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Kiana Weltzien Utubes

      I was delighted to stumble upon a Utube titled  Solo Atlantic Crossing on a Wharram the other day.  A lady Adventurer produced this and another one titled Wharram Women Then and  Now.  Both are…Continue

Started May 25

All Electric

    We are approaching the point where going all electric will make sense..........at least for a "voyager".    The cost in inconvenience of maintaining a gas or diesel engine is at the point…Continue

Started Feb 10

Partial Pod
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    One of the few real "liabilities" to flexible beam connections is the fact that it really is not compatible with an integrated bridge deck cabin, hence one sees only pods on Warrams... unless…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ian R Feb 28.

A mad romp tacking & shunting cat..... half cat half proa.
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DISCLAIMER..........   This is pure flight of fancy.   I don't usually share these wild flights of…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dean Wilkerson Apr 1, 2021.

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Kiana Weltzien Utubes

      I was delighted to stumble upon a Utube titled  Solo Atlantic Crossing on a Wharram the other day.  A lady Adventurer produced this and another one titled Wharram Women Then and  Now.  Both are worth watching.     . rather bedraggled and well used.  It has the bolt and rubber beam connections, and interestingly has a cockpit/cockpits like the Tiki 31.   I rather enjoyed her two videos.   Nudity kept to a minimum ;-(    James would have been disappointed ;-).  Strikes me as a likable…See More
May 25
Ian R replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Partial Pod
"I've not had  a problem bringing down the sails as you describe, though I suppose there's scope for that. My last sail was finished up running an F8 and I had no problem bringing the mizzen down to run home on the jib. Each to their…"
Feb 28
Dean Wilkerson replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Partial Pod
"Andy:      Nice looking pod........ It's really not worth arguing rigs, as everybody is pretty firmly set in their ideas.   I do not want separate headsails to change and sailbags to deal with, and all that stuff,…"
Feb 26
Andy Best-Dunkley replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Partial Pod
"Hi - Interesting discussion! Concerning the pod idea, one of my friends has a Harry Proa "Ono", professionally built by another friend here in Finland. It is certainly more like half a modern condo-cat than a Wharram. I think your idea…"
Feb 26
Finn replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Partial Pod
"I spent an evening on the net looking into Junk rigs. I watched the JRA 3 part video series (and others) which was very good. While I have a greater understanding of the system now, on the whole I don't see it as an improvement over the Wharram…"
Feb 25
Ian R replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Partial Pod
"All these pods..... I wonder about the weight and the windage. On the moorings last week through 3 storms we experienced 98mph top gust. The pontoons dragged their anchors. I had no damage beyond a few rope burns on the port foredeck. Light boat +…"
Feb 25
Finn replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Partial Pod
"The world is a stage and everyone is an actor.  I'll look at the junk rig further, otherwise our requirements & intended destinations are the same. With the exception that'll I'll head to Norway instead of Alaska. I presume…"
Feb 24
Dean Wilkerson replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Partial Pod
"    The Tane and Tanenui,  really are not large enough for the level of independence I am seeking.   They also are a bit small for  a pod.   Nice design though.   I consider the Tangeroa about…"
Feb 24
Finn replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Partial Pod
"I've though alot about this, to the point of buying study plans for the Tanenui (one for sale locally)& Tangaroa and  traced them into AutoCAD to explore various configurations. My design considerations are almost identical to yours…"
Feb 24
Dean Wilkerson posted a discussion

All Electric

    We are approaching the point where going all electric will make sense..........at least for a "voyager".    The cost in inconvenience of maintaining a gas or diesel engine is at the point relative to batteries and solar panels, etc that unless you are married to a schedule, or impatient it makes sense.  Batteries are expensive.... solar panels are "cheap".  But it means that you can run an electric galley, a water maker, and electric propulsion (in port).   Imagine eliminating gas or…See More
Feb 10
Dean Wilkerson replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Partial Pod
"Gerry:      You could of course resort to any number of variants.  What I'm looking at is how to set up a comfortable convenient arrangement for long term live aboard voyaging that raises the level above that of…"
Feb 3
Gerry Schreiber replied to Dean Wilkerson's discussion Partial Pod
"Hmmmm, I like it. Could one also have a hinged lifting 'flap' on the deck between the pod and the hull hatchway? tIt could be easily lifted and lowered hinged at the forward end. Like a folding door and cover the sailor needing to cross…"
Feb 2
Dean Wilkerson replied to Lovako's discussion Ply Construction
"Chopped Strand Mat adds weight, but very little strength.  Fiberglass epoxy adds an immense amount of strength, so much so that foam sandwich can be a direct replacement for plywood in many instances.  There is some disagreement as to what…"
Jan 9
Dean Wilkerson replied to Lovako's discussion Ply Construction
"I agree that CSM is a poor choice, but woven fiber makes sense.     However there is another option if stiffness is the goal, and that is foam sandwich.    You could also use thin ply on one face in lieu of glass…"
Dec 21, 2021
John Jameson left a comment for Dean Wilkerson
"Thanks for your kind words Dean."
Dec 20, 2021
Dean Wilkerson replied to Keanu's discussion Any and all photos of a Tangaroa MK IV
"Does anybody have drawings of the bulkheads of the Tangeroa Mk1 versus Mk2 for comparison....... I can find no interior photos, or drawings displaying the difference in width.   Here  is a quote from the website: The Mk IV has more…"
Dec 14, 2021

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At 7:29pm on April 8, 2019, Iain & Cherry Mae Cairns said…

G'day Dean, unfortunatley this did not happen with the Teheni hulls. The project stood to long and got wet rot in the hulls. I am in the process of buying a new boat also in my picture albums ORO with a center cockpit, this has no mast so the intention is to Junk Rig her. As original plan. I will keep an eye out for your Build as well. Fair winds.

At 12:09am on December 12, 2021, Andrew Cassingham said…

Dean, project has basically stalled due to work and family and the fact the boat is fine the way it is. A gaff rigged wing sail is stupidly easy to use. I only have two winches on the boat for the furling jib and even then most of the time I don't use the handle. Twin unstayed masted would reduce all the rigging and lower the mast height to keep the same sail area. To keep things simple and easy you basically need as small a boat that you can live with. I recently skippered a seaweed 1160, great boat but 12mm ropes everywhere and electric winches to handle the loads.

I would still like to convert my tiki 30 to a biplane cambered balanced junk rig but need to stop working on other peoples boats first. I sew and repair canvas and sails, so the sail making may look daunting at first but if you make a small test sail first its fairly straightforward  

At 4:34am on December 20, 2021, John Jameson said…

Thanks for your kind words Dean.

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