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Professional Wharram Builders

Wharram Pahi 52
Pahi 52 'Hecate'

This is an exciting and growing area in the development of James Wharram Designs. Most of you know us as the producers of quality Polynesian Catamaran designs for the self-builder. We are still very much developing and improving our designs for those who want to self-build their own boat. Over the years however, we have had numerous requests for James Wharram Designs to branch out into producing boats for those of you who want to buy a quality finished boat from a professional builder, rather than build one yourself.

The move into "professionally built" designs required a philosophical analysis on our part, as in the past we have always focused on the Self Builder. We knew that some would accuse us of "moving away from our traditional market" or perhaps "abandoning our principles". Even so, after much soul searching, we decided to proceed. We see it as opening up a parallel stream of development, rather than shutting off our current one. Having a range of professionally built Wharram designs will, we believe, enhance the reputation and value of all our well built designs.

Professional Builders

We believe that it is important to have a range of professionally built Wharram catamarans to support the continued development of this type of craft in an increasingly restrictive and bureaucratic building and sailing environment. In so doing, the issue of enforcing high building standards became paramount, so that clients of professional boat builders would be delivered the same quality Wharram boat, or better, as we established with the Tiki 28 and 36 in our professional "Wharram Built" yard in Cornwall in 1987-1992.

We now have two established James Wharram Designs ‘franchised professional builders’ that meet our standards for excellence: Andy Smith Boatworks in the Philippines and Boatsmith, Inc in the U.S.A.

Our professional builders have a close relationship with James Wharram Designs, where we will assist the Wharram boat customer with their choice of design and handle any design queries or modifications. It is seen as a three-way relationship between Designers, Yard and Customer where at the end of the day all three parties are proud of the boat built.

NB. Only Wharram franchised yards have the rights to build Wharram catamarans for the open market. All self-build Plans give the owner/amateur builder the rights to self-build the design and cannot be used by a yard to sell Wharram catamarans without a franchise agreement with James Wharram Designs.

Andy Smith Boatworks, Panglao Island, Phillipines

Andy Smith has a long standing relationship with James Wharram Designs, beginning as a JWD apprentice in the 1980s and later becoming manager of the ‘Wharram Built’ Yard in Cornwall (1989), building the Tiki 28 and Tiki 36 designs. Andy has exclusive rights for the professional building of the Ethnic design the Tama Moana - Child of the Sea (this design is however also available for Self-Building). The yard also has the exclusive building rights for the Islander 55 and 65 designs, which are only available professionally built.

Andy Smith specializes in ply-epoxy-glass, strip-plank and double-diagonal ply construction methods.

Wharram Tama Moana Catamaran
Tama Moana 'Wild Honey' by Andy Smith Boatworks
Wharram Islander 55
Islander 55 'Tiaré'
Wharram Islander 65
Islander 65 by Andy Smith Boatworks
Wharram Tiki 38
Tiki 38 'Pumpkin' by Andy Smith Boatworks

Boatsmith, Inc, Florida, USA

Boatsmith is the newest member of the JWD professional builder family, joining the ranks of franchised builders in 2008 after James and Hanneke met Boatsmith’ owner David Halladay at the 2008 Wooden Boat Show in Mystic Connecticut and were able to personally inspect “Abaco”, Boatsmith’s outstanding example of a Tiki 30.

In 2009 Boatsmith received the moulds and exclusive building rights for the GRP Tiki 8 Meter.

In 2012 Boatsmith started building moulds for the new Ariki 47. The Ariki 47 is a totally updated version of the Ariki design, built in GRP. Her lines have been redrawn, cabin layout improved and she will have the Wharram Wingsail Rig. A thoroughly modern, fast, sleek catamaran, ideal for Caribbean cruising.

Wharram Tiki 30
Tiki 30 'Abako' by Boatsmith Inc.
Wharram Tiki 8m
Tiki 8m by BoatSmith

Seascape, Phuket, Thailand

PLEASE NOTE that the franchise agreement for Seascape to build Wharram catamarans has now ended. Seascape is therefore not currently endorsed to build Wharram catamarans as part of the JWD professional builder family.