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Somebody about to build a Amatasi?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bert van Baar Feb 6.

Hatches which are real wathertight
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Tikis (and others) in rough seas and when beating upwind take a lot of water over the front-hatches. Does anyone have a method to build-/make them real watertight? Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Glenn Tieman Apr 19, 2013.

10 HP Honda/Yamaha vs. 2 x 6 HP Tohatsu
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Is there anyone out there who can tell me about the following.What gives you the better thrust on a tiki 30:1 x 9.9 HP 4 stroke Yamaha/Honda (longshaft with high thrust propeller)or2 x 6 HP 4 stroke…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by chris.t.schupp Nov 29, 2012.

Philippines / I'm tempted.......
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... to buy a comfortable house with an attached guesthouse in Puerto Galera, bring my Tiki "WaveDancer" or a TamaMoana there and offer tours to North Palawan and elsewhere in the Phil.-Archipelago.We…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by WaveDancer & Bella Oct 24, 2014.

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Bert van Baar replied to WaveDancer & Bella's discussion Amatasi
"I think, looking at the price of the plans …. that anybody ordering them must be serious …."
Feb 6
Michael Cook replied to WaveDancer & Bella's discussion Amatasi
"Plans for Amatasi are in hand, trees are ordered, boatshed secured. Plans include a very helpful data stick with in-depth photos of the prototype build. I have #33 which is interesting. I know people order plans just to look and dream, but I wonder…"
Feb 6
Bert van Baar replied to WaveDancer & Bella's discussion Amatasi
"Hi Michael, Very interesting! I am very curious (as a Dutch teacher boatbuilding) how things will unrole. I stopped professional boatbuilding for helath reasons. I am still in a good good condition after a minor brain bloodcloth Keep me posted!"
Jan 16
Michael Cook replied to WaveDancer & Bella's discussion Amatasi
"Just realized I need to have a group to set one up! in the meantime, i’m interested in anyone who has given this design a close look. For a host of reasons, I think this is the right boat for me. I also theorize it would be perfect for sailing…"
Jan 13
Michael Cook replied to WaveDancer & Bella's discussion Amatasi
"Hi Wavedancer; yes, i’m currently arranging space in Delaville, VA, USA. I’ve started a group called Amatasi for anyone interested in the design. I hope we can be in contact."
Jan 13
Bert van Baar replied to WaveDancer & Bella's discussion Amatasi
"Hi Mick, waar woon je? Ik zit helemaal in Den Helder. Misschien een keer koffie komen drinken? groeten, Bert"
Feb 21, 2021
Mick replied to WaveDancer & Bella's discussion Amatasi
"hello Bert, I'm Michael I live in holland I visited your workshop many years ago sailing an old Juno. I later helped James and Hanneke build the first Amatasi. If you are going to build one, or have any Questions, I would love to get involved,…"
Feb 20, 2021
Mick replied to WaveDancer & Bella's discussion Amatasi
Feb 20, 2021
Bert van Baar replied to WaveDancer & Bella's discussion Amatasi
"Hi Rueben, you made my think about that! Thanks for the brain wave! cheers, Bert"
Feb 15, 2021
Reuben Filsell replied to WaveDancer & Bella's discussion Amatasi
"Bert; If your going to build one as a test are you then going to on sell it ? If so then a more popular and simpler design like a Tiki 21 might be better ?"
Feb 15, 2021
Bert van Baar replied to WaveDancer & Bella's discussion Amatasi
"A bit late: but did anyone build her already? I am thinking about building one as a test for a bigger one. Even thinking about building het traditionally from solid planks. whats your idea about this? Anyone? cheers, bert van Baar"
Feb 13, 2021
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Busker and Wavedancer sailing the Andaman sea

Sailing one beautiful Sunday afternoon, together with "Basker" and "Wavedancer" made us friends for life. The seas we sailed on was Chalong to Racha Island a...
Dec 14, 2020
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Sep 13, 2019

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I own a Wharram
What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
Tiki 30 "WaveDancer" is sold. New project is in ther pipeline, but lets build first our new home in the Philippines.
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Switzerland / Seychelles / Thailand / Philippines
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Enjoying retirement. Bella is working and studying for her doctorate .....
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Building our home in the Philippines. Sailing, trekking, to do my foto- and video-projects, enjoy life ....

