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Hiya folksI have sadly…Continue

Started Oct 2, 2017

Power management aboard
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Hey folks,I think it would be a good topic if we all shared what electrical charging and management systems works well for you and your needs aboard. Obviously it is all down to replacing the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by boatsmith Oct 9, 2015.

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I know we are all converts and biased to the virtues of catamarans over mono-marans, but was sifting thru some photos and couldn't resist sharing this one!! Once again it shows the versatile…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Jones Jun 2, 2011.

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Ian Bamsey commented on Rory McDougall's video


"John, I had a furler on Gratitude and most of the time it was good and convenient. Keeping the tension was a problem and things went wrong when furling in strong winds when it would furl too tight, run out of cord and flog. I had the chance to buy…"
Jan 24
Rory McDougall commented on Rory McDougall's video


"Hi John, Good luck with your Tiki 30 launch! I feel very lucky to have one in the water already!! Yes I do always prefer hanked on jibs for simple safety and better performance. I had a working jib on Cookie with reef halfway up to give a #4 size.…"
Jan 23
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Hiya folksI have sadly made the decision to find mighty Cookie a new home!Michelle and I have upgraded and recently bought a fine Tiki30 for future adventures together. Rather than mothball Cookie or put her in a museum, it is time to find her a new home.Cookie has had lots of work completed in the last year and is in tip…See More
Oct 2, 2017
Rory McDougall commented on paul anderson's photo

She floats.

"After so long being an inert form ashore - aint it just magic when she floats and comes alive for the first time??!! Now we look forward to the photos of fun adventures ! Good on ya Paul."
Dec 7, 2016
Rory McDougall replied to paul anderson's discussion LAUNCHING OF TIKI 26 ''Honey Badger.''
"Looking great Paul! Let the adventures begin and live the dream mate!!"
Dec 7, 2016
Rory McDougall replied to Roger's discussion 7X7 for standing rigging?
"Hi Roger 7x7 will be fine. Tiny bit more stretch than 1x19 but for Wharrams that makes no difference. My advice would be to renew your bridle u-bolts at the bows especially if they are the 6mm to plans. I have 10mm on Cookie - only cos that's…"
Sep 12, 2016
Rory McDougall commented on Rogerio Martin's video

Tiki30- plavba na jednom plováku (don't capsize)

"Great video to share! Crikey! I'm glad I'm experiencing this from my computer and not aboard. I agree Robert, I would have chucked lots of reefs in or be ready to dump sheets by the 2nd gust!! It does show the boat recovering well in flat…"
Aug 29, 2016
Ian Bamsey commented on Rory McDougall's photo

Fastnet in the gloom

"And here's me quite pleased to make Noss Mayo. Oh well, next season ...."
Aug 29, 2016
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Aug 29, 2016
Rory McDougall replied to Bart Koop's discussion looking for a way to improve upwind sailing.
"Hi Bart Yes, I will just repeat all the points that have already been made!! All are right with having a clean bum! Wharrams have a large wetted surface area of hulls compared with other cats. So cleanliness is a must. The Tiki wingsail rig needs to…"
Aug 24, 2016
Rory McDougall commented on Rory McDougall's video


"Hi Thierry, Yes the mast definitely pumps when going to windward. So it is important to build a strong mast base for the Tikis. You will always get some movement on a beamed cat. You can keep tightening the rig but you will just bend the boat -…"
Mar 27, 2016
Aneblanc commented on Rory McDougall's video


"Hi Rory, it is impressive to see the mast moving so much compared to the lee hull. Have you ever thought it should move less? Or is it because of the camera moving? Are your lee shrouds quite slack when beating? Do you think lashings on both sides…"
Mar 25, 2016
Rory McDougall commented on Rory McDougall's photo

Shroud guard detail

"Hi Thierry, No need. Yes the gaff does bear onto the shrouds a little when on a beam reach, but have your traveller tight and use the width of the sterns to sheet the main tight but out at an angle. As soon as the apparent wind is on the beam or…"
Mar 23, 2016
Aneblanc commented on Rory McDougall's photo

Shroud guard detail

"How do you stop the gaff from bearing on the shroud? Do you use gaff vangs? Thanks, Thierry"
Mar 22, 2016
boatsmith replied to Rory McDougall's discussion Power management aboard
"Part of the design criteria!"
Oct 9, 2015
Robert Sheridan replied to Rory McDougall's discussion Power management aboard
"Cold beer should not be a problem then"
Oct 6, 2015

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I am:
A professional builder, I own a Wharram
What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
Tiki 21 "Cooking Fat"
Country, City, and State?
Exmouth, UK
About me or us?
Cookie is resting after the Jester Challenge.............but there are more adventures planned for the future!
Looking to?
Make a family home in Exmouth and start up a boat survey and repair business

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At 5:57am on February 15, 2011, Rory McDougall said…
Just uploaded lots of the old photos of the world voyage..................finally!!!!
At 8:53am on February 15, 2011, Paul Lawton said…

Hi Rory,

Just sent you a comment, then saw yours to me.  Tiki is at Turf.  She's still up for sale but I'm not disappointed not to have sold her.  Should be on the mooring at the begining of April.  Love to take you for a ride - I'm still in the process of simplifying the rig and everything else - trying to talk myself out of crab claws and junk rigs.

