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Monday, October 22 2018 @ 10:48 AM BST
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Melanesia Launch

Melanesia ‘Samaki’ launch

A great little canoe ... good looking as well. Very popular with the children and grandchildren - eight of us (couldn't get everyone in the pics) enjoyed it on the first day afloat here in Aberdour, Fife, Scotland. The other four children and grandchildren hope to have a go tomorrow. Conditions were far from perfect with a strong breeze in the afternoon and lumpy seas whenever large ships and tugs passed close by in the busy River Forth Estuary.

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Building a Tiki 31 in Greece

I am building a Tiki 31 on the island of Crete, Greece. You are welcome to view the progress of my work and share my enthousiasm on
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Obituary - Thomas Firth Jones

Thomas Firth Jones – Boatbuilder, Sailor, Multihull Enthusiast and Designer
Obituary by Ruth Wharram

I just received a sad letter from Carol, Tom Jones’ wife, that Tom died on 20th October, after suffering a series of small strokes.
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Manu Rere Tries Her Wings

Manu Rere’s launch date was solidly set weeks ahead by issuing invitations to a Wharram meet on the occasion. Sea people came from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hawaii, Colorado, New Mexico and my home town Modesto. On the day before launching, people began arriving and helping out at the build site. After working all afternoon we all shifted to putting on the twenty complex beam lashings after dark. By the time Manurere was lowered onto the trailer it was after midnight.
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Tiki 26 blog at

I've started building Tiki 26 plan set #386. I'll be blogging the process and will try to post daily. Comments from any experienced builders or discussions with others who are currently building Wharrams much appreciated.