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At 4:19pm on October 16, 2008, Bertrand FERCOT said…
Bonjour Jacques et Isabelle

J'espère que nous aurons l'occasion de nous croiser sur l'eau en 2010.
Congratulations for your beautiful Tiki38 who seems almost finished.
Concerning my crossing, after so many years to sail along the coast in the currents and rocks, to cross the Atlantic appears to be very relax. The more dangerous is not to hit one another boat but to hit an non identified floating object! We had foam in the ends of the hulls, so the boat is unsinkable.
The most important is to trust your boat in training to sail a few times in heavy conditions. On board I've always a lot of tools, parts and thing to be abble to repair. The last week after to have broken our windvane , I was lucky to have spares to repare it.
With the GPS you know permanently your position, speed and heading. I had a little GPS Etrex plug in all the time on a battery to check easily the speed and heading from the cabin. I had a laptop with Scannav and electronic maps I switched on 2 or 3 times each day to check our position and to request grib weather forecast by email with an inmarsat MiniM we've got in second hand in Martinique. Sure I have so a minimum of paper charts and a plastic sextant.
During all the crossing we received well the weather forecast of RFI on shortwaves.
We were very satisfied to have build a central cabin which allows to have a confortable watch when there is a lot of rain or spray outside. It's why our Tiki46 will have so a such cabin, longer with a little kitchen inside, lockers for anchors and lines in the nose and a little cockpit to handle the boat and to work the sailsat at the back. The spaces betwen the 2 first beams and the two last one will be free as big pleasure cockpits.

At uour dispositions for more details.
Bertrand et Marie-Hélène
At 4:30am on October 22, 2008, Bertrand FERCOT said…

Je pense que si vous comptez vivre logtemps à bord et faire régulièrement des traversées, il serait utile d'avoir un liason par satellite via un MiniM, ou plus éconmique, un Iridium avec modem (possibilité de location). ça te permet de recevoir sous forme de fichier électronique grib les prévis mto et en plus des emails Voir le site http://www.banik.org/ qui dans la rubrique questions/réponses donne de bonnes explications En parallèle il est possible avec un logiciel de type SeaTTY de recevoir des MTO cartes et bulletins par ondes courtes. Il faudra que je t'envoie la liste de ce que j'ai enregistré sur le portable de PHA. Plus évidemment la réception radio classique ondes courtes.
J'avas effectivement un radeau de survie Plastimo que je garde pour le Tiki46, par la suite je rajouterai une ancre ou un parachute flottant pour des situations exeptionnelles.
Avec PHA j'ai eu à payer 3000Euros aux douanes car la Martinique est fiscalement un pays étranger, et bien que j'ai des factures en règle, certaine avaient un taux de TVA de zéro. Normalement en cas de déménagement l'on bénéficie d'une franchise de déménagement mais le bateau n'était pas sur le listing de mon déménagement en conteneur et personne ne m'avait dit de faire la démarche pour le bateau. Donc dans votre cas lors de votre déménagement, bien mentionner aux douanes que votre bateau en fait partie et dans ce cas à partir du moment ou vous pouvez prouver que vous avez payer des taxes fiscales ou douanières ils passent l'éponge sur l'évetuel différentiel de taxation d'un pays à l'autre. Consulte le site des douanes françaises.
Au cas ou ca indisposerait les autres que nous parlions en français, tu peux me joindre à bertrand.fercot sur orange.fr
A bientôt
At 3:09am on November 3, 2008, Dave Vinni said…
Hi Jacques

I would strongly recommend the wing sail. It does work! I have hoisted and dropped the sails in all wind directions and strengths on my own without a problem.

It is important that the mast head is properly set up. The throat halyard and peak halyards must have seperate attachment points.

My peak halyard is attached to a mast crane and is closest to the mast. The peak is set about 70mm further aft on its own attachment point on the mast crane.

Next the gaff jaws must not be too tight a fit around the mast. I used PTFE pads to take the wear and these have worked very well. Screw them on an make sure the screws are well counter sunk. Leather will squeak and wear more quickly and has greater friction.

If the jaws are too tight simply add more padding to the throat block.

The gaff outhaul must only pull tight once the gaff is peaked. Otherwise it will be too tight and will make hoisting the sail difficult.

When you lead the halyards down the inside of the sleave, try to make sure you dont get them twisted as this will lead to friction.

My set up works well enough for me to hoist the sails hand over hand without straining and without having to use a winch.

I dont use a boom, but do set up vangs to get the sails to set how I want them. This is safer cheaper and simpler than having booms.

I hope my comments help!