My friend Nick in Exmouth with a Tiki 21 would love to pick your brains about mast rake etc (he has a GRP hull like yours I think)

Hows the new job coming along? Did you spot that there is a dinghy sailing school for sale in Exmouth?  Might not be your thing but worth a lokk - Sail Exmouth I think it's called.

See you at the Lympstone SC for the talk hopefully.


At 11:35am on February 15, 2011, Paul Lawton said…


Definitely keen to talk to people who might want a Tiki 31.

The wind sils are great, but I find the more I read, the more I want to try things out - for comparisons sake.  I'm playing with balance - modern boats have the centre of effort too far aft, which leads to extremely weather helm. The most balanced boats I've sailed (Rival 34, Contessa 32) have the coe much further forward.  They don't get headed off, the helm effort is lowa nd you get a much tidier stern.

Weather is nice isn't it? I am moving a boat from Plymouth to Falmouth this weekend in anticipation of a couple of weeks of teaching.  Hoping the thermals and waterproofs are up to it.

I think we might have ehough Wharrams in the Exe to organise a rendevous, I think there are 6 that I know of.


At 4:02pm on February 15, 2011, kim whitmyre said…

Been out sailing much lately?? Love seeing all the smart new mod-cons you add to Vaea. can I ask the meaning of her name??




After having real wind pressure reset the 12-strand braid dyneema on the forestay, it was too long!  Fixed that by making another forestay out of dynex dux (kind of a "heat-treated" dyneema) that I made shorter: I was worried it would be too short!  I went up the mast recently and exchanged the stays and it turned out just right. . .When you get the dux it feels as stiff as wire, so I was careful to only disturb the set of the braid to make the brummel spices at the ends, thus keeping the amount of re-set to a minimum.  The standing rigging is nice and tight now, so Vaea's new sails should take the breeze even better. Vaea is polynesian for Peace.


I need to get some sort of video camera to record Vaea's seatime! That is quite the sea state you and Cookie are making way into!!

At 2:23pm on March 1, 2011, WaveDancer & Bella said…

Dear Rory

I'm planning a Windvane steering for my Tiki 33 (WaveDancer) and I'm very interested hearing more about your "Harry". How it worked under different conditions, improovements,

suggestions, buildingplans etc. Thanks in advance and all the best for your future ventures. WaveDancer

At 5:26pm on March 3, 2011, WaveDancer & Bella said…

Hi Rory!


Thank you for your excellent informations. We are indeed studying the possibilities to mount a Pacific light pendulum Vane or as an alternative a trimm-tab. But since a Windvane mounted on the aftbeam could be very vulnerable to impacts of breaking waves I'd actually prefere to mount the windvane also on top of the cabins. If we find a solution I'll bublish it in the forum. Meanwhile all the best and regards Wave

At 10:09am on March 6, 2011, Rui Sérgio Cardoso Fonseca said…

Hi Rory,


First of all i like to congradulet u from your sailing trip Jest Challenge.

I built a tiki 30 five years ago with a wooden mast. The problem is that the mast is rotted, and now i'm interested in finding an aluminium tube (6082 t6, 9,5mts length, diameter 140mm, and thickness 3,5 to 4,5mm) to adapt to a mast.

One of the problems is that i can't find any supplier in Portugal for aluminum tube.

Do you know any EU supplier (cheap) that i can ask a budget?


Thank you for all the help.

Best reguards

Rui Fonseca


At 11:40am on June 12, 2011, Al Richardson said…


If you don't mind me asking, how are beams on Cookie lashed? The inner lashing looks conventional but I can't see the outer one. I'm wanting to build with a raised deck but don't want to fully box the beams as far as the outer lashing...

Info appreciated..



At 7:40am on June 13, 2011, Al Richardson said…

Hi Rory,

Thanks for the detailed information, I will be building a 1/10 Balsa in the next couple of weeks to get the decklines and an approximation of the bulkhead measurements (I'll be posting pics for everybody's amusement). I'm researching a more rectangular beam form as opposed to the standard triangular Tiki 26 beams so I can keep them flush on the deck.




At 4:38am on June 23, 2011, Jose Alberto Garibaldi said…
Thank you for the call back Rory. Was planning to do it next week - will be away several weeks after. Happy to follow over mail-phone.

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