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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 agur paesüld Apr 10, 2017.

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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
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
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
Rod McLaren replied to Rune M. Christensen's discussion tiki 21 trailer in the group Tiki 21
"Excellent job. Thanks for sharing."
Jul 15
Richard Flegg commented on Rod McLaren's video
Jun 14
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
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
Rod McLaren commented on Scott Veirs's group Tiki 21
"Rune is giving you good advice. The Tiki 21 is built using the "stitch and glue" method. The method was designed in order to make use of epoxy and its additives during boat construction. The epoxy provides the strength - it is stronger…"
Mar 28
Rod McLaren replied to Éric Bouvéron's discussion New launching in the group Tiki 21
"Congratulations on the launch, Eric. Looking forward to seeing your new boat."
Dec 23, 2018
Rod McLaren replied to Paul H's discussion Wharram Amamaniki daysailer? - a verbal doodle for discussion...
"Hi, Paul, you called on Mana sailors so here I am. So far, excepting of course Hanneke Boone with the prototype, mine is the only other Mana so far. My first sailing season was very short, due to unforeseen "technical" difficulties so all…"
Dec 17, 2018
Rod McLaren posted a video

Boat in a Box - the Mana 24

The story of a Boat in a Box - the Mana 24, designed by James Wharram Designs, starting with the inspiration and brief history behind the design, and then fo...
Dec 17, 2018
Rod McLaren replied to agur paesüld's discussion Tiki Itatae got from paper to water in the group Tiki 21
"Congratulations on the launch of your Tiki 21. It looks great - you did an excellent job."
Nov 9, 2018
Rod McLaren commented on Rod McLaren's blog post Swim ladder on smaller Wharrams / getting dogs and people onboard
"Thanks, George. That is what I would like to add to the Mana but the practicalities so far have stopped me. My boat is tarped up now for the winter so I can't illustrate with a photo the challenge that I am facing. Next spring when the boat is…"
Oct 25, 2018
George Woodward commented on Rod McLaren's blog post Swim ladder on smaller Wharrams / getting dogs and people onboard
"Roid  Belatedly! Browsing for ideas for the refit of my  UK Tiki21 https://photos.app.goo.gl/gTYvUUd9ep3zHpbm6"
Oct 25, 2018
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Jan 24, 2018
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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? See More
Dec 18, 2017

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I am:
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
Country, City, and State?
Canada
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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http://villagerainbows.com

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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

http://www.escape3points.com/news/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…

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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,

Rod

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.

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