Classic Designs (20% off)

Home Shop Building Plans Classic Designs (20% off)

Complete, clear and detailed plans to build your own Wharram Catamaran, that have often been described as a 'course in boat building'. All Wharram building plans are drawn for the first time builder, so anyone with a modicum of practical ability can build one of our designs. Wharram designs are all based on decades of actual building and sailing experience of the boats, so you can be confident in its sailing capabilities and safety.

The early 'Wharrams', now known as the Classic Designs, are recognised as beautiful, safe boats - easy to build, and easy to sail. Many anchorages around the world are still graced by these Designs. They range from the 16ft Maui to the 51ft Tehini. They were the first range of Wharram catamarans, designed in the 1960s and 70s, based on the sea experience of James Wharram's pioneering ocean crossings. They are sturdy, very stable, but relatively basic in design. They are built using simple plywood construction over a backbone and bulkhead frame.

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Small catamaran sailing
Beached green and white catamaran
Catamaran on land, one person aboard
Yellow catamaran sailing
Double canoe catamaran, one person aboard, surrounded by other boats
Double canoe catamaran on the water
Catamaran saling against a backdrop of dramatic cliffs
Anchored double canoe catamaran in a creek
Bird's eye view of a catamaran deck, people lying on the bow trampoline
Red and black catamaran with sails up
Red and white catamaran sailing
Lashings holding a beam in place on a boat
Crossbeams under construction
Drawing of a double canoe catamaran layout