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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.

Mana 24 is becoming a reality – by James Wharram

James Wharram and Hanneke Boon with new Mana 24 hullAt last my little dreamboat, the Mana 24 (actually 23’6” hull length), is coming into being. I can go out into our workshop and see and touch the first hull.

Sixty years ago I was sailing along the South coast of Britain on my first 23’6” catamaran, the Tangaroa (see my book ‘Two Girls Two Catamarans’), sailing to Falmouth to begin the first successful offshore catamaran voyage across the Bay of Biscay, later extended to become the first successful voyage across the Southern Atlantic by catamaran. I called her a double canoe, as the word catamaran was not yet in usage for such a boat.

Spirit of Gaia renovation (Part 6)

July 2015
Another year and still more work. We have had to face up to the fact that the renovation of our flagship Spirit of Gaia is taking much longer than originally planned, but at last the end is in sight. We are aiming for perfection.

Last autumn we flew to Greece for 3 weeks to do some more work with the help of Michael and Sigrid, in that time I had the loan of a lovely aluminium scaffold and was able to renovate the stem and stern posts, which had been kept protected under plastic covers as the glue joints had split causing deterioration in the centre layer. This was difficult work, but the Fein oscillating saw was again invaluable in cutting away the soft patches of plywood between the Iroko cheeks. I then glued in made-to-measure pieces of Iroko, which made a much better job than the original plywood core.
James is proud of what has been achieved.

Oceanswatch to aid Cyclone Pam survivors

Oceanswatch

OceanWatch, a small and robust New Zealand NGO, will soon head to the Solomon islands to give aid in the ongoing aftermath of Cyclone Pam. Two Tama Moana designs were donated to the islands following the Lapita Voyage in 2008, and their work will include the repair of one of these that sustained damage during the storm.

More information can be found here:
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If you wish to make a donation to help with the relief work, please visit:
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HUI Wharram 2015 - Event Report

June 2015
Beautiful Weather, Nice Sailing and Great Camaraderie
Hui Wharram, Islamorada, Fl (The Keys), 2015
 
This year, as in most past years the weather gods cooperated.  Winds were perfect, sun shone and temperatures were ideal.  You expect something else in the Fabulous Florida Keys????


Nearly 70 Wharramites and Wharramite wannabees attended over the weekend and more than 40 were at our Dutch-treat dinner on Saturday night.  The Lorelei Cabana Bar in Islamorada (Florida Keys)again provided the perfect venue and great service to all who attended.
Hui Wharram 2015 - the visitor's boats lined up on the pontoon
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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.

Amatasi
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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
 
Winner of Classic Boat Design Competition 2010. Amatasi was designed for the 2010 Design Competition in Classic Boat magazine for a Fishing boat under 30ft/10m that would not need a licence for fishing under sail or oar. She won First Prize!

The design is modelled on the hullshape of fishing canoes of Samoa, but built in ply/epoxy/glass stitch & glue construction. Beams and spars are constructed from naturally grown roundwood (i.e. whole tree trunks). Hulls, beams and platform are all lashed together in Ethnic fashion. Running rigging uses hand carved dead-eye blocks. The Plans explain how to make all these components in detail.

The hulls of Amatasi can be open-topped and self-draining, or can be fitted with a lift-off cuddy (on one hull or on both hulls). The large planked platform between the hulls easily fits a standard camping tent to give extra sleeping accommodation for 2-3 people.

Amatasi has a Cat Yawl rig, with a gaff mainsail and small spritsail mizzen. Without a jib the standing rigging can be rope. The small mizzen is used for manoeuvring and tacking. She has Indonesian style side rudders.

By self-making almost everything, including natural spars and hand carved deadeye blocks, her building cost is low. This is a boat that needs NO expensive yachting hardware!  If you are skilled at sewing you can even make the sails as well.

