Since then nearly Tiki 21 Plans have been sold In 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 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.
Keep up with the latest from James Wharram Designs, including promotional discounts on boat building plans. Maximum of per year. Skip to main content Skip to search. Login links. Search Our Site Search. James Wharram Designs Unique sailing catamarans, inspired by the canoes of the Polynesians. Wharram Shop:. Related Products:. Related Information:. Wharram Newsletter Keep up with the latest from James Wharram Designs, including promotional discounts on boat building plans.There are quite a few Wharram hotspots around the world, one of them is South Africa.
Luckyfish was built in Cape Town by Dan Hardwicke.Tiki 21 Coastal Cruising
Dan had built a few boats before tackling the Tiki His Dad was a Wharram man. They had a Hitia 14, Tiki 21, Tiki 26 and a Pahi 42 as well as various monohulls. In Adrian did a complete refit of Two Ticks and Dan gained valuable experience that would be useful later when he started his own. The first ideas for the Luckyfish pod design and layout originated from Two Ticks rebuild.
Adrian sailed his boat out to New Zealand and Dan started building in Yes, you can change a Wharram design but I am not a fan of that. This resulted in the build progressing very quickly. To anyone who can prove they have paid for a set of plans, Roy can supply BS marine grade Okoume ply CNC cut: lower and upper bulkheads; lower and upper hull panels; cross beams; mast box; engine wells; stems and beam trunks.
Roy can ship to anywhere in the world. As a precaution, Dan tested the glues used in each sheet by boiling a sample in hot water. There were no failures. I met a Tiki 46 builder in Namibia using the same brand, testing his sheets the same way, with the same results.
The remaining text is from Dan himself. Ultimately Wharram describes building one of his boats in stitch and glue as akin to sewing. A simple process that unfolds and allows the builder to grow with the vessel. Start with a pencil, a drill and a jigsaw and the adventure begins.
It takes time, but by hrs you will be surprised at your new found ability, and seeing the end. Stick to the drawings.
Deviations will cost you, both in time and money, now and most definitely later. I would highly recommend a build for anyone thinking about it as long as you are realistic about your current lifestyle.Wharram Tiki 30 with a central cabin pod was built to plan and to a high standard by the builder.
The second, and current, owners added the pod and have evolved her into a self-sufficient micro cruiser with bow and stern netting and other additions and refinements which make her easy to sail single handed. She can comfortably sleep 4 in the main cabins and the forepeaks can also be used as a single berth. Mango Elephant is a Wharram Tiki 30 with a central cabin pod.
Mango was built to plan and to a high standard by the builder. Mango can comfortably sleep 4 in the main cabins and the forepeaks can also be used as single berths.
Annual maintenance has been done since the refit and over the last few years, items have been replaced with new. The owners have the original plans and VAT receipts and records of work done since they bought Mango. Replacement netting is waiting to be fitted and then Mango is ready to cruise. Mango was originally sailed extensively around Britain and across the Channel to France. In she was sailed to the Mediterranean France via the Canal du Midi from where she has worked down to Spain.
In the last 4 years, Mango has only been used during school summer holidays to cruise the Balearics. In the last 2 years, she has not been sailed much. Other Tiki 30s have done the Atlantic Circuit.
The central pod provides a sitting area which can be used as 2 single berths or converts into a large double bed. Wharram Designs say that the berths in the main hull cabins are doubles, but we found them better used as generous single berths. For extended cruising, the forepeaks have been used for storage rather than as berths.
All the berths have extensive storage underneath them and there is additional storage in aft lockers. The bows and sterns have crash compartments and the keels have sacrificial strips encased in kevlar tape to provide protection when grounding. You may have entered incorrect information or server is temporarily down. Please reload this page and try again later.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice. Your form has been submitted successfully. A representative will be in touch shortly. Please enter a valid name! Please enter a valid email address! Message cannot be empty!Element is the name I've chosen for the year-old Wharram Tiki 21 catamaran that I purchased after loosing my cruising monohull to Hurricane Katrina in I'm restoring and refitting this catamaran to prepare it for some beachcruising adventures on the Gulf of Mexico and possibly beyond.
