• Tiki 38 (ref1268)
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"Touch Wood" is a Tiki 38 built by David and Rita Barker from the original plans provided by James Wharram Designs. The year of built is 2002.
The construction is of Marine Plywood, Douglas Fir and WEST Epoxy (Hulls, Main Beams, Cockpit, Centre-Deck and Tabernacle). All "external" surfaces are sheathed in epoxy and fibre-glass as per plans, have four coats of epoxy "high-build" paint and are finished with Blakes Polygloss (two-pack polyurethane paint).
Slatted decks are of Yellow Cedar. Iroko has been used for Anchor roller cheeks, toe-rails, cleats, lashing strakes and Beam-end pieces.

Modifications to the original design have been made to various parts of the vessel, including the following:
The masts are Aluminium and the fore-mainsail has a loose-footed boom. The coach roofs, aft deck area, ramp, tillers and tie-bar, cockpit, engines and engine boxes, centre-deck section, tabernacle, forestay-bridle and netting-attachment have all been modified.
The main structure of the hulls and main beams is as per plans with the exception of the main-cabin inboard tumble-home panels, a water-tight hatch between main and forward cabins, the S/S pins through the beams and the omission of windows in the outboard tumble-home panels. For a more detailed description of these modifications please see the final section 12 of this document.

The tender is a "Caribe" 2.5m RIB with an 8hp. 2-stroke Johnson Outboard Engine. The RIB is fitted with a sprayhood and with lifting wheels for easy movement on land.

The layout in this area is as per plan.

The galley is fitted with 2 x S/S Sinks, 1 with sea water tap, one fresh. Taps are Whale pump action.
Cupboards under sink worktop (port side)
Small refrigerator built-in under stbd. side worktop with Waeco compressor unit.
Wooden cutlery/utensil & plate racks.
Spinflo Nelson cooker with 2 burners, grill & oven.
Cupboards and shelves on each side above worktops.
The saloon has a swing out table. If using the double berth, the table provides the "infill"
Cupboards and shelves are provided on the port side.
The seats/berth have 5in. (120mm.) foam bunk cushions finished in blue w/proof acrylic fabric.

The layout in this area is as per plan.

The "Heads" (which are situated in the aft end of the main cabin) are fitted with a Lavac Toilet with Henderson pump.
Stainless steel wash basin with Whale pump action tap and cupboard underneath.
Hand operated shower. Sump under floor empties via a Whale pump into waste tank.
Eye level cupboards. Work tops with access to 2 storage bins.
Seacocks for toilet & sinks (all hoses are lead through bulkhead into Lazarette).

The Navigation Table has stowage under for charts, books etc. VHF, GPS and Navtex are mounted above.

The double berth in this cabin has a two-piece "Dunlopillo" latex mattress on a slatted support which rests on the plywood bunk boards. The bunk boards have holes for ventilation.
Stowage bins for clothes etc. each side at "tumble-home level".

Both forward cabins are as per plan.  

    Instruments mounted in Cockpit:
    Clipper Duet (Log & Depth)
    Clipper Wind - new 2010
    Clipper Compass
    Clipper GPS Repeater
    Mounting Bracket for Garmin GPS 72 (H/Held GPS)
    Plastimo Steering Compass
    Echomax "See me" active x-band radar warner (light & sound alarm) - new 2010
    Instruments mounted above Chart Table in starboard hull:
    Raymarine E55 VHF (DSCC) - new 2011
    Icom marine band ssb transceiver, antennatuner and antenna.
    Furuno GP32 GPS Furuno NX300 Navtex "Easy" AIS receiver - new 2010
    Nav. lights: (Aquasignal) Tri-colour & All Round White Combined Port/Stbd.
    Stern equipped with LEDs in 2010


    • Windpilot Pacific windvane - new 2008
    • 2x Raymarine ST 1000 Tiller Pilot. Can be mounted to the windvane for steering in calms (motoring).
    • 1x Raymarine ST 100 Tiller Pilot Remote Control - new 2010

    16 Kg. Delta Anchor on 45m. of 8mm Chain & 80m anchorplait.
    Fortress (Alum.) on 10m of 10mm Chain & 100m anchorplait 20Kg.
    Fishermans anchor. Two Bow Rollers (see mods.)
    Loffrans 1000w Electric Windlass
    Mooring lines: 4 x 15m Polyester 16mm
    4 x 10m Polyester 12mm
    2 x 20m Anchorplait
    Hardwood Cleats on each Main Beam-end.
    Handed S/S Fairleads on each Bow and Stern.


