Saturday, September 3, 2011

Wharram Tiki 26 8m Launched and Delivered

We have finished the Tiki 8m #4. Here are some photos of her being assembled at Crackerboy Boat Works in Riviera Beach FL. She sure looks sweet!!
The boat has been named Nasir. This is an old god who is the transformer of men's souls. The owner is from the Mediterranean originally and they put eyeballs on the front of their boats to help them find their way home.
This is Richard Binstock the owner of this boat. He is a level II free diving instructor. He is starting a free diving school in Nassau, Bahamas. You can go out and learn to go deeper than you ever thought and then stay on his converted PT. He is also an excellent chef. He stayed with us for the last several weeks while we finished his boat and we sure ate well.
This boat has the Colligo deadeyes. They are so cool.

We lash the beams with regular polyester stayset and them frap them with Dynex Dux. The Dynex is low stretch and very slippery and we can get the lashings very tight. We will hook up a 4 to 1 purchase on the tail of this frapping and pull like a bull.

We have installed the tramps and the foredeck

Here we have the Bimini on and the boat is launched. She needs to have the waterline raised in the front by a couple of inches. She does have 20 gallons of gas and an electric bicycle on the foredeck but a little more paint is in order.
Here we  are in the morning ready to take off for Nassau. Does he look happy or what?

This shot shows the cockpit and the bimini. The bimini really worked out well. It provides a lot of shade and also provides lots of handholds while moving about in the cockpit and especially while entering and exiting the cabins. There is sitting headroom underneath and standing headroom behind it. In this part of the world shade is not an option IMO.

This delivery served as the sea trial for this vessel. Not the ideal way to do it but it worked out OK. There were a few minor things to deal with but nothing serious and Richard is most delighted with his new boat. We motored most of the way over and sailed for only a few hours while on the banks between Cat Cay and Nassau. I will have some more photos of her under sail in the near future. A week after she arrived home hurricane Irene payed a visit to her and I am happy to be able to say that she survived unscathed.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Really, Really, Almost Done

We loaded the Tiki 8m onto the trailer tonight. We have really been over the boat and everything is now rigged and operationaly checked. We built some carbon fiber tillers around some pvc pipe.

We also worked on a new rudder shape for this boat.

Here  the rudders are rigged and pulled up. We used Dynex Dux for the rudder lashings.
This boat has a Humming bird sonar that scans to the side and is nomally transom hung. It now has a purchase rigged to hold it down or up.

We have installed a 50 watt solar panel on each house top.

Below is the nav station
The lids over the engine and fuel tank have sticks fitted to support the lids in an open position.

This photo shows the wiring tubes and the bundle of wiring that goes to the cockpit and the other hull.
On the trailer, ready to load the rest of the parts and head off for assembly and launch.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wharrram Tiki 8m #4 Close to Launch

This boat has been back on the front burner for the last several weeks. We have moved forward a lot. The cockpit is almost finished. We have mounted all of the hardware and the engine and then we have potted for the fasteners. This prevents water from entering the laminate and prevents the bolts from crushing the core. This photo shows the cockpit before all of the hardware was installed.

The owner has decided to install a couple of Lewmar hatches at the forward end of the bunks. This will certainly improve ventilation. We added a frame of Coosa board to account for the deck crown.

       Here the hatch is installed. The Lewmar hatch is at the forward end of the main cabin and the glass hatch is in the forward lazzerette.

      Below we have added spacer blocks for the chainplates. These are of Coosa board as well. They will get blue paint before the chainplates are bolted on.

This photo shows the backing plate on the inside for the chain plates.

In the photo above you can see that the trim piece covering the hull to deck joint is installed. Below the blocks that the trim piece is attached to are visible. This trim is removable so that access to the rubrail bolts is easy.

Here the chainplates are installed.

The mast is mostly rigged and is being stepped to verify the chainplate location and shroud length.

Looking very boat like.

We have rigged this boat with synthetic rigging from Colligo Marine. I really like this system a lot and John Franta with Colligo is a very helpful fellow.

The plan is to finish this boat off this week and deliver her to Nassau next week.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Forward Deck.Tramp, Supports, Sheer Stripe, Mast Paint

This is the beam at the aft end of the cockpit. Th section in the center is where the swim ladder will attach.
Visible at this end of beam is the slot that will receive the trampoline bolt rope.This is a piece of 1/2" PVC pipe that we glassed into the bottom corner of the beam and after fairing cut this slot. This technique has worked well for us on other projects.

 Here you can see the rail attached to the aft inboard end of hull to attach the trampoline. The blue stripe is just tape to layout the bolt holes on. Also visible is one of the mooring cleats.

The owner of this boat decided to go with a slatted teak deck instead of a trampoline.
Below we have fitted the deck to the fwd end of boat.
This photo shows the bottom side of the cockpit.We have cut pieces of PVC pipe to fabricate wire conduits between the two hulls and the motor. We will glue a matching stub of pipe to each hull aligned with the pipes on the cockpit and  connect the two with a piece of hose clamped on.

We have painted a blue sheer stripe on the hulls. I think that this is going to look very sharp.