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Tiki 21 for sale in the UK
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My Tiki21, Gratitude is for sale. We have enjoyed 8 fantastic seasons…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ian Bamsey Apr 11, 2022.

Wharram Cornish Hui 2018
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Some more video fun and gamesContinue

Tags: Hui, 21, Tiki

Started this discussion. Last reply by Éric Bouvéron Feb 2, 2019.

Bowsprit Construction
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I've been asked about the bow sprit on my Tiki 21. Here's a blog with some details. Hope it's useful ...…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Levi Verwoest Aug 11, 2018.

Mooring to an ugly thing
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I will be leaving my Tiki 21 on a visitor's mooring for a few days. The buoy has a metal ring on top to attach the lines. The harbourmaster insists on a chain length spliced into a rope to prevent…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrés Jul 20, 2018.

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The Great British Weather - Wharram Tiki 26 (8m version)

A long weekend on Frygga, a Wharram Tiki 26 (8m version). Sailing into the night from Exmouth to Dartmouth, then to Salcombe and back to the Dart before the ...
Aug 30, 2023
Ian Bamsey commented on Andre's blog post Birch plywood for a Tiki 21
"The amount of work that will go into the build will be considerable. It will cost more, but if it were me, I know I'd sleep easy knowing I'd used a good marine ply. The cost increase will be a small price when compared to the overall…"
May 19, 2023
Ian Bamsey replied to Paul Bays's discussion WINGSAIL rig - where to purchase - sails for tiki 26
"Hard to say because they are made from different cloth weights. Both are good. Jeckell's certainly are v familiar with whatram sails."
Apr 16, 2023
Ian Bamsey replied to Paul Bays's discussion WINGSAIL rig - where to purchase - sails for tiki 26
"I have Jeckell's on my 26 and also some made by Rolly Tasker too."
Apr 14, 2023
Jeff Cohen left a comment for Ian Bamsey
"Ian, I’m planning to attend the Cornwall Hui in July. Do you need crew? Jeff"
Jun 15, 2022
Ian Bamsey replied to Roger's discussion Extending or reducing beam on the water
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Apr 22, 2022
Ian Bamsey replied to Ian Bamsey's discussion Tiki 21 for sale in the UK
Apr 11, 2022
Ian Bamsey posted a discussion

Tiki 21 for sale in the UK

My Tiki21, Gratitude is for sale. We have enjoyed 8 fantastic seasons messing about on the water. It has been a great boat for a young family and for some adventures. She is in excellent condition and ready for the coming season.I am selling because I now have a Tiki 8m to continue my journey.See full details here…See More
Mar 10, 2022
Ian Bamsey replied to adriano meis's discussion tiki 26 beach trailer
"Hi Robert, how did you get the hulls from the trailer onto there dollies?"
Jan 25, 2022
Ian Bamsey replied to Vincent's discussion Looking for small (21 - 26') wharram in France / GB / Belux (+advice?)
"Hi Vincent, check your inbox on this site. Ian"
Nov 11, 2021
Ian Bamsey commented on Éric Bouvéron's photo

Bouton d'Or tries it's assy.

"That's superb! I have a similar setup with an asymmetric. What apparent wind does this work with?"
Jul 1, 2021
Ian Bamsey commented on Andre's blog post Softwood vs Hardwood for timber
"Weight is a big factor, but also consider how well epoxy takes to different woods. I found that Douglas Fir takes epoxy very well. It is light and strong. I used some hard wood on my Tiki21 for bits of the deck structure. I have had to replace some…"
Apr 9, 2021
Ian Bamsey replied to Ma rion's discussion Tiki 21'adventures in the group Tiki 21
"Please consider that Rory's Tiki 21 is not a standard boat. The hulls are made of strong fibreglass. It has no decks, but netting instead. This is to stop waves from smashing into underside. It has strengthened rigging and sails. I have a Tiki…"
Jan 20, 2021
Reuben Filsell left a comment for Ian Bamsey
"Hey Ian, My name is Reuben and I’m in Perth Australia. I’m looking at Tikis and wondering about that wing sail, I crew on a Corsair tri and we have all sort of adjustments to sail shape, halyard, outhauls, Cunningham, mast rotation…"
Jun 3, 2020
Ian Bamsey replied to Éric Bouvéron's discussion Enjoy the boat, enjoy the food, but my sailing skills...
"Éric Other things which have help me point : 1. A downhaul on the main to get the wrinkles out 2. Pull really hard on the gaff halyard (See little Cat, Roger uses a 2:1 on the gaff) 3. Use a barber haul or tweeker to pull the head sail…"
Jun 1, 2020
Ian Bamsey replied to Éric Bouvéron's discussion Enjoy the boat, enjoy the food, but my sailing skills...
"Great advice from Roger. Each year on my 21 I have been able to sail higher. The first big step was increasing the luff tension on the head sail. My fore stay is not especially tight, but the sail has a wire luff. I have a 6 to 1 downhaul and I…"
May 20, 2020

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Posted on September 15, 2015 at 3:49am

First Cruise

Back in October 2013 when Gratitude went into her wintering barn for renovation, the spring seemed too far away and there was plenty of time for all the work. Come March, much progress had been made and a date was fixed with a friend for our sea trials.

