The photo on the sandbank is a Tangaroa 'Pepecat' which a friend of mine bought.She was lying in a creek in the back of Borneo.Finally when she arrived in Bali we were debating whether to make a kids playground out of her or whether to go the rebuild.One year later 'Pepecat' is ready for the next few decades and thanks to a couple of very good local carpenters Nuki and roji.Also we believe the boat was originally built in the Philipines with red meranti,marine ply and copper nails.
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Thank you for the encouragement. The paint job on the hullsides has just been completed 3 days ago. Before we turn her around again I will finish the inside of the cabin roof in the main cabin which is so much easier to do if you don`t have to work overhead.
Then after getting her upright again I`ll sand and paint the decks and finish the hatches and the mooring cleats and.....
I really have no idea how anybody could build such a boat in the advertised 900-1000 hours. Maybe a pro-builder with a fully equiped workshop who spends no time time in thinking for even a minute what the next step of work is going to be and how to do it best. I am not aiming at a top notch pro finish (which is behyond my abilities anyhow) but I am still looking at 2000 hours (just a wild guess) building time to finish her.
Still I am having a good time and am enjoying myself lot.
I have always been into multihulls this is the first Wharram that I have owned and I like it. Sails good, shallow draft and very stable. At 31 feet it is a good size for where I live in Panama City. I would want a bigger one if I was cruising with more than 3 persons.
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We are building a pahi 42 which we hope to launch next year. On February 17th we are sailing into Freemantle for the day (on the QM) and wonder if you'd like to catch up for coffee and a chat about the trials and tribulations of building / owning a wharram. let us know. Cheers John & Kat
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