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Cookie has a new home
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Cookie has a new owner in Steve Burge.We delivered Cookie down to Plymouth from Exmouth on Sat 17th March. Coldest trip I ever had on her! Force 8 NE winds round Start point and snow showers as we…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Burge Mar 27, 2022.

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Hiya folksI have sadly made the decision to find mighty Cookie a new home!Michelle and I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rory McDougall Apr 6, 2018.

Power management aboard
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Hey folks,I think it would be a good topic if we all shared what electrical charging and management systems works well for you and your needs aboard. Obviously it is all down to replacing the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by boatsmith Oct 9, 2015.

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I know we are all converts and biased to the virtues of catamarans over mono-marans, but was sifting thru some photos and couldn't resist sharing this one!! Once again it shows the versatile…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Jones Jun 2, 2011.

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Steve Burge replied to Rory McDougall's discussion Cookie has a new home
"Hopefully not too epic. At least to start with. While we’re here - do you still recommend Hempels (polygloss 55530?) 2 part epoxy paint for deck, and is this what you also used for blue beams and burgundy bits? Steve"
Mar 27, 2022
Rory replied to Rory McDougall's discussion Cookie has a new home
"Hi Steve, That's great news, good luck with the plans and look forward to hearing your epic tales!"
Mar 27, 2022
Steve Burge replied to Rory McDougall's discussion Cookie has a new home
"One more, leaving Exmouth."
Mar 21, 2022
Steve Burge replied to Rory McDougall's discussion Cookie has a new home
"I missed this completely Rory, so apologies for the very late reply. Some photos attached of that blast around from Exmouth to Plymouth. It was probably the best conditions for me to experience what Cookie is capable of - at least in your…"
Mar 21, 2022
Rory McDougall replied to Bart's discussion wharram windvane on a tiki 30 rudder
"Pics posted above. I bought 304 stainless universal joints from springfixlinkages.com here in the uk. Not 316s/s but they dont appear to be corroding as yet. I used the 10mm ID for 10mm rods, drilled them on a drill press to be able to bolt with 3mm…"
Sep 4, 2021
Rory McDougall commented on john james's photo


"Looking good!"
Sep 4, 2021
Rory McDougall replied to Bart's discussion wharram windvane on a tiki 30 rudder
"I can email you some videos of Wilson in action (my windvanes name!) if you send me an email address."
Sep 4, 2021
Rory McDougall replied to Bart's discussion wharram windvane on a tiki 30 rudder
"Here are some pics."
Sep 4, 2021
Rory McDougall replied to Bart's discussion wharram windvane on a tiki 30 rudder
"Hi Bart I built one last year. Works great. Made the vane a bit smaller than wharram specs. For trim tabs I used stainless steel universal joints on the rods to allow for the change of angle along the trailing edge. Cheers Rory"
Sep 4, 2021
Michael Cook left a comment for Rory McDougall
"Hi Rory: I’m a huge fan! I’ve been studying pictures of Cookie because I’d like to “Rory McDougall” the Tiki 26 I’m planning to build. (Currently have money and plans, searching for space). I’m curious about…"
Mar 11, 2021
SoLong left a comment for Rory McDougall
"Helo Rory, I saw a viedeo of your "Moana". Where did you fit the tacktick-triducer? Do you have any photos of that? Thanks Gerhard"
Jan 28, 2020

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I am:
A professional builder, I own a Wharram
What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
Tiki 21 "Cooking Fat"
Country, City, and State?
Exmouth, UK
About me or us?
Cookie is resting after the Jester Challenge.............but there are more adventures planned for the future!
Looking to?
Make a family home in Exmouth and start up a boat survey and repair business

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At 5:57am on February 15, 2011, Rory McDougall said…
Just uploaded lots of the old photos of the world voyage..................finally!!!!
At 8:53am on February 15, 2011, Paul Lawton said…

Hi Rory,

Just sent you a comment, then saw yours to me.  Tiki is at Turf.  She's still up for sale but I'm not disappointed not to have sold her.  Should be on the mooring at the begining of April.  Love to take you for a ride - I'm still in the process of simplifying the rig and everything else - trying to talk myself out of crab claws and junk rigs.