At 2:32am on January 21, 2009, NYCKiwi said…
Hi Jacques, many thanks for the invite to visit - I'd really like to come and see your project. I'm leaving town for a couple of weeks and will be in touch as soon as I return. Best, John.
At 9:09am on February 10, 2009, hans boortman said…
hi jacque,i have trim tabs as per hannekes plans,i had to rebuild the rudders to make them fit,i cannot give you feedback at this time because i have not fitted the units yet.thanks for the compliment and good luck with finishing your 38, or is it ever finished? hans.
At 8:53am on March 3, 2009, hans boortman said…
hi jaque,
i see you are building a bow sprit a la 46 like i did, a good idea,gives you something to attach your forestay to. to answer your question the boat sails very nice,she is not a speedburner and needs some wind to move well, i am comparing to my previous boat, a searunner trimaran 34,which was faster and more agile, but the tiki sails very comfortable at around 7-8 knots, i have have had her up to 12 but it need s to blow 25 to do that.she tracks like train and is very comfortable,i had my sails made by jeckells,if you need any more information i can help you with feel free to call me at 941 769 0857,good luck and get to launching day.regards hans.
At 11:02pm on March 3, 2009, Rod Jones said…
Hi Jaques, Thanks for the note. Yes I agree on the weight. I see so many of these boats get so much heavy junk attached to them. I'm considering having MTG in Australia build the boat for me. Carbon masts, vacuum bagged with honey comb, foam and balsa. Should be pretty light so I can load some gear on her. Your bowsprit looks good in the photos.
At 5:01pm on March 10, 2009, Dennis Dalgaard Laursen said…
Hej Jaques, thanks for the info, appreciate you taking the time to read it and give feedback to us,I am now thinking of planning a trip to the UK to check it out... Cheers ....Regards Dennis
At 7:27am on March 19, 2009, Brian said…
No I did not. That's the weekend before the wooden boat show right? Where can i get more information?
At 6:02pm on March 26, 2009, Brian said…

Can you tell me more about the June meeting?
At 7:27am on March 27, 2009, Brian said…
Merci Jacques, I'll look forward to more info later.
At 10:48am on April 28, 2009, boatsmith said…
Hey Jaques, join us for the Wharram rendevous in Isalmorada FL. All the epoxy in site will be weel cured and you will get a big dose of inspiration. David 561 632 2628
At 6:12pm on May 6, 2009, NYCKiwi said…
Fantastic progress since I visited you back in February. She's looking fine. Hope you're doing well.
At 9:27am on June 30, 2009, Mike said…
hi all! thanks for the welcome. yes i am from switzerland, the italian speaking part; landlocked for the time being. currently we are trying to sell our house (bad timing, i know) in order to follow the call of the sea. we have our eyes on a tiki 46 after having chartered q 38 for some weeks in thailand. having followed the stories of some of you (e.g. ann and neville) now for years; it seems like we already know you for a long time.
At 8:40am on August 18, 2009, Dennis Dalgaard Laursen said…
Hej Jacques, We have seen a Tangaroa MK1´Rhiannon´ for sale in Cedarville Nj ( few hrs from you ) and was wondering if you have by any chance seen this boat on your travels . We have asked the seller questions about the boat , but he is pretty vague in his answers. cheers :)
At 5:27pm on September 16, 2009, Don Hayes said…
I looked at your engine boxes I will order the upgrade kit from Wharram when I get my plans for the Tehini. It has the boxes deck pox and lashing along with plans to make the tiki crossbeams. Thanks for the heads up.

At 1:43pm on September 18, 2009, Ann and Neville Clement said…
Hi Jacques,
Yes, George said he loved your boat and we expect he will want to buy plans from us soon. He especially enjoyed seeing your famous Wharram jeep put together with ply and epoxy.
We will dearly miss seeing you, but know you will return rested, ready to spend all that money you made on the new boat.
We will certainly be seeing you on our way back up to Rhode Island in the spring and will for sure either drive down or sail down for the launch. We will also help you with the lashings because now we know all the tricks to making them REALLY tight.
Keep us informed of how things are going with you. Nev has a map of the area you will be living in France.
Love, ann and Nev
At 12:02pm on September 24, 2009, James Attianese said…
Hi Jacques,

I am planning on building a Tiki 38 and heard you might have some info about where to get the aluminum tubes for masts. I would appreciate any information you could give me.

I was talking to Ann and Neville Clement last weekend and they were impressed with your boat. The photos I've seen look great. You must be excited about your launch in the spring.


At 11:54am on November 2, 2009, Ron Hall said…

Good to hear from you. Boat looks magnificent. So many good ideas it almost makes me want to start over and incorporate them. Let us know for sure when you launch, and we will try to get there. I made two mistakes building the boat: I never had a place out of the weather to work on the boat, and I launched it before it was ready. It is much more difficult to work on the boat AND sail it, so we are mostly sailing, and little things like finishing the interior are taking forever. I see you avoided both mistakes.

I can also tell you how we tightened the lashings. We wrapped each turn around an eight-foot long two by four, braced it under the keel, and had two guys pull down (about 500 pounds or so) on the other end. When we had it bar tight (all of the stretch out of the rope) we clipped that turn to the previous one with a vice grips, so we could lead the next turn and stretch it out with the two by four and clip it off, and repeat. At the end, we tied it off per plans, and used the tail for the frapping turns. (Not the best, Ann has a better solution for the turns using a different knot for the lashings and a different line for the frapping turns.) Anyway, we used a shorter lever for the frapping turns, and this is where you can get everything really really tight. Ours have not appreciably loosened in a year and a half of fairly hard sailing (in the Chesapeake Bay chop), and I don't plan on doing anything with them in the forseeable future.

Anyway, good to hear from you and keep in touch.

At 4:06am on September 15, 2010, NYCKiwi said…
Jacques, congratulations on your launching. After having been off-line for a while now, I've just caught up with your news. You were kind enough to give me a tour of Pilgrim on a cold and blustery day back in February 2009. Its an understatement to say you've made considerable progress in the last year and a half. What an achievement. I can only imagine how elated you must feel.
Best wishes and fair winds,

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