The Sailing Podcast

Wharram Catamaran Designs with James Wharram and Hanneke Boon

James Wharram and Hanneke Boon

James Wharram and Hanneke Boon

Episode 45 of The Sailing Podcast is with a living legend, James Wharram, and his partner, Hanneke Boon. Together they have inspired hundreds of sailors to follow their dreams by designing practical, safe and affordable catamaran designs. Wharram catamaran designs are based on the principles of the ancient Polynesian canoe design and have a reputation for safety, adventure and freedom.

James Wharram began his adventures in 1953, building his first craft, Tangaroa, a 23’6” catamaran based on the Polynesian Canoe. His early inspiration came from the journeys of Frenchman Eric De Bisschop. James travelled across the Atlantic in 1955/56 in a journey chronicled in his famous book “Two girls, two catamarans“.

During the interview we hear about:

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Show Notes for Wharram Catamaran Designs

One of the great things about listening to a podcast is that instead of just reading an news story or a magazine article, a podcast lets you listen to the persons voice and it lets you gain some understanding into their personality and also gain some insight into what they are like. You can find information about Wharram Designs at www.wharram.com

Spirit of Gaia, pride of the fleet

Spirit of Gaia, pride of the fleet

I have had James Wharram on my radar for quite a long time, hoping to rack his brain for a few titbits of information about his life and this opportunity came about thanks to Chuck and Linda of SV Jacaranda who we met in episode 41. They had crossed paths with the Wharrams while cruising and were able to help me to connect with them.
I really hope that you enjoy listening to James and Hanneke Wharram as much as I enjoyed interviewing them. I hope that you come out of the interview feeling, as I did, that you now know more about them, what they are like and how the Wharram Designs became so popular.

James and Hanneke aboard Spirit of Gaia

James and Hanneke aboard Spirit of Gaia

During the interview we spoke about:
• An encounter with James had with the French sailor Bernard Moitessier (and coincidentally, I think we also heard a little about Bernard in the interview I did with Webb Chiles)
• We also heard about the evolution of the boat building market for Wharram Designs and a brief mention of one of our guests, David Ryan of Sailing Montauk, who we spoke to about building a wharram tiki in episode 17.
• Then we heard about their interest in marine archaeology and how the Lapita Voyage came about and how that led to them crossing paths with Chuck and Linda from Jacaranda journey
• And also briefly about Hanneke’s experiences with Polynesian navigation

On the Radar

Sailing news Sailing blogsI was contacted by Matt of SVYolo who wanted to share his families preparations for setting sail on their yacht yolo. Matt and Courtney have a Brewer 44 and they are getting ready for a voyage later this year along with their 2 children. They share their experiences at www.svyolo.com and if you have time to stop in and check their progress you will get some good tips on what it takes to get a yacht ready for a big trip. The site even has a count down timer as well, counting down the days to get away. Matt has recently posted some questions about his boats set up so I am sure he would appreciate some advice on getting ready if you have the time to pop by.

I also wanted to mention that Matt Rutherford is away on another voyage, this time a 7000 mile voyage cutting across the east and west sides of the north pacific gyre (otherwise known as the Pacific Garbage Patch). He is running the Ocean Research Project and collecting samples and data between Oakland, California and Fukuoka in Japan. You can check out their progress at http://oceanresearchproject.org/ or follow them on Facebook – just search for ‘Ocean Research Project’. It’s a non-for-profit venture and Matt is still looking for help in financing the research so if you can help him out look for the ‘donate’ button on the website and contribute to this valuable project.

If you do decide to use the links on my website and decide to buy a book or something else on Amazon, I do get a small commission which helps to support the show. It actually helps me out if you are looking to buy anything on Amazon, if you access the site through one of the Amazon links on the Sailing Podcast. I will set up a link that is www.thesailingpodcast.com/amazon so that if you are heading to Amazon you can help support the show at the same time.

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Deerfoot Sailing Yachts

Harley Earl and his family

Harley Earl and his family

Episode 44 of The Sailing Podcast is an interview with Harley Earl who is currently in New Zealand and planning to return to the South Pacific Islands this southern cruising season. Harley let us know about Deerfoot sailing  yachts which are designed by the famous cruisers Steve and Linda Dashew.

With a background of teaching sailing through OCSC Sailing in San Francisco, Harley has set off with his family sailing across the Pacific Ocean and spoke to us from New Zealand. This cruising season they are heading north to the islands of the South Pacific including Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

In this episode we hear about:

  • Their first circumnavigation
  • The search for their Deerfoot yacht
  • Steve and Linda Dashew
  • Homeschooling while cruising
  • Sailing opportunities with Kailani Ocean Adventures

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Show Notes for Deerfoot Sailing Yachts with Harley Earl

One of our listeners, Cameron, recommended that I catch up with Harley, as Cameron and Harley had worked together at the OCSC in San Francisco – which you can find at www.ocscsailing.com

Deerfoot Sailing Yachts

‘Kailani’ – a Deerfoot 63′

We also heard about how Harley uses the longer legs of his trips as training voyages and while he sails the boat there with crew, the family will fly from their base and meet the yacht once it is in the cruising grounds – sounds like an ideal arrangement. Harley is a qualified sailing instructor so he also gets the chance to teach on these trips and share his knowledge with the sailors that join him. You can catch up with Harley Earl either at:

We also spoke about the famous cruising couple Steve and Linda Dashew from www.setsail.com who have produced some great books about sailing. The following links are to the Amazon website where you can purchase a copy:

Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia-II

Surviving the Storm: Coastal and Offshore Tactics

 On the Radar

Firstly I would like to mention Bumfuzzle. This was recommended to me by Ellen Jacobson who we talked to in Episode 40 about 10 steps to becoming full time cruisers. Ellen likes the Bumfuzzle site for the wonderful adventures they have had and the great pictures they have on the site.

