Hi! I own a Wharram Pahi
42. We bought her about 10 years ago now from the original owner/builder. I'd always dreamed of building a wharram, but as other posters have said, you can buy a used one usually much cheaper, and you get on the water
immediately. But unless you get a really good one, you will likely spend a LOT of time fixing her up, and a lot of money
, as we have. The beauty of wharrams is that you CAN do all the work yourself, and everything can be repaired. It's also easy to make (non-structural) modifications to layout, etc. As many have mentioned, most wharrams don't have a bridgedeck cabin
between the hulls, but many of the larger models do have large enclosed pods with sitting headroom
. Our boat is designed to have a pod, but currently we just have an open cockpit
+ decking. Soon I'll be making a second cockpit
with foldable sprayhood to increase shelter on deck
. That's the beauty, you can modify the boat to fit your needs!
James Wharram's design philosophy is safety
first, and that is the primary reason why not to have a large bridgedeck cabin
with sliding glass doors - a large wave drops on a wharram cat and it just runs through the decking.
Upwind performance is not great, but I suspect no worse than other catamarans. We have improved ours with a conventional bermudan cutter
rig, fully-battened mainsail
. Tacking has to be timed right, using the backed foresails to bring her round. But Wharrams are extremely seaworthy
boats and handle big waves with ease. When it comes down to it, we all choose our boats due to a combination of factors, but beauty to the eye (at least to our own!) is one of the strongest - and personally I think Wharrams score very highly!
Good luck with your plans!