Dutch born Hanneke Boon grew up in a sailing family. She was building and sailing Polynesian Catamarans at the age of fourteen and joined the James Wharram team at the age of 20. She is a very gifted artist/graphic designer /craftworker and became James Wharram's co-designer.
Hanneke's all-round art abilities and practical boatbuilding experience have produced some of the clearest boat building instruction plans ever produced.
Hanneke made two Atlantic catamaran crossings on Tehini when she first joined the team. Since then she has sailed thousands of ocean miles, including sailing round the world on Spirit of Gaia (1994-98) and the more recent 4000Nm Lapita Voyage (2008-09), when she skippered ‘Lapita Anuta’.
She has built, or taken part in building more than sixteen Wharram designs, including developing many prototypes and the 63ft Spirit of Gaia.
She now sails when she can escape the drawing board or the computer. Hanneke loves experimenting with sail-rigs and shares James’ deep interest in Marine Archaeology and the origins of Canoeform watercraft.