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Thom delForge
  • North Fort Myers, FL
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Composite Beams
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Brad Ingram Apr 9, 2017.

new 'Pod' idea for the Tiki 31
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I am:
A home builder, I own a Wharram
What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
Tiki 31 TIKI THOMCAT located North Fort Myers, FL
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USA, North Fort Myers, Florida
About me or us?
I started building my Tiki 31 1995-ish, due to an accident I had to spend a lot of time recovering between surgeries -- but finally launched in 2000. I have self taught myself to sail -- picking up a lot of bad rabbits, but always returning to port under my own 'steam'. Due to another round of surgery I have had TIKI THOMCAT on the dry and a few hurricanes have taken it's toll. The refitting has begun -- so far not as bad as thought -- a little rot here and there but over all pretty solid.
Looking to?
As part of my refitting I have elected to build composite beams. I have them nearly finished making them to the same dimensions as the original timber units. They seem very stiff, but super light -- I imagine less than 50 pounds!
The next major program is to build a deck 'pod' similar to the TIKI 38/46. The location will be the forward deck reaching to the cockpit deck. I plan to move the cockpit lockers to the center deck making them just deep enough to hold the batteries and fuel tanks -- say 8 inches below and 8 inches above deck. the idea is to make a more usable space between the hull cockpits and incorporating the entire space. The steering wheel is to be just forward of the center beam and about 20 inches behind the 'pod'. This will require raising the masts about 36 inches -- from 24 feet to 27 feet. I would appreciate any input on these modifications -- The Tiki 31 seems to sail well, considering I am a novice sailor I have had 'saltier' sailors aboard and they seem reasonable impressed.
http://DONE and ready to sail.

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At 2:39pm on February 21, 2009, marc said…
Hi Thom,
unable to answer in the discussions group without being member of tiki 31 group.
Your idea to make composite beams is quite interesting, could you give us more details ?
At 10:24am on April 28, 2009, boatsmith said…
Hi Thom, It would be great to meet you at the Wharram rendevous. Lots of people would be very interested in your composite beams. David WWW.boatsmithfl.com 561 632 2628
At 2:51am on August 6, 2010, Jose Alberto Garibaldi said…

Thank you for the welcome. Good that this forum provided some boost. Your ideas and photos help me buy and provide loads of inspiration. They also seems a good solution. Are you adding a cabin to the platform or not? From your previous photos, it looked as if you were making a bay between beams four and two -long, big space. If you add a cabin, you'd probably need to raise the mast. From your comments, seems to be that is what you are considering.

My parents leave in Tampa -if ever get there, will go and visit Georgia. will keep in touch,

Best regards,

Jose Alberto
At 5:52pm on February 21, 2013, Ian said…

hello Thom - here are some photos I took today. The hull in the shed has just had its 3rd coat of 2 pack topcoat. I was happy with the finish but the temperature dropped below 4 degrees yesterday and there are a couple of small areas still tacky. I have hired a couple of heaters to harden them off, after speaking to the International Paint techie on the phone today.

In case anyone is interested I use thin foam solvent- resistant rollers, tipped off with foam brushes. The trick is to thin when very hot or very cold; not to overagitate the mix; only to load the roller thinly and evenly; use tack rags and dustfree clothing for topcoats. Can't control the weather unfortunately. The stuff is very taxing to use but when you get it right the finish is unbeatable.

A bientot Ian

At 10:49pm on August 3, 2013, Brandon Gamble said…

I would love to come and see your boat sometime. I live in Sarasota, FL

At 11:18pm on October 29, 2013, Brandon Gamble said…

I'm free mid week if that works for you. I'd love to come down... Thanks for the invite. :)

At 2:40am on November 22, 2013, Brandon Gamble said…
Give me a call or text when you get back in town. I'd love to see your boat in person and if possible see how she sails. I'm considering my next boat to build/ buy and a Tiki 31 is definitely a possibility.

At 12:13am on November 25, 2014, david coe said…

Yes we would love to hear all about Windchime, and John, and you too! Perhaps directly rather than through this site?

david & neila

At 6:26am on March 12, 2015, Johnny Martin said…

Hi Thom -- i have a tiki 26 and grp beams have come to end of life.  Can you sghare inof on the composite beams you made?

thank you - johnny  info at holwellfarm.co.uk

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