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Two Tiki 8m delivered to Mariott Hotel

Boatsmith has delivered two Tiki 8M sailing catamarans to the beautiful Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort on the west coast of Florida. These boats are used for captained day sail charters for snorkeling, shelling and dolphin watching excursions. These boats were custom made to serve the needs of this resort. Their shallow draft allows them to be pulled up to the resort's beachfront for guest boarding. They feature a separate cockpit for the charter captain, custom cockpit seating for passengers, a large comfortable trampoline area, and a full marine head. The captain's are very happy with the performance and report that their customers love the comfort features and sailing experience on these boats.

If you are on the West coast of Florida, stop by the Marriott and sign up for a sailing adventure on these beautiful vessels.

Please note that the sailrigs on these catamarans are not the standard Wharram Wingsail

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Tiki 30 launching

Hello friends and family,

Mahiya was launched Saturday December 6th 2009 at about 6 pm (just as it was getting dark and the wind was picking up for a little blow! Ofcourse we were rushing to get her in the water and have not finished eveverything but she is floating (right on her loaded waterline).

We had a big launch party Saturday night with a big buffet dinner and live band at a resort on the beach and were able to look out and see the anchor light bobbing in the building swells. Latter after the party we rowed out to spend a fitful first night on her as I lay awake bolting at every new noise as she got used to her new environment.

Motored around to the lee of our island (Panglao) the next morning and finished rigging her.

She is now peacefully anchored in the lee on Alona beach a short walk from our rental house, in front of the dive shop where I sometimes teach.

Still more work to do, but I am finally free of the drudgery of 6 days a week in a boat yard!

Mahiya is in the water!! (Click 'Read more' for more photos)

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More from Glenn Tieman May 2010 part 1

It wasn't easy to get permission to sail to the outer islands of Kiribati. Immigration blocked the process until I complained to the Ministry of Tourism. It's a similar situation in Tuvalu so it isn't surprising that I saw only one other yacht in Kiribati during the four months I was there.

I did eventually get to spend three months at two different remote villages and found the hospitality and friendliness there to be just wonderful. At the first village I was given more food than I could eat; tuna and flying fish, breadfruit, swamp taro, coconuts, bananas, lemons, edible leaves, palm syrup, etc. I dried enough bananas and fish to last for months.

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More from Glenn Tieman May 2010 part 2

Village life continues to be almost completely self-sufficient, almost everything handmade and little light at night but for the golden glow of cooking fires glinting through the trees. Virtually everyone goes barefoot. Canoes are made of hand sawn planks of light breadfruit wood sewn together and painted but using neither metal nor glue. Most houses are made of sticks and leaves tied together with hand made string.

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April and early May 2010 update for Glenn Tieman

After waiting weeks in Funafuti, Tuvalu, for contrary Northwesterly winds to stop, I was rewarded with several days of smooth sailing bound for Tarawa, Kiribati. Instead of the direct course Northwest I sailed North hoping for continued Easterly tradewinds, which seemed less common further West. Just when I was far enough North to make a turn to the Northwest, the wind came back from that direction so I beat on North. In addition to the contrary winds I also saw that I was being set by a current to the East, very unexpected south of the equator, and not a small current, but one which carried me some 50 miles per day in the wrong direction.

This winter there has been a major El Nino event. The wind just South of the equator changes from the Easterly trades to Westerly and the current also reverses in a flow to the East called a 'Kelvin Wave'. Bad timing. I had zero chance of sailing the 50 miles per day, against fickle equatorial Northwesterlies, required just to hold position. In fact for several days I was swept helplessly directly away from Tarawa. However, I knew that the no-fail way to reach Tarawa was to get far enough North to ride the rock solid Northeast trades. Meanwhile I had lots of food and water and books to read and was perfectly at home. I might even end up visiting Baker Island not far to the East.

There were a couple of very beautiful days and nights at sea while I inched my way north. While trying to take advantage of stormy evening squall winds, they sometimes become so fearsome that it was best to drop the mainsail and heave to for the night, but nothing broke. Otherwise making the best of one or two knots of breeze between calms.

