April Letters

Cat Troubles

Hi Chuck

If you are learning to tie rope fenders, it is recommended you put the cats out first


The 37th Urbanna Small Boat Meet May 20-21, 2017

I stole these pictures from Barry Long’s Eyeinhand site, Vera’s having computer problems and couldn’t get any to come up for her. This event is someplace in Virginia.  Good location for you mid Atlantic Boatnuts.  Dave Lucas

In 2016 we got some rain and a motley crew…what will 2017 bring us?

Back on the Piankatank River at Freeport in Gloucester County, Virginia. Informal messabout with optional rowing and sailing races depending on the wind and whim of participants. Limited primitive camping available. Arrival Friday OK. Saturday night pot luck supper and barbeque. Sunday is on-the-water until mid-afternoon.

Directions: From the intersection of Route 33, Route 17, and Route 198 at Glenns, take Route 198 E (Glenns Road) 6.2 miles to Freeport, Gloucester. Turn left on Freeport Road; go approximately a mile.

For more information call John or Vera England 804 758 2721
vaengland@verizon.net (note change)

Braggin’ rights

When it wasn’t exactly raining, today; it was probably hailing.  And, of course, there’s still snow piled up in the shady areas.  Well, OK.  If it’s always cloudy and raining, I suppose that’s a bit of an oxymoron.  Anyhow, you’ll probably think it wasn’t such a contest.  And, maybe not.  But.

I think we was the first boat into Diamond Lake, this season.  Part of why this matters, is there was a certain “squeaky wheel” that lobbied with the Powers That Be to get the gate opened, like, NOW.  The launch ramp gets locked up for the winter.  And that gate is something that, more properly, belongs on Fort Knox.  Dunno why it’s even there.  But, in a rather big gesture, those PTB’s not only sent the guy with the golden key.  They actually called lil’ ol’ me back and let me know it was open.  And, to that I say, thanks.  I suspect there will be more squeaks from this quadrant yet to come.  But, any small victory can be something to write home about.  This matters how?

Tomorrow is possibly the only day in a couple weeks with no rain in the forecast.  And in celebration, the guy who runs the dock committee here at our HOA has deemed tomorrow dock-moving-day.  I want to get a chance to test my new rudder with a tow.  And speaking of rudders.

I’ve already had Miss Kathleen in and out of the water here and there about 5 or 6 times in the past cupla’ weeks.  It is April, for goodness sakes.  Just not a “normal” April.  But, I digress.

I have made several rather precise landings alongside different floats already.  The current prop and rudder combo seems to handling about like a sailboat.  And, that’s really saying something nice.  I haven’t had to do it in a strong cross-wind yet.  But, certainly that’s coming.  This is possibly the dozenth major change of geometry to that pair.  If just maybe I can get that stinkpot to do a decent flying moor; we’ll be some kinda’ happy.

So.  During a short lull in the thunder bumpers and hail storms, we launched and ditty bopped around the pond for about a half hour.

Nobody else.  Just us.  Now, don’tcha wish you’d come along?  Maybe, next time.


2017 Hui Wharram – Second Notice.  Please read for NEW information.

Hanneke Boon will be in attendance at the Hui Wharram!

Dutch born Hanneke Boon grew up in a sailing family. She was building and sailing Polynesian Catamarans at the age of fourteen and joined the James Wharram team at the age of 20. She is a very gifted artist/graphic designer /craftworker and became James Wharram’s co-designer.  Hanneke’s all-round art abilities and practical boatbuilding experience have produced some of the clearest boat building instruction plans ever produced.  Hanneke made two Atlantic catamaran crossings on Tehini when she first joined the team. Since then she has sailed thousands of ocean miles, including sailing round the world on Spirit of Gaia (1994-98) and the more recent 4000Nm Lapita Voyage (2008-09), when she skippered ‘Lapita Anuta’.  She has built, or taken part in building more than sixteen Wharram designs, including developing many prototypes and the 63ft Spirit of Gaia.  She now sails when she can escape the drawing board or the computer. Hanneke loves experimenting with sail-rigs and shares James’ deep interest in Marine Archaeology and the origins of Canoeform watercraft.

Polynesian Catamaran SAIL ~ IN (drive in, walk in, bike in all OK – just get there) Open to ALL Multihulls and pretty much anything that floats!

2017 HUI WHARRAM North Ft. Myers Florida, May 19-21.  North Fort Myers Beach Park (Best Western Waterfront).

A “Hui Wharram” or “Hui-o-waa-Kaulua-Wharram” (Hawaiian) is a group or gathering of Wharram boats but any type of boat is welcome.  Come even if you don’t have a boat. There is no easier way to fulfill your sailing dreams – from sailing the trade winds or the local shores – than with a Wharram Sailing Catamaran.  Wharrams range from 16’ to 63’ and are mostly home built of plywood.  Stable, rugged, fast, FUN, comfortable, inexpensive to build, operate and repair! FYI:  http://wharram.com/site/

Come, see and enjoy the boats. Weather permitting we sail,  We talk about Wharrams and nearly any other boat.  We tell sailing stories…some may even be true.  We compare notes.  We share pictures.  We look at plans.  We take pictures of each other’s boats and get some really good (and a few bad) ideas.  We eat and drink and just have fun.  Bring a boat if you have one and everyone is welcome … no boat needed!  FREE!  Join us for a Dutch-treat dinner on Saturday night …door prizes!  This year’s special treat – our line up of speakers features Hanneke Boon!

Accommodations are available at a special discount (be sure to reference Hui Wharram and reserve early) at the newly renovated http://www.bestwesternwaterfront.com/.  Featuring River over-looking balconies, and complementary breakfast at IHOP within the complex, Best Western Waterfront has allowed us to dock at their new facilities whether you book a room or spend the night aboard your boat.  We can also beach our craft at the adjacent North Fort Myers Beach Park during the day.  The Saturday night Dutch Treat dinner will be held at the Three Fishermen Restaurant http://www.threefishermenseafood.com/ and (of course) Bar on the waterfront.

The after-dinner program includes several speakers, the presentation of awards, and features a special presentation by Hanneke Boon.

Within walking distance are a number of other motels including Red Roof Inn and Motel 6

Bonus:  Nearby Downtown Fort Myers Riverfront District features a Music Walk on Friday in an area with several food and beverage establishments.

Please “like” us on Facebook, Hui Wharram Polynesian Catamarans & Friends.  Questions?  email to HuiWharram@gmail.comPlease RSVP to help us with planning.

Thom DelForge ~ aka Tiki Thom



Here is another of Herb’s old catalog scans…


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