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W elg Ladies and Gentlem en, I have
som e bad new s. It is not that the
Classic W harram s are going to capsize
or that your new epoxy W harram
Coastal W ekkers w il disintegrate. The
new s is that the bureaucrats, the Big
Brother, is m oving into controlling
British yachting. This is not new s to
the Germ ans, French, Italians, Spanish,
for they already have the bureaucratic
control that Is approaching British
M ost of you know the W harram
story, w hen in 1953- 55, i.e. 35 years
ago, a dream ing young m an, inspired
by Eric de Bisshop and Thor Heyerdahl,
built a 23'6/' Polynesian ship of Iegend
and set sail across the Atlantic. Out of
those beginnings cam e the acceptance
and a major strand of modern cruising
catam aran developm ent.
Within two or three years, regulations
w il be brought Into being in
Britain w hich w il effectively prevent
any future James W harram cominq
into existence (some might say, this
m ay be a good thing! ), for the new
regulations are going to affect the
paper com petence of the skipper, the
structural factors of the ship
(scantlings) and, according to the size
and equipm ent of the ship, how far it
can sail off Iand.
W hen the young Jam es W harram of
1954 began sailing, his paper
qualifications were nil. The structural
strength (scantlings) of his 23'6' (7m)
catam aran, TA NGA ROA, had no reference
to any code of practice that
qxisted at the time, because the
accepted opinion of the tim e w as that
the double canoe w as an alien
concept, and no inform ation was available.
ln 1he proposed new regulations
being introduced, the 23'6' TANGA-
ROA would have had its sailing rahge
Iimited to about 20 miles offshore.
lnterestingly, this new rule w ould
affect not only the Jam es W harram
types but also the m ore respectable
ones Iike Blondie Hasler w ith his 25'
(75m) junk rigged JESTER from going
into the first single-handed race across
W hy, why is Britain abandoning its
freedom of the sea for yachtsm en?
W hat have yachtsm en done w rong? Is
it tjat a large amount of badly built
boats are com ing onto the m arket? A re
the gntrained skippers killing not just
them selves but o'ther innocent people ,
as happens on m otorw ays or in aeroplane
crashes? Has sudden eviderlce
em erged thal boats under 33f1. are
extrem ely dangerous m ore than 2O0
m iles offshore? No, none of these
It is the Com mon M arket, 1992,
European Hom ologation and alI that.
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The Germ ans have very strict paper
regulations for a Iicence costing
approxim ately f 100 to sail yachts. The
French have categories on yacht
Category Ionger than 10m for m ono-
1 hu ls for m ultihulls now
11m no Iim itations
Category No size Iim it, depending
2 only on the equipm ent
*200 m iles
Category No size Iim it, depending
3 only on the equipm ent
*60 m iles
Category No size Iim it, depending
4 only on the equipm ent
*2O m iles
Category No size Iim it, depending
5 only on the equipm ent
* 5 m iles
Category No size Iim it, depending
6 only on the equipm ent
* 2 m iles
* From nearest 'safe' harbour.
TANGAROA M K.IV & PA H I 42 are
approved for Category 1
PAHI 31 are approved for Category 2
PAHI 26 are approved for Category 3
TIKI 21 & HINEM OA are approved for
Scantling rules, i.e. hull thickness
etc' # 'they' tried to bring in such
Com m on M arket rules about 8 years
ago. W ho 'they' are I really don't know.
The French w ere told it w as the British
pushing for a scantlings rule. The
British w ere told it w as the French.
At the tim e, 8 years ago, m et a
French yacht designer w ho, on behalf
of the French boatbuilders, w as show -
ing the stupidity of proposed 'Britith'
scantlings. Unknow n to anyone, he
w as a W harram m an, having go1 his
interest to becom e a yacht désigner by
w orking initialy w ith us! So w e had a
A German yachting editor recently
told m e 'that the scantling rule w il
benefit a group of Naval Architect
bureaucrats in the various governm ent
departments, and, qerhaps assist Iarge
yacht com panies In preventing new
construction ideas com ing forward.
Strict regulations on sail training
and charter boat Iicences to operate
sailing boats and regulate w here to sail
could financially benefit the big sail
training schools/charter businesses
and governm ent appointed bodies to
supervise such sail training schools as
it does in Germany. (Remember, the
definition of charterlng is if you accept
money f rom your crew ! ! )
Checking Iength for how far you can
sail offshore, w il provide another
source of em ploym ent for bureaucrats.
A Frenchman recently told me how,
w hen dism asted 9 m les offshore on
hit day catam aran, he paddled 7 m iles
tow ards the Iand to be in the officia ly
a low ed 2 m ile zone before he risked
trying to get assistance.
PCA builders, Iike m any sm all boat
sailors are aw kward : stand alone types
(and why not?). Bulding and sailing a
boat was one of the Iast areas in the
m odern w orld w here you could put
tw o fingers up to any authority and risk
your ow n life by your ow n stupidity.
This is being taken aw ay from us, not
because so m any of us have died so
that w e need protection from our ow n
'idiocy' bu1 because, as individuals w e
can be exploited to provide em ploym
ent for bureaucratic officials.
British sailors objecting to this
should write to yacht magazines and
new spapers, asklng for a public discussion
on w hy Traditional British
Freedom s are being arbilrarily taken
away from them .
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Just About Enough Room to Sw ing a Cat by Tim Deacon 4
TIKI 26 by Roderick and Karen Lebon 5
TIKI 31 by Joel Delorme 6
E n @ z-n es
Classic Power by Steve Turner 8 .
O ffshore c ruz-sz-n g
Delivery Dilemmas by Scot Brown 9
C oaseal c ruz-sz-ng
Tales of a Channel Cruising Narai by Ron Blake 1 1
O cean C ruising
Long Haul to Horta by Roly Huebsch 14
NE WS FROM SEA N QPTIE 17
Edieors f ores 19
N oees 'o C oneribueors 19
B uying and S elling 19
Sm all A ds 20
S um m er M eeeing 2a
Front Cover: Alain Dom on's Tiki 2 7
Edited bv Dave Skelhon with help from Jill Brow n & Steve and Sandv Turner
Secretarial and Editorial Address:
U . K .
Printed by Cornwal Lithographic Printers Ltd.
M ike W ynn
1989 by Sea People/sailorm an
3 The Sea People/sailorm an No . 1 1 July 1 989
J use A b ou : En ough R oom 'o
S w ing a c a* . . .
By Tim Deacon, HITIA the help of four brick layers later
17 builder there was the side wall of the bùilding
shed! Then thoughts changed to cold ,
Tow ards the end of 1987 I was damp, dark winter nights (and days) ,
frequently seen stalking around the trying to get epoxy (or as my young
house, tape m easure in hand, daughter cals it, POXY) resin to go off.
m um bling to m yself.
Suddenly it didn't seem such a hot
Our back room was about 18ft. Iong
by 12ft. w ide, warm , dry, w ith French
w indow s opening onto the garden , a
Ioo next door and access to the
kitchen. W hat better place to build a
boat! At Ieast that's w hat I thought;
needless to say the rest of the fam ily
w ere not so enthusiastic.
' 'Just 3 to 4 m onths , that's a11 l
need'' #' I pleaded. . ''I m ean , you
wouldn't miss the piano/stereo/Tv/
dining room table for such a short tim e ,
w ould you? . . .'' That idea w ent dow n
like a lead baloon.
OK, where do l look next? W e had a
drivew ay dow n the side of the house
w ith a rickety brick w al 'that separated
us from our neighbour . . . lf the w a l
w as rebuilt it w ould be perfect for the
side of a Iean-to that could be a boat
shed - it needed rebuilding anyw ay.
So down it came. Bricks. were cleaned
off and stacked in neat piles. Then a
yard of sand, four bags of cem ent plus
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I never gave the Ioft a thought - I
m ean, w ho in their right m ind w ants to
build a boat in a dark, dirty, draughty
hole two storeys up at the top of the
house. It did have one thing to
com m end it though - it had good
access to the stairs in the shape of a
fu l size door Ieading onto the Ianding.
W hiIst in the Ioft one day and having
the tape m easure I paced out 17ft. Yes
it w ould fit! I set to clearing sundry
Christmas decorations, oId school
books and other junk associated w ith
Iofts and quickly had it floored,
insulated, Iit and heated.
The Hitia plans arrived just before
Christm as 1987 and I couldn't w ait to
get started. I pored over the plans and
found them quite straightforw ard and
clear. W ork com m enced the week after
Christm as, cutting out aIl the bulkheads,
hul panels and decks etc., in
our 'office' dow nstairs because I
couldn't actually m anoeuver an 8 x 4ft.
sheet of pIy in the Ioft. Once cut and
shaped, a I the items w ere epoxied
w ith W est. I hadn't used it before but
found it quite s'traightforw ard. One
good tip given to m e by a friend w ho
had built an 'E Boat' using W EST, was
to qut the roler-tray inside a plastic
carrler bag (turned inside out to
prevent colours and Iettering com ing
off ), and pouring the mixed resin into
the now covered tray.
The roller can be used norm ally, but
w hen finished the sticky plastic bag
can be pu led off, turned inside out and
throw n aw ay. In this w ay w u don't
have to .clean out the tray w ith hard
One other 'plus' for the loft w as the
fact that aI the timber used (joinery
quality Douglas Fir) could be stacked
on open bracket shelving on the wal
and thoroughly dried. It arrived planed
and fairly dry, but to get the moisture
content down to 10%, I dried the
tim ber using a Iow pow ered heater for
4- 5 weeks. The.heater keqt the Ioft at
a constant 60- 70O and lt was very
com fortable even in 1he coldest
w eather and let the epoxy cure at an
W ork proceeded w el and it w as
very encouraginj to see the first hul
grow ing and actualy looking Iike a
W harram . This w as 'Iaunched' dow n
the stairs on 1 M ay, five m onths after
starting. l didn't work on the boat fulltim
e and quickly gave up Iogging
hours. I actualy spent m ost evenings
doing som ething on the hul even if it
was a five minute job (that's the big
bonus of havink the building arèa close
to hand). Gettlng the hul down the
stairs, through my m other's Granny
Flat and out of her first floor w indow
didn't present any major problems.
Three of us, w ith the help of a scaffold
tow er and a ladder got the hul dow n to
the road and then to the back of the
The second hull w as started straight
aw ay and inevitably w ent Iike clockwork
as aI the qroblems had been
ironed out on the flrst. The 'problem s'
only really amounted to not being
conversant w ith new techniques -
they w ere quickly Iearnt.
