Ethnic Designs (20% off)

Home Shop Building Plans Ethnic 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 Ethnic Designs cater for those who want a 'traditional' Pacific sailing craft, built using appropriate modern materials and methods. With everything self-made these boats are lower cost to build. They range from the 16' Melanesia outrigger canoe to the 38' ocean going ship 'Tama Moana'. These designs arose after requests from Pacific Island peoples for James to design craft to overcome shortages of "traditional" building materials, but which closely reflect the cultural and ethnic origins of these craft.

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Small red outrigger canoe with crabclaw sail, two crew aboard
Ethnic style double canoe with crabclaw sail, sailing in a creek
Ethnic style red and white catamaran on the grass next to a creek
Large ethnic style double canoe sailing against a backdrop of an erupting volcano