Wharram Catamarans are a design of boat by James Wharram and Hanneke Boon and built by us. You purchase a folder of drawings, measurements and idiot proof instructions on ‘How to build a boat’. Months or Years down the line and you have yourself a ocean going catamaran! They are a very safe design of boat and even the small 21 foot designs have been known to cross oceans.
When you own a Wharram you don’t just own a boat, you become part of a community.
From when I first started restoring ‘A Roamer of Alderney’ I did a lot of research into different Wharram Catamarans. Pictures, advice, even got lots of kind words from people giving me an extra boost to get the sander back out and push on with the work. Many of who I still keep in contact with and are good friends. Neil and Gail on board ‘Gleda’ are a prime example.
I first got in contact with Neil in 2013, I had been following his blog building his Tiki 38 Gleda for about 3 years prior to me finally making contact. He finally came to launch the boat and put a request for any of his followers to come and help with the launch at a river in Plymouth at a place called Weir Quay. By this time in my life I was obsessed with the Wharram design and wanted to see what the bigger Tiki’s looked like. I was planning on launching A Roamer just a week before the scheduled launch date of Gleda. I ended up sailing over to help with the assembling of Gleda and made two great friends in the process. It was a great but weird feeling sailing across on my own to help a couple who I had never met, and our only things in common were the fact we loved sailing, wanted our lives to be on the water, and loved the Wharram design. By making this connection I have since helped crew across the Bay of Biscay and recently Lucie and I have been on holiday in Cartagena- Spain to stay on board Gleda. We plan to go and see them this year and hopefully get some more sailing in.
Wharrams are also very much a part of the Barefoot Boat Bums and apart of the community and lifestyle we are promoting. We own these boats because we LOVE sailing. We keep the cost down by doing all the work ourselves and these boats are built for sailing first, comfort second in that they are very strong safe boats that anyone can own, finance is not the issue like other boats.
Over the past few years of sailing A Roamer we have spotted Wharrams in many different harbours. They are very noticeable and after a while you can pick out the masts through a marina.
After sailing A Roamer for a few years my thoughts are to look towards either building, or restoring something a little bigger. Something that can take more people, more gear and to travel to more remote places for longer periods of time.
So we’re on the look out’