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Old 13-03-2013, 16:14   #1
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Wharram Tiki 26 Voyaging?

Righto I am near the end of my build and now am considering where i would like to sail this little cat. I am based on the east coast of Oz for now.

The limitations of this cat are more to do with sailor comfort etc. I chose to build this boat as it is the only way I could get into sailing a catamaran that i own.

As to voyaging in it i see the modern trend is for catamarans of around 40ft to be considered entry level.

your thoughts and suggestions please.
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Old 13-03-2013, 16:23   #3
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I can't see it.
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Hello mate... congratulations on the Tiki 26
Nice boat used to have one.. and a 21.. no point my saying a 21 has circumnavigated.. you likely know about Rory..
However.. less challenging is a round OZ trip.. you picked a great go anywhere boat mate.. Enjoy
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Re: wharram tiki 26 voyaging?

are you kidding you live a stones throw away from one of the best cruising grounds in the world,and relatively sheltered waters to boot.

james wharram in his 70's sailed his tiki 4000miles from the philipines to the solomons a few years ago....his advice would be you can never have enough naked women as crew..................

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Re: wharram tiki 26 voyaging?

Tom and Carol Jones sailed a 23-foot Hinemoa through a hurricane on the way to Bermuda, and then later they built a modified 27-foot Wharram called Vireo which they did several trans-Atlantic trips on.
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Old 13-03-2013, 19:59   #7
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Re: wharram tiki 26 voyaging?

thank you for your feedback, i was unaware of the Jones' exploits. It is reassuring to know seasoned sailors have taken this sized cat beyond the horizons.
Ye gods if you read a lot of the sailing mags today it would seem that if you have to ask, then you are a poor peasant and the likes of you are there only to clean our foul bottoms.
Rory is a legend on sailing small cats.
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Nice little boats,I have heard they won't sail to weather worth a damn.Good aux. power may be high on your list.
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yes i have heard this a few times, but also to the contrary.

Who was it who said "Gentlemen do not sail to weather'' ?
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Nice that you can park it on the beach if needed.
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Tho I'm a blue crab, I'm green with envy. I had a lot of fun with my 23' Hinemoa. I think sailing around Oz would be plenty challenging and well worth doing.
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Tom was an interesting boatbuilder/designer who lived in New Jersey, and wrote several books on the subject: Low-Resistance Boats, and Multihull Voyaging are two of them. You may very well want to pick up a copy of Multihull Voyaging if you can find it. He is very much of the go simple, small, and cheap school. I lost track of how many trans-Atlantic trips he did on small boats all less than 30 feet and all built by himself, including a couple of cats and a trimaran too. There was never a lot of fuss in what he did. One day I would get a letter from him in the Azores or some such place mentioning that he would be back in the next spring, and then I would see him the next year up in New England. I don't believe he even carried a VHF radio onboard. He used nothing but a sextant and a compass and a lead line on all of his trips. His auxiliary power on one boat was something like a 3 HP outboard, but I think most of them carried no motor.
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Actually the Tiki's sail to weather fairly well.. he does have some other designs that struggle a bit.. the Pahi for one... tried dagger boards in the bows but they proved a weak point so I believe the idea was scrapped.. it was one off these (64ftr) that he used for the Pacific trip...
I would suggest a sprayhood (Dodger in American).. set the SS frame to the inner cabin side on each hull then have the canvas from outer to outer and forwards to the mast beam.
Handmade one for my Tiki 21... 12ft x 6ft... triple stitched by hand.
Was great for channel crossings and shelter to doze off in while under way...
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More weatherly with an active (ergo adjustable), rather than a passive, traveler rig for the main. Worked for my T21 anyway
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Re: wharram tiki 26 voyaging?

Read Martin Dolecek's blog. I think he had a Tiki before he got a small mono. We talked and he did not like that Tiki thing.

Still, it all depends on where and how you sail. I bet a Tiki is a fantastic tool for some kind of adventure.

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