The Tiki 21 was the first of James Wharram's "coastal trekking" catamaran designs - intended to be light enough to trailer, yet seaworthy enough to explore the offshore waters of the open coast. Element: A Wharram Tiki 21 Catamaran. Tuesday, November 28, Tomorrow is Launching Day!
Element will finally be afloat again sometime tomorrow. I completed the disassembly and washed the hulls and all parts yesterday, and today will load everything on the trailer for the trip to the beach in Biloxi. I will have help with this from a new Wharram enthusiast who has driven here to Mississippi from Colorado with his son to purchase my other Wharram catamaran, the Hitia 17, Segundo Vez. Today we will prepare Segundo Vez for the trip to her new home in the Rocky Mountains and finish organizing all the gear needed to sail Element.
After launching tomorrow, we will day sail around Biloxi and hopefully sail overnight to the barrier islands that lie approximately 10 miles to the south across the Mississippi Sound. Posted by Scott B. Williams at AM No comments:. Thursday, November 16, Hitia 17 and Tiki The perspective with Segundo Vez farther away makes it look even smaller, but there is a significant difference in four feet of length.
The Tiki range from the Hitia 17 to the Tiki 30 increases in four-foot increments. Each size, however, is almost twice the volume of the next size smaller, hence a Tiki 21 cost about twice as much and requires about twice the time to build as the Hitia This ratio is roughly the same going from a Tiki 21 to a Tiki 26, and from a Tiki 26 to a Tiki In boats volume definately increases at a ratio exponential to overall length.
Each of these four sizes of the Tiki range has its own advantages and disadvantages, making each more suitable for some purposes than others. The Hitia 17 is for sure easier to deal with, with each hull weighing in at only about 90lbs.The Forum is a free service, and much like the "free" content on Public Radio, we hope you will support WoodenBoat by subscribing to this fabulous magazine.
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Join Date Nov Posts 4, An exceptional achievement. Rory McDougall crossed against the prevailing current and winds to take second place in the Jester Challenge in his Tiki He crossed to the US in 34 days.
Peak mileage a whopping miles in a day. Join Date Nov Location St. Charles, IL Posts 1, An amazing feat from a previous circumnavigator.
Cheaper than a mouse I wonder is there a huge difference in internal volume between the GRP ones like Cookie and the more usual plywood versions? Great post, thanks! Gets my imagination going! Vroom vrooom! I bought study plans for that boat some years back and concluded that it was a bit too small for the Chesapeake. I suppose he's proven me totally wrong on that notion.
But it's really tight inside each hull, and there's not a lot of displacement to spare for stores. Also, I imagine a very wet ride out there on the North Atlantic. From what I can gather, he bought a set of hull bottom mouldings seconds as they had a blemish from a moulding company in the UK. He then fit them out with a set of plans from Wharram with plywood decks etc. I think he put a slightly higher deck on, plus he's fitted canopies for some more room.You will have some fun with that!
One of our sons has been slaving away for a couple of years in a shed up north building a Wharram. He loves them, and has done since he was a teen. Which son is that Rob? And what size cat is he building? Does he post on-line about it? Now you have me curious. A friend of mine, Louie Brochetti, built constant camber hulls for Jim Brown back in the day.
In recent years, since we've become gunkholing buddies, I've asked him about the possibilities for multihulls as Inside Passage cruisers. He has vehemently insisted they are not for close quarters, only open ocean sailing.
Reports of windward performance in heavy seas are very discouraging, but in the summer months, we more typically see very light winds and avoid rough conditions when we can. I've watched several small Tikis from the Salish Sea show up on craigslist and then disappear again. They're one foot too long for my boat club, otherwise I might very well own one myself. Good to hear from you, Curtis. How's that proa coming along? I thought I'd make it to Montague this month, but it looks like a bust for me at this point.
Is the club rating for waterline or LOA? As a designer and builder, these questions plague me. I can see how either issue can be circumvented, unless the rules say a Tiki 21 can never be a Tiki As a reputable restorer, I can see the quandary - a person shopping for a Tiki 21 might be put off by a Tiki 20 with a truncated stem and stern. At any rate, the difference of a foot would be a marginal difference in performance, especially when dealing with two hulls.
If it's a matter of LOA, the waterline could be retained and only aesthetics might suffer. Michael, great boat I've been interested in small multihulls for years but never got around to owning one yet.