At the time of writing (October
1988) the second hull is finished and
being painted w ith tw o pot polyurethane
and the cross beam s are nearly
finished. The tilers are m ade and l
have just picked up the sails, hatch
covers and rigging. The m ast is
alum inium and was purchased new
locally - at Iess cost thai the timber
alone w ould have cost.
I had hoped to get 'Christmas Cat'
in the w ater this year but have now
decided to Ieave it until next season
and not rush the finishing off - that is
the thing that takes the tim e. I
TlK l 2 6
Roderick and Karen Lebon describe
tbe building of their TIKI 26 in
In truth, I'm enjoying every m inute
of building the Tiki, w ithout ever
feeling I'm getting now here; construction
is both simjle and rapid. l suppose
I have nearly Ideal conditions - a
woodwork/metalwork teacher by profession
w ho has inherited a Iarge and
dilapidated fam ily hom e w ith a big loft
for woodwork (though getting 4 x 8'
pIy up the ladder thereto is an exercise
in grunts and contortions) and a 30 x
15 garage w hich provides room , if I
kepp garden m achinery and elderly VW
van on one side lmoot point - w il it
tow a Tiki 26 on trailer? - watch, as
they say, this space), to build one hull
at a time. W harram's Law of Construction
(a variant on that propounded by
Messrs. Murphy & Sod) directed, of
course, that the tim ber garage
having stood foursquare for fifty years
decided a new location w ould be
m uch more exciting, and cunningly
shifted tw o feet sidew ays off its foundations
w ith the aid of a certain
am ount of w ind on 16th Oclober last,
jamming 1he hul against 1he van. The
custom ary bom b-proof W harram
design ensured that the hu l conveniently
stopped the garage from
wandering farther afield; I have now
Iearned lots of different w ays of using
acrow jacks, and an extended vocabu-
Iary. A sm all crack in one bulkhead w as
the only dam age, so for the rest of her
days a piece of glass tape thereon w il
serve m e as a perm anent and salutary
reminder of weather that ''99% of
ow ners never m eet''. Rather thoughtfu
ly, I w ent out and bought the anchor
a 351b plough.
Yes, I too found the sternm ost bulkhead
wouldn't fit) after Hanneke's
charm ing confession I cannot recount
the words I used about the designer at
the tim e! l shifted it a few inches
forward and stuck a bit on the bottom ,
doubtless not the m ost elegant of
solutions, but it should do. I also
reckon the forem ost bulkhead is a bit
short, unless that w as m y goof in
m easuring you m ight Iike to check
the draw ings on that. Everything else
seem s to fit together aII right. I
couldn't get 6m m douglps ply
anyw here, so have used a Far Eastern
exterior grade w hich seem s aI1 right
apart from a tendency to absorb
m oisture during a w et w inter in an
unheated garage and grow black spots
on its uncoated side. I keep it as dry as
possible w ith 1he aid of a fan heater
and w il ge1 it thoroughly dry in the
spring before coating and glassing; it
doesn't seem to be affecting the w ood
in any w ay. I should think that I and
anyone else building over a w inter in an
unheated garage w ould be w ise to coat
alI the ply both sides, not just the
inside, and I shal probably do this with
the other hu l, now stacked against the
w a l in m y w oodw ork Ioft as a sort of
flatpack kit of parts. I gained a line
close-ringing trunk of Douglas fir from
the storm , now seasoning gently
alongside the hu l, for the m ast; I
propose to saw it dow n the m iddle,
ho low 'it out and stick it back together.
Rather than use ordinary softw ood
deal for stringers I am using tough and
springing Parana pine, the m erits of
w hich in boatbuilding I Iearned m any
years ago w hen building fabric-covered
canoes, in the days w hen GRP w as
very new, in m y school w orkshop. l
also first saw a cruising catam aran
designed and built there by m y very
rem arkable w oodw ork teacher David
Proctor. His first teaching job had been
in the Solom ons: he was show n
several acres of tropical forest and a
gang of cheerful islanders and told that
this w as his w oodw ork class and shop
and to get on w ith it# felling and
pitsaw ing the trees into tim ber w ith
tw o-handed saw s and building a fine
woodw orking school out of their ow n
resources. He returned to England in
' 63 w ith the f ram es of a very heavy
and solid traditional longkeel m onohu l,
com pleted it in the school w orkshop
w ith our youthful and inexpert help,
sailed her for a couple of seasons, sold
her and sat dow n to design
catam arans. Presum ably he m ust have
been aware of your w ork, but he
seem ed from his draw ings and discussions
w ith us his pupils to be thinking
from his ow n first principles and
appeared to arrive independently at the
double-ended deep-v hu l. At this tim e
('67) I Ieft for university, but I was able
to see at intervals the construction of
tw o such catam arans, one for the
school and one for him self, using
m ostly 9m m m arine ply, Cascophen,
Iots of screw s and glass sheathed. Did
you ever com e across him ?
l've jusl pu1 logether the
crossbeam s in m y Ioft, w hile the
w eather renders w ork outside Iess
desirable. As I only started eight
m onths ago and have plenty of other
com m itm ents and hobbies plus constant
hom e repairs and m aintenance,
you m ay take this as a tribute to the
design and construction m elhod. l am
som ew hat m ore apprehensive about
the sailing bit: I've never sailed
anything bigger than our M irror dinghy,
though w e did cruise her along the
Sporades in '82, cam ping on the
beaches, as a kind of last Sw allow s
and Am azons fling before settling
dow n to have a fam ily.
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TIK I J f
By Joel Delorm e
People are now cracking on w ith
their Tiki 31's it shouldn't be
Iong before k1œ receive som e m uch
awaited sailing reports. If the
scorching perform ance of our Tiki
26 is anvthing to go by I think there
are going to be a Iot of contented
Each new builder working in
isolation m av think his experiences.
problem s and m otivations
are unique. However, reading Joel's
excellent article brought m em ories
of our own Tiki 26 project flooding
. I w as 14, in 1966, w hen I first
realised w hat I w anted to do w ith m y
Iife. W e w ere on a cam ping holiday on
the M editerranean coast close to the
Sqanish border and we had a smal
sa ling dinghy w ith us. M y m other
w asn't w ith us and this m eant that w e
children were left free to exqlore the
sm al bay and rocky coastllne. Tw o
idylic weeks went by, then it was time
to go hom e. W e left early in the
m orning, driving along the track to
regain the road at the top of the cliffs.
I turned around to have one Iast Iook at
the sea and w a< suddenly overw
helm ed by the view and the happy
m em ories.
Since then, boats and the sea have
never been far from m y thoughts ,
fuelled by m agazines and books such
as 'Un Vagabond des m ers du Sud' by
Bernard M oitessier, w hich becam e m y
bible, and w hich I still possess.
ln 1972, l started building a 34ft.
steel monohul. The projeçt failed,
partly because of Iack of funds, .partly
because one of m y brothers w as
involved, and w e disagreed on practica
ly every aspect of 1he building. For
exam ple, he Ioved and understood
electronics and wanted Iots of them ,
but 1 did not!
I Ieft France in 1976 and for a w hile
tried to forget about boats, but not
very successfully as l found il diff icuh
to get interested in anything else!
In October 1986 I took the plunge
once again and after a visit to J.W .D.
bought s set of Tiki 31 plans . Before w e
could hesitate and change our m inds ,
w e bought half the pIy w ood and som e
epoxy and started building.
Now, in Decem ber 1988, the two
hu ls, beam sy m asts and num erous
parts are practicaly finished. W e have
our sails from Jectels and are
budgeting to get most of the
equipm ent in the next 3 to 4 m onths .
Having com e this far I thought my
experiences would be of use and
interest to other builders.
O ur building site is not ideal, insofar
as w e could only build one hu l at a
tim e, then had to lift it over a 4ft. w al
into the raised back garden som e 40ft.
aw ay. On the other hand, it is next to
the house and reasonably protected
from the w ind.
First the hu ls. I strictly fo low ed the
plans and met few problem s. It took
tw ice as Iong to build the first hu l
com pared w ith the secohd. The only
real problem w e had w as Iining up
bulkheads 3, 5, 7 and 8 to ensure there
would be no problem s Iater w hen it
cam e to fitting beam s against them . I
did not entirely succeed, and w il have
to Iive w ith the slight w edge shaped
gaps betw een bulkheads 3 and 8 and
the beams (we have Iearnt to do
Iikewise with our Tiki 26 - Edt.
The next big hurdle w as turning the
hu ls over for sheathing. First put a
house, w ith a conveniently placed
w indow, at about the m iddle of the
boat! Second, attach a tackle from the
w indow to the boat, but be sure that
the house is strong enough fnot easy
to judge - I once #aw the gable end of
a garage puled out by the weight of ice
on a telephone Iine attached to
itI - Edt. M ake use of your weight to
pull dow n on the tackle, otherw ise your
back m ay Iive to regret it! It Iooked a bit
hairy at first, but it w orked w e l and I
turned each hull on m y ow n in an
afternoon. I used tw o triple blocks w ith
12m m rope.
W hen the hu ls w ere on their sides,
I had to Iift them on tw o treslles, about
2ft. high, so that the top of the forw ard
cabin would be aboout zins. off the
ground w hen they w ere turned over.
That's w hen the use of brute force and
unprintable words cam e into operation!
The third big problem w as m oving
the finished hull into the back garden.
W ith the hull laying on its side I used a
carpet covered 4ft. x 4ft. plyw ood
'trolley' on water pipe ro lers to haul it
up a ram p w ith the aid of block and
I followed the plans to the Ietter ,
except for the use of hardw ood for the
topside stringers and the top Iayers of
the beam s because I thought it w ould
take m ore punishm ent than the
Douglas Fir specified (1 .w ould recom -
m end this for gunwales and hu l centre
Iine trim , as the Douglas Fir we used
has split along edges w here the
sheathing c10th m eets but does not
overlap - Edt.
I also used a different m ethod of
construction for the m asts, w hich l w il
describe in som e detail.
The m asts consist of eight 50m m x
21m m battens w ith a V cut into one
edge. They interlock to form a strong
hull placed on
' don ' t
weight / '
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structure, w hich l preferred to the
m ethod described in the plans. I was
told by Robbins Ltd that it was not ôossible
to find 25ft. lengths of Douglas
Fir, so I had to use shorter Iengths and
scarf them to get 1he Iength of the
masts. This is not too difficult, but care
must be taken to ensure that the
battens are straight at the scarfs and
these scarfs m ust be staggered in
adjacent battens to ensure maxim um
Before you assem ble the m ast, seal
the inside faces of the battens w ith
epoxy and if you are going to have
m asthead Iights/V.H.F. antennas, fix
the conductors on the inside.