    • 2 x Lifebuoys with Lights
    • 1 x Danbuoy with Light
    • 1 x MOB Recovery System
    • 1 x "Zodiac" 4-person Liferaft (in need of service)
    • 2x standard foam lifewests 150N (new 2007)
    • 1x safety harness with line
    • Rope Lifelines plus seafence with netting (added 2007, completely removable)
    • 2 x Whale Bilge pumps 1 x 12V Bilge pumps (1100 GPH - new 2010) (all portable with long hoses and long cable for deployment where required, not fixed)
    • Emergency Aerial for VHF
    • Industrial-type UV resistant Safety Netting at Bow and on ramp (see mods.).

    • 6in. (150mm) dia. x 3mm wall thickness anodised Aluminium, made by Sailspar of Brightlingsea, Essex, UK.
    • Shrouds and Forestay are all 6mm S/S wire, tensioned by lanyards.
    • Working Rig (see mods.):
    • 10oz. triple stitched sails by Arun as per sail plan. The jib is roller-furling.
    • Cruising Chute by Jeckells.
    • Halyards are 10mm. pre-stretched polyester, except storm jib halyard which is 8mm. Dyneema (we do not have a storm jib).
    • Sheets are 10mm. Braid-on-braid polyester.

    • 2x 14hp (10.3Kw) Kubota twin cylinder with seawater cooling. Diesel Engines with FNR gearbox. Each engine has a separate (55 litre) S/S fuel tank.
    • 140l spare fuel can held in jerry cans. - new 2010
    • Last complete service of both engines, including new fuel injector, new seawater cooling system and new exhaust elbow was done in October 2011.

    • 1 x 12V. 80 amp/h starter battery which also operates the electric windlass.
    • 2 x 6V "Trojan" Deep Cycle batteries, wired in series to give 12V., Another pair 6V "Trojan" Deep Cycle batteries added in 2010 These are "golf-cart" type batteries and are 450 amp/hour (USA measurement) for navigation equipment and domestics.
    • A 20 amp "Sterling" battery charger is permanently connected to the batteries.
    • The starboard engine has a 65amp alternator connected with an external "Sterling" high power regulator connected to the domestic batteries. - new 2011
    • The portside engine has a 70amp alternator connected to both the starter and domestic batteries via split diodes. - new 2011

    • 6 Solar Panels, two of which were added in 2010 (150w. total) are permanently connected to batteries via regulator/monitor (SunWare, Fox 350 - new 2010)
    • One "Sterling" Digital quasi sin wave inverter 12V- 220V, 600W connected to the power system in both hulls. - new 2010
    • All navigation equipment and the stbd. hull cabin lights and aux 12V socket are wired via a cct. breaker panel in the stbd. hull.
    • The refrigerator, port hull cabin lights and aux. 12V. sockets are wired to a cct. breaker panel in the port hull.

    Most cabin lights have been changed to LEDs (warm light) in 2010

    Shore Power:
    A connection socket in cockpit provides power, via RCB and cct. breakers, to the battery charger and to sockets in each main cabin.


  • TANKS +

    Fresh water:
    • 1 x 120l + 1 x 45l litre plastic tanks in port lazarette for galley.
    • 1 x 65 litre plastic tank in Stbd. lazarette for heads.
    • Further 200l fresh water can be stored in 10l jerry-cans. - new 2010


    • 1 x 45 litre plastic tank in stbd. lazarette for shower sump.
    • 1 x 120 litre plastic tank in stbd. lazarette for toilet waste.
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  • RIG

Both hulls have the following modifications:
" A "Lewmar" deck hatch is fitted in the main bulkhead between the main and forward cabins for access in rough weather and/or emergency.
" In the main cabin, the inboard tumble-home panel is upright (ie. it does not "tumble-home). This provides more comfortable seating in the saloon (port hull) and bigger stowage bins in the stbd. hull. This mod. is not apparent when viewed from the outside.
" The water-tight hatch in the forward bulkhead is larger than on the plans for easier access.
" The coach-roofs have been built to cover the full width and length of the main cabin. The narrow "side-deck" on the original plan is now a "shelf" inside the cabin and the cabins have a much bigger and lighter "feel". This mod. also provides more windows in the coach-roof sides so the windows in the tumble-home panels have been omitted, allowing this level to be more easily used for stowage.
" The main companionways have "traditional" hardwood sliding hatches.


