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Fiberglass Wharram Ariki Catamaran

Saturday we pulled the first hull off our new mold and set the boat upright in a cradle. [IMG][/IMG]

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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?

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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.

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Interesting, thanks.
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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.
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Wow- great illustration of the difference between your old and new facilities!

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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.
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Re: Fiberglass Wharram Ariki Catamaran

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.
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Re: Fiberglass Wharram Ariki Catamaran

Here is our recent progress.

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