I buil sim ple supports to assem ble
the m asts, m ade of 3 x 1 in. batten,
posilioned every 4f1., to raise the m ast
4ft. from the floor to gain easy access
alI round - especialy useful w hen
cleaning off excess resin.
I m ade a 'slice' of m ast first to check
that they w ould be the right diam eter,
and l w ould advise anyone using this
m ethod to do the sam e. This slice w as
used to m ake pIy supports to the sam e
shape as half the m ast, w hich w ere
then fixed to the building supports.
These w il help ensure a straight m ast
and keep the battens in position before
clam ping. The clam ps consisted of
jubilee clips, which can be bought in 2
m etre Iengths f rom 'Payless D.I.Y.' and
cut to requirem ents. These w ere
spaced at 18 ins. intervals.
It was easy to glue the m ast
logether, bu1 it took 3 hours on m y
ow n and it w ould be advisable either to
w ork w ith som eone else or choose a
period of day w hich is fairly cool,
otherw ise you m ay have a nasty surprise!
Have a dry run first to ensure
that everything w il fit together.
The m ast crane is m ade of plyw ood,
and w as glued into a slot cut into the
top of the m ast.
The beam s were straightforw ard to
build, but I have not used any nails or
screw s to assem ble them , only glue
and clam ps, I built them on the sam e
supports as the m asts and used ply
supports to keep the first battens in
place. Metal clam ps are expensive so l
m ade som e sim ple one w ith 2 x 1 ins.
offcuts with 2 lengths of m etal
studding. l m ade a couple of dozen of
these for the price of a m etal one.
W e have decided not to use the
ram p show n on the plans. Firstly it is
too narrow to get a dinghy back on
board, secondly it spoils the nice flat
platform w hich I Iike on W harram s. So
l w il build a lighter one and place it
further aft, and m ake it w ide enough to
take an inflatable back on board.
f am now building the parts for the
platform and on assem bling them on
the boat, found that the portholes are
cut too Iow and w ill be partly below the
level of 1he platform l! ! have checked
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and rechecked m y m easurem ents and Joel hopes to Iaunch this vear and
found them to be exactly as her plans, prom ises to keep us up to date with
so it m ust be a design error! Sorry progress. He w ould à'ke to hear from
Jam es and Hanneke! anv Tiki 31 builders who are now
s the platform cannot be any low er
and if anvone needs m ore
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cut sm aller or placed higher on the
plans - or a bit of both. Th
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So far I have used 6 tubs of resin seem s interesting - the notches in the
and am now on my seventh - m uch battens could probablv be m achined
m ore than m y first estim ate. The cost with sufficient accuracv by m aking
so far of resin, glass c10th, f illers tw o passes through a circular saw with
gloves, m ixing pot etc. is E1,839. The the blade set to the correct depth and
cost of BS1O88 plyw ood is 61,088, tilted through 45 degrees. How ever, it
and other tim ber f 1,897. A myriad of is worth considering an alov m ast, as
other tools and equipm ent has been they are relativelv sim ple and therefore
bought and needs to be bought lo inexpensive. These are available from
f inish the boatl. our sailing secretarY Steve Turner.
The Sea People/sailorm an No. 11 July 1989
! aSS'C e @ G eF
Steve Turner reviews successful
Reading the article by John Chitty in
Sea Peoqle No. 1O, which described his
engine Instalation, m ade m e realise
that there is a w hole new generation of
P C . A . m' e m b e rs w h o m ay n ot b e
fam iliar w ith the gradual evolution
w hich has taken place w ith Polycat
engine insta lations. There have been
m any attem pts to provide reliable,
effective auxiliary pow er, particularly
on the Iarger designs some very
successful, som e less so.
Som e builders fitted engines in one
or both hulls, w ith conventional prop
shafts and propelors in apertures in
the skegs. This set-up gives the best
m anoeuvrability under pow er, and is a
straightforw ard installation sim ilar to
m ost other boats. How ever, unless one
spends quite a lot of m oney on sophisticated
folding props, there is a big
penalty to pay in increased drag w hich
can realy take the edje of the boat's
? erformance. The englne is also shar-
1ng your accom m odation w ith the
associated problem s of noise, heat and
sm el w ith diesel, or fire w ith petrol
(gasoline). Others mounted their
engines centra ly, building som e sort of
pod to house it. This Ieft the problem of
getting the drive to the w ater, fairly
easily solved by the application of
money purpose built outdrive legs
from flrm s such as Silette providing a
neat if rather expensive answ er.
However, the (generally fairly
impecunious) average Polycat builder
w as Ioöking for a cheaper answ er and
preferably som ething he could m ake
him self. The breakthrough cam e in the
early seventies w hen Ernald Pearson
fitted a Yanm ar diesel into his Narai
'Cheetah'. The engine was m ounted in
the centre of the boat, driving a retractable
propelor through a Iong sw inging
This system w as w idely copied by
m any Tangaroas, Narais and O ros
using variations on Ernald's basic idea.
The next step w as taken by Jeff Fallon
with his Narai IV zNick Of Time', Jeff
used a 25 h.p. jetrol engine to drive a
sim ilar insta latlon btlt his slroke of
genius w as to sim plify the w hole
arrangem ent by doing aw ay w ith the
cum bersom e Iadder arrangem ent
thought necessary until then , replacing
it w ith tw o w ire slays and a sim ple line
to Iift the prop clear of the water. To
prevent the prop from rising to the
surface, tw o vanes w ere positioned in
front of it, angled to fIy doW n through
the w ater. The previous shaft running
inside a tube w ith its associated
bearings w as dispensed w ith by
m aking the tube itself act as the shaft!
A ltogether a very worthw hile saving in
w eight and com plication.
Having sailed w ith Jeff on 'Nick' I
w as soon borrow ing his ideas for the
instalation on our Oro 'Imagine'. Our
enjine is a twin cylinder Lister diesel,
w hlch is air cooled, slow revving and
extremely reliable. M y contribution to
the developm ent of the drive w as
prom pted by visions of the prop carving
its w ay through the side of the hu l
should one of the supporting stays fail.
I decided to put a steel ring around the
propelor as a guard, this also protects
the prop in shalow w ater.
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m eant that I could m ove the paravane
f rom in f ront of the prop to on toq,
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hand starts, is miserly w ith fuel (just
over one Iitre per hour) and is rather
noisy, a plus factor I feel, as it
encourages m e to shut it off and sail!
Running at only 1800 r.p.m . m axim um ,
driving through a tw o to one reduction
gear, it turns a Iarge three bladed
propelor at 9O0 revs. 'Im agine' w ill
never m otor fast enough to ski behind,
(the engine is only 8 h.p.) but she will
plod on steadily at about 4 Pi knots at
a little over half revs, even w hen
pushing against a head w ind or tow ing
other boats. (See report of 1987 cruise
in company, Sea People No. 9). Jeff's
22 h.p. petrol engine gave 'Nick of
Tim e' a top speed of 8 14 knots w ith an
edonom ical cruising speed of 4 Pi
knots. The 12 h.p. Yanm ar used by
Ernald gave a m axim um of 6 knots,
cruising at about 5.
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D elivery D ilem m as
Scott Brown delivers an ORO from Gibraler lo England
On the face of it the job was a
simple one. An 0RO in good condition,
to be brought back to England from
Gibraltar, date of departure not critical.
lt was autum n '87, and who can
blam e the ow ner, looking out of his
siu ing room w indow on 1he devastation
w reaked on Kew Gardens by THAT
hurricane, from ringing Steve Turner to
see if he knew a delivery skipper.
Liz and I had just seen our second
sum m er at Foss Quay, one m ore than
w e intended w hen w e slarted
refurbishing our Narai, and I was keen
to get back to sea. Agreem ents w ere
m ade w ith Chris Dunn, the ow ner, but
the only w indow to appear in the
weather w as eleven days before
Christm as, and we decided to w ait
until spring, w hen Chris could get
som e lim e aw ay from his frenèlic - lo
my Iive aboard eye - City Iifestyle, and
sail w ith us.
Spring cam e, Chris and I flew dow n
to check M ANNINI PAHI over, draw up
a lisl of gear to be bought, and w ork to
be done before she w ent to sea. W e
took her out under pow er to give the
engine a good 'test (it had just been
given a ful overhaul by the yard), and
also to 'get the feel of her'. This proved
w orthw hile as the next day I had to
take her dow n a tight 'gauntlet' of
boats, into a hauling out cradle ,
m easured previously to be tw o inches
w ider than the ORO (i.e. no fenders),
w ith a Force Five astern. She
perform ed beautifuly and I started
At the end of April Chris,
Steve Turner's O8O lm agine, sim ilar to M annini Pahi
brother and m yself flew out again. His
father, the fourth crew m em ber, had
arrived a few days earlier to organise
the victualing. M ANNINI Iooked
splendid w ith her new coat of paint,
applied by Terry and Jane, our neigh-
9 The Sea People/sailorm an No . 11 July 1989
ours, w ho w inter in Gib. Nice to have
reliable, honest people around w hen
you have to Ieave your boat a Iong w ay
from hom e.
W e cracked on w ith the outstanding
jobs. The flexible water tanks were
taken out to clean. They leaked and
t6ok over a day to repair. The steering
cables w ere replaced, rigging set up, a
navigator Iight replaced, a hundred
small jobs done. Then suddenly on the
fourth day the w ind w ent easterly -
w e cast off and w ere free.
ln case you're not fam iliar w ith the
M editerranean, the rivers flow ing into
it fail to fuly com pensate for evaporation,
and so the general flow of w ater
in the Strait is Easterly going. Tides,
running paralel to the shore, speed up
or slow this flow, although on the W est
going tide the surface w ater is W est
going. How ever, the bulk of the w ater
below is East going. W inds blow
generaly only W est or East, so w hen
the Easl wind blows, YOU GO. (Don't
worry about this, I w on't be asking
Having a 'shakedow n' on a strange
yacht w ith an unproved crew , in the
dafk in The Straits w ith the last of the
tide against the w ind is not the recom -
m ended w ay of doing things! But this
w as an O RO and they w ere the Dunn
fam ily, and w e sailed to Cadiz w ith no
problem s. A fu l gale as w e m ade the
final approach gave som e useful
M ore repairs w ere done to the w ater
tanks as tw o had em ptied their contents.
