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Shroud placement
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I'm preparing to install the chain plates for my tiki 30 there are two shrouds -- they're 18 inches apart and both make on to the mast at pretty much the same point at the masthead--it's probably a…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Budget Boater Nov 13, 2016.

Deciding on a mast
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My local marine consignment shop will sell me a 36 foot mast for under a thousand bucks- masthead rig ,forward and aft shrouds attached, halyard winch, spreaders. slotted sail slides.I COULD chop…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by dennis schneider Aug 24, 2016.

tabernacle questioning
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I'm realizing that the tabernacle design for my tiki 30 is going to have major shortcomings. I've built the pod version and it prevents the mast being lowered aft .I suppose you simply leave the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by john james Feb 18, 2016.

rudder size
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OK all right here's my 10 bucks" builders and Friends" has proved invaluable to me. I'm putting together the rudders for my tiki 30'. I'm using full 1" x 7" red Cedar I'm engineering quarter-inch…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by john james Oct 11, 2015.

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dennis schneider replied to john james's discussion Deciding on a mast
"(opps, I didnt see that you did get some good advice from our experts! So tell us what you ended up doing?"
Aug 24, 2016
dennis schneider replied to john james's discussion Deciding on a mast
"dear john I am sorry no one has responded to your query; I would definitely go with the mast, etc for a $k! Since it is now  6 months later, what did you decide to do?"
Aug 24, 2016
john james replied to Bart Koop's discussion looking for a way to improve upwind sailing.
"Wow everybody's got a lot to say about going to Winward - the most unpleasant direction you can pick to go,  in the right conditions yes a good romp to Windward is excellent -especially with other boats around and smooth water. BUT…"
Aug 20, 2016
Ann and Neville Clement commented on john james's photo


"Nice to see Joni helping with the mast!  We had such fun with y'al building at such a civilized boat building pace - so nice to not get exhausted but always see progress every day.  Ultra pleasant to have some wine and cheese and…"
Jul 14, 2016
john james replied to Anthony hunt's discussion Looking for a Tiki 38 or Pahi 42
"Check out Annie and Nevils catamaran peace in this website I've been sailing all my life -she's the best wharram I have seen."
Jul 13, 2016
Marc LaFrance left a comment for john james
"Ha ! So you decided on a wood mast after all. Looks great. I just finished painting mine about 6 weeks ago. Over 2 months of mornings, nights and some weekend work. Looks like you're getting real close."
Jul 12, 2016
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Jul 10, 2016
Ann and Neville Clement commented on john james's photo

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"Just think of the joy that Cedar felt when it saw its future as part of your boat!  Out of the garbage it came and your hands fashioned it into a working part of your ocean adventuring plans.  Those shapes really are lovely too.…"
Apr 4, 2016
john james commented on Ann and Neville Clement's blog post Price reduced - Tiki 46 Peace IV
"Anybody would be a fool to try to build when they could buy PEACE for that price, tell about the mast construction.!  "
Apr 3, 2016
john james commented on john james's photo

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"Hello my friends it's snowing here see that beautiful red Cedar came directly from the garbage- some rusty nail holes and minor accompanying rot to plug up but ending pleasantly with a good light gaff."
Apr 3, 2016
Ann and Neville Clement commented on john james's photo

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"Beautiful work there, John!  You got a date yet for splashing that boat?  I want a ride!  We will be up that way this summer some time. Ann and Nev"
Apr 3, 2016
john james commented on Andy Best-Dunkley's photo


"That's really a nice picture. Takes me back to my life in Maine-hauled out to wait out  those long winters"
Apr 2, 2016
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Apr 2, 2016
john james replied to john james's discussion Deciding on a mast
"Annie &NevilleThank you for your in-depth discussion on sail rig possibilities ,the  mast at  consignment shop is oval in shape--- I guess I  could mock up some gaff jaws out of 2by8 and see how freely they seem to work--- the…"
Mar 2, 2016
Ann and Neville Clement replied to john james's discussion Deciding on a mast
"John, I believe the alloy masts that Jacques got were Canadian.  Contact Jacques.  He had about 5 guys who all ordered together.  C'mon, one of you guys reading this should remember where that stuff came from!   Nev and I…"
Feb 26, 2016

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A home builder
What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
TIKI 30.

I have also built several trimerans, (an Artie Piver 24', modified 31' and 36', respectively,) a 14' catameran, and sailed/rehabbed a Jim Brown trimeran, among others....

and more recently inspired/contributed my maritime experience for the http://lastchancetobeacowboy.com/blog
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US, New England
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I have two accounts on this network, (this is my primary,) and a daughter who loves me very much. :)
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find a good source for PLYWOOD.

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At 5:38pm on January 7, 2011, Ann and Neville Clement said…

Hi John,

     Folks have been asking about your here at Manjack.  We are now settled in where you used to anchor behind Rat Cay on a huge anchor that was dug deep in the sand for the season.  Nev is fixing a dinghy, I am doing some gardening on island, and we plan a sail to grocery shop three islands down in a few days.  I was thinking a few days ago that most nights I think back on the day and feel that I have been happy and joyful most of the time.  I guess living on the water makes it that way.  Want to come for a winter warmer?  Love, Ann and Nev 

At 10:18am on July 19, 2012, Bob Bois said…

Hi John,

I hope you are well - how goes the building?

At 4:52pm on July 22, 2012, Bob Bois said…


The book looks great, I may have to read it!

In the meantime, if you ever need an extra pair of hands, by all means, send me a message and I'll come on down.

Thanks for your message.


At 6:42am on September 2, 2012, Marc LaFrance said…

I hadn't considered that one. I'll most likely do the Wharram sliding window.

Probably use type 1 PVC for the rails. Have you ever seen Wiley ports? I have some on a small gaffer that I built. You can leave them open in the rain and still get some ventilation.


At 9:03am on September 18, 2012, Bob Bois said…


Check out Jamestown Distributors in Bristol, RI.

Hope all is well with you and your build.

At 12:55pm on February 18, 2014, Ricardo Aráoz said…

Hi John, I'd wonder if you could send me your mail address, there's a couple of things I'd like to talk in private.

At 8:19pm on February 18, 2014, Ricardo Aráoz said…

Pls take a look at your inbox

At 4:37pm on February 19, 2014, Ricardo Aráoz said…

I've already sent them. Tell me if you don't get them.

At 3:00am on February 20, 2014, Rory McDougall said…

Hi John

Bit confused by your comment.....any clarification??

Cheers, Rory

At 7:40am on February 22, 2014, Marc LaFrance said…


I like your boat. Looks good!

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