In 2011 we built the prototype, which we test sailed in Cornwall and in the Traditional Boat festivals in Brest and Douarnenez in 2012. She fulfilled all our expectations. Watch Video.

Amatasi is an ideal boat for youth groups, Raids and Coastal Trekking.
£585.00

Hanneke Boon at Pecha Kucha in Amsterdam

November 2014
We have had a long friendship with Carl Cramer, publisher for 25 years of the American ‘Wooden Boat’ and ‘Professional Boatbuilder’ magazines. Last year Carl retired as publisher, but is continuing with other boat related enterprises. Last month he organized a Symposium on yachting in Amsterdam, called ‘Boatbuilding Live’ held on 17th November, the day before the opening of ‘Mets’, the European marine trade show.

James and Hanneke were invited to speak at ‘Boatbuilding Live’ in a 90 minute time slot, so got to work on writing a paper with the title ‘Integrating Philosophy with Boat design’. Unfortunately the symposium was cancelled, but instead Carl asked them to speak at a Pecha Kucha event, also in Amsterdam. This is a new lecture concept originating in Japan where every speaker can show 20 slides to which he/she can talk for 20 seconds each, i.e. a total of 6 minutes 40 seconds presentation.

We had to make a fresh start, for writing for a Pecha Kucha is more like writing poetry than a lecture. From a wordy concept to the minimum, so we saw the time slot of 6 minutes as an illustrated poem of Hanneke, from a young girl sailing with her father, ending up as a boatbuilder, ocean sailor and designer. We have published it on Youtube so everyone can see it. You can also watch Hanneke's Live performance at 'De Rode Hoed' in Amsterdam here.
Hanneke Boon at Pecha Kucha, Amsterdam Hanneke Boon at Pecha Kucha, Amsterdam

Mana 24: A new trailer sailor in the pipeline

August 2014
A new trailer sailer catamaran in the pipeline..
Mana 24 Sail Plan

James Wharram’s vision for this new design:

At any one time there are always two or three design ideas floating around in my design consciousness. Social, political or personal events will bring a particular design to the forefront for a new launching (my staff call them my obsessions!)

Due to the present tight financial situation a large number of would-be sailors are having a hard time financing their dream sailing boat. You can buy good small second hand boats at a reasonable price, but the problem is where do you keep them? All over Europe high marina/mooring costs make it impossible for many would-be sailors to own a boat.

The most economical way to enjoy sailing is to build your own small lightweight boat, to keep it at home and trail it to the waters you want to sail in. This gives opportunity to explore many more sailing areas than if based on a permanent mooring and at much lower cost.

Storm Tactics on Wharram Catamarans

August 2014
Wharram Cat on stormy seas
Wharram catamarans are well known for their seaworthiness and hundreds have been cruising the oceans of the World for nearly 50 years.

As can be expected, many encountered storms during their voyaging, some were unlucky enough to encounter very severe ones and even cyclones and hurricanes.

Don Brazier, Wharram agent in New Zealand and owner/builder of a beautiful 41 foot Narai Mk IV, has been collecting accounts from many Wharram sailors who have experienced severe weather at sea. He himself has made a number of voyages in the Pacific and encountered severe weather, in which he deployed drogue and parachute.

Don’s collection of severe weather experiences on Wharram Catamarans is now available to read online. It is a work in progress and more anecdotes will be added over time. Go and read it now, and come back in the future to see what’s new.

If you have experienced severe weather on a Wharram Catamaran, we would like to hear your story. Please contact us.

Read It Now


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Includes Free Deckpod Plans - offer expires 10th September 2015.
Save £70.
 
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'.

An optional deck pod with double berth and/or navigation station is available. This pod replaces the standard open cockpit.

Until 10th September, all orders for Tiki 30 building plans will include Free Deckpod Plans, usual price £70. This deckpod, which contains double berth, replaces the standard open cockpit of the Tiki 30.

Tiki 30 deckpod

£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..

£420.00

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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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