the following post appeared on the Phil Bolger Yahoo Discussion Group forum on 7th January 2010, I'm wondering if anybody knows anything about the supposed capsize that is mentioned by Stuart??:
Re: [Bolger] Re: Largest "Bolger Box" how about triangle? Seaworthiness
I know of at least two Wharrams that have capsized here in New Zealand. One of them was a boat that I lived on as a child, by a subsequent owner. Wharrams certainly can and have capsized. I have never felt unsafe, or come to any grief on a wharram, but it certainly would not be my choice for an offshore boat these days.
I would be more inclined to take Bolger’s words on what is or is not an ocean capable boat. One boat that Bolger believed to be a seaworthy design “Romp”, has, I believe been through a hurricane and survived it. I’m unsure which box designs he has stated as being suitable for ocean crossing, but I would trust his opinion over most.
This was a response to the post below:
On 7/1/10 10:46 AM, "proaconstrictor" wrote:
There have been few if any examples of Wharrams being overturned. I am not aware of any that would fit within the size range of the OP's original question. I am also not aware of any Bolgers that have been through hurricane conditions, except the row boat that was lost at sea. I'm sure there are examples, I'm mostly ignorant of them. However, I would not be surprised if there where individual Wharram cats with more heavy seas experience in world cruising than all Bolgers. Are there any 21 foot Wharram boxes that have been around the world like Rory's Cookie? If it was a box it would have been probably an 18 footer.
Any ideas about this ? In a subsequent post Stuart said that the boat in question was a 35 footer??