Erica And I have been discussing what boat i build next for a few years now. no small decision for two nerds that want specific things in our living situation.
our criteria hasn't changed much over time as much as the attitude about what we will accept as living quarters and how we see the boat being used in our lives.
We had initially thought to have one roof with a good generous deck, shoal draft, easy to sail poke along mono hull. A chinese junk would be a good hull for our purposes.
problems with a junk are pretty basic but mostly involve size for the eventual mission. the junk would have to be around 70 to 80 feet long to give us the flexibility we want.
then we took a look at some other designs, scows, sleds, power boats, barge and tug,. Finally we looked at multi hulls; for the most part we didnt see anything we liked; everything is to futuristic looking. most multi hull designs seem to be trying to marry a Space ship with a boat and ugly-ing them both up in the process. Then we thought of modifying one to have the good looks of a work boat and still be an ok Cat, that could work but what hulls to put under a modest house and what is a modest house anyways?
so we kept looking, finally we where sitting between a wharram tiki and a woods design. both are nice boats. easy builds and have good and bad points mostly involving getting around space and how to fit our lives. then Erica and I where looking at Wharram designs in the design book and Erica says what about this one? could have knocked me over with a feather. none of the comforts of a tiki or any woods design, lots of deck, cockpit in one hull and with the house design in the photo about as ugly as a person could want pup tents sticking out of the deck. On the bright side lots of room inside the hulls, versatile, fixable and no one says we have to have the ugly pup tents.
Well that boat is the wharram Tehini. We wont modify it much from the drawings just a few tweaks here and there to make the hull work for us (she needs a bit wider hulls for the chair to get around below). We will be removing the god awful pup tents and putting a barrel vault overhead in the cabins. maybe make the hulls a bit taller so i wont have to bang my head much while i can still walk. the study plans look good and the materials list look good; money is heading in for the plans. unfortunately i wont be able to get much done on the boat till late spring next year. but thats just going to give me time to make bunches of gear before hand. Blocks, mast hardware, cleats, portholes, and the million and one other things a well found boat needs. I will also be starting on the Appropriate tech systems we will be teaching (never did trust folks that didnt use what they teach).
Some of this ties in with what we are doing now and other bits will be all new challenges. Should be fun.
Any of you have experience building/ sailing a Tehini? Any things i need to plan for prior to the start of building because they aren't in the plans? that sort of stuff?
Any Wharram building experience would be valuable cause i am sure he has his own special ways about him.