Its official ~ 2017 Hui Wharram is on for our second year venue. We will gather May 18 through 20 at the Best Western Waterfront in North Fort Myers, Florida. http://www.bestwesternwaterfront.com/
This year we hope to see a variety of boats all boats are welcome, of course a special shout out for our coveted James Wharram Designs https://www.wharram.com/site/
But, not limited to — Multihulls from all over are welcome — and of course anyone interested in sailing, cruising with great stories to share.
From all accounts last year was good start to hosting this event in Ft. Myers — our host hotel Best Western has installed new floating docks for safe and convenient dockage.
More to come …
Saw this and figured you might want to put a blurb about it on DW. I would expect maybe one guy would buy one, and one guy would make a set of plans to build one and ten or twenty would build their own for about $30-$40.
Best to S,
Here’s the deal! Most sailors look at the Goose and think “What a stupid looking boat!” It looks like a pram that needs to go on a diet! Graceful as a brick, and square as your grandfather’s ideas on modern music! An ugly step-sister to a sheet of plywood, and built by people with no carpentry skills! I have had a lot of second thoughts about this little boat even as my pre-cut plywood sheets sit forlornly in the garage. So I bought one fully-formed from Brian Graham who built it and sailed it in the Texas 200 in 2015. I dragged it back to Miami and thrashed it mercilessly, overloaded it, capsized, ran aground, hit a couple of seawalls, and dragged it over coral and through mud. It takes forever to get it off the trailer and rigged for sailing. Why I had 5 Boy scouts pick it up and carry it 60 feet over coral heads that were sticking out of the water about 6 inches. We stuck the mast in the appropriate hole, tied a few sailorly knots, hoisted the main, dropped in the boards and went sailing. 4 of us, the lightest weighing 160 pounds. Figure about 700 pounds of crew! Now the reason it took so long to get off the trailer was because we had tied it down in the dark the night before in a parking lot. You turn a Boy Scout Troop loose with a bunch of rope and the next morning we discovered my poor little Goose looked like it was the star in a bondage convention for boats. Once we got all the tie-downs off it only takes about 5 to 7 minutes to go sailing.
So we just went live with our indegogo campaign to build a new, improved version of our paddlewheel shantyboat “The Floating Empire” . “Tesla’s Revenge” will be a lighter, more mobile vessel, drawing from the three years we’ve spent on the water. It’s designed to be built by anyone with common materials and common handtools. Give it a look. We’ve got some great artwork as perks.