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Added by John Jameson on April 14, 2021 at 1:58am — No Comments

Softwood vs Hardwood for timber


My son and I are planning on building a Tiki 21 this summer.

The study plans for the boat call for soft wood lumber.

"Timber: Use a fine grained softwood (white or red pine, spruce, Columbian Pine

etc.),selecting wood for grain and ‘no knots’. A light weight hardwood, such as a light

mahogany (also called gaboon or occume) can be used."

But we have a friend who just sent us this message:

"I have 1000 board feet of white oak logs sitting in my…


Added by Andre on April 8, 2021 at 9:12am — 3 Comments

Tiki 26 Trailer Build

The Tiki trailer with swing out cradles is well under construction. I've made some structural improvements including additional crossmembers and attaching the A frame and drawbar to the underneath per Aus/NZ trailer standards. Ive also added longitudinal drawbar stiffeners to reduce flex. With all material being 5mm steel I think it's a bit of an overkill but considering it could theoretically take a T30 then I'm glad it's extra strong. Suspension is all rated to 1500kg and has disc brakes…


Added by NeilR on November 27, 2020 at 4:36pm — 1 Comment

apprentice position offered on 48ft custom catamaran in Florida

I have been a multihull builder since 1976(Wharram type 1 Tangaroa) etc..I  have a lot of skills concerning construction and restoration that I want to transfer to an apprentice over a one-year period asap. I have been building this custom cat for 9 yrs, launched 2018; sea trials coming soon. You will learn: 1) designing  a live-aboard catamaran for very little money. 2)  safe use of fiberglass, epoxy, polyurethane adhesives, caulks, expanding foam; 3) marine woodworking alternatives to…


Added by dennis schneider on August 30, 2020 at 5:34pm — No Comments

Mast lifting rig

Bad things do happen .

I managed to lose my mainsail halliard up the mast on my bi-plane catamaran.

Unfortunately the masts are un-stayed and free-standing.…


Added by Graham Jackson on July 30, 2020 at 8:32pm — No Comments

Making a Tiki 30 - Looking for ideas and to connect with others

Hi, my name is Paul and I live in Sydney, Australia. I'm planning on building a Tiki 30 in Sydney starting December this year. Will buy the hard copy plans ASAP and start planning/preparing.

I'm handy (but not a carpenter) and have only been sailing for 5 years (off and on). Overall my understanding of yachts and sailing is limited but I'm…


Added by Paul Lister on July 23, 2020 at 8:22pm — No Comments

Tiki 30 for sale

Tiki 30 was launched in 2018 she was a slow and careful build of quality materials, asking about 18,000

Added by john james on May 2, 2020 at 6:05am — 4 Comments

Wanted to buy: TIKI 30 or similar

    • I am based in Sydney, Australia
    • Looking to buy a Wharram Tiki between 26' and 31', ideally a modern Tiki 30' which is trailable.
    • Will consider a Wharram located anywhere on east coast of Australia; VIC, NSW or QLD.
    • Prepared to consider a vessel needing a repair…

Added by John Young on January 28, 2020 at 5:31pm — No Comments

Wharram Tiki 26 for sale Macleay Island QLD

Tiki 26 currently advertised by Peter on Gumtree

Ad ID 1238488592

It reads:-

Built last year, ply epoxy construction to designer's original plans. New Roly Tasker sails, 3 reef points, 8 HP Yamaha 2 stroke OB (only 20 hours). Hoop…


Added by Graham Jackson on January 19, 2020 at 11:36pm — 1 Comment

Voyage of the Ika Roa

Voyage of the Ika Roa is a travel story. We built Ika Roa in Nottingham, England and sailed to New Zealand. Copies are available from: http://bigwords-books.com/product/voyage-of-the-ika-roa-heather-whelan/
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Added by Heather Whelan on November 15, 2019 at 6:32pm — No Comments

Tiki 21 topsail


An assymetric orcsymetric spinaker is nice on a small Tiki, but did some of you try a topsail? According to the gaff rig, it may be possible. Any idea around?



Added by Éric Bouvéron on November 1, 2019 at 3:58am — 2 Comments

Forestay Bridle.

Hello. Well I hit an immovable object with my tiki30 the other day. It did rip the port side forestay Ubolt right out of the bow stem. While inspecting the damage I noticed the wood was damp inside. Not really rotten but not a good thing. Repair s are underway and I chopped out damp wood and fitted a new stem piece all epoxied back in no big deal. I never hav liked the though bolted Ubolt Idea to connect the forestay to the stem. I’m considering drilling some proper holes and using a…


Added by chris.t.schupp on July 29, 2019 at 1:05pm — 1 Comment

Voyaging double canoe (Kaahua)

latest news! and a new short guide page CP / Epoxy for those interested,…


Added by Blanc Jean-Paul on July 24, 2018 at 11:46pm — 2 Comments

Looking for Aoria

I am keen on tracking down this junk rigged boat. Any info would help greatly. Thanks Mark

Added by Mark Wagener on April 28, 2018 at 11:42pm — 1 Comment

unfinished tiki 38 project ? allergy to epoxy

Hello wharram builders and friends!

Me and my partner Ondra started building our tiki 38 last year in january. We have most of the starboard hull finished now, but we had to stop building about a month ago due to Ondras health problems. 

From the start of the build, Ondra has been having some respiratory problems and skin rashes. Recently, things got quite serious (he was basicaly choking every night), so after visiting a doctor, who made some tests, he was diagnosed with…

Added by Eva Zvonickova on April 4, 2018 at 4:54am — 3 Comments

TRADE: 3.73 Ha Olive Farm for Wharram and some cash

Sea Views and Almost 10 acres with roughly 400 Very Old Olive Trees near L'Ampolla, Ebro River Catalonia. Unimproved land with derelict Casita, Cistern and Mains electricity. Will trade for Wharram or similar. This property is exactly 1 mile from the sea in a sought after and upscale area.

Added by Greg and Liza Stewart on February 26, 2018 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

Selling our Tiki 30 in Asia

We are buying a new boat so that means we must sell our 2009 professionally built Tiki 30. The boat is located in Singapore. Pictures, details, and pricing in the attached document.


Added by Nigel Signal on February 5, 2018 at 7:03am — No Comments

Swim ladder on smaller Wharrams / getting dogs and people onboard

What are others doing to make it easy to get dogs (and people) on board when not beside a dock?  Getting our 60 pound dog off and on the boat during a camping trip is a particular concern.On the Mana the mizzen mast on the aft crossbeam and the mizzen sail and its lines aft of that create a lot of "busy-ness" in that area. Any suggestions out there? photos of swim ladder arrangements on Tiki 21s? Other options? 

Added by Rod McLaren on December 18, 2017 at 9:41am — 2 Comments

Executive Summary

Following the 1950 and 1996 water shortage in Texas, it was necessary to institute programs through organizations that would to be active in the instituting measures to conserve water. The move would be taken by considering key statistics so that information about the water scarcity and need is used to determine the adversely affected areas in Texas. The result was the formation of the Regional Water Planning Groups (RWPG) that would serve to provide an orderly management in preparation for…


Added by Lavey Thomas on December 13, 2017 at 9:17am — 1 Comment

Position Available - charter sailboat captain/jack of all trades


Any Wharram lovers out there looking for a change of scenery? My son is looking for someone to fill a position at his eco-lodge on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea. Message him for more information. Message me for my take…


Added by Rod McLaren on October 25, 2017 at 11:49am — 2 Comments

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