My first boat
was a Tiki 31. Really enjoyed that boat
but wouldn't have another wharram
, even a larger Tiki 46. I'm still sucked into the dream wharram
sold me and still admire wharrams big and small when I see them in anchorages
. The problem for me is the small ones are to small and the big ones are to expensive for what they are, big ply wood canoes, just my opinion.
Personally I wouldn't build one unless you want the building experience. Ive seen good tiki 38's for sale
for less than 60k, you just couldn't build one for that.
If you buy a used wharram its best to keep in mind that most are home built thus the quality can very greatly. Ive seen wharrams with expoxy fillets that have never fully hardened due to improper resin ratios etc. Ive also seen extremely well built wharrams.
The good thing about wharrams are they are easy to repair and easy to see that they need a repair. They sail quite well, no bridge deck
slamming like modern cats and dont have huge bouyance in the sterns like modern cats, this makes them inheritantly safer in a larger following sea. The downside is they do hobby horse.
My favorites are the big ones, tiki 46, islander 55 and the pahi
55/63. I've been on all three and think they are very cool. Crossing the pacific would be awesome on a big wharram
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