James Wharram Pahi 63, built by Owner between 1995-2005.
Built on inland Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand's South Island tourism capital of Queenstown.
Built to design apart from position of rear mast which was positioned 1 metre aft to accommodate a walk-through helm station.
Mast height was adjusted to accept full main sail with 1 reef (cut accordingly).
The boat has been on Lake Wakatipu all it's life. No blue water cruising equipment exists.
For an International buyer with cruising intentions, the nearest port with all maritime facilities is Bluff, situated 90 miles away by road.
Dismantling/transporting would be done from the southern end of the lake, 25 kms from current mooring.
All maintenance/fit out/installation work would be completed prior to reassembly.
Hulls and decks +
All constructed using Gaboon marine ply with glass over according to specs.
Epiglass resins used throughout.
Kwila hardwood decking throughout.
Rig and Rigging +
Essentially Ketch rigged as a result of aft mast position (see above).
Standard Wharram rigs (large diameter masts for soft wraparound wingsails).
Mizzen has boom for sail controls and handling, all done from cockpit.
Boom made from laminated Kwila.
Standing rigging is swaged stainless wire rope 10mm/8mm according to spec.
Running rigging is 10mm cordage as per spec.
Standard soft wingsails with reefs for Main and Mizzen, hanked Jib and Yankee.
Also Stormsail (never been out of it's sail bag).
All sails from Doyles sail loft in Port Nelson, NZ.
1 x Volvo Penta 25hp diesel, 2 cylinder, keyed dynamo start, with gearbox (fwd/rev/neutral) running 1 x 80 amp alternator.
Not sure age but not of new generation.
Turning a large prop via a long shaft (no universal, shaft and motor pivot together, works well)
1 x 50hp Mercury outboard with helm controller. Easily deployed from cockpit.
Electrics all 12v.
Lights throughout (cabins/galley/saloon/heads/engines/pumps).
All work completed by qualified Electrican.
No Navigation equipment.
6 batteries (condition???)
Ground Tackle +
1 x 50lb Bruce,
1 x 50lb Danforth, 50 metre 12mm chain,
Maxwell 1500 watt electric windlass (dedicated battery),
40 metres 18mm nylon warp.
20 x life jackets, various sizes.
Galley & Plumbing +
1 x stainless sink with electric pump sea/fresh water
1 x 3 way fridge (see pic)
1 time gas cooker (oven, hob combo, see pic)
2 x heads with pressurised showers. 1 for captains ensuite, the other separate with deck access.
Both with shower mixers and vanities with pressurised hot/cold water.
Both with sump drainage and grey water holding tanks (with auto overflow if needed).
Blackwater holding tanks with electric macerating toilets (never used).
1 x portaloo also installed in main head.
Grey water drainage is by gravity to sump with float switch to holding tanks.
1 shower drains OK, the other may need pump.
Gas califont, 2 x 9kg gas bottles (gas installation by authorised contractor).
Fenders etc +
6 @ 20mm, 1 metre long
Owner Comments +
The challenge to build this magnificent design was simply too great NOT to accept.
Thus started a 10 year project which I built a lifestyle around (Winters ... skiing, Summers building).
Travel and adventure, suppressed for so long, then took over.
Enough of being a boatbuilder, I wanted to go sailing!!
Alas, Ruawaka had to stay on the lake and stop taking all my time and money.
It is a fantastic boat and should be crossing oceans.
I've done my part, and now it's for someone else to make their dreams come true.
I'm at peace with the price I am seeking :-)