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If you haven't read it yet....
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Neil Hawkesford Jun 9, 2014.

Tiki 46 Building Plans #38 (unused) for sale
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Bois Jul 19, 2012.

Electric propulsion
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jozef De Roos Feb 16, 2023.

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Jozef De Roos replied to Bob Bois's discussion Electric propulsion
"what could be the advantage to do that? the motor is the same and like you say, it has the same functionality. and it weighs more. I don't see it. "
Feb 16, 2023
tide replied to Bob Bois's discussion Electric propulsion
"interesting. out of curiosity - why not use the evo outboard version that offers the same functionality?"
Feb 16, 2023
Jozef De Roos replied to Bob Bois's discussion Electric propulsion
"I am buildiing a tiki 38 and I want to use ePropulsion engines. More specific the pod drive 6.0evo. These also because the regenaration possibility off 1 kW at 10 knots. Less with lower speed offcourse. I hope with this and solar to be…"
Feb 14, 2023
boatsmith replied to Bob Bois's discussion Electric propulsion
"Lots has changed. Lithium batteries and  many more motor options being huge. Also there are used motors and batteries from Teslas and  Leafs available pretty cheaply. We are currently building a 51' Wharram kinda cat. It will weigh in…"
Sep 1, 2021
Dimitri Dhuyvetter replied to Bob Bois's discussion Electric propulsion
"Hi all!I am new on this forum, and one of my interests is in electric propulsion, so when I am ready to build my Wharram I would love to power it with electric.I am planning to build a Tiki 38 in a few years. We would mainly be sailing and thinking…"
Jul 30, 2021

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Princeton, Massachusetts
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We (Bob,Tess, sons Dante (7) and Jonah(6) had a Tiki 30 we bought third-hand and learned to sail after talking about it for years. Had plans to build a Tiki 46, but... life intervened. The future may see the Boises afloat yet.
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At 7:32am on October 2, 2008, Brian said…
HI Bob,

How do the smaller wharrams work out for New England sailing?
At 8:58pm on February 4, 2009, Brian said…
Hi Bob,

Thanks for getting back to me...Looking to build, i want to build a Hitia 17 to play with while my girlfriend is in grad school (just started her PhD 2 weeks ago). Then we would like a 38 or 46...we visited Peace 4 over the summer and LOVE the design.
At 8:56am on February 5, 2009, Brian said…
Hi Bob, Milton, MA is basically home and Boston is work. I get to spend a lot of time on the water year round for work (New England Aquarium) but in power boats. My girlfriend is studying diseases of marine organisms, she also loved the tiki design, but so far we have not been able to link up with Ann & Neville for a sail (though not for a lack of an invite).

As for the build, I just got my first two sets of study plans this past week. For as much enjoyment as I've had reading other builders' blogs I'm considering a Hitia blog.

I'm glad to see you back here. I'm both curious to see a large local build and was intrigued to see a Tiki on New England beach. Do you know any other local owners?

At 2:34pm on February 6, 2009, Brian said…
Hi Bob,

I'll keep my fingers crossed for your inspection whenever it comes. I'm usually here at least once a day to see what's up.

Your pictures...is that Peace 4's summer home? Newport? I know they are someplace in Narragansett bay during the summer.
At 7:18am on May 15, 2009, Ann and Neville Clement said…
Hi Bob, Tess, boys,
We just got back to RI yesterday having sailed direct from Port Washington, NY to Point Judith, RI in one big hop. The tides were seductive and the weather report seemed like it might go the wrong way so we kept going and anchored at 10:30 at the end of the day having started at dawn, so we were tired.
I am new at this computer bit so I do not know what is happening to this letter and where it is going or who is reading it, but if you and the Bylins and Araujos and maybe Brian and Pilar want to get together, that would be great. I think we should have a Tiki 46 meet up here. Pick a good day and let's do it!
Love, Ann and Nev
At 3:21am on June 15, 2009, Ann and Neville Clement said…
We will be away most of July sailing to Maine to haul Peace at Walter Greene's yard again. Bottom paint, mast paint, new wire rigging, topsides paint, and whatever else. She has not had any paint for 7 years so it is really time. John has surgery in early August on that other hip. but if you call, we will try extra hard to come see you all. Great photo of the boys, by the way. Ann
At 5:39pm on January 17, 2010, Meinhard Koch said…
Dear Bob!
Thank you for your feedback! I am happy that you like my little video. Indeed the wheelhouse is excellent in bad weather (we had one week of rain in Greece last summer!) and indeed it increases the windage and for sure reduces the speed. But you will agree that, if one wants a racer, the Wharrams are the wrong joice anyway. As you see I am sayling with my family, wife and 2 year old boy. So Tikimata is should work as a secure home for us beeing out on the sea. And she performs in that way. Actually the wheelhouse was built by the prior owner, which prepared the ship for a circumnavigation. For he is a tall guy it turned out comparatively high. For me it could be at least 10 cm lower.
What I miss on this construction is a sheltered way to the hulls. One has to cross "open air" to reach the hatches and to enter the hulls. In rainy weather one brings a lot of water both ways...I am thinking of (removeable) canvas tentlike rooflets for ugly weather, at least an the anchor. But as with all changes - it takes time to make them. good luck and lots of energy for your project!
Meinhard from Tikimata
At 4:41am on September 14, 2010, sam said…
thanks bob
good luck with the build
looks like you have some good helpers there
cheers sam
At 4:39pm on September 16, 2010, Dave Vinnicombe said…
Hi Bob
Congrats on starting your project, the 46 is a great boat. NZ is a full stop for me. We have bought a house, I am working again and we want to rebuild a new pension fund!! But in the back of my mind I would like to sail to Chagos and on to Madagascar and continue round back to NZ again. I will of course be keeping Dragon and we have some wonderful sailing in Auckland, Waiheke Island is 1 hour from my berth! Wharrams and the trade winds were made for each other!! There is no better sailing or means to get in touch with your soul. The world is slowly going crazy and the peace of being at sea is not easily found ashore.
Cheers, Dave
At 1:27pm on November 3, 2010, Chris Bretter said…
Hi Bob.It is the best local ply we can get I shall try to get you more info.The builder Chris has been involved in 5 complete Tiki38 builds in the last 15 years Dave Vinnis Dragon being the last.We are hoping to be complete in 6 months.then it will be the final fitting as the cash comes in??? around 6 - 12 months on the hard.Regards Chris

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