Monday, July 6, 2009

Boatsmith: U.S. Wharram Catamaran Builder

Last year, Boatsmith determined that there was a growing U.S. market for professionally built Wharram sailing catamarans and build a Tiki 30 demo boat. We took this boat to the Wooden Boat Show in Mystic, CT for inspection by James Wharram and Hanneke Boone of James Wharram Designs. James was honored at the show at a tribute dinner as a modern multihull pioneer along with Jim Brown, Dick Newick, Meade Gougeon, Walter Green, Jim Marples, and Barry Choy.
Wharram Designs have professional builders in Asia, but until now have never entered into an agreement with a professional builder in the USA. James and Hanneke were very favorably impressed with our Tiki 30 and commented that they need more boats built like this. Following the show, we entered into a licensing agreement with James Wharram Designs and are pleased to be their official, professional Wharram Catamaran builder in the U.S.

We've been busy over the last year exhibiting our Tiki 30 at boatshows and Wharram gatherings. The response to this boat has been very positive and we have received several orders for new builds.