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Building your own boat with Wharram Designs is the easiest and most cost effective way to fulfil your sailing dreams. Wharram Self-build boat plans start from only £100.
We recommended you follow the tried and trusted Wharram process to ensure the boat you build is both the right type of boat for your needs and also one that will match your building skills and expenditure.
Wharram Design Book 1. Read the Wharram Design Book and familiarise yourself with the various designs and their unique qualities.
Wharram Study Plans 2. Order one or more sets of our Boat Building Study Plans and immerse yourself into the boat builder's mindset; evaluate the costs; the amount of time required to build your boat; where you will build it and where you will eventually launch it.
Wharram Building Plans 3. Once you have decided on the boat that is right for YOU to build, order the Boat Builder's Plans and become a real life member of the Wharram Boat Builder Community.

HUI Wharram 2014 Announced

Gathering of boats at last year's hui wharram Florida Keys, May 2014

We will be holding the Spring Wharram Rendezvous (a Hui Wharram) May 16-17-18, 2014 in Islamorada, FL (Florida Keys) at the world famous Lorelei Cabana Bar.

A “Hui Wharram” or “Hui-o-waa-Kaulua-Wharram” (Hawaiian) is a group or gathering of Wharram boats but any type of boat is welcome. Come even if you don’t have a boat.

There is no easier way to fulfill your sailing dreams – from sailing the trade winds or the local shores – than with a Wharram Sailing Catamaran. Wharrams range from 16’ to 63’ and are mostly home built of plywood. Stable, rugged, fast, FUN, comfortable, inexpensive to build, operate and repair!

Come, see and enjoy the boats. Just have fun. We talk about Wharrams and nearly any other boat. We tell sailing stories... some may even be true. We compare notes. We share pictures. We look at plans. We take pictures of each other’s boats and get some really good (and a few bad) ideas. We eat and drink and just have fun. Bring a boat if you have one and everyone is welcome... no boat needed! FREE! No registration, no costs, no plan (a perfect Keys event!)! Join us for a Dutch-treat dinner on Saturday night at the Lorelei... door prizes!

For details send an email to floridawharramrendezvous@hotmail.com

Spirit of Gaia renovation, 21 years after her launching (Part 4)

In my last blog on Gaia’s renovation I said we wanted Gaia ready to sail in September. However, the fates decided otherwise. Last summer became a sad and stressful time culminating in the death of Ruth (Wharram) in September.

In May James and I visited Sète in the South of France, where we attended the meeting of the ‘Golden Oldies’, a big meeting of early racing multihulls from the 1970s and 80s. We stayed on a sister ship of Spirit of Gaia, the ‘Largyalo’, a beautiful German built Pahi 65 (slightly enlarged by the builders to achieve more luxury guest accommodation).



Petra and Berti, builders/owners of ‘Largyalo’
Petra and Berti, builders/owners of ‘Largyalo’
‘Largyalo’ sailing at the Golden Oldies meeting (photo F Monsonnec)
‘Largyalo’ sailing at the Golden Oldies meeting (photo F Monsonnec)
Hanneke steers ‘Largyalo’ out of the harbour of Sète. Note how Largyalo’s pods are bigger and higher than those on Spirit of Gaia.
Hanneke steers ‘Largyalo’ out of the harbour of Sète. Note how Largyalo’s pods are bigger and higher than those on Spirit of Gaia.

Ruth has gone to join the navigators in the sky

Ruth as navigator on her voyage across the Tasman sea aboard  Tangaroa Mk I 'KM' in 1975I'm very sad to announce that Ruth Wharram (nee Merseburger) has departed this life in the early morning of 4th September, at the age of 92, at home in Devoran. Her health had been failing over the last two years after a stroke the day after a fantastic 90th Birthday party.

Ruth has been a great strength in our lives; ever since she met James in 1951 she has guided and supported him in his life's efforts. I first met Ruth in 1967 and have shared my life with James and her since 1973. She has been a great friend to me and close ally in all the work, travelling and sailing we have done together.

Wharram Forums Restored

I am pleased to announce the James Wharram Designs Forums have been restored.

Previously, users may have encountered problems with being unable to view discussions, posting comments/topics, navigation and excess spam. These issues have all been addressed.

The new Forums are spam free and much easier to use and navigate. There is a wealth of information about Wharram building and sailing here already, but if you cannot find an answer to your question, go ahead and ask!

Visit here: wharram.com/site/forum
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The dream of building and sailing your own boat...

Over 72 pages showing details of all currently available self-build boat designs and the Wharram boat building philosophy.

