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Bertrand FERCOT
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Grand PHA searchs a crew to sail from NZ to Panama
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Sailing with GRAND PHA Tiki46 N°2

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Bertrand FERCOT left a comment for Guillermo sailboat
"Bonjour, comment puis je vous aider?"
Oct 1, 2023
Bertrand FERCOT replied to Bertrand FERCOT's discussion Grand PHA searchs a crew to sail from NZ to Panama
"Sorry Mark I plan to sail more south with perhaps a stop to the Gambiers if necessary. I have found a crew until Panama. Bertrand"
Sep 21, 2019
Mark Wagener replied to Bertrand FERCOT's discussion Grand PHA searchs a crew to sail from NZ to Panama
"I would like to see you boat if you stop in Huahine please.....Thanks Mark"
Sep 20, 2019
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Grand PHA searchs a crew to sail from NZ to Panama

HiMy wife decided to stop offshore sailings. To help me to sail back from north NZ to Panama, I'm searching for a crew.Departure during the second part of next October to join Panama with no stop or if necessary a stop in the archipelago of the Gambiers. Expecting arrival in Panama before the end of next December to pass the canal before the 01th January.After 3 months in France to heal a broken arm, I'll be back on board my boat the next 27th September. The boat will be re-launch the next 15…See More
Sep 6, 2019

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I am:
A home builder, I own a Wharram
What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
I've built an Hitia 14, a Melanesia, a Tiki30 N°119 with a free junk rig on each hull and a pod
From 1999 to 2012 I built with the help of familly and friends the Tiki46 N°2 with raised decks on the central parts of the hull, with a longer central cabin and with a free junk rig on each hull.
Country, City, and State?
France, in the village Sizun in Brittany
About me or us?
The boat has been launched the 17 September 2012 and after to have solved technical problems and waited the end of the winter we sailed away to a long voyage mid April 2013.
You can follow us with this Dolink link : http://www.dolink.fr/carte/grand-pha
Looking to?
Sharing ideas on building, sailing, natural life, etc

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Sailing with "GRAND PHA" Tiki46 N°2 Part 3: From the San Blas (Panama) to ?

Updated until the 21 April 2014 (Here are the Part 01, Part 02 )

After our sailing to Puerto Bello to shop in Colon we sailed back in our anchorage of Cayos Holandes…


Posted on March 19, 2015 at 5:15am

Sailing with "GRAND PHA" Tiki46 N°2 Part 2 : From St Martin (Caribbean) to the San Blas (Panama)

( Here are the Part 01Part 03 )

From St Martin to Great Inagua

Here is a general map of our track from St Martin to Great Abaco in red and from Great Abaco to Haiti in green :…


Posted on March 17, 2015 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Sailing with "GRAND PHA" Tiki46 N°2 Part 1 : From Brest (France) to St Martin (Caribbean)

( Here are the Part 02Part 03 )

GRAND PHA has been launched the Monday 17th September with a trailer which put her near the sea at low tide.

In waiting the tide, I re-stretched the lashings which worked very…


Posted on March 10, 2015 at 1:30am — 12 Comments

Building of the Tiki 46 n°2 "GRAND PHA" Part 1

Building of GRAND PHA

Tiki 46 N°2   Part 1

November 2009. Since a few months  I spend almost all my time 7 days on 7 to build our Tiki46  until the 9-9-2009 when I have broken my left arm in descending too quickly a ladder.



Posted on March 12, 2013 at 9:39am — 4 Comments

Building of the Tiki 46 n°2 "GRAND PHA" Part 2

Building of GRAND PHA

Tiki 46 N°2   Part 2

Due to the limitation of the blogs, I can't put all the pictures and comments in one  part, so this second part will continue the…


