For many decades Gougeon Brothers Inc. has kept in contact with
multihull designer James Wharram. Wharram, of Cornwall, UK, has
sailed and designed Polynesian-style catamarans for 50 years. Amateurs and professionals have built his boats and sailed them to all corners of the planet. The designs he creates with his engineer and artist
partner Hanneke Boon have evolved over the years, but remain unmistakably, Warram Catamarans.
By Captain J.R. Watson
Wharram boats are sailing,
sea-going, cruising catamarans
ranging from small day boats to
60' habitats. Many sailors have
undertaken successful voyages
in Wharram-designed boats.
These particular Wharram catamarans have one thing in common, they were all built with WEST SYSTEM Epoxy.
The Tahiti Wayfarer
The Tama Moana
These boats are constructed of modern materials: plywood, epoxy and synthetic fibers. The
drawings are simple, streamlined and clearly
explained resulting in a high boat completion
rate among buyers of Wharram plans. This is
reassuring to the amateur builder undertaking
the "unknown" of building such a craft.
The V-shaped hulls typical of Wharram designs
can carry a lot of extra weight without deteriorating sailing performance.
The hull structure in most of the designs is a
slightly stressed skin bonded with epoxy, fillets and fiberglass tape over a simple plywood/stringer framework. This results in a
rigid structure. The hulls are joined to
wood/epoxy structural beams via a flexible
lashing system originally employed by the ancient seafarers of the Pacific, but with modern
synthetic fibers proven reliable and seaworthy.
Absence of a deck cabin reduces windage and
lowers center of gravity, thereby increases stability and safety at sea.
|The Tiki 30|
|The flexible lashing system
of the ancient seafarers of
the Pacific, a signature of
Warram catamarans, has
been modernized with
|The Pahi 63|
EPOXYWORKS Number 27, Fall 2008
Copyright © 2008, Gougeon Brothers, Inc. All rights reserved.
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