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Info on Pahi 31
I'm just curious about this interesting design, and hoping that someone could answer some of my questions: 1) I'm watching several photographs of Pahi 31 and I can't figure out why the rudder has that rudder well. Can the rudder be lifted for beaching? If not, why does it have that strange cut on the hull over the rudder? 2) Sailing windward, do you get more wet than on a Tiki 30? 3) With a Tiki wingsail, is it harder to tack than a T30? 4) What is the risk of pitch poling compared to a T30 or T31 ? 5) Besides the ones I found on Wharram's site and some pictures of Pahi 31s for sale on the internet, can anyone tell me where to find more pictures and videos of P31s? 6) Does anyone know about any blog or website about this same design? Thank you very much. Héctor.
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You may be able to find some pictures on the gallery at the PCA web site http://www.pca-seapeople.org.uk. You can also get back issues of Seapeople if there are any which have articles you are interested in. Happy researching
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Hi everyone! I am new to this forum, don't own a Wharram but extremely interested in his designs specially the PAHI 31!! I actually own a Quarter Tonner and do most of my sailing single handed, I am not a racer but a cruiser who enjoy practicle sailing and sailing fast!! The PAHI 31 is the perfect size to my liking and looks like a good seaworthy boat able to do some proper passage making and comfortable! I believe the PAHI 31 can be managed single handed if need be, however, can the PAHI 31 be dismantled like a TIKI and trailered without using a crane? I am only 2 miles from the shore through country roads, so traffic is not an issue... Anymore informations would be well appreciated i.e: response to the tiller, tacking with a PAHI 31, sailing upwind... Thanking you in advance!! Stef
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I can answer some of these questions although I've never sailed on a pahi 31 I did extensvely on a p26. The p31 can be disassembled and trailed without a crane, even launched off a beach where that's allowed. But you wouldn't do it for a daysail, its a major operation. The rudder wells allow the rudders to be easily pulled out from above even at sea. This isn't nessesary for beaching though since the rudders don't extend below the low point of the hull. Many other boats require a deep hole underneath to get the rudders out! The p31 has more accomodation than tiki 30 or 31 and the scantlings are stouter so is heavier and could be expected to be less of a performance boat, but again I've never been on one. The p26 sailed well with the tiki rig but it's more minimal as well. Wharrams don't pitchpole. They have proper sheerlines instead of the idiotic powerboat styling so fashionable. The bows sweep up, flare and overhang, and the sterns aren't so fat as to push the bows down.
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[quote]Wharrams don't pitchpole. They have proper sheerlines instead of the idiotic powerboat styling so fashionable. The bows sweep up, flare and overhang, and the sterns aren't so fat as to push the bows down. Glenn [/quote] This is really one of the key elements of Wharram designs. The long overhangs and flared hulls provide huge amounts of reserve buoyancy. When you surf down a few big waves and see the bows lift clear and see big overtaking waves just slide under the boat it instills a great deal of confidence in your boat design. These design features are also what makes Wharram's have more pitching motion than many other designs. When a boat with overhang and flare hits a wave the bow goes up...... and then down. Boats with fine bows and plumb or even reverse stem don't rise and fall as much and don't have the same reserve buoyancy. This is one of the characteristics of Wharrams that contribute to there seaworthiness. There aren't any other cats in this size range that really offer the same seaworthiness ,IMO. David
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I can comment on few of the questions. About trailering short distance, I also live about 3 miles from a public boat ramp also on country roads. I don't disassemble just haul it behind the pickup on a standard 2 axle boat trailer with beams with carpeted guides laid across perpendicular to the trailer. My 31 is the older 14' beam, currently widening to 16', so trailering that short distance might be a bit more risky for a citation since my state alows 14' max. But since I also have a mooring block in front of my house I've only launched and retrieved twice so far. I would never think it practical to assemble/disassemble for launching, just too much stuff to do, maybe if just once a year for winter storage,etc. I moor in very shallow water that usually dries out with one of the low tides each day so I pull the rudders up into those slots. I've left them down before but the upward force can put quite a strain on the lashing tiedown and once it broke and the rudder flopped around until I could get down to secure it. I mostly single handle my 31. It has the Tiki30 sail plan with a roller furling headsail, it's piece of cake, never had any problems single. I can't comment about Pahi31's with the original cutter rig, but I suspect it's not as easy, it definitely leaves a much more crowded cockpit since the Tiki rigs mast is farther forward with no boom.. Mine tacks and sails upwind sufficiently, although not nearly as close as most mono's I've sailed with, but time/distance covered usually works out about the same because of better speed. I do not have the daggerboards but will be adding them during my current re-fit, hopeful it will help a little upwind. I also sail on a 31' fin keel mono and I do miss the ability on the Pahi to sail that close to the wind. Frank
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