Posted on March 12, 2013 at 9:19am

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At 4:02am on October 30, 2008, Capgeraldo said…
Hi Bertrand,
I am pleased to see your special solutions for the wharram catamarans.
For the cockpit mounting - we had a similar system on our Pahi 42 . It worked well, only in strong waves it could happen, that water came up in the gap between hull-cockpit.
bg Gerald
At 7:23am on October 7, 2009, Ann and Neville Clement said…
Hi Bertran and Marie-Ellen,
You are looking good with that beard and nearly finished Tiki 46, dear friend. Is that Marie-Ellen behind the mask in the photo with you? We like that plan to live aboard and sail around the world. Perhaps now is that moment when we can at last raft your boat and ours together and remember back in 1998 when you first came into our building shed back in the UK to decide if you wanted a Tiki 46. Your experiments with the rig are most interesting and I believe you will have a close following as you did with the Tiki 30.
Nev and I are now on migration heading south through New York City in a couple days after busy summer with family in Rhode Island. Peace IV has some much needed fresh paint and still needs much needed bright work, but we are starting on it. Maintainence is so much easier than building, you would think we would be right on top of everything, but lazyness begins at launch when sailing starts. It is a hard habit to break and get back to working even a little bit.
Much love to all your family, Ann and Nev
At 11:15am on October 11, 2009, Hal Gordon said…
Bertrand, You are my hero. I've followed your site to the end. I have your Tiki on my computer screen as my dream boat. Where will your Tiki be located at the end of next November? And may I ask your asking price in American dollars?
At 5:16pm on October 11, 2009, Hal Gordon said…
I know you crossed the Atlantic with her. I'm looking forward to that blog and examining all my sources for dollars. I'm retired. On a school teacher's pension, but...we shall see...
At 4:46pm on October 12, 2009, Ernie wisner said…
Bonjour Bertrand.
J'à et 2 mètres grands et considère la construction d'un Tiki 46. J'ai tendance aussi à aimer des voiles de Camelote
parce que je peux les lever au-dessus de ma tête si j'ai besoin à. sans parler de cela je veux naviguer au lieu de se font du souci.

Je voudrais savoir ce que les modifications que vous faites à votre Tiki construisent pour que je puisse adapter quelques choses à ma planification.

Ce français a été écrit avec un programme de traduction ainsi pardonnez s'il vous plaît les erreurs.
At 11:36am on October 13, 2009, Ernie wisner said…
Thanks for the reply.

yes i do know the translators are not good. However; my dimly remembered French From 20 or so years ago was worse.

I try to use folks language if i can.
would it work if now and then i try to write french but we do most of the communication in english?
At 7:12pm on March 1, 2010, jean philippe desfarges said…
bonsoir bertrand , je suis inscrit sur le site depuis peu , j ai acheté il y a peu de temps un pahi 42 et voudrai vous poser quelques questions techniques , je parle assez mal l anglais et de ce fait j ai un peu de mal à converserr sur les differents forum. la construction de votre nouveau bateau doit vous prendre bcp de temps et j espére que vous avancez vite dans votre projet. jphilippe
At 11:40pm on May 6, 2010, Marty Peters said…
Hi Bertrand,

I have been following your adventures for some time and must say i am impressed with your build and the modifications you have made, especially the pod design. I am currently negotiating for a well used tiki 46 that needs complete refurbishment and would value your opinion on wether the pod you have designed woud fit on a standard tiki with the schooner rig?

I can't wait for you to post some pics of the inside of the pod, preferably with someone in the picture to get a sense of scale.

Keep up the great work.


At 11:48pm on May 8, 2010, Marty Peters said…
Hi Bertrand,

Love the new pictures of the pod, this is exactly the sort of design i would like, but obviously retaining the beam for the mast - which may pose some interesting design problems, but i guess that everything is do-able if the design is right..

keep up the great work..

At 6:38pm on August 31, 2010, Ann and Neville Clement said…
Hi Bertran and Marie Helene,
It is such a joy to see your excellent work on the new boat. Peace will be so happy to see you anchoring close by. We can hardly wait for that.
Today Nev finished with separating the two older solar panels which will now both be dedicated to the freezer and the four new solar panels will run everything else. So far it all works out just right. We are still using the gasoline generator to recharge the electric windlass battery which is a third separate system. But that seems to be the only use for the gasoline generator these days.
And today I used many lashings to protect the solar panels from the hurricane that is expected on Friday.
Hope to see you very soon, Love, Ann and Nev

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