Which one to build?
A sailing friend of mine built a Tiki and she was his first cruising platform in the Med. Now he has a small mono.
His comments on Tiki:
- easy to build (two years afterhours, about 2000 hrs, amateur builder),
- the driver is too exposed - big issue on any longer passage
- to cramped.
We have one of the 'polynesian' style Wharrams here - she looks OK, but I would not try unless one is a boatbuilder
, and a good one too. She has a cuddy which I hope migh make the exposure issue less painfull.
On the other hand, if I were to build/buy a Tiki say in the West Indies with the target of cruising and living there, I would place it before a same size mono - sailed both types and the cats are always better in the anchorage (if more expensive in marinas).