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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.
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The Tahiti Wayfarer hull shape is derived from traditional dug-out canoes from Tahiti and Samoa, but built in stitch & glue ply/epoxy. All other components of the boat are constructed from materials found in nature. Crossbeams and spars are made from small trees and saplings with natural forks for jaws, stripped of bark and sculpturally finished, all parts are lashed together.
As she is likely to be used in the open sea she has a self-draining floor (large enough to sleep on) and watertight bow and stern compartments. This hull shape has only 8" - 20cm draft; her lateral resistance comes from a fine forefoot combined with the area of the steering-paddle/side-rudder.
She can be built as a Double Canoe with two same-sized hulls and a platform big enough to erect a two man tent on, or as an Outrigger Canoe using just one hull and a light weight log as outrigger float. She is rigged with a crab claw sail, using rope standing rigging. Tahiti Wayfarer with her very shallow draft is a perfect boat for exploring, a great boat for use by scouts and youth groups or to be taken on a ‘Raid’. Auxiliary propulsion is by paddle, oars or Yuloh.
By self-making everything: natural spars, sails and even hand carved deadeye blocks, her building cost is very low (the Plans give all details). This is a boat that needs NO hardware! The aim of the Wharram new Ethnic Design range is to study and understand by practical experience aspects of the design of canoe form craft from the ancient sailing world.
- 1 x A0 Plan Sheet
- Materials List
- 1 x A3 Colour photo sheet
|Building Method:||Ply/Glass/Epoxy Stitch & Glue|
|Length Overall:||21'||6.40 m|
|Beam overall:||10'||3.00 m|
|Waterline length:||17' 9"||5.40 m|
|Weight (Double Canoe):||485 lbs||220 kg|
|Weight (Outrigger Canoe):||330 lbs||150 kg|
|Loading capacity (Double Canoe):||790 lbs||360 kg|
|Loading capacity (Outrigger Canoe):||395 lbs||180 kg|
|Sail area (Small):||84 sqft||7.6 sqm|
|Sail area (Big):||143 sqft||13 sqm|
|Building Time Estimate:||300 hours|