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Somebody about to build a Amatasi?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by WaveDancer & Bella Mar 25, 2017.

Hatches which are real wathertight
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Tikis (and others) in rough seas and when beating upwind take a lot of water over the front-hatches. Does anyone have a method to build-/make them real watertight? Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Glenn Tieman Apr 19, 2013.

10 HP Honda/Yamaha vs. 2 x 6 HP Tohatsu
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Is there anyone out there who can tell me about the following.What gives you the better thrust on a tiki 30:1 x 9.9 HP 4 stroke Yamaha/Honda (longshaft with high thrust propeller)or2 x 6 HP 4 stroke…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by chris.t.schupp Nov 29, 2012.

Philippines / I'm tempted.......
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... to buy a comfortable house with an attached guesthouse in Puerto Galera, bring my Tiki "WaveDancer" or a TamaMoana there and offer tours to North Palawan and elsewhere in the Phil.-Archipelago.We…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by WaveDancer & Bella Oct 24, 2014.

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WaveDancer & Bella replied to Levi Verwoest's discussion How to capsize a Hinemoa
"Sure a boat should be unsinkable in these days. How ever - most hatch-coamings are not double walled and do not withstand high waterpressures. Also gaskets are mostly underdimensioned. Most boats (more and more designed as swimming lofts) I have…"
Dec 17, 2018
WaveDancer & Bella replied to Levi Verwoest's discussion How to capsize a Hinemoa
"This story proves again, that hatches are one of the THE weak points of boats! If ever I'll build a new boat I design them as Roger Taylor did on his MingMing. Designers and builders do NOT give enough attention to this! A boat must be dry and…"
Dec 17, 2018
WaveDancer & Bella replied to Peter Fowkes's discussion Pahi 63 For Sale in Marshall Islands
"Ah... OK then! All the best! "
Nov 8, 2018
WaveDancer & Bella replied to Peter Fowkes's discussion Pahi 63 For Sale in Marshall Islands
"Hi Peter. I'm not sure, but have I met you once at the Ao Chalong in Phuket? I remember "Sea Rover". At this time I was cruising on my stretched Tiki 33 and I passed your anchored boat in the Chalong bay. "
Nov 7, 2018
WaveDancer & Bella left a comment for Nigel darbyshire
"Good day Nigel. The Mast got built in wood complete circular but to the middle of its length with more diameter. But this has to go hand in hand with the sailmaker."
Oct 16, 2018
Nigel darbyshire left a comment for WaveDancer & Bella
"Thanks so much for the information on the sail plan ,im sure this will help very much , also good to know the tiki sails well , when you say belly in the mast i am presuming the bulge of the belly faces forward to flatten the centre of the sail a…"
Oct 4, 2018
WaveDancer & Bella left a comment for WaveDancer & Bella
"BTW: The mast is slightly "bellied", this gives a much better shape to the sleeved mainsheet."
Oct 3, 2018
WaveDancer & Bella left a comment for WaveDancer & Bella
"... BTW: The mast is slightly "bellied" this gives a much better form to the sleeved mainsheet. "
Oct 3, 2018
WaveDancer & Bella left a comment for WaveDancer & Bella
"Good day Nigel. Sorry for the late reply, but I'm not so often on this site. Well, "WaveDancer" has a 75 cm longer mast, which stands in relation to her also 75 cm longer hulls also a bit further to the bow than the original T30. The…"
Oct 3, 2018
Nigel darbyshire left a comment for WaveDancer & Bella
"Hi Wavedancer & Bella Like so many that have asked before I am seeking information to assist me in stretching my tiki 30 build. I realise you didn't build the boat yourselves but I am seeking information on if Wavedancer has any tendancies…"
Sep 16, 2018
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Episode Three - Last tour of 2017

"Nice seeing Tiare doing well. It's quite some time they anchored side by side ... "
Oct 29, 2017
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I am:
I own a Wharram
What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
streched (32.5 feet) Tiki 30 "WaveDancer"
Country, City, and State?
Switzerland / Seychelles / Thailand / Philippines
About me or us?
Cruiser for 3 months p.a.
soon for 6 months p.a.
Trades: Management / trouble shooting / fotographer / videograph
Looking to?
My semiretirement - sailing, trekking, to do my foto- and video-projects, enjoy the girls and life...

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Comment Wall (18 comments)

At 4:25pm on May 21, 2010, Hector de Ezcurra said…
Welcome WaveDancer!
How did you stretch the boat? Just as per plans but only bigger? Did you modify the interiors' display?
Your videos on Youtube are great! Please upload some photos, including interiors, to the photogallery.
Thank you.
At 6:29am on May 24, 2010, Mawibo said…
It is amazing what 2 extra feet do to the lines of your tiki.
Was it hard to modify the plans? Did J.W. supervise it?
I suppose the extra cost is worth it.
enjoy your sunny life, it looks like you do anyway,
At 10:25am on October 2, 2010, christinè debost said…
thank you very much.
At 5:11pm on March 3, 2011, Rory McDougall said…

Hi WaveDancer,

Very much admire your Tiki, she looks a picture under sail in the video.

Harry is a Bill Belcher design and second hand books can be obtained at - 


The vane was about 6" taller at first, then I made him a bit more streamlined and added a quick adjust weight arm. Cost about 40 quid to make. As Cookie is so light on the helm with the right sail balance - Harry steers with only the force of wind in the vane. There is no servo-pendulum paddle that trails in the water. May not be so suitable for larger Tikis?? Although I bet Harry could steer a trim-tab arrangement that would then steer the main rudders. Would be interesting to find out! As Cookie has no stern net beam, there is no aft central point to mount Harry, thats why I have two brackets on each cabin side and Harry has to be tacked when the wind or course changes.

Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other specific questions.

Cheers, Rory

At 9:21am on September 4, 2011, Ganz Daniel said…
Hi Markus! Our boat is in Carriacou WI and i miss it also! Villicht bisch mau ir gägend de chöi mer eis ga schnappe... cheers dänu
At 3:36am on March 25, 2012, Thomas Nance said…

Hi there.

Lovely boat and I really enjoy the videos too, probably the nicest wharram videos on the net. Im wondering if you can post some more info/pictures or videos about the modifications and how they work down below. Im very interested in the tiki 30 design and would be very interested in the mods you had made. Thanks alot

At 7:20pm on July 25, 2012, Nigel Signal said…

Hi and thanks for the invitation. We brought Eric's boat last year so obviously you know the boat well. We currently have her in Langkawi and due to bring her back to Ao Chalong in October so Gunther can add a bimini and amke a couple of other small alterations to enhance our comfort. Many thanks for your video's which Id many times while contermplating buying Busker, in fact without the videos ight not have brought and instead continued to charter from Max at Ao Yon. We are planning 2 weeks in Phang Nga bay over Christmas finishing back in Langkawi so if you are going to be in the area maybe a beer at the Lighthouse? Stay well and I hope the new project is going well. Cheers

At 11:52am on October 27, 2012, Peter Vogt said…

Hello Wavedancer

I sent you friendship request, but no comment. Sorry!

I'm actually living in CH. I'm diving instructor, love a Filippina and plan livining with her in some years on a Wharram.

About your reply I would be very happy!

Best regards



At 11:01am on October 30, 2012, Peter Weil said…
Greetings. My girlfriend in the picture just moved to India for a six month job. She asked me to join her in Februafy for a vacation maybe in Thailand or the Philipines. Where would you suggest going. Thinking about a sailing charter.
At 3:48am on September 1, 2013, Peter Brook said…

Hi Wavedancer & Bella

I am planning to build a Wharram in the Philippines in next few years.  We are in Cebu from 23rd - 27th September visiting friends, but our main base likely to be near Laoag or maybe Sta Ana on Luzon.

Unsure of whether to build 30, 38 or 46.  Seems plywood is becoming difficult to source and other materials/equipment might be complicated to import.  

Any comments from your own experiences would be appreciated.

Kind regards



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