All Wharram building plans are drawn for the first time builder, so anyone with a modicum of practical ability can build one of our designs. They are all based on decades of actual building experience of the boats, so you know it will work.
Ethnic Designs cater for those who want a "traditional" Pacific sailing craft, built using appropriate modern materials and methods, but without trying to Westernise them. These designs arose after requests from Pacific Island peoples for James to design craft to overcome shortages of "traditional" building materials, but which closely reflect the cultural and ethnic origins of these craft.
The Ethnic Designs Building Plans follow the same format as the Tiki Plans. They consist of a number of large detailed drawings of all the plywood parts and overall construction details, drawn to scale. Some parts are given full size, to be copied on the plywood.
These scale drawings are accompanied by an A3 size sketchbook, which leads the builder step by step through the build with beautiful detailed sketches and numbered sequence of construction. They are all hand drawn by Hanneke, who has years of hands-on experience of building and designing Wharram catamarans. All our practical expertise, with a focus on keeping things simple, has gone into these drawings. These sketchbooks are ‘a course in boatbuilding’ and have made it possible for people with no boatbuilding experience to build a beautiful boat.
Apart from showing you how to build the boat hulls out of ply and epoxy (strip planking for the Tama Moana design), they also give precise details of how to make spars and beams out of grown timber, how to make lashings and how to carve deadeye blocks out of hardwood. They even show you how to sew your own crabclaw sails. With everything self-made these boats are lower cost to build.