I'd bought Gratitude, my first sailing boat, at the end of last year after borrowing her for a few test sails. There was a bit of work to do, but essentially she was sea worthy. As the winter wore on, the paint was stripped…


Posted on April 15, 2014 at 8:30am — 8 Comments

Here's the start

The boat, a Wharram Tiki 21 called Gratitude, was finally purchased back in November 2013 from a friend. Kindly, he'd allowed us to borrow it during the summer. This gave us a chance to try it out, and for everyone to get comfortable with sailing. I was in no doubt, but my small boys and Monika don't always see adventure opportunities as I do. I always knew I'd love it.

We'd had several…


Posted on February 2, 2014 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

Comment Wall (11 comments)

At 1:16am on September 20, 2013, Galway Bay said…

Welcome Ian - we need a few UK + EU members for balance !! What boat have you ? Photos ?

At 9:11am on September 23, 2013, Galway Bay said…

Another surf shoe paddler !!

Loved the photos ...this is the real strength of a boat like this.. I remember as a youngster the constant  "Sit Down".... "Don't Rock The Boat " etc...!!

At 9:56am on January 22, 2014, Bill Proteau said…

Hi Ian

I uploaded a picture of launch day for my Tiki 21. We have lived here for the last 4 years and it is an amazing place to sail. However we are very far north (on the border with Alaska) so the weather can be ferocious. The boat has preformed much better than I had hoped and with its' stability, shallow draft and speed has allowed us to go many places completely inaccessible to the average boater up here. I am building a proper mast for it as we speak as the aluminum pole was a temporary mast just to get me out there and I should have it up in a couple of months. Cheers

At 10:14am on January 22, 2014, Ian Bamsey said…

25yrs ago I kayaked in BC on the Fraser & Thompson etc, then up around Jasper and Banff. We went up from Vancouver  as far as the Skookumchuk Narrows. What a place. I'd love to explore those coastal inlets. We wanted to drive up toward Alaska but changed plans when we found out how far that is. You are way up North!

I'm building a new mast in Alu and wood this year.

Good luck

At 1:47pm on August 25, 2015, Jeff Cohen said…

Ian, thanks for your kind comments.  Hope to visit the UK and meet you in person some day!

At 7:58am on September 12, 2015, Rory McDougall said…

Hey Ian,

It will be fun sailing with another Tiki 21, but I have to admit that I won't be sailing unless there is a decent forecast of wind. I've spent enough days of my life flopping about trying to get somewhere in no wind - I'm a bit picky these days!! I'd much prefer a good thrash down to Brixham and a lively surf home!! Nick Martin with his Tiki 26 may also be joining in the fun. Be great if we can have all 3 Tikis sailing!!

Hope to see you on Sat.

Cheers, Rory

At 4:36am on September 27, 2015, Rory McDougall said…

Hey Ian, sorry I pulled out. Would have been good to have had Tikis sailing together. I don't regret tho, had a good time seeing my daughter sailing the laser with her cousins. Hope for more wind next year!

At 4:31am on April 2, 2017, George Woodward said…

Hi Ian I found this Tiki in Turkey when I decided to downsize two years ago -I have been keen on a Tiki for about 30+ years and have the mags to prove it! The boat was built to a very high standard by the  bought it from (he lives in Fethiye). He keeps at his house  and takes it to the launch and takes it home when I return. This the agreement when I purchased.

Here's a link to some photos




PS Still not downsized from my boat in Falmouth!

PPS Still finding my round the site to post replies !

At 9:27am on January 8, 2019, Robert Sheridan said…

Hi Ian,

Have not worked out how to send messages in this forum.  Mango is currently in Med Spain, we have not lined up a broker yet.  You can email us on svmangoelephant@gmail.com and I will reply with phone numbers.

All the best


At 8:34pm on June 3, 2020, Reuben Filsell said…
Hey Ian,
My name is Reuben and I’m in Perth Australia.
I’m looking at Tikis and wondering about that wing sail, I crew on a Corsair tri and we have all sort of adjustments to sail shape, halyard, outhauls, Cunningham, mast rotation etc.
What do you use on a wing sail, as best I can make out they just hang there ! Is the sail fixed at the tack so you can at least use halyard tension ?
What would you like to see?
The F24 sailors seem to be keen on adding booms to there mains for more control so it has me wondering how the Wing sail might perform with a bit more control?
I haven’t seen one in the flesh let alone sailed on one but I like the Tiki’s, they look like low stress retirement cruiser for me.
Was planning on being in England now but covid put paid to that. Planning on this time next year.

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