In retrospect w e should now
have bought a dozen jerry cans! Fresh
goods were taken on to Iast the
passage, and once again w e were free,
'next port a thousahd sea m iles aw ay in
Progress w as quite slow , the w inds
lighl and variable, and the second day
found us m otoring - Chris had to be
back in London in ten days tim e!
''The Portugese Fisherm an took
us through the m oored yachts
w ith a skil that am azed us''
Off w atch that night, the engine
pote changed, and I w ent up top to find
the prop shaft in tw o pieces! It's the 14
ft. 'egg w hisk' type , the shaft m ade
f rom an alum inium tube w hich had
fatigued; Iooked OK in Gib! Dawn saw
us ,betw een the hu ls in the dinghy ,
affecling a tem porary repair w ilh som e
exhaust hose and six jubilee clips. If we
had been further öffshore w e w ould
have continued, but prudence m ade us
head for Lagos to affect repairs .
Our entry into Lagos w as exciting ,
the tide was ebbing as w e started up
river to the harbour and I 'increased
throttle cautiously to com pensate ,
then a Iittle m ore, and a li . . . the bow s
w ere sw inging and a rock w as getting
very close! The' repair had failed and
im m ediate action was needed , I
shouted at a fishing boat overtaking us
and he throttled back. Chris w as
already on the bow and the rope
(prepared for m ooring before entering)
snaked through the air into the sure
hands of a fisherm an. ln a flash it w as
round a post and our bow s pu led
around in the nick of tim e - the rock
w as six feet aw ay! The Portugese
fisherm an took us through the m oored
yachts w ith a skil w hich am azed us.
W hen safely tied up w e delivered a
bottle of rum to their boat, they lopked
at us in am azem ent and the next day
brought us a bucket of sardines - we
had obviously overpaid!
There are larger ports on that coast
w hich have m ore facilities, but w e
knew a Captain Cook 'Bananas' was in
Lagos. W e thought they m ight be able
to help w ith our shortage of tools and
tackle the shaft renewal. ln fact they
put us onto an English guy, on a 90 ft.
floating workship, (M .V. 'PRAXIS')
w ho had a new shaft ready for bolting
back on the next day!
At this point I have to say that
'Bananas' is a stunningly beautiful
yacht. I believe it's up for sale - sad
aftér a I the w ork that Oolka has put
W e set off from Lagos keen to get
som e m iles behind us, the w ind
blow ing northerly sixish. W e sw ept
westw ard the tw enty odd m iles to
Cape Vincent and at Iast qut some
North in our course. The w lnches on
'M annini' w ere not up to sheeting the
working jib for close-hauling in this
w ind strength w ithout Iuffing - m essy
wi'th the sea state - so Paul (13/2
stone) helped out by hanging from the
clew and rrrip . . . the sail tore in tw ol!
On inàpection it was the stitching
tim e they had a truly U,V. proof thread.
The yankee jib-topsail was too Iight for
the w eather w e now had and the storm
jib too smal to give us any drive to
w indw ard. W ith the angle w e w ere
m aking good, w e w ouldn't even m ake
the Azores! W e tucked back behind
Cape Vincent and decided it was not a
hand stitch repair, the rest of the
stitching m ust be oversew n before w e
w ent on. So w ith reluctance w e
headed back to Lagos.
It w ould be easy to think that w e
had had our share of bad Iuck , but no,
there w as w orse lo com e! Everything
w as readied on deck w ell in advance,
and w e entered the harbour w ith som e
trepidation, it w as crow ded and 1he
force seven m ade the anchored yachts
sheer about alarm ingly. I was just
'getting the feel of things' prior to
m aking the approach through the
anchored yachts to our m ooring w hen
1he engine cut out! No tim e to ask
others to do the job, I leapt down the
hatch, hit the key and cam e up and
back on the w heel, into astern , hit the
throttle and . . . it cut againl! This tim e
it w ould not restart, up and assess, a
yacht just inches' from us sheared
aw ay in the w ind and I called for the
stern anchor to go dow n. It w ent over
''In desperation we struggled to
get in a Iine over som ething on
the last vacht''
but although the chain and rope had
been flaked, I had asked for a tripping
line to be set. No problem w hen being
Iaid in a controled fashion, but in the
urgency of the situation, it aII becam e
tangled! W e accelerated in the w ind
tow ards a Iarge m otor-yacht and
Douglas and I tried to fend her off.
Chris and Paul stil tried to get an
anchor to hold bu1 'M annini' sw ung
and w e headed for the rocky shore. In
desperation we struggled to get a Iine
round som ething on the last yacht and
she jerked to a halt - something had
fouled. W e stil cannot believe w e
cam e through it unscathed! w e row ed
out an anchor and shorelines and
Douglas (Assassin) Dunn, poured us aII
a 'W ee Dram '!
The engine repair was a Iengthy,
expensive business, and is a story in its
ow n righl. For anyone w ith a BM C 1.5
Iitre diesel though I dbn't know if
others are identical our m anual
show ed the 'Drive Shafl' betw een
camshaft and irjector pump as one
piece. In fact it w as in tw o - the end
of one sleeving 1he other, connectqd
w ith a shear-pin - and yes, it had! The
friction of the tw o parts allow ed everthing
to function w hen set up and run
slowly, but moved and stoqped the
engine w hen a Ioad w as app led!
In 1he m iddle of repairs Chris and
Paul had to return to England. After
considering that the engine should be
first class w hen finished, the autohelm
had been handling 'M annini' w el even
in strong w inds and she and Doug
w ere now know n quantities, w e
decided not to take on m ore crew. W e
w ere also convinced the law of
averages w ere on our side for a sm ooth
N.B. Fuel and w ater are on the
entrance w al at Lagos, not in the
harbour itselt which is about a quarter
of a m ile upriver. The pilot book did not
m ention if facilities w ere available a$l
day on Sunday, so w e didn't risk it and
Ieft M onday m orning. You guessed,
ihings had not changed for us - they
close M ONDAYS!
The Sea People/sailorm an No. 11 July 1989 10
Tales of a C hannel
By Ron Blake C raw ling N arai
Fourteen years ago we m ade the
irrational decision to build a Narai in our
Surrey garden. During 7 long building
years, the workforce (wife and
husband) used 'to dream of that perfect
day with the wind abaft the beam,
splnnaker flying, the tw o hulls slicing
the blue w ater, the sun w arm ing the
backs of the happy crew etc. etc! After
seven years of the reality of a Chichester
based Channel craw ler w e are stil
Iooking for that perfect day. Perhaps
next sum m er, Over therey somew here?
O ur Narai M K.1 is a standard sprit
rigged Jim 's original except that w e
fiked the cabin tops so that we now -
cannot bask in thè tropical sun of
Cow es. Yes, w e can sail to w indw ard in
a short Channel chop, but it's a
dam ned sight easier to start up the
m otor or bear aw ay. Bearing aw ay is
our favourite occupation, so w e never
say w e are going to destination X -
that's always dead to w indw ard by
Due to engine failure, navigational or
other problem s w e havç occasionaly
had to thrash against w ind and tide off
Iee shores. It's a m ugs gam e. Don't do
it! But good sails (Jeckels) help.
Motors are interesting thinjs -
w hen w orking. Ours is a m arlnised
Ford 36 hxp. car engine drivinj a Sonic
outdrive which can be ralsed and
Iow ered hydraulicaly so that the prop
is clear of the water. Because the
w hole system is m ounted v,centraly, the
propeller does not Iift from the w ater in
choppy seas, so the drive is quite
effective in the conditions w hen you
realy need i1. But, of course the
propeler w ash does not pass over the
rudders so there is absolutely no
turning effect at Iow speeds, even if
you angle the outdrive Ieg. There is a
choice of two directions - forw ards
and backwards. Any deviation is
determ ined by w ind, tide and chance.
The only w ay to settle things is to drive
Iike mad at about two knots add swing
the tilers over w ildly at the optim um
m om ent.
Since m arinas are now the norm in
our part of the world, this qrecipitous
approach can cause term lnal heart
failure of the crews of the Standard
British Marina Boat (S.B.M.B.) already
insta led on the pontoon. They have to
abandon the ioys of Iookinj at ther
S.B.M .BS. and rush w ith anxlous cries
and ram pant fenders to w ard off the
Polynesian devils. In fact, w e are only
c oasta/ C ruising
First ylace goes to the owners of the
m asslve traditional solid boats w ith
enorm ous, delightfully im paling bow -
sprits. In St. Peter Port during hurricane
'Charlie', one owner of an S.B.M .B. was
heard to rem ark, as a bow sprit surged
dangerously, that 'they' shouldn't
alow such boats in harbours! At
around that tim e a Iady w as heard to
rem ark in clear dulcet tones, as a
French Tangoroa arrived 'look darling,
there's another of those funny boats'.
Oh, I agree w ith you m adam , I agree!
Now we haven't im paled a S.B.M .B.
yet but som ething had to be done. The
answer to the m anoeuvrability problem
had to be tw o m otors - ideally one in
each hul. I rem em ber m eeting a
Danish Tehini so equipped and their
turning in confined spacps was a joy to
behold. Other multihuls Iike catalacs
and Heavenly Ywins sometimes exhibit
these desirable properties too. In our
case they w ould m ean drastic structural
alterations, so w e instaled a
Seagull Kingfisher outboard on a
dropping beam pivoted at the aft beam
so that the outboard propeller is
directly under the aft netting beam . W e
arranged yet m ore string to sw ivel the
outboard as the rudders turn. This
appears to work wel (if you have
enough hands), because you can push
the tillers in the direction you w ish to
go, open up the rem ote throttle of the
outboard and around you go. If space is
Iim ited you can also put the m ain
m otor in reverse to counter the forw ard
drive of the outboard and thus turn in
your ow n boat's Iength! M arina
approaches are now m ore serene,
although the Polycat trepidation is stil
The olher problem w ith m arinas is
that they discrim inate against m ultihuls
bv costs and curses. This m eans
that w hilst S.B.M .B'S are craned out at
the end of the season, so that their
ow ners can paint and antifoul in dry
shod conditions, m ultihu l ow ners
w ade knee deep in m ud during the
m aintenance chores. Antifouling a
Narai in these condiions is character
form ing. There are com pensations
how ever, since m ultihu l Iepers are
normaly placed in areas remote from
the m aln m arina activities, one sees
m ore m arine bird Iife. W e had a pair of
w agtails nesting in a coil of rope w hich
delayed fitting out by six w eeks w hilst
they hatched their. brood. I think they
w ere attracted by our resident spider
population acquired during our Surrey
building days. W e found that we could
paint our decks (dark beige to m atch
the mud) if we kept our backs tb the
nest and painted tow ards them
m uttering ''I can't see you, I can't see
you'' Ow ners of S.B.M .B'S were
observed to touch their heads
Trainee crow s on their first flights
have usêd our decks as an em ergency
aircraft carrier Ieaving dark beige
arrow s along the new ly painted
topsides. The w orst episode arose
w hen a broody sw an and tnate decided
that an inflatable alongside a stable
second in fibre glass splitting potential. ''Four Hands'' Breken of Cow es courtesv R . Blake
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polycat w ith hum an occupants
dispensing regular supplies of bread
w ould be a splendid nesting site.
