If you were at the Multi-hull Pioneer tributes by WoodenBoat at The Mystic Seaport Museum a few years ago during the WoodenBoat Show, you likely saw the presentation by Hanneke and James. And now, the rest of the story (in your best Paul Harvey voice).
The "people of the sea" as many inhabitants of the South Pacific Islands called themselves, had a vibrant, socially sophisticated culture in which travel on water played an essential part. For sixty-five years, Wharram has designed, built, and sailed craft of Polynesian double canoe form, demonstrating with them that the sea, far from being a barrier between the islands, is their highway.
From the Tom Cunliffe foreword:
"The stream of designs from his board has set generations free, but with a set of Wharram plans you get so much more than the drawings. Running through the book like the rogue's yarn in a length of three-strand rope is the mans personal philosophy and that is what makes it such a compelling read."
by James Wharram with Hanneke Boon
272 pp., softcover, approx 8-1/2" x 6-1/8"
This was reviewed in WB 278 by Nic Compton, and we've included those pages here.
As builders of more than one Wharram design we thorough enjoyed the book of his life and career as designer and sailor. I especiLly enjoyed learning that we were both inspired by the same sailors and authors; Eric deBishop, Mortessier...