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to many wharrams rest in a boatyard


to many wharrams rest in a boatyard

we spend the last 12 month sailing from the Philippines to Thailand. we meet a lot of wharrams on the way.... sadly, 80 % of all this boat are in pieces and resting on the hard.

we saw in thailand: 1 pahi 50, 2 tiki30+, 2 tiki46, 1 tiki21and in the Philippines 1 tiki38 out of order...

 we spoke to some (new) owners, the boats where not old, 5-7 years old but often for many month "out off order..."

what is it with this wharram community? do we like building, fixing, playing with new construction ideas  then sailing...? i find this quite depressing.

i hope you are not getting lost in details and will sail on the ocean soon..

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Looking for Pahi 42 or Tiki 38 to love

I am an owner of a restored Tiki 26 and now looking for a bigger project that my Girlfriend and I can restore and love and live aboard and travel. Anyone know of anything? Living in Alderney-Channel…Continue

Tags: 42, Pahi, 38, Tiki

Started by Barefoot Boat Bums Sep 27, 2016.

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Comment by Herr Kaluent on October 3, 2013 at 7:53pm

I would give my eye teeth to own a Wharram cat, it is my dream to one day own such a vessel, either self-built or bought, or 'purloined'...  Anyone who knows of a reasonably-sized cat that is languishing in some algae infested backwater and needs some TLC and a new skipper - just let me know!  I'll be its new huckleberry!

I think it is a crime to leave any vessel uncared for or abandoned, there are too many boats and yachts decaying in our backwaters and harbours...  And even when people like me go to the trouble of locating the owners, they greedily decide that they need to keep their rotting possession as it is rather than pass it on to someone who would put it to real use.    Sacrilegious in the extreme.. 

Comment by wakataitea on February 13, 2014 at 2:03am

finished hulls. no cross beams. rig and sails a complete... 

boat is lying here in the ACHM sailing cub on the hard...

if somebody is REALLY interested, i can make the contact... i guess it is quiet cheap...


Comment by wakataitea on March 17, 2014 at 10:37am

south Africa / Durban / bluff yacht club...

Comment by Barefoot Boat Bums on March 23, 2014 at 11:11am

Just finished rebuilding my parents old tiki 26. 25 years old and been sitting out the water rotting for the last 10 years. Will be afloat in 3 weeks or so. almost exactly 25 years from the day she set sail for the first time.

Comment by Barefoot Boat Bums on April 1, 2014 at 2:33am

Would love to save enough money to go traveling and buy an old wharram somwhere, fix it up, then sail back to the UK with her :)

Comment by wakataitea on April 1, 2014 at 9:50am

you got a tiki26...???? stop dreaming and go....

Comment by Nigel Signal on July 28, 2014 at 1:39am
Not just something that happens to Wharrams. Look in any boat yard or marina and probably +60% of the boats are hardly sailed. For many selling a boat means giving up the dream and what is life without dreams? It may be family commitments, work commitments, lack of commitment or simply aging that stops people sailing but at least while they own the boat they often still hang onto the prospect of maybe one day...
It is a shame to see a boat, any boat, left neglected and decaying but that is the way of the world. Until a new owner with the glint of a new dream finds the perfect boat, remember they are all perfect when we buy them regardless of condition, and brings her back to life. But always be aware as one dream is starting another is dying and sometimes really difficult to give up a dream - because dreams don't know what the word "logical" means. If we were logical we probably wouldn't buy boats in the 1st place.
Comment by Mike Haromy on July 28, 2014 at 8:56am

agreed Nigel, on all points

Comment by Patrick John McGrath on June 6, 2015 at 8:24pm

I have known three people socially, who set out to build a big Wharram, with great intentions, but somehow, when they had built the hulls to deck level (the easy part), they just sort of petered out and never finished the boat.

Only one of them successfully sold the hulls. The others just left them to rot. One was burnt and the other two were eventually just chopped up and ended in the tip.  Very sad that the reality of the enterprise never matched the vision of the so optimistic builder.

Comment by Tom Puchner on June 8, 2015 at 12:54am
Which Pahi 50 did you see in Phuket? Because ours (Pahi 52) was at Chalong on the hard at the time you were there. She's been refitted and we're now cruising the world's oceans (currently Rodrigues). Things are not always as dire as they seem ;-)


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