As it happened the current stopped at the equator so I skipped Baker. A few days later the trades came in, and with 150 miles per day instead of 20 - 30, I made Tarawa in just 3 more days. Three weeks total for some 800 miles.

This photo was taken almost a year ago in the Marquesas
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Best wishes to you all from a chilly UK.
I have entered into the Jester Challenge 2010 to sail Cookie 2800 miles singlehanded from Plymouth UK to Newport USA. We take off on 23rd May and hope to take 4-5weeks. For more info on the Challenge go to

I am raising funds for the Sir Francis Chichester Trust which is a very worthy cause. The Trust send disadvantaged youths on outward bound courses to help their self development through adventure.

Please can you help me to raise funds for this charity as I sail across the North Atlantic on Cookie and set another benchmark as the smallest catamaran to do so.

Please follow the link for a safe and easy way to donate online.

Please follow the story of the voyage as it unfolds on the blog -

Many thanks for any support you can give, and please send this onto all your friends as well!!

All the best
The Rory and Cookie Team!
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Tahiti Wayfarer launched in Istanbul

Recently we received photos of Tahiti Wayfarer Nr. 8, built and launched in Istanbul.
She was built in an upstairs living room, lowered out of the window, then assembled in a garden and finally launched on the beach.

We can count 10 people on deck of 'Tai-o-Tai-o' on her maiden trip. Wish we could have been there too!
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New Zealand Wharram Meeting

A New Zealand Wharram Meeting is being planned for next (NZ) Summer - likely in January 2011. I thought it best to give plenty of notice. The venue is not finalised yet, but it may be at Kawau Island in the Hauraki Gulf. It is hoped quite a number of Wharram catamarans will be able to attend. There is already a small group of enthusiastic Wharram sailors working on things!

If you are interested in taking part, please contact me.

Don Brazier
NZ Wharram Agent
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NZ Agent news of Hans Klaar

Hi Everyone
I thought it may be of interest to say a few words about Hans Klaar's boat Ontong Java. I was fortunate in having the opportunity to go on board her recently when in Opua.
You may already be familiar with this boat from the Wharram Web site or the Wharram Builders and Friends site, but if not the attached photographs and information may be of interest.

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Rory McDougall and his capable Tiki 21 catamaran “Cooking Fat” are off again


Please follow the link for a safe and easy way to donate online.

Rory McDougall and his capable Tiki 21 catamaran “Cooking Fat” are off again on more adventures. Since sailing into the record books in 1997 as the smallest catamaran around the world, Rory and Cookie have had time away from ocean voyaging this past decade. Rory met his wife Michelle, shortly after the circumnavigation and they have been raising two kids in the Caribbean since. Cookie, of course, came along as part of the family and has been great for getting the young ones acquainted to sailing. Now it’s high time to get back on the horse!!

I watched the first Jester Challenge back in 1996 with great interest and made a vow that I would be on the start line for the next one in 2010. With 2800 miles of singlehanded upwind sailing from Plymouth UK to Newport Rhode Island USA, this is just the new adventure I need! The Jester Challenge embodies the self sufficient aspect of sailing small boats across oceans. The Challenge is open to all those who are up to the task and who like to voyage on boats from 20ft to 30ft. The Jester group of folks inspire small boat sailors to follow in the footsteps of our heroes of yesteryear. I can’t think of any better group to join with as it falls right in line with the minimalistic sailing I do in Cookie. The start is on Sunday 23rd May 2010 at 1300hrs off Plymouth breakwater. continued.......

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MAY 14, 15, 16



First, Wharrams available and related information (to the best of our knowledge as of this email!):

1. Tiki 26, ‘05, Staten Island, NY, Betsy,, 718-524-0221.
2. Tangaroa, ’02, MKIV+, Islamorada, FL. Dan,, 305-664-0190.
3. Tangaroa, ’83, MKI, Annapolis, MD, Carl,
4. Tahini, Pennsylvania, unfinished, Don,, 305-801-5663.
5. Professionally built Wharrams, Florida, David,, 561-744-0855.
6. Professional built and kit Wharrams and a very informative website with Wharram forum, Texas, Shane,, 254-232-4033.

