Wharram's hull shapes offer more reserve buoyancy than any others out there. The square top main has bee scrapped due to the hassle of dealing with it when putting on a sail cover
. As to righting moment I believe that this is a function of mass and beam.
We have sailed a Tiki 30 for many miles in many conditions and have made these changes to capitalize on what really works on the Tiki 30 and to make changes only where we could see a clear positive benefit.
All Tiki 30s trim down aft, we added more buoyancy aft.
We have been out in 25 knot
winds gusting to high 30s and never felt the need to put a reef in. We were inside the barrier islands and had we been offshore
obviously we would have been more conservative. But on this day we were trying to push the boat as hard as possible and see if we could get a hull to even think about lifting. Not a chance.With main and jib
we were hitting 1 knots reaching.
To me this would indicate that the boat could use more sail area. I think that it is appropriate to reef at about 15-18 knots of true wind
. That would mean to me that you would have enough sail area to still be sailing when it is only blowing 5-7 knots true.
When we have pushed the Tiki 30 hard offshore
, particularly going to weather
we will slam the bottom of the cockpit
into wave tops more often than I would like. We have raised the sheer height on the boat 12" which increases the bridge deck
clearance to 32" and provides for more interior
volume. While still not even approaching condomaran status it does provide for a more spacious and comfortable interior
There are not many catamarans around in the size range between the 20' beach cats and the Maine Cat
30, the Gemini
, and the Seawind
. While these are great boats, certainly by the numbers that have been sold, they are quite a bit different vessel. The Tiki 36 is just an overgrown beach cat albeit with considerably less performance but with substantially more room and seaworthiness.
This boat won't appeal to everyone but there are numerous people who are very excited with this design and we expect to begin the construction of our first one soon.
We are the US builders for James Wharram
Designs. We are that because we really like his boats, a lot. But we also have been racing
sailboats and cruising for decades and we like to sail fast. We also like shallow water
We don't see eye to eye with James and Hanneke on everything but have tremendous respect for their work.
We are happy to build any of their stock designs as well as to modify them. Many many Wharrams have been built with modifications and some of them are good and some not so good.That's my nickle worth for free and not worth a penny more than you paid for it.