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Classic Wharram Group


Classic Wharram Group

This is a group for all the owners of Classic Wharrams out there. These older designs are a bit different than the newer stitch and glue designs. They have different advantages and different problems. 

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Latest Activity: Apr 15

Discussion Forum

running rigging for RAKA build

Started by Alex parrish Jul 28, 2020.

Well.... I may be building a ply/epoxy Tanenui 1 Reply

Started by Allen Bosely. Last reply by Rogerio Martin May 2, 2015.

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Comment by Brandon Gamble on February 2, 2014 at 2:06am

Any classic Wharram owners on here... I know you are out there :)

Comment by Brandon Gamble on February 6, 2014 at 1:08am

Hey guys sorry for the whole request for approval business... when I checked that box I thought it meant everyone would be approved not that membership would require my approval... I think I have it fixed now

Comment by Galway Bay on February 6, 2014 at 4:58am

Good thinking Brandon - since we have to be approved by Budget Boater to join the site it seems overkill to do it again in a group.

I wonder haw many older boats are still sailing ? I wonder what maybe is the oldest still in use ? or at least afloat ?

Comment by Brandon Gamble on February 7, 2014 at 11:38am
I read somewhere that "Rongo" was still out there and was for sale... I believe this was one of Wharram's earlier boats
Comment by Galway Bay on February 25, 2014 at 1:30pm

I think only the name lives on .....The original got into very poor shape after about 10 yrs and was given free to a scout troop in Dun Laoire  [Dublin] as a floating clubhouse. James never intended that it should go to sea again , I believe, but after some dubious repairs it did so - resulting in a rescue. The story I got was that it was rotten all along the keel-line and leaking and the repair consisted of filling the bilge with concrete - sort of like an oversize fillet. At sea this broke up and the keel just fell off. Luckily there were no casualties. It seems likely that the boat was sailing without the Sea Scouts knowledge or approval.

Comment by Brandon Gamble on February 25, 2014 at 7:08pm

Wow... now that's a sea story! All I can say is wow...

Comment by Marc Tipper on June 1, 2014 at 9:35pm

I have a 46'ORO MKIV. first launched in 1993, after a 5 year build time. I am the second owner and I just love the old girl to bits..She has weathered force 10 gales with a 6 meter swell and managed 15.4knots with just the main up. and a dry deck.

She may not be as swift under normal sailing conditions, ie winds below 10 knots

but as she weighs 6'5 tons she gets along ok.

Comment by dennis schneider on June 5, 2014 at 12:25pm

Hi Brandon; I've sent you messages before on this site; never got any feedback...Anyway, re the classic Wharrams still out there Google "Kaimusailing"; he has a terrific blog about his Narai Mk4.

Comment by Brandon Gamble on June 5, 2014 at 12:43pm
Mark your ORO is very very cool... Love the pics... Welcome to the group...

Dennis... I've messaged you back on here.. At least it says I did in my mailbox... I've read that blog but thanks for the info I appreciate it
Comment by dennis schneider on June 5, 2014 at 1:20pm

Sorry Brandon; heres my email: djsish@comcast.netI read you now own a Tangaroa?.  Mark: I admired your fotos, and addeded a comment to your page. Heer I would like you (too) to look at Kaimusailing blog. He used to own an Oro, and on his Narai Mk4 he has a vary ingenious design for a large cockpit dining table (seats 10), which folds together in several ways for cruising. I also wanted to know if you are familiar with the fotos on Watataitea(sp?)Wharram Builder's site, showing how he used a U-joint for his retractable propeller, from the bridgedeck motor. it looks like you might have done something similar. I would like to know if you have had rough weather down on the Tasman Sea? Can you describe it? (I had a 5 day storm in the North Sea just after 12 yachts sank in the Fastnet race in 1979-I can't describe that....  dennis


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