"Re alternative masts and the crab claw, Thomas and I had similar thoughts and constructed an A-frame mast on our Hitia 17 with ~13m^2 crab claw (later ~20m^2). You can see photos of it along with performance data here…"
"I've been pretty happy with bamboo (~9m Tonkin spars), but have broken and reinforced it. Still need to try some solid wood or laminated ones (as Hans did for Wakataitea, Klaar did on Ontong Java, and Kiko does in his Hawaiian…"
Oh WOW! Sanderling looks so great -- exactly the inspiration I've been searching far and wide for, as home-built aluminum multihulls don't seem to exist much out there...
And thanks for those great links and resources. I started making a spreadsheet of my own -- great organizational idea, and very helpful to see the kinds of Wharrams being built and sailed here in the Pacific NW.
We are going to be coming down to Seattle in March -- I'll plan to make a meeting with you then!
I'm thinking of taking a bus ride down to Seattle March 3 with my bicycle, or alternately March 10. I can see on the google maps link that your Tiki 21 is in Union Bay, is that still the case? If so, I'd love to stop by.
I can even see your friend Thomas' Tsunamichaser on Street View, close to downtown as well. Maybe I'd have time to see both.
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