It all started with this account back in the 's of a trip from UK to Russia. Max, it's interesting how closely our thoughts wander. Yes, I said wander, because, at least in my case ideas and dreams seem to come alive of their own volition. I did imagine that I might build a cat of similar size and often looked at Richard's designs because for a given size, he offers the most room.
This Wharram is a minimalist vessel and I hope to never try and sleep in one of those coffins - I'll wrap myself in a tarp first. Since this boat showed up unexpectedly and was purchased impetuously, I had not planned to launch it this year. But already it calls to me. It got a lot of media attention as there was a custody dispute over the daughter.J ames Wharram is a multihull pioneer who has been sailing and designing exceptionally seaworthy catamarans since the s.
While in the Caribbean he became a father, and the boat mothered a growing colony of teredo worms. With a strong desire to sail home, Wharram built a footer and did the first North Atlantic crossing by catamaran. His designs are based on firsthand experience, regularly updated and improved, and have a safety record that is hard to beat.
The plans are highly detailed and provide illustrations for almost every step of the process. The plans include a materials list, down to the last fitting, and an epoxy technique manual depicting everything from laminating to fairing. The hulls are built using the stitch-and-glue method, making it a fairly quick build, even for the first-time builder, though practicing with some scraps of plywood and epoxy is recommended for beginners.
Construction starts with forming the hull panels and stitching them together, then moves on to installing bulkheads and bunks and fitting the decks and cabintops. After the hulls are complete, just three beams, two tillers and rudders, and a wooden mast remain as the last major projects. I chose aluminum over wood in hopes of a lighter mast that would require less maintenance and be easier to raise when rigging.
Wharram believes that the lashings allow for shock absorption and decrease shock loads at the joints. Each wrap of the five loops has a 2,lb breaking strength. The lashings are frapped so tightly that small movements between structural members are unnoticeable.
The lashing system is proven by both Wharram cats and the well-traveled Polynesian voyaging canoes of the Pacific. The Tiki 21 plans include a motor mount set within the perimeter of the deck.
The pod added to this boat frees up deck space and includes a place for the gas tank. The cross beams, or akas, are stitch-and-glue I-beams. The Tiki 21 was designed to be assembled on a beach at low tide and to float away when the sea returns. For our negligible tidal range and for freshwater sailing, I chose to build a trailer with telescoping sides that allow the hulls to be expanded outward for boat assembly before being backed down the ramp. We currently sail BETO on a small lake, so it rests on the trailer between outings.
When we want a taste of salt water, we unlash the beams and slide the hulls together for a package that is a little wider than my small Toyota truck. I can assemble the boat by myself in two hours and disassemble it in an hour. This is pretty fast to be on the water, and a helper could easily bring this time down as the lashings and frappings are the most time-consuming tasks. Some Tiki sailors have had good luck with ratchet straps and nylon webbing when trailering to daysail.
The Tiki 21 was designed with cruising accommodations for two, but there is room for more on deck. The catamaran has a carrying capacity of a half ton. So how does the Tiki 21 sail?
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The sail is modeled after a high-aspect Dutch gaff rig, using a short gaff at the peak and an elongated luff pocket that envelops the mast and minimizes turbulent airflow. This unique arrangement offers performance similar to modern rotating masts and square-top mainsails without all of the moving parts. The mainsail is sewn with a luff sleeve for a smother flow of air around the mast. The jib and main halyards run along the mast inside the sleeve. Unlike older Wharram designs, the Tiki 21 has a power-to-weight ratio that can get one in trouble if the wind pipes up.
In light air, however, it is slightly undercanvased, and a drifter works wonders. The deep-V hulls have hardly any noticeable leeway if sails are trimmed correctly, and can tack in light and heavy air even sailing just the main. However, when sailing, it tracks like it is on rails. I sail upwind all the time in up to 20 knots with just a bungee crossed over the tiller. The Tiki is superbly well balanced and will sail along happily with proper trim.
To windward we have seen 7 knots with the wind at 50 degrees true, falling down to around 5 knots at 40 degrees true. Off the wind, BETO has clocked 15 knots while power-reaching with no noticeable lifting of the windward hull check my video.