Mana 24: A new trailer sailor in the pipeline
|A new trailer sailer catamaran in the pipeline..|
James Wharram’s vision for this new design:
At any one time there are always two or three design ideas floating around in my design consciousness. Social, political or personal events will bring a particular design to the forefront for a new launching (my staff call them my obsessions!)
|Whilst exploring this idea I am looking sideways into the world of camping and the living equipment you need for a camping holiday bought at a reasonable price, as against highly priced yachting equipment.|
All these ideas have come together, resulting in the new MANA 24 design, a catamaran specifically designed for trailer sailing.
In trailer/sailer design every increase in length equals harder launching and recovery work. At 23’6”- 7.15m hull length MANA 24 sits between our TIKI 21 and TIKI 26 designs (both very popular trailer sailers), with easier launching and handling like the smaller TIKI 21, but an interior space close to that of the Tiki 26. Her new chined hullshape gives more width for the bunks, which are placed aft where the hulls are widest.
MANA’s 23’6” hull length has a special significance for me. In 1956 I made the first successful catamaran voyage across the Atlantic in my first catamaran, the ‘Tangaroa’, which was 23’6” long (see Two Girls Two Catamarans).
The Tiki 21 also has a fantastic sailing history, we trailed an early one across Spain twice in the mid 1980s to swim with dolphins (driven by a heavily pregnant Hanneke); Rory McDougal sailed a TIKI 21 around the world in 1994-97 and with the same boat came second in the Jester Atlantic Challenge in 2010; nearly 1000 Tiki 21 Plans have been sold. TIKI 26s have also made many exciting voyages including Atlantic and Pacific crossings.
We have learned a lot from all these past experiences, ideas we are incorporating into the MANA 24.
Here are some of MANA’s special design features:
MANA 24 uses the well-proven Wharram Wingsail rig in a new Catrig configuration, as developed on the AMATASI. The mainsail gives the drive with a very clean leading edge. The small mizzen aids with balance and steering. Having no jib, there is no need for a very tight forestay. The standing rigging on MANA 24 uses the latest concept, dyneema rope, which is light and easily set up. The mizzenmast can be used as sheer pole for single-handed mast raising.
I see the MANA 24 as a kit boat built in ply/epoxy, with all the wood cut out by CNC cutter, so assembling/building the boat at home will be a bit like assembling a flat pack IKEA kit. We are putting a lot of thought into making it slot together perfectly so the hulls will come together in a day.
In the next year we will be building models and a prototype so all building hitches are ironed out before kit production starts.
We will keep you informed of progress.
|Mana 24 Design Data|
|Length overall:||23' 6"||7.16 m|
|Beam overall:||12' 8"||3.85 m|
|Waterline length:||20' 10"||6.35 m|
|Beam of each hull:||3' 2"||0.97 m|
|Max. draft:||18.5"||0.47 m|
|Headroom over seat/bunk:||3'||0.90 m|
|Sleeping capacity:||2 single bunks in hulls, double birth under decktent|
|Dry weight (Approx):||990 lbs||540 kg|
|Maximum displacement (Approx):||2090 lbs||1140 kg|
|Sail area:||216 sqft||19.6 sqm|