Attem pts to dissuade them w ith an
extended boat hook produced a violent
and dangerous response and a rapid
retreat of the crew to the safety of the
cabin. Hum an ingenuity triumphed
we jerked the dinghy painter sharply
upw ards, thus dum ping its occupants
overboard. The sw ans sulked for a day,
but returned to peck holes in the fibre
glass sheathing of the epoxy painted
hu ls. This w as because w e w ere
hiding below t pretending w e had no
breadl Touchlngly, this pair of sw ans
rush tow ards us w hen w e return to
harbour. They know that these tw in
hu ls house tw o soft hearled suckers.
Polycats entering Chichester beware.
''G e should have ïealised when
we saw other boats doing U ftlrns
at St. Cathelines D fnt that things
Were going to be difficult''
Occasionally sailing has to be done!
This year, for exam ple, our sailing club
proposed a cruise in com pany to the
Channel Islands and beyond. The first
objeclive was to make Braye, Alderney,
by Sunday, 10 July. We were im pressed
by the alcoholic statem ents that m ost
crews would get there 'regardless of
the w eather'.
NOT TO BE USED FOR
English Channel, visited Ports m arked on
W e cowered in Chichester from
Thursday 7 to Sunday 9 July as a succession
of deep Iow s scourged the
channel. But m indful of the aforem entioned
alcoholic pledges w e set off on
Saturday m orning into a m ere F5- 6
southw esterly. W e should have realised
w hen w e saw other boats doing U
turns at St. Catherines Point that
things w ere going to be difficult. They
w ere! W e bore aw ay to Cherbourg,
reaching there tired, sick and battered.
W hatever happened to the w ind abaft
the beam , spinnaker flying, w arm sun
Cherbourg had been very badly
darbaged in the October '87 hurricane,
and w hen w e arrived at one in the
morning, the yachts w ere ten deep on
the ends of the pontoons. W e held up
a w arp tentatively at the crew of an
outside boat. They turned pointedly
aw ay I don't blam e them ; w ho
w ould w ant a W harram outside you?
So being high water we ran up the
beach, dropped the hook and
co lapsed. Now w e very rarely drag our
anchor but at 3 a.m . there was a gentle
'tap tap'. I stirred uneasily thinking that
l would deal w ith that fender later.
Fender? - I'm al anchor! I hurled
m yself on deck it w as of course
rainipg. W e had gently dragged dow n
against the finger pontoons arkd had
alm ost berthed neatly except that w e
w ere nudging a French m onohu l.
Panic! Engines on, w arps akim bo! My
thanks to the ow ner of the lovely
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ILE DE BREHAT
traditional Hilyard w ho tended our
warps as we pulled up the anchor,
outboarded the outboard, m ained the
m ain m otor frantically to take us back
to the beach. In the m orning w e
penitently groveled before the French
m onohull not m uch dam age, only a
broken wooden flagstaff. The ow ner
said that he had only got the boat back
the previous day after extensive repairs
fo low ing the hurqicane. W e felt very
sick about it al.
How ever, next day, on to A lderney.
Better one day behind than not at a l.
The club had booked the top floör of a
restaurant, but only tw o boats had
m ade it, so w e tried to m ake up by
eating an enorm ous Iunch. W e sent a
'w ish you w ere here' to the . raly
organiser - only to have to apologise
Iater as he had smashed on to St. Peter
Port to try to anticipate us al.
The depressions cam e thick and
fast and the waves sw ept over the
breakw ater. At tim es Iike these, it is
delightful to be on a stable catam aran,
w atching 1he m onohu ls roll, tw ist,
turn and gyrate. W e m et a friend of
ours, M alcolm Dines, w ho lives on
Alderney in the sum m er and
com m utes to his Narai M K.4 in the
W est Indies for the w inter! You m ay
recal his articles in the Sailorm an,
te ling of his passage west via Portugal
and the Cape Verdes. Polycat ow ners
cannot stop - ' so w e sailed tow ards
Guernsey w ith M alcolm aboard. His
LEZARDRIEUX ? FRA NCE
Caribbean influence gave us a sparkling
beam reach in sunny w eather dpw n
to Herm ! Pilotage by M alcolm got us
through the rocks to Rosiere steps, and
dow n w ent the hook in calm conditions
w ith a good forecast of SE F2 - 3.
W e should have know n; the actual
outcom e being a w est F7 and a Iee
shore! W e aII got soaked by an
iniudicious dinghy trip ashore which
required copious gin and tinned
''Cordon Four Hands'' to rem edy
W e sadly abandoned M alcolm on
the sea wall in Havelet Bay, Guernsey
on 17 July - a record breaking 8 days
out from Chichester. This frantic pace
got to us the sun even m ade an
appearance. - w hat's that bright thing
in the sky Daddy? W e even attem pted
m otoring over to Sark, but the fog got
us before we reached the Low er Heads
Saturday, 23 July - this is m ore like
it! A southeast F6 straight into the bay
and a forecast F8. W e w ere the Iast
boat to Ieave and scuttle for the shelter
of St. Peter Port. The depressions
sw ept over in groups of two for the
next six days. Guernsey is a splendid
place bu1 this is ridiculous.
W ith one m igh'ty bound W e w ere
free, and sailing in a sw el tow ards St.
Malo (destination chosen because the
direction was Iess uncomfortable). W e
entered the Bas Sablon m arina at St.
Servan w ithout further m ishap and
took a vacant berth at the end of the
pontoon. W e booked in the fo low ing
m orning and discovered our stay w ould
cost us F230 per night! That's the
m ultihul factor for you folks.
''G e upset one gentlem an in a
large ketch, because he couldn't
understand how our lffele outboard
-as outpacing him ''
How ever, St. Servan is w orth a visit
- there is the Cape Horners m useum ,
there on the castle battlem ents, and
also some very good seafood restaurants.
Next day, to avoid bankruptcy
we m otored over to St. M alo and
entered the Bassin Vauban. This is
exciting, since everyone m u ls around
near the Iock entrance w aiting for the
bock open signals. Then it's al system s
go and you crunch your w ay inside.
W harram s have a certain rugged
advantage in this m elee, if driven by a
determ ined and m addened English-.
m an, in the process of being baulked
by an equally determ ined Germ an in a
large Prout catam aran, and by an
infuriated Frenchm an cutting across
the bows. As soon as the Iock opens to
adm it us into the basin, it's throttles
w ide open - God for Harry, England
and S1. George. Deutschland Uber
A les and Vive Ia France! W e upset one
gentlem an in a Iarge ketch, because he
couldn't understand how our Iittle
ouboard was outpacing him he
didn't know about the secrel m ain
m otor under the centre beam s! There
is, in fact, no need to rush because
there is am ple room alongside at F10O
per night. The fleshpots of St. M alo
were only a short step aw ay and
threatened bankruptcy again so w e
m oved to a sw inging m ooring off
Dinard. An excellent place w ith a w ater
taxi included in the very reasonable
m ooring fee. This place is also delightfu
ly fu l of fleshpots and potential
On 1 August (a fast passage thisl)
the w ind drifted to the east and
m oderated. Off to Erquy w hich is a
m ultihu l ow ners dream w ith acres and
acres of flat, firm , Ievel sand. There
w as only one other cat there - a Prout
Snowgoose. Next day w e sailed to
Lezardrieux, and afler a w alking
holiday there to allow a gale or tw o to
pass, we got to Ile de Brehat and the La
Cham bre anchorage. Can you im agine
it? Briliant sunshine, blue seas and
calm weather, crepes and cidre bouche
- w e shal suffer for this, m ark m y
Monday, 8 August. The w ind is Iight
from the south, the sun shines and the
sea is blue. This is going to be it -
running before the w ind, autopilot on,
sun beating dow n, cold beer at the
ready. Just off Brehat, the w ind
freshens and w e are going like a steam
train w ith spinnaker up and Iightw eight
m izzen staysail adding drive and
colour. Straight into thick fog! Speed
dow n - Decca plotting Iike m ad, there
are rocks right and Ieft. O ur pathetic
Iittle fop horn (Swiss platelayers
special) ls tooting away every minute,
dah, dit, dit. The approaching throb of
engines - frantic fog horn tooting
engines nearer - fog horn - engines
very near - frantic fog horns. Out of
the gloom sw ings a French traw ler,
w ho had been hom ing in on us w ith
radar, to find out w hich idiot wis
sounding a fog horn clearly in
distress. Apparently you don't do
things by the book dow n there. Thanks
and relief alI round. Very good of them
to be so concerned - it's a nasty place
to be in fog.
W e found Guernsey - we nearly hit
it in fact. The old routine - Havelet bay
- but this tim e inhabited by a Raka
'Ecstasy' w ith a young couple heading
for Spain. I hope they m ade it. Also
Geoff Pack in a Prout with M alcolm
Dines and another young Iady - aI
Polycat owners past and hresent.
Geoff ow ned a Tangoraoa, and readers
of the Sailorm an m ay recal his account
of breaking up in m id ocean due to the
strain of the w indvane on the rear
netting beam . The young lady (sorry
name forgotten) owns a Narai in the
W est Indies quite a Polycat
How ever, after the ocean voyagers
departed, it's back to the old routine of
cow ering in St. Peter Port w aiting for
yet another Iow to pass. l am thinking
of renam ing our boat 'Cow ering'.