This is THE starting place for satisfying your dream of building and owning your self-build catamaran. It contains all the basic information about all currently available self-build Wharram designs, with much basic building and historical development detail. There are photos and basic layout diagrams of the designs.

We would always suggest you buy the Design Book first, as it gives the opportunity to "browse" all designs to see what may really suit your needs before investing in either Study Plans, which contain more detail of each specific design, or the full set of Building Plans.

Contents:

  • 2 x A2 Plan Sheets
  • Materials List
  • 1 x A3 Colour photo sheet
  • Competition article
  • Information page
Amatasi Study Plan
Amatasi
Building Method: Ply/Glass/Epoxy/Laminate
Length Overall: 27' 7"
8.4 m
Beam Overall: 13' 10"
4.2 m
Waterline length: 23' 4" 7.1 m
Draft (Max): 1' 2" 0.36 m
Weight (Approx): 990lbs 450 kg
Loading capacity: 1540lbs 700 kg
Sail area: 242 sqft 22 sqm
Building Time Estimate:
650 hrs
 
Double Canoe designed for Eco fishing, youth groups and Coastal Trekking.

Winner of Classic Boat Design Competition 2010.
Photos of Amatasi
Building Plans coming soon!
£12.50

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Building Method: Ply/Glass/Epoxy Stitch and Glue
Length Overall: 30' 9.15 m
Beam Overall: 16' 4"
5.00 m
Waterline length: 25' 5" 7.75 m
Draft (incl. LAR keel): 2' 1" 0.65 m
Weight: 2200 lbs 1000 kg
Loading capacity: 2200 lbs 1000 kg
Sail area: 385 sqft 35.8 sqm
Building Time Estimate: 900 hrs

The ideal low budget self build ocean cruiser.

With a sleeping capacity of 6 (two doubles in the hulls) and spacious level deck area, TIKI 30 makes an excellent low cost charter boat.

It is our largest self-build boat design that is capable of being towed behind a vehicle. This means keeping the build weight down, and simple but adequate accommodation. This is not a high cost, luxury boat, but an elegant, versatile, 'double canoe' sailing boat, providing basic comfort for 'Living on the Sea'.

£660.00

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Building Method: Ply/Glass/Epoxy Stitch and Glue
Length Overall: 21' 6.40 m
Beam Overall: 12' 3.66 m
Waterline length: 18'6" 5.64 m
Draft: 1'2" 0.35 m
Weight: 790 lbs 360 kg
Loading capacity: 1000 lbs 460 kg
Sail area: 208 sqft 19.25 sqm
Building Time Estimate: 400 hrs

The Tiki 21 was designed in 1981 as an easy to build Coastal Trek catamaran, using new epoxy/glass stitch & glue techniques. In 1982 the new and then quite radical Tiki 21 was given first prize by Cruising World magazine (USA) in their design competition for a ‘Trailable Gunkholer’. Since then, 925 Tiki 21 Plans have been sold (June 2010).

In 1991-97 Rory McDougall sailed his self-built Tiki 21 'Cooking Fat' around the world, sometimes alone, sometimes with a companion. She was, and still is, the smallest catamaran to have circumnavigated. In 2010 Rory entered 'Cooking Fat' in the Jester Challenge (single handed 'race' across the Atlantic for small boats - under 30ft) and came into Newport, Rhode Island a close second after 34 days.

The Tiki 21 has stayed popular as a simple, easy to trail Coastal Trekker all over the world. Her unique soft Wharram Wingsail Rig has been used on all subsequent Tiki and other Wharram designs (30ft - 65ft) and is very popular with the owners of these boats.

Winner of the Cruising World Design Competition - Read full article here..

£365.00

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Building Method: Ply/Glass/Epoxy/Laminate
Length Overall: 63' 19.20 m
Beam Overall: 28' 8.53 m
Waterline length: 51' 15.5m
Draft: 3'-5' 0.9m-1.5m
Weight:   8 tons
Loading capacity:   4.5 tons
Sail area: 1400 sqft 130 sqm
Building Time Estimate: 4000 hours  

The Pahi 63 is a tribal boat, suitable for expedition sailing and for larger groups of people to cruise or eco-charter.

The deck/accommodation layout resembles a village, with a central public area including ‘well’ and (optional) ‘hearth’, surrounded by private cabins. This centre deck and the separate aft and fore deck areas give three large emotionally different spaces, enabling people to have hours in seeming solitude.

This deck layout combined with the 'Flexi Space' hull cabins (all with their own entrance) enables 8-10 people to live peacefully together for weeks at a time.

The Pahi 63, based on traditional Polynesian double canoe principles, is most suitable for use in warmer climates.

Read more about the Pahi 63 design.

£2,575.00
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