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over the Xmas / January break I took  few weeks off to chill sailing around some of the tropical islands in my area covering a few hundred miles back and forth in conditions from gentle breezes to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Haromy Mar 27, 2014.

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my insurance policy comes up for renewal in a couple of months.. at present I'm with Edward William marine services operating from spain .. reasonably priced and willing to insure a plywood wharram..…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ian Oct 23, 2013.

anchors... how many?
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A question for the live aboards... How many anchors do you have ..I bought the boat with two bruce anchors  (25lb & 20lb)  and have just added two plough anchors (25lb & 20 lb ) plus an…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ann and Neville Clement Feb 22, 2013.

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Hi all... first post ...and its a matter of opinion ... I would like to hear yoursfor the past few years I've been browsing for a suitable boat to continue my adventure so rudely interupted by a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ann and Neville Clement Apr 30, 2012.

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steve martland replied to paul anderson's discussion bamboo swim ladder
"watch out for the lyctus borer beetle in queensland   I had a piece of bamboo as a 'flower pot '    the buggers chewed it up in no time"
Dec 20, 2017
steve martland commented on Jesse Walker's photo

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"where from and how much?"
Jun 12, 2017
steve martland replied to Emil Gaigher's discussion Tangaroa mk IV
Jun 11, 2017
steve martland replied to Allen Bosely's discussion Single Yamaha T9.9 powerful enough for Tangaroa?
"yes ,the 4hp is mainly there for 'emergency' use such the wind dropping right off and a current taking me where I don't want to go.. I find that planning a trip without an end time is very important.. mostly the shit hits the fan when…"
Aug 13, 2016
steve martland replied to Allen Bosely's discussion Single Yamaha T9.9 powerful enough for Tangaroa?
"I ended up taking the two 9.9 yamahas off my tangaroa.. I just run a 4hp Yamaha if there is no wind.. the rest of the time I sail.. that's what a sailboat is for.. without pods, fuel, motors the boat is over 250kg lighter and sails so much…"
Aug 13, 2016
steve martland replied to Graham Anley's discussion Alternative position for outboard motors?
"I took my motors off.. 2X 9.9 yamahas...  My boat  (Tangaroa mk IV ) sails so much better.. I have a 4hp for if there is absolutely no wind.. I have done around 1000 nm around the north queensland coast and islands since I…"
Jan 29, 2016
steve martland commented on steve martland's video

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"I think that is a u tube thing correcting the boat movement like steady cam"
Jul 28, 2015
Blanc Jean-Paul commented on steve martland's video

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"Hello nice video , but a little short. I ask myself the question regarding the maintenance of the mast , I find it much rocking from front to rear. I am wrong?"
Jul 28, 2015
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wharram tangaroa in light airs at magnetic island
Jul 28, 2015
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sunday sailing magnetic island on a light day
Jul 28, 2015
Pedro Olding commented on steve martland's photo


"Good on ya mate I see your flyin the flag. Pirate------- P eaceful I ndividuals R ebelling A gainst T yrannical E xtortion "
Jul 27, 2015
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"Nice mate"
Jul 26, 2015
steve martland replied to Rob Daigle's discussion adding a shower/head to my tiki 38'
"bucket and chuckit... works well for me.. porta potty for the ladies"
Jul 15, 2014
Mike Haromy replied to steve martland's discussion WEAR SHIP!
"Even on a racing trimaran between races with the jib dropped(waiting for the monohulls to finish) it never liked to tack so we sailed a lazy figure 8 with a gybe instead of a tack at each windward point.   very easy and safe especially in a…"
Mar 27, 2014
kim whitmyre replied to steve martland's discussion WEAR SHIP!
"Definitely part of the reporatoire..."
Mar 25, 2014
Galway Bay replied to steve martland's discussion WEAR SHIP!
"I missed a lot of tacks through towing. Dinghy had a nasty habit of giving a tug on the painter at just the wrong moment. I used a short tow. As you say sail handling  is the key to a short gybe."
Mar 24, 2014

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I am:
I want a Wharram
What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
nacra 16 square , wharram tangaroa mkIV .. and a couple of sailboards
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qld australia
About me or us?
sailed lots of things from gaffers to f16 cats looking for the right boat to continue my adventure now the kids have grown up
Looking to?
buy a tiki 38 ot tangaroa mk4 in the next 12 months. ticked that box

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At 12:55pm on December 9, 2012, paul anderson said…

Hey Steve, whereabouts in qld are you and the boat?

At 8:36pm on February 12, 2013, Ann and Neville Clement said…

Looks like an alloy I beam which could be a good idea if you could afford it.  But the thing I would want to be sure about is if chafe might happen where that red line is so near the sharp edge of the beam.   How much does the beam weigh and how expensive and what do you know about its use for this situation?   Everybody will be curious and everybody will hope this is going to work out for you.  Keep us informed, please. 

At 4:45am on February 14, 2013, steve martland said…

the alloy beams were a big plus in the positive column when I was looking at this boat.. most other older wharrams  have had beam rot problems (including this one ) there is no evidence of chafe as the alloy is radiused at the lashing point. The big question is .. if there is going to be any wear at at this connection is it better to be in the lashing or the beam .. also is there any lubricant that one can apply that does not react with either the ropes or the alloy .. I may have a go with pure lanolin which is very slippery and a neutral product .. no friction    =   no chafe .. as to the cost I will have to get on to the previous owners .. but in the grand scheme of things I think the difference in cost between manufacturing  timber to alloy beams would be minimal but the peace of mind would be immense.  Certainly the fact that the tiki style lashings have been applied to a classic design with "space age " materials to me is a positive ,as opposed to the original bolts and compression rubber method......

the other factor in the design of the beam with it being of web construction as opposed to an extruded hollow section is a huge difference in the way the load forces are distributed without the need for a strut  and straps as per racing cats to take compression loads of the rig(s)  Having snapped the front beam on a tornado in extreme conditions showed me the limitations of this set up.. If I do come across any problems (apart from skinning ones shins) I will be sure to let You know..  regards steve

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