Originally Posted by boatman61
Owned two, still love em but.. these days need bigger than 21&26ftrs..
A Tiki 38 would be perfect though.
is simplicity whereas your fixed beams and square sterns take away the core
principles that make the boats so independent.. a few coils of line, basic hand tools and your good to go.. just pull up to a beach for repairs
.. not a yard for a lift out.
^^^ This. Especially for tropical cruising.
There are lot's of threads here about cruising on a budget
, and how to keep ongoing costs down, but sometimes the big picture concept is not always thought through.
Wharrams don't need to be crap. Get a nice one (but still save money
on the boat compared to a normal cat) and:
- Use the money saved to add a substantial LiPo battery
- Install a big hard roof with a lot of solar
panel capacity across the open main deck area, which is very large because of the no bridge deck design.
- Fit drop down plastic curtains for wet days and a (hard?) dodger
forward for spray protection but otherwise leave open for ventilation in the tropics.
- Even on the Tiki 38 this would create enough space for a sailing cockpit
, a large table (who wants to eat below in the tropics) and a sunpad and socialising area. Because of the more open design the deck space can be reconfigured for different scenarios and the hard roof gives you the necessary shelter from both rain and sun.
- See what's possible with LiPo and a lot of solar
here (even if it's on a more limited scale than this boat): http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...ey-201795.html
- Save money every single
day using no (or very little) fuel
or even propane
gas for charging batteries
(use simple inductions hobs)
- With this power capability install a washing
machine of some description (and a water
maker of course, that is a given). This might sound like heresy for some, but laundry
ashore is expensive and inconvenient so it will soon pay for itself and really add to self sufficiency when living aboard
(eg: I'm surprised that La Vagabond, with a million dollar cat, good income
and solar capacity, and a new baby, doesn't think a washing
machine is beneficial?)
- Add the simple Wharram wind vane self steering
, easy to repair, no special parts, you fit 2 (one on each hull) so you always have a back up, and they use no electricity. See here:
(and here La Vagabond who have been without their autopilot
for quite some time and will now need to fly a specialist B&G technician down to the Bahamas
to fix it, and were concerned for there sailing safety
handed sailing without the autopilot
is difficult: https://youtu.be/kWt64cmb8EM?t=671
This would easily blow a normal cruising budget
for that month, or quarter..)
- Use two properly sized and properly installed outboards in retractable pods and have a honda generator
- This gives twin engines for maneuvering, a backup in case of a breakdown, reasonable cost, light weight, retractable for low sailing drag and drying out, and can even be winched off with a halyard
and taken ashore for repairs if necessary, and a replacement (even a temporary ill fitting one) can be more easily dropped in place too.
- On a Wharram portable fuel tanks
are normally located amidships on deck in vented lockers, and petrol outboard
fuel is available anywhere in the world. This means only one fuel to carry and topping up can be done by just taking a normal outboard fuel tank
or a jerry can ashore in the dinghy
- The simple rig lends itself well to DIY dyneema
, etc rigging
solutions. Easy repair and maintenance
and saves money as no need to pay a rigger.
- Many other parts of a w]Wharram also use simple line or block and tackle solutions. It couldn't be easier to fix, replace, or jury rig as necessary.
- As @boatman61 mentioned, dry out for underwater maintenance
. And there are (or can be) less of these in the first place because of the rudder system, because no sail drives or shafts, because no centre boards, etc, etc. Combine that with a simplified and minimised through hull system and a lot of maintenance can be reduced.
If a haul out
is necessary, no special travel lift or boatyard is required. A crane can easily be used, or a tractor, truck, etc to drag the boat up a simple ramp
I like all these positives for a Wharram or similar simple cat to sustain the cruising life over a longer period.
Some initial wise capital investments and planning need to be made of course, but these concepts can really reduce cruising costs, simplify life onboard, and get sailors out there cruising.
Let's not complicate it again by changing the whole design ethos of a Wharram cat.
My 2 cents