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Wharram Study Plans are intended to help you decide if a particular boat design is for you. They provide more detail than is available in the Design Book. The most important part of the Study Plan is the Materials List, which will list the major boat building materials requirements so you can cost your project in your own area. We feel sure that after studying these plans you will appreciate the quality and detail of the Building Plans.

Study Plans are available as a Hard Copy or Digital Download. Downloads are instant access and eliminate postage costs, which is particularly beneficial for international customers. Hard Copy Study Plans are being phased out and will no longer be available after stock has sold out, at which point they will be digital only. Get your hard copies while you can.

Buying more than one Study Plan? The following discounts will be applied automatically:

  • Two Study Plans: 10% off both
  • Three Study Plans: 20% off all three
  • Four or more Study Plans: 30% off all

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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