okay, i'll bite Jeff. Could you actually explain the deficiencies of the sailing characteristics vs other comparable ocean going cats. Any boat, home or professional built can be crude. So please spell it out for those of us that are interested in learning about different platforms. Otherwise, as with my personal vehicle my motto is: Absolutely Nothing Beats A Hummer.
Because Warrams are usually a pain in the butt to sail, most a very crudely built (I understand that Boatsmith does a nice job) , and do not sail worth a darn? Why else?
oh sure....but apart from that they are perfect.....
Earlier this year we were anchored next to a Wharram on the south coast of NSW. Really quite remarkable things but hardly mainstream. I kind of liken them to those old VW Kombis with the 6v electricals and split windscreens. Legendary , no doubt, but you'd have to be out of your tree to want one.
Nemier my friend, if you really have your heart set on a Wharram......you'll need to grow your hair, get some cut off denims, some tie dyed indian shirts, sandals, head bands and some decent weed.
I wish someone would have told me!
The Kombis went 5 months ago to my daughter's boyfriend, my hair went in 1999 (after the Brazil 1200' dive), my denims went last year because I'm too fat, but the tie dye shirts, sandals, head-bands and weed stay with me!
Now, listen-up you lot! I see a vessel with some interesting numbers. This Wharram is built by a professional. Not the back yard project you're thinking about. Look at the displacement vs the waterline length vs sail area...
this thing could move and I want to know why not- in your opinion- anyone out there - who isn't stoned...
Thomas Forth Jones had some good things to say about Wharram's designs. And he should know he built a couple of them as well as sailed them for years. In my opinion, and I'll start by saying that I've always like Wharrem's designs but it's best strengths is it's biggest weaknesses.
It's biggest strengths are that the designs are both simple to build and sail while still getting high marks for stability and strength offshore. Unfortunantly even when built by professional builders they still look homemade-ish. They're also not the most accomadating boats in the comfortable interiors. Add in that the vast majority of sailors are never going offshore and they don't have a good resale.
Most people want more space so opt for a catamaran that has a built up bridge deck. So unless your really planning to keep the boat on an anchorage most of the time when your not sailing to exotic locales then your going to pay a high price to keep a boat on a slip that's not overly comfortable for weekend cruising or parties.
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at the Miami Boat Show two years ago. Absolutely gorgeous piece of work. I have no connection with the builder but if I could afford him and his crew they would be working on my boat. As for the Wharram designs, I have no direct experience sailing them so I will leave comment on that to others.