We will be holding our annual summer rendezvous in May 2010. Specifically, May 14, 15 and 16. It will be in Islamorada, FL (Florida Keys). We are expecting Wharrams of various sizes and descriptions.
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Important News regarding the Polynesian Catamaran Association

by Bob Bois

As I write this, yet another low pressure system is spinning off the coast of New England, dumping another 10 inches of snow on us. My building shed is cold and dark. I have a long way to go.

How many years left on your build? Two? Three? Four, five or more?
Where do you turn for inspiration when the process seems to go one forever? Or the epoxy has gone off too early? Or you tell yourself for the hundredth time: I can’t afford this.

Where are the photos and stories that will prove to you that, yes, it is possible to build this boat and sail it wherever you want to go? Where are the guides and mates that have been where you are now and are more than willing to show you that you will get to the end of the build, you will live the life you have envisioned – whatever that means for you.

I’ll tell you where they are: they’re in the pages of “The Sea People” magazine, published regularly by the Polynesian Catamaran Association (PCA).

And you don’t need to be a Wharram builder to appreciate the organization. If you bought your boat from another builder, or had it professionally built, you will still find oceans of information available to you through the PCA. I know this firsthand. We bought a Tiki 30 a few years back (we are now building Tiki 46 no. 38) and the owner included practically all back issues of the “The Sailorman” and “The Sea People”. We devoured these magazines. We dreamed of sailing to Culatra, Martinique, transiting the Panama Canal and seeing the entire Pacific spread before us.

When the New England winter bit down hard, we huddled in front of the fireplace and went through the magazines chronologically, following tales of John Shores and his big, black, engineless Tehini. Or the Wharrams building and voyaging on the original Tehini and, later, the Spirit of Gaia.

The later issues of the magazine contained articles by more recent Wharramites: Ann and Nev Clement of Peace IV (Tiki 46), Rory MacDougall and Cooking Fat (Tiki 21 that sailed round the World!), Dave Vinnicomb and his Dragon (Tiki 38). There are too many examples of ‘the Wharram spirit” in the back issues of the magazine to list here.

In addition, the PCA sponsors sail-ins and meets across the globe, events where Wharram builders, sailors, or those merely interested in the boats, can get together and swap stories and innovations over a pot luck meal and their favorite beverage.

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My story is really a personal one for James.
When my husband David Graham was a young boy in Manchester, England, James' family were neighbours and David met James and talked boats with him occasionally I gather.
David and I met and married in the early 6o's then emigrated to Australia and though David worked in the aircraft industry he maintained a great interest in boats.
In about 1989 David was begining to think about early retirement and what we would do. At this time we had a trailer sailer which we took all over the place. David however had bigger and better ideas, he would build a catamaran, which he did, it was not a Wharram but we had it for nine years after our retirement, and enjoyed every minute of it.
We had to sell her in 2005 as David became sick and passed away on Jan. 1st. this year aged 70yrs.
I thought James might be interested in this little story and what influence he may have had on this young boy living in industrial Manchester.
Pauline Graham
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Would you like to Charter a Tiki 30?

We are thinking of taking our Tiki 30 to the Abacus and making her available for charter. We have a charter operator there who is interested in working with us and we are trying to determine how much interest there is in chartering this boat.

Please let us know if you would be interested in bareboat chartering this boat in 2010 and we will keep you informed of the boat's availability.

Boatsmith Inc
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(561) 744-0855 off (USA)
(561) 632-2628 cell (USA)
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Tiki 38 SA - NZ

Email received at JWD 28th Jan 2010

Hi JWD just to let you know that Dragon and I have successfully sailed from Durban SA (Jan 09) to Opua in NZ (Nov 09) via the Panama Canal and the South Pacific islands, meeting Hans Klaar and John Jameson in Tahiti!

Great trip. Dragon (T38) did exceptionally well and arrived in NZ in as good a condition as she left.

Had two bad storms on the way which needed drogues but very comfortable once deployed.

Dave Vinnicombe