Beams, again and again

Made the beam caps for the main and aft beams a little wider to compensate for the thicker plywood I used in the webs. 5/8″ was not generally available, so instead of laminating my own, I used 3/4″. Has to be better than a home lamination of 1/4 ans 3/8.

Assembly started on aux aft beam that will hold netting, wind vane and solar panels.


Can’t build all the time

One of the concerns we’ve always had was how well my wife would be able to negotiate getting on, off and around of the boat once it was launched.  We’d tried this a couple of years ago at the Hui Wharram with her getting on board a Tiki 26 from a dinghy, which worked, but she didn’t move about very much on it, just looked around.  Getting on board from the beach and sailing on David Halliday’s Aruba worked with some effort, but it was worth it and all seemed good to begin construction.

So while in South Florida, we took the the Sailing and Shelling trip from the Marco Island Marriott Resort with Captain Tom aboard one the the Tiki 26’s built for them by Boatsmith.  My wife loved it, getting on and off from the dock and from the beach.  I also recommend the trip for anyone in or visiting the area.  The staff and crew are wonderful to deal with and provide a great trip.

This provided a renewed enthusiasm to keep on sanding and finish as soon as possible.

Cockpit Drains

After all the discussion and different views on Wharram Builders, I decided to go with four drains, 1 1/2″ x 5″ located in the sides of the cockpit, one in each corner. If I venture farther offshore, I may use a dado blade on the floor of the cockpit to create a “slatted” floor as in the traditional Wharram designs.

Getting Stuff and Things

Ordered sails from Trasker in Florida. I was delighted to discover the main came standard with a zipper in the luff so I don’t have to take the mast down to remove the sail. Ordered two sets of reef points in the main and one in the genoa.

Found a good deal on a Yamaha 6HP long shaft outboard, new in the box. About the price I see most used motors listed for. With a 3 year warrantee

Sent off for a quote on an aluminum mast and rigging. Haven’t heard back. Seems the sticky part is that its round.

Now I need to get my hindquarters in gear and finish the building part.