The planned method of preventing lateral movement of the beams is the installation of a S/S pin through the beam and trough. The trough sides have been built with the required reinforcing pads for the S/S pins but the holes have not been drilled and the pins have not been fitted because they are considered, by the builders, to be a potential source of leaks. The following method has been used instead:
Hardwood blocks have been bolted and epoxy-bonded to the under side of the beams and these blocks fit against the hardwood supporting blocks at each end of the beam-trough, thus preventing lateral movement of the beam.
Other than this, the main beams and troughs are made according to plan and the mounting method, using rope lashings, is as per plans

The original plan for the area between the hulls aft of the cockpit is to have a plywood ramp to one side and the remainder as netting. On "Touch Wood" the ramp is a netted aluminium frame in the centre and the remaining area is a slatted wooden deck.
The tillers have been shortened and the tie-bar has been moved further aft. The aft deck area is therefore more "usable".
The aft netting beam is 5in. (120mm) dia. aluminium tube.


The cockpit has a 2m x 55cm. seat aft (big enough for a berth), the back of which has stowage lockers for 4 fenders. Under this seat is the gas locker and stowage for spare fuel for the Outboard engine etc. The floor area is 2m x 1.3m and has stowage bins to port and stbd. The forward bulkhead has been re-designed and has panels for access to wiring etc. The wheel is immediately to stbd. of the main mast and Engine panels and morse controls to stbd. of the wheel. On the port side is a companionway to a pilot berth (see below) and a locker for flares.
A removable "pod" comprising a pilot berth and windscreen forms the "front" of the cockpit.
The aft seat has a full width "pram hood" type awning, attached to which is a two piece awning which can be extended to the windscreen, port and/or stbd. thus creating a Bimini. Removable side pieces create a totally enclosed cockpit.

The engines are installed in boxes on each side of the centre-deck area. These box structures also contain the fuel tanks and stowage for spare fuel, oil etc. Each propellor shaft is connected to the gearbox via an "Aquadrive" coupling mounted in a static universal joint which enables the prop shaft to be raised and lowered. Two S/S wire stays hold the propshaft in its correct position when lowered and a S/S strut "locks" it down. Two ropes running forward to inside the cockpit raise, lower and lock each propshaft via rope clutches mounted port and stbd.

The centre-deck structure fits between the engine boxes. It has a solid floor, not slatted. At the forward end is a large locker intended for stowage of jerry cans for fresh water.
At the aft end, under the "Pod" (see cockpit area), are access doors to the battery compartments.

To the original tabernacle assembly has been added an extra bow roller on either side* which extend aft into troughs either side of the mast and then in to deep "anchor/chain/rope" lockers. Immediately aft of each anchor roller is a "samson post".
A 1000w. Lofrans electric windlass is fitted in the original planned position.

*This actually creates three bow rollers but the centre one is not used.

The planned Forestay Bridle and triangular safety nets have not been fitted. Instead, the forestay attaches to a 5in. (120mm) dia. aluminium netting beam which is fitted across the bows. This beam is stiffened by a "seagull striker" and S/S jackstay (a similar installation can be seen on most modern catamarans). Two smaller aluminium beams are fitted between this beam and the first main beam immediately either side of the anchoring position. Bow nets are fitted each side of these small beams to fill the space between the forward netting beam, the first main beam and the hull.

The "Fore-mainsail" (ie. the sail set on the foremast) is rigged with a loose-footed boom made of 2in. (50mm) dia aluminium tube (the original design uses a two-sheet system to achieve correct tensioning of the sail). The clew is outhauled to the end of the boom and the sheets are attached to the clew by a rope "ring" around the boom, therefore the boom is only under tension from the outhaul.