Sailing news Sailing blogsThey have a combination of Sailing Trips – a circumnavigation and time spent cruising Mexico, as well as road trips in a Porche 356, a VW Combi and are now setting up a 1966 Dodge Travco RV for another adventure. I noticed that they also have a book about their sailing adventures called – Bumfuzzle available on Amazon both as a hard copy book or as a kindle download for just $2.99 – might be a good one to pop on your computer for a rainy day. Don’t forget that you can just download a Kindle app for your laptop, iPhone or iPad to enjoy the e-books whenever you like.

Bumfuzzle – Just Out Looking For Pirates (Kindle edition)
and
Bumfuzzle – Hard Copy edition

Well I think we can count the Dashew site at www.setsail.com as one of the recommendations for the “on the Radar” segment this week – as I mentioned, it’s a huge sailing resource and I have also popped some Amazon links to their books on the Sailing Podcast if you would like to have a great sailing resource in hard copy. Their books are:

1 – Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia-II
I think I own the original version but it appears that they have version II up for sale on Amazon

2 – Surviving the Storm: Coastal and Offshore Tactics
Which is the one I think Harley recommended

3 – Mariner’s Weather Handbook
–Which I am sure covers the things you need to know before heading out. Again everything the Dashews write is from the perspective of cruising sailors.

If you do decide to use the links on my website and decide to buy a book or something else on Amazon, I do get a small commission which helps to support the show. It actually helps me out if you are looking to buy anything on Amazon, if you access the site through one of the Amazon links on the Sailing Podcast. I will set up a link that is www.thesailingpodcast.com/amazon so that if you are heading to Amazon you can help support the show at the same time.

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Sailing with Paul and Lesley from multihulls4us.com

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Paul and Lesley

Episode 43 of The Sailing Podcast is with Paul Burgess and Lesley Roberts of Multihulls4us who were in Fort Lauderdale preparing for their next adventure. Their Francis 50′, Suliere, was built in South Africa and for a shakedown they sailed around the Cape of Good Hope, up to St Helena Island and on to Grenada.

While traveling they have been recording and putting together footage of their trip – some of which is available now on DVD and some of it which is going into a 13 part TV series of their sailing travels. You can find details of their DVDs both at the Multihulls4us.com website and the Sailingvideos4us.com website.

In this episode we hear about

  • Their transition from motor boat to sail boat
  • Learning to sail their St Francis 50′ Suliere
  • Why Paul started the Multihulls4us.com forums
  • Where to find their DVDs
  • Their upcoming 13 part TV series
  • How to find The Sailing Podcast Forum and enter to win a free copy of Suliere – The Crossing

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Show Notes for Sailing Suliere and Multihulls4us.com

Paul has generously offered to give away 6 copies of their DVD called ‘Suliere, The Crossing’ which covers their first trip after picking up their yacht in South Africa and sailing it around the Cape of Good Hope and across to Grenada in the Caribbean.

Multihulls4us Suliere

Suliere, a St Francis 50

If you would like to enter into the draw for a free DVD you just need to head over to www.multihulls4us.com and inside The Sailing Podcast Forum – just answer the question for us – “How do you describe cruising?”

We all know the cliché that cruising is basically carrying out maintenance if foreign ports, but maybe you can share an experience of cruising or how you hope cruising will help you meet your future goals?

It’s now the end of February 2014 so we will give listeners until the end of March 2014 to post a comment and then we will have a draw with all the listeners who commented and pick 6 names at random for receiving the free DVD of Suliere, The Crossing.

So just head over to www.multihulls4us.com and answer the question “How do you describe cruising?”

If you would like to check out the sailing videos that Paul and Lesley have for sale just head to www.sailingvideos4us.com

The videos available are:

  • Suliere – The Crossing
  • Sailing The Leewards

You can also catch up with their blog at www.suliere.com

On the Radar

I had a recommendation from Sarah via facebook that I check out www.svhydroquest.com which has the adventures of Will and Sarah from Vancouver’s North Shore.

Sailing news Sailing blogsThey have sailed their yacht, Hydroquest, across the Pacific and although it appears that the voyage has ended in Australia, there is a lot of information about the trip from Mexico to Australia and current information on sailing the South Pacific on their blog. Their website is www.svhydroquest.com and their yacht, a Beneteau 405 is currently up for sale in Australia. You will find links to that on their blog.

Next mention goes to SV Full Monty at www.svfullmonty.com whose updates I have been getting from my bloglovin feed. At the moment Wil and Jenny and the kids are in Tahiti so if you would like to follow along with a family having a great time out sailing you should check them out. You can either catch them at svfullmonty.com or add them to your favourite RSS catcher such as www.bloglovin.com

Sailing Podcast News

At the moment I am busy scheduling some more interviews and also putting together an app through Libsyn for The Sailing Podcast which will be available in iTunes and as an app for Android phones as well.

Hopefully this will make it easier for listeners to stay up to date with the interviews and see when a new episode is available.

I look forward to hearing your comments on The Sailing Podcast Forum and I have recorded another couple of interviews:

  • with Harley Earl from Kailani Ocean Adventures
  • with Hanneke Boon and James Wharram

so keep an eye out for those upcoming episodes

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