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Comment Wall (18 comments)

At 4:25pm on May 21, 2010, Hector de Ezcurra said…
Welcome WaveDancer!
How did you stretch the boat? Just as per plans but only bigger? Did you modify the interiors' display?
Your videos on Youtube are great! Please upload some photos, including interiors, to the photogallery.
Thank you.
At 6:29am on May 24, 2010, Mawibo said…
It is amazing what 2 extra feet do to the lines of your tiki.
Was it hard to modify the plans? Did J.W. supervise it?
I suppose the extra cost is worth it.
enjoy your sunny life, it looks like you do anyway,
At 10:25am on October 2, 2010, christinè debost said…
thank you very much.
At 5:11pm on March 3, 2011, Rory McDougall said…

Hi WaveDancer,

Very much admire your Tiki, she looks a picture under sail in the video.

Harry is a Bill Belcher design and second hand books can be obtained at - 


The vane was about 6" taller at first, then I made him a bit more streamlined and added a quick adjust weight arm. Cost about 40 quid to make. As Cookie is so light on the helm with the right sail balance - Harry steers with only the force of wind in the vane. There is no servo-pendulum paddle that trails in the water. May not be so suitable for larger Tikis?? Although I bet Harry could steer a trim-tab arrangement that would then steer the main rudders. Would be interesting to find out! As Cookie has no stern net beam, there is no aft central point to mount Harry, thats why I have two brackets on each cabin side and Harry has to be tacked when the wind or course changes.

Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other specific questions.

Cheers, Rory

At 9:21am on September 4, 2011, Ganz Daniel said…
Hi Markus! Our boat is in Carriacou WI and i miss it also! Villicht bisch mau ir gägend de chöi mer eis ga schnappe... cheers dänu
At 3:36am on March 25, 2012, Thomas Nance said…

Hi there.

Lovely boat and I really enjoy the videos too, probably the nicest wharram videos on the net. Im wondering if you can post some more info/pictures or videos about the modifications and how they work down below. Im very interested in the tiki 30 design and would be very interested in the mods you had made. Thanks alot

At 7:20pm on July 25, 2012, Nigel Signal said…

Hi and thanks for the invitation. We brought Eric's boat last year so obviously you know the boat well. We currently have her in Langkawi and due to bring her back to Ao Chalong in October so Gunther can add a bimini and amke a couple of other small alterations to enhance our comfort. Many thanks for your video's which Id many times while contermplating buying Busker, in fact without the videos ight not have brought and instead continued to charter from Max at Ao Yon. We are planning 2 weeks in Phang Nga bay over Christmas finishing back in Langkawi so if you are going to be in the area maybe a beer at the Lighthouse? Stay well and I hope the new project is going well. Cheers

At 11:52am on October 27, 2012, Peter Vogt said…

Hello Wavedancer

I sent you friendship request, but no comment. Sorry!

I'm actually living in CH. I'm diving instructor, love a Filippina and plan livining with her in some years on a Wharram.

About your reply I would be very happy!

Best regards



At 11:01am on October 30, 2012, Peter Weil said…
Greetings. My girlfriend in the picture just moved to India for a six month job. She asked me to join her in Februafy for a vacation maybe in Thailand or the Philipines. Where would you suggest going. Thinking about a sailing charter.
At 3:48am on September 1, 2013, Peter Brook said…

Hi Wavedancer & Bella

I am planning to build a Wharram in the Philippines in next few years.  We are in Cebu from 23rd - 27th September visiting friends, but our main base likely to be near Laoag or maybe Sta Ana on Luzon.

Unsure of whether to build 30, 38 or 46.  Seems plywood is becoming difficult to source and other materials/equipment might be complicated to import.  

Any comments from your own experiences would be appreciated.

Kind regards



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