''Suddenlv we are lifted bodilv
from behind by a togue w ave -
u # and up''
W ind force 4 from the southw est
and a good forecast so it's off to
Salcom be. Halfw ay across , there's a
strong w ind w arning! About 15 m iles
from Start Point, the swell is big but
even, from the w est. Suddenly we are
Iifted bodily from behind by a rogue
wave - up and up. Then dow n the
slope of the w ave front until w ith a
great crunch w e hit the bottom and the
green w ater pours over us. I am
definitely under w ater com pletely. M y
thoughts w ere that l had flipped a
W harram , bad boy! But daylight com es
at last, and w ith bruised ribs and a
thorough soakingr. w e em erge Iike a
duck shaking w ater off its back. Linden
em erges from the navigation departm
ent - 'w hat the he l w as that'? I slil
don't know, but it w as a knockdow n
brute of a w ave quite contrary to the
direction of the swel. W e had just
crossed the shipping Ianes - perhaps
the wash of a Iarge tanker m erging
w ith other waves?
ln Salcom be they w ere packing the
refugees in. The harbour m asters
assistant looked at us and said thal
'Dartm outh w as nice at this tim e of
To cut a Iong story short - w e
cow ered in m ost refuges and harbours
(to alow those depressions to pass or
to m end the engines or to sim ply m end
ourselves) between Salcombe and
Chicheste'r w here w e arrived on the 28
August to be m et enthusiasticaly by
our sw ans. It's nice to be back - 51
days on board bu1 only 500 m iles
Iogged bu1 believe m e they w ere
hard w on!
W e've m oved dow n to Fow ey,
Cornw al, so that this year is going to
be blue seas and skies, w ind abaft the
beam ; isn't it? I Iook out of the w indow
dow n the Fow ey river. I can't see
m uch, because a F9, occasionaly F1O
is whipping the lashing rain across tie
waves (this is a calm and safe
anchorage)! A cormorant, which norm
aly dries its w ings outstretched on
the end of the yacht pontoon, has
dived under the cockpit spray hood of
a Sadler 29. Sum m er m ust be com ing!
I shal w ant som e verp dark beige deck
W ould som eone m ove England
about 20O further south? Pleasel
The Sea People/sailorm an No. 11 July 1989
This fo low ing request is aim ed at
those of you reading a dog-eared copy
of this m agazine, w hilst sem irecum
bant in the cool shade of
coconut palm s, on the w hite sands of
a sun scorched south sea island beach.
Just look up for a m om ent, yes, that's
right, you. Cast your eyes betw een
those grim y bronzed feet, past the
native Iadies in grass skirts (and Iittle
Lo n g H a u l 'o
By Roly Huebsch
Oborea set sail from Toronto on
5th Octoben 1987 and 53 davs
Iater reached M iam i. This was a
speedv passage from Lake Ontario.
through the New Fork state barge
canal (with 30 Iocks) to the
Hudson Sjvec and finallv the lntra
Coastal G aterway to Florida. Rolv
W e arrived in Miami on the 27th
Novem ber, 53 days from Toronto. Here
w e m et w ith our friends David and
Neila on their Narai M K.IV 'W indchim e',
and spent a week together before
heading on to the Baham as.
Our Gulf Stream crossing from
M iam i to W est End, Grand Baham a
w as uneventful, and w e sailed East
through the Abaco Cays under
unusualy cool and cloudy skies to
Hope Tow n on Elbow Cay, w here we
Ieft Oborea under the w atchful eye of
Iocal fishing guide Truman Majors, and
flew back l:o Canada as I had som e
Iucrative contracts to w ork.
On 8th M arch l returned to the
Baham as to find Oborea stil secure in
the shadow of the red and w hite
striped Iighthouse. A pparently it had
been an unusualy cold and Aindy
w inter in the A baco Cays so I hadn't
m issed m uch.
From Hope Tow n W e island hopped
south to Royal Island, to Elenthera and
to the brilliant chain of the Exum a
Cays. On 27th M arch we arrived at the
sleepy settlem ent of George Tow n on
the tropic of Cancer w ere w e m ade our
rendezvous w ith W indchim e. There
w ere also tw o other yachts w ith
friends aboard in port so w e spent a
very pleasant tw o w eeks socialising
here before setting off in com pany
w ith W indchim e for a leisurely trip
north and west up the chain of the
Exum as. At Norm an's Cay we filled our
tanks w ith rainw ater from the cistern
at the abandoned resort as our w ater
from George Tow n w as pretty brackish,
and then m otored 30 m iles to
Nassau in a flat calm .
O cean C ruising
else), across the singing white surf and
the clear blue w aters to the Iands
beyond. Now , no m atter how diff icult
it's becom ing, try and rem em ber w hat
happened out there; the tedium and
frustration of that pointless activity
called w ork, the blood, sw eat and tears
of building your polycat, and the
elation of the first sail in her. Npw, if
it's not too m uch of a strain, spare a
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thought for aI those poor sods you Ieft
behind and FOR GOD'S SAKE TELL US
HOW YO U GOT THEREII!
Yes, if you have an interesting story
to te l about an ocean cruise on a
polycat then get it dow n on paper! As
a special incentive w e are offering a
years free subscription to the PCA for
the author of any ocean cruising
account published in this m agazine! !!
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Nassau had not im proved since w e
were Iast there, still strong current,
strong w inds and poor holding, but
there w as alw ays som ething interesting
to w alch, from the great cruise
ships, to inter-island freighters and
fishing boats under patched and baggy
sails. On the beaches w e could w atch
the tourists turn red, and one m orning
w e w atched horses being bathed in the
From Nassau w e sailed 40 m iles to
the Berry Islands - m y first visit to this
40 m ile long chain. The islands at each
end of the group are developed w ith
m arinas and condom inium s, but in the
m iddle are m any uninhabited cays w ith
beautiful snug anchorages, good
fishing and diving, coconuts for the
taking, w arm golden beaches and
w arm turquoise w ater - w hat else
could you ask for? W e spent an idy lic
nine days here. The two Narais together,
just swimming and sunbathing
and sailing the dinghy!
29th A pril w e Ieft Chubb Cay for an
overnight fu l-m oon crossing of the
Great Bahama Bank to Gun Cay 80
m iles W est. At Gun Cay we found
conditions favourable to sail on across
the G ulf stream 40 m iles to M iam i,
w here w e entered harbour surfing at
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12 -13 knots. Arriving on a Sunday
m eant a 2 hour w ait for custom s
clearance at a dock exposed to the
w akes of hundreds of w eekend powerboaters
but finaly we w ere cleared to
motor 9 miles through 3 draw bridges
to anchor off our friends at Treasure
l sland .
I spent alm ost a m onth in M iam i ,
provisioning and doing m aintenance on
Oborea. I repainted the decks and put
on new anti-skid, replaced rigging
Ianyards and the headstay and did a
hundred and one other jobs. Finaly on
18th M ay I said goodbye lo W indchim e
and my crew w ho w ere returning to
' Canada (so much of cruising is saying
goodbye to friends, but you alw ays
seem to meet again eventualy) and set
off back to the Baham as. I entered at
Green Turtle Cay, and then went on to
Little Harbour w here l beached Oborea
to scrub and paint the bottom , and
then sailed to M arsh Harbour to get m y
clearance for Bermuda (one of the
form s I received had the paradoxical
title ''ENTRY OUTW ARDS OF
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The route from Abaco to Berm uda is
about 800 miles, the first half through
an area of Iight variable w inds, and the
second through prevailing SW esterlies .
l left M arsh Harbour on 28th M ay and
was almost immediatelf becalmed, but
saw three Sperm W hales pass within
50 feel, 1he firs't w hales l have seen .
The next four days I had calm s of Iight
NE w inds. I m anaged to w ork m y way
north during lhis period, but got no
nearer to Bermuda. Finally on 1st June
l got a very Iight w esterly w ind and
could head in the right direction . The
w esterly w inds continued , occasionaly
storm y, w hen I would be dow n to
a double reefed mainsail and sm al jib,
for the next five days, and on 6th June
1 finally saw land ahead; but the trip
w asn't over yet. By the tim e I sailed
dow n the SE coast to St. George the
w ind w as blow ing a't 30 knots right out
of the narrow harbour entrance w ith
cliffs on each side. lt was too narrow to
lack, and l could m ake no progress
under power against the short steep
chops, so I had to heave to and w ait .
30 hours later I could finaly sail back
the m iles l had drifted to Ieew ard . On
8th June l finally entered and anchored
at St. George, 11 days and 5 hours
f rom Marsh Harbour (Av. speed 3kt) .
Entry form alities w ere easy and
quick, and l was soon âshore for dinner
and a cold beer! Berm uda is very
pretty, the people are very friendly but
it is definitely expensive. Everythinj is
im ported and you pay a Iot for supples ,
restaurant m eals, transportation etc . I
couldn't afford to slay here 'too long
and on 14th June I got m y departure
papers for Junenburg, Nova Scotia .
Junenburg is 75O m iles alm ost due
north of Berm uda, and for the first two
days I had easterly w inds m aking good
progress and passing a Iarge British
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brigantine and a sm all schooner. O n
the night of the 16th I passed north of
the Gulf Stream and sea and air tem peratures
dropped rapidly. I had to get
out the w inter w oollies that had been
packed since Iast Novem ber .
m orning w as cloudy and I couldn't get
a sun sighl, bu1 l called a passing bulk
carrier, and he gave m e a satellite
position, accurate to w ithin 1/10th
m ile, that gave m e a new record day's
run of 190 m iles - the Gulf Stream
had given m e a good bife! That night
the south w ind increased , and by
m idnight I w as surfing dow n 1O' waves
under smal jib alone. The
phosphorescence w as brilliant - tw o
rocket trails astern, and a river of fire
between the hu ls. Next m orning the
w ind dropped and by noon I w as back
to working sail. That night 1 entered the
fog that is prevalent off the Nova
Sèotia coast in June and July. By ten
next m orning I could pick up coastal
radio beacons and get a fix. Around
noon a large ' ship hooked its w ay
across my bow s close enough that I
could hear her engines, but l never saw
her. At 1600 the fog Iifted briefly and I
w as able to get a fix on Cross Island
dead ahead, and Rose Point on the port
bow, both about 4 m iles off , before the
fog set 'in again. At 1700 l sailed
betw een the Point and the lsland into
briliant sunshine for the Iast five m iles
dow n Junenburg Bay, fina ly anchoring
in the harbour at 1745, 5 days and 6
hours from Bermuda. (Av. speed 6kt).
Junenburg is the historic fishing
capital of Nova Scotia, and from here
fleets of fishing schooners sailed for
the Grand Banks. Today the only
fishing Schooner is the ''Teresa E.
Conner'' of the fishery m useum , and
she is in drydock (in the same yard that
built her 50 years ago) undergoing a
major refit. The sound of the caulker's
m allet rings over the harbour again.
