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cyclone Pam
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sad news . I understand that Tikopia , where Hanneke and James were sailing to on the Lapita Voyage, was hit yesterday by the severe Cyclone Pam .communications are out currently but damage is…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Brazier Mar 16, 2015.

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Hi EveryoneI have written an article about handling Wharram Catamarans in severe weather conditions. The article covers such techniques as running off, towing drogues, lying a hull, heaving to, and…Continue

Tags: sailing, weather, heavy, drogue, Parachute

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stewart Coates Jan 23, 2017.

Rudder lashings on Tiki 46 and general impressions.

I asked Ann and Nev about the rudders on their Tiki 46..  They built them from Gaboon ply which is reasonably lightweight and I wondered whether they had originally reinforced the lashing points in…Continue

Started Aug 8, 2013

Rudder lashings instead of pintles and gudgeons
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I have a 40 foot Narai and was considering changing the now worn aluminium bronze rudder fittings for the Tiki style lashings.I would be interested to read any comments on the life span of the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Brazier Feb 9, 2013.

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I am:
I own a Wharram
What boat (s) are you building or do you own?
I built a Maui and later a 41 foot modified Narai IV with a deckpod, wider overall beam and lashed crossbeams
Country, City, and State?
New Zealand Auckland
About me or us?
I have been James Wharram's New Zealand Agent for quite a few years
Looking to?
I enjoy meeting Wharram catamaran builders and sailors and hope to do a little more Pacific cruising in the next few years

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At 4:54pm on July 3, 2012, wayne McCarthy said…

Hi Don, just to let you know the sad news.

I have put Tapasya up for sale. She is now on the Wharram for sale column.

Cheers, Wayne McCarthy. 0272202850

At 1:10am on February 6, 2014, Brandon Gamble said…

Hey Don you got any pictures of these beautiful boats? Cause I'd love to see them.


At 7:22pm on September 23, 2014, Geminidawn said…

Hi Don,

I read on the Wharram Newsletter that you have collected stories of Wharrams in heavy weather unfortunately the link is broken. Is this document available anywhere else?

Kind regards,



At 9:19am on February 3, 2016, Robbie Huston said…
Hi Don,
Mary and I would love to have you visit. Email me at Robbie.gabriola@gmail.com and we'll work out the details.
All the best,
At 1:25am on September 12, 2018, Fabian Guenther said…

Hello Ron, I just came back from a trip with Hanneke and James on their Spirit of Gaia in Greece. Robbie and Mary were on the boat, too. I built a Hitia 14 two years back and now finish a Narai MK IV. So, both Hanneke and Robbie mentioned you and the modifications you made. I plan to modify mine, too, and would like to exchange ideas and experiences. E.g. I plan to make longer beams and attach them on the deck rather than in the troughs. So, I’d be very interested in hearing your point of view. Would you mind getting in touch with me? I look foward to reading from you! Cheers, Fabian

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