My friend Nick in Exmouth with a Tiki 21 would love to pick your brains about mast rake etc (he has a GRP hull like yours I think)

Hows the new job coming along? Did you spot that there is a dinghy sailing school for sale in Exmouth?  Might not be your thing but worth a lokk - Sail Exmouth I think it's called.

See you at the Lympstone SC for the talk hopefully.


At 11:35am on February 15, 2011, Paul Lawton said…


Definitely keen to talk to people who might want a Tiki 31.

The wind sils are great, but I find the more I read, the more I want to try things out - for comparisons sake.  I'm playing with balance - modern boats have the centre of effort too far aft, which leads to extremely weather helm. The most balanced boats I've sailed (Rival 34, Contessa 32) have the coe much further forward.  They don't get headed off, the helm effort is lowa nd you get a much tidier stern.

Weather is nice isn't it? I am moving a boat from Plymouth to Falmouth this weekend in anticipation of a couple of weeks of teaching.  Hoping the thermals and waterproofs are up to it.

I think we might have ehough Wharrams in the Exe to organise a rendevous, I think there are 6 that I know of.


At 4:02pm on February 15, 2011, kim whitmyre said…

Been out sailing much lately?? Love seeing all the smart new mod-cons you add to Vaea. can I ask the meaning of her name??




After having real wind pressure reset the 12-strand braid dyneema on the forestay, it was too long!  Fixed that by making another forestay out of dynex dux (kind of a "heat-treated" dyneema) that I made shorter: I was worried it would be too short!  I went up the mast recently and exchanged the stays and it turned out just right. . .When you get the dux it feels as stiff as wire, so I was careful to only disturb the set of the braid to make the brummel spices at the ends, thus keeping the amount of re-set to a minimum.  The standing rigging is nice and tight now, so Vaea's new sails should take the breeze even better. Vaea is polynesian for Peace.


I need to get some sort of video camera to record Vaea's seatime! That is quite the sea state you and Cookie are making way into!!

At 2:23pm on March 1, 2011, WaveDancer & Bella said…

Dear Rory

I'm planning a Windvane steering for my Tiki 33 (WaveDancer) and I'm very interested hearing more about your "Harry". How it worked under different conditions, improovements,

suggestions, buildingplans etc. Thanks in advance and all the best for your future ventures. WaveDancer

At 5:26pm on March 3, 2011, WaveDancer & Bella said…

Hi Rory!


Thank you for your excellent informations. We are indeed studying the possibilities to mount a Pacific light pendulum Vane or as an alternative a trimm-tab. But since a Windvane mounted on the aftbeam could be very vulnerable to impacts of breaking waves I'd actually prefere to mount the windvane also on top of the cabins. If we find a solution I'll bublish it in the forum. Meanwhile all the best and regards Wave

At 10:09am on March 6, 2011, Rui Sérgio Cardoso Fonseca said…

Hi Rory,


First of all i like to congradulet u from your sailing trip Jest Challenge.

I built a tiki 30 five years ago with a wooden mast. The problem is that the mast is rotted, and now i'm interested in finding an aluminium tube (6082 t6, 9,5mts length, diameter 140mm, and thickness 3,5 to 4,5mm) to adapt to a mast.

One of the problems is that i can't find any supplier in Portugal for aluminum tube.

Do you know any EU supplier (cheap) that i can ask a budget?


Thank you for all the help.

Best reguards

Rui Fonseca


At 11:40am on June 12, 2011, Al Richardson said…


If you don't mind me asking, how are beams on Cookie lashed? The inner lashing looks conventional but I can't see the outer one. I'm wanting to build with a raised deck but don't want to fully box the beams as far as the outer lashing...

Info appreciated..



At 7:40am on June 13, 2011, Al Richardson said…

Hi Rory,

Thanks for the detailed information, I will be building a 1/10 Balsa in the next couple of weeks to get the decklines and an approximation of the bulkhead measurements (I'll be posting pics for everybody's amusement). I'm researching a more rectangular beam form as opposed to the standard triangular Tiki 26 beams so I can keep them flush on the deck.




At 4:38am on June 23, 2011, Jose Alberto Garibaldi said…
Thank you for the call back Rory. Was planning to do it next week - will be away several weeks after. Happy to follow over mail-phone.

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