The harbour is stil crow ded w ith
fishing boats and there w ere only
about four yachts in port.
l had about a m onth until m y crew
arrived for the next leg of the voyage ,
so I sailed 18 m iles dow n this foggy
rock-bound coast to the Sattave river
w here I have m any friends w ith w hom
the next few w eeks rushed past
quickly. It is a strange clim ate on this
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breeze it is clear and sunny w ith the
tem peratures in the upper 20'sC , but
should the w ind com e off the cold
Labrador current it brings fog and
tem peratures that rarely reach 15OC .
Finaly it w as tim e to say m ore
oodbyes and w e w ere off. Q
Horla, Azores, 1700 miles to the
ESE. Our plan w as to sail SE to 4OON ,
and then fo low this paralel E , cutting
through 'the 1ip of 1he ice lim it for July ,
until 1he great circle route diverged
south to Horta.
We Ieft the Sattave River on the
151h July and held m oderate to strong
SW w inds for four days. During this
period w e crossed the border of the
continental shelt one of the richest
fishing grounds in the w orld . W e saw
whales and dolphins, flocks of Shearw
aters, petrels, fulm ars, gu ls and
terns. On the 18th w e reached 4OON
and turned E. The w inds w ent round to
the W and we continued making good
progress, including a new record run of
192 m iles noon to noon. At 2 am . on
the 21st w e passed the halfw ay point
but w inds ahead w ould probably be,
lighter, influenced by the Azores high .
On the 22nd w e had headw inds for
half a day, folowed by a half a day's
calm before w inds w ent back to the
w est and Iight. Light favourable w inds
continued until the 27th, our only com -
panions were a few shearw aters and
petrels and a Iot of Portuguese m en of
On the 28th w e had headw inds
again w hich increased until w e w ere
beating NE on the starboard tack under
double reef . ed main and small jib. Our
original course to Horta w ould have
taken us aboul 60 m iles soulh of
Flores, the m ost westerly of the
Azores, but w ith &he present conditions
w e decided to anchor in the Iee of
this island (there ls no proper harbour)
to w ait for m ore favourable w inds. At
daylight on the 29th Flores and Corvo
w ere visible ahead 35 m iles aw ay , and
alI day w e drew closer. The Azores are
high and volcanicr Iargely surrounded
by cliffs, the hills rlse steeply inland , alI
incredibly green and teraced with tinf
fields. As w e drew closer we could see
tiny w hite farm houses w ith red tiled
roofs and cow s in the fields , and at 4
pm . w e dropped anchor in an unnam ed
cliff ringed cover near the NW tip of the
island. 1600 m iles from Nova Scotia in
14 days 8 hours (4.6kt Av. speed).
l did not w ant to leave O borea
unattended in case of a w ind shift , but
the crew w ent ashore w here he m et up
w ith som e Iocal inhabitants w ho plied
him w ith food and drink before sending
him back w ith a bonle of w ine and a
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bag of shrimps for me - they would I
accept no paym ent - this w as our
w elcom e to the Azores.
Next day we had SW w inds and Ieft
for Horta, and although the w inds grew
Iight w hen w e w ere half w ay there, w e '
m ade the 140 m ile crossing in a day
and a half. The upper part of the island
of Faial was hidden in cloud, as was 0 0
the 7,800 foot volcano Pico, but jus' as Q D (:
we turned th'e corner to Horta , Pico
revealed her head to the sunlight high '.x
above her belt of clouds. W e tied up to -N .
the new m arina at Horu, 16 Pi days - --.
from Nova Scotia. Nov4 sr-m -ln
The new m arina is clean and
efficient w ith a I the conveniences
expected of a m odern establishm ent,
and at 400 escudos a day is about one
tenth the cost of m arinas in the U.S.A.
Custom s, m arine police and harbour
off icials aIl have offices here m anned
12 hours a day, 7 days a w eek. Entry
paperw ork is m inim al and cost Iess o
than US$1*! W e have been here a
week now , drinking the cheap w ine,
eaiing the fresh bread and the great
island cheeses. Fish and Iocal
vegetables cost pennies and the sun
, shines m ost of the tim e.
We wil be here until after Sea Week , .
the big annual m arine festival held + ...
every year betw een the f irst tw o -
Nz ks FROX sEA PEoPLE ....
% basking their through Cros refited and Brighton, Edy Mansel had Pahi left Evans Tangaroa an in the where 31 Milbrok and the eventful 'Release', recently French Mediteranean Hazel 'Nina' he on winter is Res canals. his turned after Iast stil extensively pasage December holed motoring are sun up Roger now up. on to at
At Devoran, Ghia continues to grow
both hu ls are alm ost ready for
decking. The proto-type of the sleek ,
new Tiki 28, is now sailing and there
are already firm orders for tw o m ore to
be profesFionally built in plyw ood by
'W harram Build' - m ore on this next
Ted Johnson is unable to organise
this year's S.E. Bank Holiday weekend
m eeting as he w il be on an extended
cruise in Portugal. Several people have
expressed an interest in the m eeting
and he hopes that som eone else w il
step in and organise it. Volunteers
should contact his daughter , Lorraine
bancrofts, 30 W heatsheaf Gardens ,
Sheerness, Kenl. (0795 664373).
John Farrim ond's Tiki 31 'W ildcat'
(ashore HulI) is now almost finished
and hopefuly w il be launched this
sum m er. He is keen on chartering and
is also looking for people interested in
taking a share in the boat. He can be
contacted on Hull 504816, evenings.
John Head w riles f rom Helslon w i'th
som e good new s at Iast about
insurance. Bishop Skinner, insurance
brokers recom m ended by the RYA ,
requested that David Edw ards of
Fow ey survey John's Hitia 14 and Tiki
21. W hen jresented with satisfactory
surveys Blshop Skinner declined to
cover either boat! How ever, through
J.W .D., John approached Trevissom e
lnsurance of Truro w ho obtained cover
through Holdfast Yacht & Motor Boat
The prem ium s aren't extortionate
either. John's Tiki 21, valued at
E3,200, has been covered at a cost of
f 80. This includes transit and third
party cover up to f 250,000. Restrictions
include no racing and UK waters
Trevissom e Insurance
(Frank Dew, FCII)
Penhals W ay
Truro, Cornw al TR3 6EX
Congratulations to Steve and Sandk
Turner, our Sailing and General
Secretaries, on celebrating 20 years of
m arriage. They are presently refitting
their Oro 'lm agine' and hope to have
her sailing Iater this season. As you
may know Steve is building the GRP
Tiki 26's, and has now sold five. GRP
Tiki 21's should be available from him
SOO n .
M illbrook, sadly w ilhout his Tangaroa
w hich w as pounded to pieces by the
ocean surf w hilst beached on the
Spanish coast m ore details of this
unhappy saga should appear in the
next issue of the Sea People. He has
fallen in love w ith Spain and is
returning w ith his fam ily to start a
row ing skiff hire centre on the NW
MOCRA Secretry Paul Constantine
is editing a new m onthly M ultihull
m agazine 'Sail M ultihull'. The
m agazine w ill be in colour and w ill be
biased tow ards cruising. The PCA has
been offered a regular new s colum n so
that w e can publicise events and keep
in regular touch w ith m em bers.
lt is interesting to note that other
sailing magazines are about to jump on
the Multihul béndwagon so hopefuly
we can look forward to a more positive
attitude tow ards us in future.
Peter Hackett and Carl Reynolds
organised a very successful ''W harram
M eet'' on 18/19 M arch at the .' 'Basin''J
a beautiful bay just north of Sydney.
lt's in a National Park w ith cam ping
facililies, toilets and show ers . Despite
the unseasonaly w e1 w eather , over 30
people attended, although the only
''Polycats'' present w here the organisers'
Tikiroa ''Viviki'' # along w ith John
Davis' ''Captain Cook''
It w as decided to hold m ore
''M eets'' and hopefu ly Bob and W yn
M oon's Tiki 26, Steve W agstaff 's Tiki
31, and Ray M il's Tikiroa should be
sailing in lim e for the next. A sm al
new s Ietter, sim ilar to the Canadian
one is also going to be produced.
Interested builders/sailors should
Peter Hackell, 121 Coonanbarra
Road, W ahroonga, NSW 2076 , phone
(02) 489 4725 or Carl Reynolds , 8
Caren Place, Faulconbridge NSW
2776: phone (047) 51 4905.
Edith, Fred and W ally Fultert?)
finaly Iaunched Tangaroa M K .IV
''Nakaza'' and have been sailing since
M ay 1988 and are very pleased w ith
the boat. They add:- ''W e have caled
the boat ''Nakaza'' w hich is an
aboriginal ' tribal area, most Iikely
som ething to do w ith w ater, as there is
no direct translation. A few w eeks ago
Rangoon M oon arrived in Darw in -
she w as built in Beirut.
Enthusiasm for W harram s has no
Iim its! M artin Low e m otorcycled 800
km . in pouring rain to have a sail in Phil
Hooper's Tikiroa he has sold his
Narai and is thinking of building a
Tikiroa. His efforts w ere not in vain , as
the weather cleared and they w ere able
to sail in near perfect conditlons.
Tikiroa 'VIVIKI' at M arch Polvcat m eet .
Left to right: Peter Hackett , Harrv M orsheil, Ken Lawson and Don M urrav
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NO RTH A M ERICA
A ndrew and Susan M oizer of 206
Brock St. E, Box 278, M errickvile,
Ontario KOG INO, are doing a fine job
producing ''Polycat'' the North
Am erican new sletter - actua ly m ore
Iike a m ini m agazine. A bout 70
members subscribe ($6 per year) and
the m ain new s item s are reprinted here.
Andrew w rites:-
Lots of new s from m em bers. On the
building front: M ac Brow n has finished
one hu l on his .'Fiki and is w aiting for
w arm w eather to fibreglass the second
hull. Then its on to the beam s, deck
and mast. Last sum mer M ac plso
refinished his venerable Tane
Steve Veale has built a new m ast
beam for his Tangaroa 'Rhiannon',
bigger and stronger than the last, and
is gearing up for another trip to
Berm uda this sum m er from his New
New m em ber Barry Sm al from
Kincardine O ntario has quite a stable
and is adding to it stil. Barry is sailing
a 14' Hitia and a Georgian 23 and is
building a Tiki 26.
Harry Budden of Pow assen Ontario
Iaunched his very sm art Iooking Pahi
31 on Lake Nipissing Iast sum m er.
Longtim e Polycats m em ber A lan
Saunders of Toronto has been m aking
progr'ess on his Narai and w il soon be
vacating the building barn he has been
usinj in Pickering. If anyone is interested
In a building site in that area you
should get in touch w ith Alan.
