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I am at the very early stages of planning my build. Having looked at second hand options, together with many designs (including Dudley Dix, Schionning) friends in the UK and boat building group in the Philippines independently recommended the Wharram designs.
My sailing interest originates from competitive dinghy sailing from early teens, but I have recently completed the RYA Dayskipper program on 36ft monohull.
Cruising grounds in the Philippines are plentiful and beautiful, but I would also like to venture further... Turn right, we are in the Pacific, turn left South China Sea then Indian Ocean! Shallow draft would be a great plus and the ability to beach in sheltered waters to dodge Typhoons (common in the area). The family would like some space though too. Not for frivolous luxuries, but for entertainment and flexibility.
What is difficult in the Philippines is sourcing high tech materials and equipment. Local taxes can be a problem too for imports of boats, or boating equipment. Sails and masts for example will be difficult to import (despite Hyde having a facility within the Philippines).
We are lucky that we have plenty of space to build and the ability to launch from our own land. Skilled local help is readily available too.
I originally purchased some plans for a Tiki 30 on impulse from Ebay. Unfortunately, on arrival, they had no plan number. I tried to confirm that these were legitimate plans with both the seller and with Wharram Designs themselves, but failed. In the event, they were then returned to the seller, but that return address was unknown!
I then purchased study plans for the Tiki 38 and Tiki 46 from Wharram Designs. Whilst helpful, I have probably learnt a lot more from this site and the blogs of Wharram builders.
Over the next 4-5 years, we will spend increasing time each year in the Philippines, with a view to being full-time there. Building time will thus be limited at first, but eventually will be full-time.
Everyone has a budget I guess, and plans for their sailing. In terms of sailing and accommodation I am sure I would prefer the 46. However, this will be a big beast to manhandle up and down a beach for typhoon dodging and maintenance. It will also take much longer to build I guess, and I want to be sailing within a reasonable timeframe.
Any comments from builders/owners of Tiki 38/46 on their relative merits, build times etc would be much appreciated.
Also, many Wharram builders have had to build on a part-time basis, often with long gaps between stints. With that experience, what parts of the overall build can be carried out in a 2-3 week period, yet be safely left for up to 6 months before recommencing?