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Old 12-09-2010, 21:10   #1
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Wharram 30 ?

I am starting to really like the looks of a Wharram. I like the simplicity. I will be a solo sailor, and the idea of being able to box this boat up and ship it to Fuji, or where ever I want to go next, is appealing. I imagine this would be less of an expense than shipping a Gemini. There are not many Wharram 30's around (that I can see on Yachtworld), but I am interested. I have a budget of about 80K (less is better)usd for the boat, another $20K to make it mine. Any thoughts would be appreciated!
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My company, BoatSmith Inc. is the authorized professional US builder for James Wharram Designs. If you google Tiki 30 we are all over the first page. I am not permitted to post a link here. The boat in this photo is currently for sale.




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Waters around Japan are supposed to be very rough.

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Did you see the Wharram for sale in the advertisement thread of this forum?
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Go for it mate... I've owned the 21 and the 26ft versions and they are great...
In my opinion the best open bridgedeck cat on the market...
I'd rather have one of these than a Catalac, Prout, Lagoon or any other bridgedeck cat... the next sizes up are even better...
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Boatman61, the next size up is a 30? I worry that as a live aboard, they may be too spartan. I don't want to feel like I'm camping out all the time. Would you or have you lived on one before? Why do you say that about bridgedeck cats? I would love to hear your viewpoints. What do you like, what don't you like about Wharrams?? I am interested in anything you can tell me regading them. I will tell you that when I see a picture of one, I can see myself on the deck in the tropics, anchored, with a good awning overhead... The BBQ going... The sun setting... Wow.
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Check out this site and chat to folks there... you'll learn more than I can tell you... I lived on the 26 for a year before selling it... it was fine in good weather but the UK winter was a bit rough. http://wharram.eu//live//index.php
But then I froze my butt of in a 37ft mono in Beaufort NC... so all things are equal.
You've got a 30.. a 31 and a 38... depends on your spacial needs... and the way you set her up. A good sprayhood with carbon fibre tent poles for stiffeners gives you wet weather shelter and a topside bunk/galley... whichever suits your style'
The sprayhood below was designed and hand stitched by me over a winter... its 6ft x 12ft and was excellent for shelter...
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Thank you Boatman61, I like the site very much and the pics you supplied. For some reason, I feel that a 37ish would be better for me in a Wharram, where as a 37 in any other boat would be too big and unneccesary (solo). I want to pick your brain concerning the Wharram, but I will hold off until I've read more from that site you sent me.

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P.S. You lived on that boat in the UK? I guess you had a good sleeping bag, yes?
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P.S. You lived on that boat in the UK? I guess you had a good sleeping bag, yes?
and a 'Hot Woman'.... calm down ladies... I mean she gave of a lot of body heat.. and its a very snug double...
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The style and design of the Wharram is typically south pacific and thats where they are best suited. The weather in northern climes wont suit the al fresco lifestyle.

Having said that, James Wharram and his enterage lived aboard their early boats in our creek in west wales in the early 70s. I went to school with his son. I did take a peek in one of the boats and it was so spartan and basic I couldnt believe anyone would live in there.

As I write this, maybe thats whats sub conciously fashioned my insistance on having decent facilities and accomodation for living aboard.

Certainly great sailing boats, more than practical, can be built and repaired by anyone with basic tools and materials and should appeal to back to basics sailors who wish to re discover the simple joys of being at one with nature
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Go for it mate... I've owned the 21 and the 26ft versions and they are great...
In my opinion the best open bridgedeck cat on the market...
I'd rather have one of these than a Catalac, Prout, Lagoon or any other bridgedeck cat... the next sizes up are even better...
That can be because you owned a Tiki, but not a Lagoon.

Friend of mine sailed Tiki in the Med. Now he has a mono. I think he is the ONLY of my fellow sailors who got converted like that. Obviously something wrong with the Tiki. Much picturesque as it looks.

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