W est coast m em ber EJ Beard of
Prince Rupert launched his Tanenui
'Firew eed' Iast sum m er and is undoubtedly
Iooking forw ard to som e
Ken Kow alski of New Jersey is
thinking of m oving his Tiki 21 to M aine
to sail this sum m er after getling fed up
w ith the overcrow ding on his NJ coasl.
Roly Huebsch is working his w ay
north from Barbados in his Narai M K.I
'O borea'. Roly plans to be back on the
Great Lakes in M ay and I'm looking
forward to hearinj more about his
voyaging at the Sal In.
The Sail In is stil going to happen on
the w eekend of 12th/13th August. The
venue is the Iovely How e Island hom e
of David and Rozanne M oizer on Lake
Ontario near Kingston. Plin now to be
there, it prom ises to be the best Sail In
New m em ber David Bell, 3435
Death Valey Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada,
89122 USA has a Iot of exotic
aerospace m aterials he w ould Iike to
trade w ith other m em bers for sails,
deck-tents etc. for his Tiki 21. These
include 1O0 yards of 38 ' graphite
c10th pre-im pregnated w ith epoxy
resin. 1 has bxcelent stiffness and
abrasion resistance but unfortunately
m ust be kept frozen and shipped in dry
ice! He ako has Kevla'r filam ent and a
selection of E glass. He purchased his
Tiki 21 plans last fall and pre-coated aII
his hull com ponents before w inter hit.
DENM ARK / GERM ANY
Robert W aldow, Hackenbroicher str.
147 D 5000 Koln 71, is offering accom -
m odation for the PCA m em ber w ho
w ants to visit ''Boot 89'' in
Dusseldorf. Last sum m er Tine Bosch
and Thom as Gehm brought their Tiki
21 to Denm ark for a cruise in com pany
w ith Roger's Tiki 21 and his tw o young
''It was a great exqerience for five
people to Iive on tw o Tlki 21's. At tim es
we would Iive as a 'double cat' island,
inviting each other for breakfast or
dinner and at other tim es we could
have our ow n individualistic freedom .
W e spent som e beautiful days on our
catam arans and found it m ore fun to
sail as a group. W e are Iooking forw ard
to 1989 and hope that m ore boats w il
be able to join us.''
IRELA N D
The second hul of Fiach
O 'Brolchain's Pahi 42 is now alm ost
comqlete, writes David Whyte.
W orklng single-handed under plastic
sheeting in his back garden he has
halved the tim e taken to build the first
hul. He has used W EST epoxy
internaly and externally, w ith budget
p1y from various sources and Irish
Larch for aII stringers - a lovely Iight
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Three years ago Jill and l gave up
comfortable hom e and a fairly conven
tionat 'Suilven existence to build our Tiki 26,
1'. W e had chosen to build in
the very heart of England,
f alm ost as far
rom the sea as it is possible to get,
because it had been our hom e for
years and w e w anted to utilise
inf rastructure. To a certain
w as a m istake - building
amongst land Iubbers can be a Ionel
That said, please rem em ber lhat
those of us w ho carry out the official
tasks of 1he PCA - answ er your
Ietters, send out m em bership form s,
jook after funds
, edit, produce and m ais
copies of the m agazine, as w el as
s letters etc - do so on a purely
voluntary basis. W e aim to provide a
bu1 olher com m itm ents
may somet take charge - please
he would have been better off sailing
w ithout them in the first place - their
presence only breeds com placency .
Ultim ately it's seam anship that counts
petent skipper does not put to
an il-equipped boat.
Bu& of course there's very little
m oney in seam anship for them , and
the infrastruclure for training is already
there, although not yet com pulsory,
through 1he RYA . How ever, as soon as
they Start m essing w ith the boats
them selves then they can realy strike
it rich. Just think of aI those extra jobs
for 'the boys' - the com m ittees to
and frustrating business , bear w ith us!
som e of , as I m sure
you already know ! -' - - -
the rules to enforce, the pens to
1:3 U S . . . and there's the bonanza
ahead for the bigger boat builders and
related m anufacturers and services
The Sea People , however, provided a The End of a G olden Age? too.
lifeline to an enlightened w orld. Here
we could read about fetlow builders 1 w as going to end m y firsl editoria!
and share their joys and frustrations, there And believe m e it w on't stop there .
, and Iearn much aboùt 1he sea which
but after reading 'Jim 's Colum n', How long w il it be .
and subsequently the editorial in com pulsory insurance?
before we have
- we would one day sail upon. W e were June's issue of Practical Boat Owner assum ing
always uplifted by the self reliance, you can provide a structural survey
vision, courage and determ ination of I - ought which supports Jim's views - I feel that satisfies the necessary criteria
mem bers to vent my feelings on this determ ined by them .
, and through their contribu- dî Oddbals bew are!
tions to the m agazine
w e w ere 'given
sturbing m alter.
the encouragem ent to crack on w ith Jim asks 'w hat have yachtsm en
w e know it true innovation
our project and get sailing . done w rong'? The answ er is of course wils j be it dead, joopholes an (j peculiar
very Iittle. The trouble is that they
In 1he regulations at
This m agazine is thus very im por- haven't yet w rung every Iast drop of ae expense of true sailing efficiency
tant to u w il develop - the three w heeler cars
s - as we are sure it is to you. money from us: They just see us as a of the yachting world.
The PCA is, after a l, the Iargest vast , untapped reservoir, essential not
cruising catam aran association in the only to keep their present w heels oiled And w ill aIl this benefit the ave
w orld, and inevitably, to m any and rage
turning, but to provide for new , Yachtsm an? You bet it w on't! W e are a1I
m em bers in far flung corners of the thirstier ones too . going tO have to dig deeper into our
planet, 'The Sea People' is 1he PCA
The m agazine, therefore, has a duty to . Regulating yachting is unlikelk to pockets, officials and w ho grovel don , t and gjve
scrape a fig to about pety
involve as m any of us as possible, to have any real im pact on the safety of wjaat
jailing's alI about - fun and
share common wisdop and the sport, especialy if the criterion of freedom, two words in the English
exper iences - som ething i1s unique restllation is the vessel and not the Langua'ge in danger of extinction.
blend of practicality and philosophy Skipper or crew. One can stuff a boat
has done superbly in 1he past. To con- fUl of modern safety aids and equip- RS . A blow by blow account of
tinue this tradition, we need your ment but if the skipper doesn't know 'Suilven Ils' construction wil appear in
thoughts, experiences and ideas, so how to use them or m ore Iikely how to the Aug . Sept. and Oct. '89 edftlons of
please w rite to us! use his brain w hen they fail , then Practical Boat. Ow ner.
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fPS f with easier double to edit Iine , and spacing Ieaves me - it more makes time it # J F
fF# e f rs to your actualy own fair go sailing. hand then If , you please write print it in /1## . .
place, boat and people s nam
es clearlv .P
w e need your stories! They inspire as I cannot be' held responsible for the yjjen w rite to PCA buying and
and encourage others! W e are not how lers w hich m ay ot jaerw ise result! se lk ng officer Malcolm Cox. yu
Iooking for Iiterary brilliance - aI w e oa wou ha
' ve anv relevant nhoto- Service is free to m em bers and at the '
w ant are details of interesting voyages nran-h
s ? ldealv the v 'should
be-black m om ent M alcolm has far more
that and building experiences. If you feel u =,a -
you would Iike to contribute, then J whito nrin'ts. 7'x5' to 10'x8' in enquiries from potential buyers than
bere's bow ize, -b ut l Jlour 'prints of any size can Selers! The demand for the Iarger
. be used if this is alI you have. Please designs is particularly great. If your
starting an article is alw ays the
feel guilty about
in the m iddle
if you Iike and just put your thoughts
onto paper in any order - w ith a Iittle
perseverance they w il a1l tum ble out.
Now put your efforts aw ay for a few
days and then look at them afresh .
change or throw out w hat you don't
Iike and re-organise the res't lo provide
a sense of continuity. Repeat this
enclose an s.a.e. if you w ant them
returned. Draw ings 1oo ' can be
extrem elv usef
are not '
u! - don't w orry if they
. W e are desperately short of photographs
of you and your boats
, and the
places you sail to . Next tim e you have
your cam era at the ready please take
one for your m agazine.
Finaly , please letm e have al articles
for th: next issue by the end of
boat is sold please Iet M alcolm know
so he can rem ove it from the register.
He is also com piling an equipm ent
register, w hich could be really useful
fitting out boats. W rite,
M alCOlm Cox
6 W eeton Terrace
Leeds LS17 OBB
process unti! you are reasonably
satisfied w ith the results, then put it aII
dow n onto A4 paper, preferably typed
Septem ber, and new s itèm s and adver-
tisem ents by the m iddle of October
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S m all A ds
W ell built TANE, hydraulic w heel
steering, British Registered, lw in
outboards. Gaff cutter rig, ful suit
of sails, aIl beam s rubber m ounted,
decked fore and aft w ith sw ept up
bow s. Length 30'. Good seaw orlhy
boat, YB ' m arine pIy w ith heavy
glass sheathing. Starboard hu l;
chain Iocker, saloon/galey w ith
chart area, cockpit. Port hull; 2
double sleeping cabins, plus
separate sea toilet and sail Iocker.
Lying Faversham, Kent. (079 5
NARAI available for skippered
charter - North Scotland area.
Discount for PCA m em bers.
Telephone 0856 850207.
Enthusiast requires TA NGA ROA M K
4, NARAI M K 1, 2 or 4. W ork not
4bjected to, reasonably priced.
Phone Bil Timkey (0705 387645).
CA PTA IN COO K, built to a very high
standard, in very good condition,
com plete inventory. 645,000 ono.
Lying in Portugal. For details w rite
to: 0. Bos, Hoflaan 85 A 3062 J.D.
Rotterdam , Holland.
TANGAROA , 34', FULLY EQUIPPED.
Lying SW .
f 4,960. 0212360-3595.
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13-19 AUGUST 1989
Folow ing the very successful
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com bine a cruise in com pany w ith a 2
day raly in the South W est, hopefu ly
offering opportunities for a1l sizes of
polycat to participate.
The initial get-together w il be at
Millbrook 12 -13 August, then coastal
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trekking to arrive in Falm outh for the
next rendezvous on the 16th. Afler
som e Iocal area sailing in the sheltered
Carrick Roads and the Helford River
there w il be an evening barbecue on
the 17th hosted by J.W .D. at Devoran.
To com plete the week the survivors
can then trek back to M illbrook to
arrive on the 19th.
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