg replied to Rod McLaren's discussion Two component paint
"I am currently painting my Hinemoa. It is getting six coats above the waterline: 2 of West epoxy + 2 of Jotun Premguard HB + 2 of Jotun Hardtop HB (semi gloss). Both paints are 2 part. Below the waterline is epoxy only with 500gsm biaxial glass,…"
Sep 8, 2019
Rod McLaren replied to Rune M. Christensen's discussion tiki 21 trailer in the group Tiki 21
"I agree - rollers  need to be part of the set-up. I would like to modify my trailer to incorporate them into the design. It likely won't happen this year - sailing season is short here on the Canadian prairies. "
Jul 17, 2019
Rod McLaren replied to Rune M. Christensen's discussion tiki 21 trailer in the group Tiki 21
"In response to Timo's question about waterline and launching ramps, I have already experienced issues with the sliding trailer and my  Mana 24. I used a trailer that was built for a pontoon boat and I am sure works fine for that…"
Jul 16, 2019
Rod McLaren posted a video

Second sail 2019 - Mana 24

Slow start to sailing season 2019 for the James Wharram designed Mana 24. Great day for trying out the new asymmetrical spinnaker and sock. Thank you to crew...
Jul 15, 2019
Rod McLaren replied to Rune M. Christensen's discussion tiki 21 trailer in the group Tiki 21
"Excellent job. Thanks for sharing."
Jul 15, 2019
Richard Flegg commented on Rod McLaren's video
Jun 14, 2019
Rod McLaren posted a video

Twenty years - the story of a Tiki 21 Double Canoe

A short documentary account of a James Wharram designed Tiki 21 catamaran, built from Plan #97 and launched in Canada in 1997, then later transported to Ghan...
May 12, 2019
Rod McLaren replied to Éric Bouvéron's discussion whish to get some advices on the rig. in the group Tiki 21
"Eric, I have the same experience on my Mana, only I have run out of space on my stays for the main mast. I will have to cut and re-splice before starting this season. I do  hope that the stretching will end soon."
May 12, 2019

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A home builder, I own a Wharram
What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
Tiki 21, launched 1998
Currently building Mana 24, Kit #3
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About me or us?
Just a country boy, now retired after a life blessed with wonderful experiences.
Looking to?
Re-launch my Tiki 21 in January 2013 off the coast of Ghana, where it has been since 2001, when I moved there to build and manage a seaside beach hotel. The boat developed some issues shortly after arrival and a busy life has prevented repairs until now.
Update Feb 2011 Refurbishing completed - had to leave before the boat could be launched again
Update - Jan 2017 Now in Canada, planning to build a Mana 24
Update - July 19, 2017 - took delivery of Kit #3 at the Calgary International Airport
Update January 24, 2018 Port and starboard hulls assembled, fibreglassing topsides under way.


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Swim ladder on smaller Wharrams / getting dogs and people onboard

What are others doing to make it easy to get dogs (and people) on board when not beside a dock?  Getting our 60 pound dog off and on the boat during a camping trip is a particular concern.On the Mana the mizzen mast on the aft crossbeam and the mizzen sail and its lines aft of that create a lot of "busy-ness" in that area. Any suggestions out there? photos of swim ladder arrangements on Tiki 21s? Other options? 

Posted on December 18, 2017 at 9:41am — 2 Comments

Position Available - charter sailboat captain/jack of all trades


Any Wharram lovers out there looking for a change of scenery? My son is looking for someone to fill a position at his eco-lodge on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea. Message him for more information. Message me for my take…


Posted on October 25, 2017 at 11:49am — 2 Comments

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At 11:27am on December 18, 2012, Rod McLaren said…

Thank you, Galway Boy. Yes, I believe we make our own fortune, good and bad, by what we are open to and what we attract. My life has been greatly blessed with many wonderful opportunities. Building the Tiki 21 was one of them - it is a real pleasure to work with such great plans. During the 3 winters that it was being built, I had no idea that it would one day sail in salt water, much less in the Gulf of Guinea!!  Once she is back in the water in February, I will be handing it over to my son. He plans to take surfers from his eco-lodge www.escape3points.com) to nearby surfing breaks that are only accessible by sea. I hope to have photos to post at that time.

Let me say that your Pahi 31 is gorgeous. I have long admired that design and if I were much younger, I might have been tempted to start a build. However, with age comes some wisdom, and I am quite content to stick with my new hobby - building recumbent bikes/trikes and such.

Best wishes,


At 9:06pm on March 23, 2013, Bill Ludeman said…

One thing that might help is to toggle back and forth between whatever you are looking at and the main page.  I don't know why that works but sometimes I post or read something and it seems to disappear.    Then I toggle it and it reappears.  Seems to be a NIM thing   I agree the forum has some wierd characteristics.  - It sure takes lots of time to hunt thru it.

At 1:28pm on April 1, 2013, paul anderson said…

hey Rod, yes mate it is a t26. i have the electrical left to do and a few odds and ends, hopefully in another three or four months as work progresses and funds are found she will be in the water this southern winter.

At 4:30pm on February 11, 2020, Steve Burrage said…

Got your message, Rod. For next summer, I'll still be using my Tiki 21 fully rigged (minus the mast!) on my trailer. Makes launching easy, but not so much highway travel. I'm thinking of getting a telescoping trailer, and then I'll be able to head East... or South! Nice Mana, btw!

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