First of all I'd like to introduce myself. After sailing on all kinds of crafts ranging from Drascombes and sailboards, all kinds of production monohulls up to a 10m/15 tons long keeled wooden Colin Archer my focus for a shallow draft seaworthy responsive low maintenance trailerable famility cruiser suddenly became clear and decided for a 26' Tiki. Now I'm in the middle of purchasing the yellow hulled Tiki 8m prototype (Frygga) from Hanneke Boon and James Wharram. If all goes as planned I'll sail her from Devoran (UK) to my home port Durgerdam (near Amsterdam in Holland) in May next year. I intend to use Frygga for sailing on the IJsselmeer and Waddenzee area with my wife and two young kids.
Off course I'm very excited to become the owner of such a fine craft and look forward to get to know the Tiki's further and learn 'the tricks of the trade'. Last summer I sailed Frygga for the first time, this was in fact my first sail on a Tiki, and further to that have the following queries:
- are there clear signs while sailing which tell you that boat's at the end her stability range when hard pressed. In other words can you clearly judge the moment when she's about to lift a hull?
- Frygga had no tiller extentioner (joy stick) fitted. Holding the crossbar for an extensive amount of time became uncomfortable. Do you all sail with joy sticks, if so would you advise one or two mounted on the cross bar?
- I'm thinking of making up a self steering wind vane. I've got some old PCA magazines with pictures of the set up Rory used on Cookie. It looks to me that the vane could be mounted on either side of the boat and that it was directly connected to the tillers. Would any of you advise to use this on the Tiki's 26/8m as well? All advise and information is welcome.
Look forward to hear from you. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: