The Wharram World circles the globe. Wharram catamarans have been built and are sailing in all the World's oceans and can be found in far away ports and anchorages.
With over 10,000 sets of Plans sold since the 1960s this is not surprising. Many of the builders and sailors of Wharram catamarans are now writing blogs about their exploits and publishing films of their boats sailing. Many have done amazing things with their boats. Some are offering their boats for charter.
This information is gathered here to share with people new to the Wharram World. Learn about what others have done, get inspired and start your own life of adventure on the sea!
The best part of our Greek adventure has been the people; the meetings; the new friends.. just wonderful. And having a Wharram catamaran really does a lot when it comes to meeting new people. Locals, fishermen, tourists... all ages.... they all get attracted to the boat. They all see it as a traditional boat, and they have so many questions. We have also had lots of old seamen and fishermen on the boat giving advice and tips on local weather and harbours. Truly amazing. We have learned a lot from these very skilled and experienced seafarers. And also here our Wharram helps; they see it as a proper seagoing ship.
Many, many thanks for all you've done for the global sailor's world of sustainable, practical, and beautiful sailing. The Wharram name is, and will remain, legendary.
The Lapita Voyage
The ‘Lapita Voyage’ began in the first week of November 2008, when two 38ft double canoes, designed by James Wharram Designs, based on an ancient Polynesian canoe hull-form and built in the Philippines, set out on a 4,000Nm voyage along the island chains of the Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea and the Solomons.
Their destination was Anuta and Tikopia, two tiny, remote islands at the Eastern end of the Santa Cruz Islands, where the boats arrived in mid March 2009 and were donated to the islanders for their future inter island voyaging.
The ‘Lapita Voyage’ was a major expedition in Experimental Marine Archaeology. It was the first exploration by Ethnic sailing craft of one possible migration route into the Central Pacific. The voyage was made entirely under sail without motors, using traditional Polynesian crab claw sails and steering paddles.
The Polynesian Catamaran Association has been a voluntary club for people interested in the designs of James Wharram since 1967. Due to a direct request from James and Hanneke an archive of all the past PCA publications has now been created, and made available on-line. We hope you enjoy reading all 75 of The Sea People magazines!
Sales, news and blogs: A place to find information about James Wharram catamarans for sale, gatherings, launches, builds, blogs and links. This website is maintained by Boatsmith, Wharram's authorized US builder.
For all friends and sailors of Wharram Catamarans. A very active Facebook group of over 4000 members. This Facebook group has taken over where the Polynesian Catamaran Association left off. Do join them.
Following a long time dream, I set sail in April 2019 in the south of France. My new home is a 26 feet sailing catamaran built out of plywood. The boat design follows the rule: keep it as simple as possible. This has the advantage that one is closer to the ocean and also that there are fewer and cheaper repairs than usually on a sailboat.
I have always been a big fan of self sufficiency, liked being outside of the main stream, and loved DIY projects. My mind got set for another big adventure that I think will change my life once again. I get highly excited about it and will be writing about it in more details here.
First expedition following the migration route of the ancient polynesians on two Wharram ethnic 'Tama Moana' designs. James Wharram and Hanneke Boon were part of this voyage from the Philippines to Tikopia and Anuta. In English and German.
Largyalo is an enlarged Pahi 63, she is bound for a round-the-world voyage of several years. Universities and Institutes are invited to engage and accompany research projects. Due to her self-sufficient energy supply system, this vessel represents an ideal setting for environmental projects. In English and German.
Planet Ocean is the latest project of Sonja Napetschnig and Tom Puchner. They have enabled thousands of students and young people to discover and learn to love and respect the sea. At the heart of Planet Ocean is our 52ft Wharram catamaran - the only carbon neutral, self sufficient, noiseless diving boat in the world.
Catalpa is a beautifully built Pahi 42. Cyril and Manon run day charters out of Port Louis in Guadeloupe. They can take small or bigger groups of people for day sails with lunch. Hanneke has sailed on Catalpa on one of their day charters and can recommend it. If you are on holiday in Guadeloupe and would like to experience sailing a Pahi 42, this is an ideal opportunity. Catalpa was built in Germany in 1995 to a very high standard. Photographs of her taken in 2003 in Corfu can be seen in our gallery.
Kattu, Polynesian catamaran, offers you the opportunity to live on the lagoon of Bora Bora in simple comfort. On Kattu, we shower on the deck, in contact with nature. You can bathe in crystal clear waters in the morning and enjoy lazing on the spacious deck. You will discover the most beautiful corners of the lagoon and spend unforgettable moments.
Join us on 'Taboo' and enjoy a morning full of discoveries on the north coast of Moorea. You’ll be guided trough the unmistakable Cook and Opunohu bays to admire their lush tropical vegetation. You’ll enjoy the tranquility, gliding over the various shades of the blue lagoon, navigating along the reef for a panoramic view of Moorea.
If you like the idea of a yacht charter during which you will find uncrowded cruising grounds, a great variety of stunning scenery, a balmy tropical climate, blue water, white sandy beaches, brilliant snorkeling, fabulous food, a very friendly welcoming population and lots more, then you really should consider a sailing charter on the Andaman coast of Thailand.
Sailing around the archipelago of Lamu, between beautiful wild islands, lagoons and coral reefs, on a Wharram Pahi 63 'Kaskazi'.
Respect for the brilliance of a holistic approach in Wharram design..
Hello, the purpose of this email is to express my respect and compliments to James and Hanneke. I have been researching their designs for two years now and I have read many blogs and comments and seen many pictures and videos from builders and sailors. I recently received building plans for a Tiki 26 #454. I bought my first sailing Dinghy when I was 14 years old and now that I am 62 I am still sailing nearly everyday in my Prindle 15 or my Tornado catamaran on the northsea coast at Ter Heijde about 5km north of Hoek van Holland in The Netherlands.
I understand sailing boats and catamarans better than nearly everyone around me and so I understand the many challenges and pitfalls and scams in designs. Reading on the internet I see even experienced builders lack the knowledge to fully respect the brilliance of a holistic approach in design architecture and the high standards of safety in the Wharram designs. Therefore I wish to express my gratitude and respect to James and Hanneke.
- Alfred Daniels
The Short Story Competition
In 2004, we ran a storing writing competition. Due to the very high standard of most of the entries submitted, the three finalists were very close in the final scores. Therefore, after much deliberation, we decided to award prizes to all three finalists for their excellent stories. The winner's prize was awarded to the two entries that tied for first place and a 'runner up' prize to the story that scored so close to the winners.
Winner #1 - Thomas Hembroff, Canada
For his outstanding story: 'Stick To The Plans'. Congratulations Tom, you have awarded one of two winner's prizes: a set of Tiki 21 Building Plans and a Winner's Award Certificate signed by Ruth Wharram.
Tom's story 'Stick to the Plans', is set in the 1970's during the 'shakedown' voyage of the Ariki 'Piggy'. Tom and his brother Don, after having completed the building of their boat they set off on a voyage around the world. All goes well and they pick up a hitchhiker, an artist, who wants a ride to their next destination, New Zealand. The voyage to New Zealand is a very dramatic and dangerous leg of their journey. The fact that their fate hangs on a knife edge is revealed through the reactions of their artistic passenger. Read this well-crafted story to share the excitement of this harrowing voyage.
Winner #2 - Loretta M. Thwaite, Australia
For her outstanding story: 'The Wharram Hunt'. Congratulations Loretta, you have been awarded the other winner's prize: a set of Tiki 21 Building Plans and a Winner's Award Certificate signed by Ruth Wharram.
Loretta's story 'The Wharram Hunt' is a set in a small coastal town on tropical Queensland, Australia. The story is told in an amusing and sensitive way of a woman, who having settled in this town, is invited out for a cruise by a middle-aged friend and his two buddies. She is not overly impressed by the comfortable cruise on the pleasure craft, but is subsequently introduced to a new perspective on boats by another friend who dreams of building a Wharram. The intriguing story then unfolds of the 'hunt' for a glimpse of a finished Wharram so that the dream can be distilled into the purchase of a set of plans and the commencement of the building of a Polynesian catamaran. On the way friendship blossoms into something much deeper as the two go about fulfilling the shared ideal of a life together with a future vision of a sailing life aboard their very own Tangaroa.
Rhisiart's story 'The Ice-Bears and the Bees' is a set sometime in the future in a post oil-energy based world. The writer cleverly weaves the story of the coastal sailing community of the future into the story, narrated by an older member of the clan, about a trading voyage to lands where the clan has negotiated treaties for bee hive farms and the trading partners take their share of the harvest to trade for other goods. The tale of a young visionary member of the clan and his revolutionary new craft is woven into the main story. The voyage culminates in the visit to the land of the magical ice bears where the species is being nutured back from extinction under the custodianship of a myserious hermit. The theme of the revitalising of the natural world is symbolised by two events: the birth of a child to the young man's lover in the land of the ice bears and the release of bears back into the lands of the world. A good read.
There were ten entries received for the competition most of a very high standard. Thanks very much to all those that sent in their stories. We will be publishing some of these other entries during the coming weeks.
The judges for this competition were: Ruth Wharram, Steve Goodman (former JWD Webmaster) and Jennifer Weissel (Author of Running Down Rawana).