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Boatsmith 01-24-2012 01:46 PM

Fiberglass Wharram Ariki Catamaran

LandLocked66c 01-24-2012 02:11 PM

Can't see these at work, Drats!

peterchech 01-24-2012 03:17 PM

Nice! Is that solid glass matt, or cored? (Since you are using a mold I assume it is solid)

If I may ask, why solid GRP instead of plywood? Isn't there an argument against using GRP for large flat surfaces such as the slab sides of a Wharram?

Boatsmith 01-24-2012 03:35 PM

This hull is of Divinycell cored fiberglass. There are many people who won't have anything to do with a plywood boat. If I don't sell boats then I can't build them and that would suck. The plywood Ariki was completely flat sided. This hull has 3" of crown in the sides amidships. This hull shape is very similar to the 26' Wharrams I have been building in glass. We built over a male mold for several reasons. One is cost. It takes many more boats to amortize the additional costs of a female mold. It is also difficut to work in the bottom of the vessel. It is much easier ergonomicaly to fair the outside than the inside.

WanderingStar 01-25-2012 10:51 AM

Interesting, thanks.

Boatsmith 01-06-2013 05:32 PM

Re: Fiberglass Wharram Ariki Catamaran
We have been building molds for all of the various parts. Decks, houses, hatches and beams. The first boat is coming alng nicely. We will have her at the Miami Strictly Sail in February.

bljones 01-06-2013 05:51 PM

Re: Fiberglass Wharram Ariki Catamaran
Wow- great illustration of the difference between your old and new facilities!

Boatsmith 01-06-2013 07:10 PM

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We moved to our new digs in May. At first it seemed like an airplane hangar and now we are back to running out of space. We have Video tours on YouTube for anyone interested.
Sept 2012
Dec 2012

rbyham 01-06-2013 09:29 PM

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Wow... fun to see this. reminds me of the Tiki 24 I found rotting on the backside of a fishing village in Penang, Malaysia back in the mid-90s. Took those marine ply epoxied hulls to a woodshop I had acess to, rebuilt them and assembled and sailed the Tiki for a couple of years around the island of Penang. Very much enjoyed the experience. But I can see the advantage of glass hulls.

Boatsmith 02-11-2013 06:12 PM

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