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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

sailors.

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

the Atlantic.

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

things.

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

Iength, i.e.

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

Category 4

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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The Magazine of the Polynesian Catamaran Asoclation '

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S uz-ldz-ng

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:

Foss Quay

Milbrook

Torpoint

PLIO 1EN

U . K .

Printed by Cornwal Lithographic Printers Ltd.

Chairm an

Secretary

Treasurer

Copyright

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Robin Fautley

Sandy Turner

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

idea.

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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.

B uilding

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

resin.

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

acceptable rate.

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

house.

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


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Roderick and Karen Lebon describe

tbe building of their TIKI 26 in

Kent.

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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By Joel Delorm e

Dorset U.K.

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

sailors aroundl

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

back.

. 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

got

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

tackle.

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

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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

strength.

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.

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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.

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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

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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

engine instalalions.

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

shaft.

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.

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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.

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propelor as a guard, this also protects

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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 ,

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never m otor fast enough to ski behind,

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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

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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

breathing again.

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

questionsl)

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

reefing practice!

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

England.

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

into it.

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

passage!

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

definition!

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

there.

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

know ingly.

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'.

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NAVIGATION

FOWEy

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

etc?

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

SALCOM BE

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DARTMOUTH

U . K .

ALDERNEY CHERBOURG

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tlEqsEy

ILE DE BREHAT

T o

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

CHICHESTER

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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

(deaden)!

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

Buoy.

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

bankruptcy.

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

w ords!

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

gathering.

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

year'.

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

paint!

W ould som eone m ove England

about 20O further south? Pleasel

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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

Huebsch continues.

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 .

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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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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

surf.

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

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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

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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 .

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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 .

Next

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

a

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coast in sum m er, w itb an offshore

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

Destinatlon:

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

W ar.

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

.ayp

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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 + ...

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Nz ks FROX sEA PEoPLE ....

U.K.

% 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

issue.

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

Insurance.

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

only.

Trevissom e Insurance

(Frank Dew, FCII)

Shalim ar

Penhals W ay

Truro, Cornw al TR3 6EX

(0872) 876409

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

coast.

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.

AUSTRALIA

Peter Hackett and Carl Reynolds

organised a very successful ''W harram

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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

contact:

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

Q .

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

'Chiquita'.

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

Jersey base.

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

great sailing.

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

yet.

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.

1

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

children:-

''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

colour.

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Three years ago Jill and l gave up

comfortable hom e and a fairly conven

a

-

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

a

several

fam

years and w e w anted to utilise

extent

iliar

this

inf rastructure. To a certain

w as a m istake - building

amongst land Iubbers can be a Ionel

y

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

new

s letters etc - do so on a purely

voluntary basis. W e aim to provide a

regu

Iar

service

jmes

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

-

sea

a com

in

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 ! -' - - -

attend,

la

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.

Before

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

vessels that

very Iittle. The trouble is that they

exp

tj

o

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

e

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

'-s

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

'

hardest

starting an article is alw ays the

leaving it

part,

until

so

Iast!

don't

Start

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

nerfect.

-

. 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

for

encjosing

those of

an

us

s

fitting out boats. W rite,

.a,e. to:-

M alCOlm Cox

6 W eeton Terrace

W eeton

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

'89.

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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

664373).

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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