John's sailing page

"... there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats" (Ratty, in Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows)



Yes, I'm a real Ratty and have messed around in boats for years. Sunshine was my principal craft from 2006 to 2010, but I found I couldn't get enough use of her and so sadly decided to part with her in 2010. I don't really expect to build a bigger one now, and intend to go back to my little boats! The link is to pictures of sailing, and techniques needed for singlehanding a polynesian catamaran, since I didn't often have crew. I still love to get out sailing, though prefer fair weather to foul!

PCA raft-up

Polynesian catamaran pages

Yes, such an organisation as the Polynesian Catamaran Association used to exist, and might still! I'm a fan of Polynesian catamarans, as interpreted by James Wharram, and there's more about these on my polynesian catamaran pages. Sunshine was actually a Wharram design (though with modified cabin tops) Tiki 21; my previous boat, Aoraki, was also a polynesian catamaran very much based on Wharram's ideas (though I designed and built her!). I enjoy meeting up with other Polycat enthusiasts, and have arranged a couple of meets for the PCA. Currently there is no obvious web presence for the Polynesian Catamaran Association, and the best place to start looking is probably on James Wharram's website.

I've also built a few boats and intend to build another one yet. My first was Mildred, an 8 foot (2.5m) pram dinghy; she's still in good condition and I hope to sail her again before long. On the boatbuilding at home pages you can see some details of this build, Aoraki, and another Wharram design, my outrigger canoe Waka Iti.