The remarkable life and times of an ever-influential multihull pioneer (Published Winter 2015)
In 1956, James Wharram sailed his seven-meter catamaran Tangaroa across the Atlantic with two German girls, Ruth and Jutta. His voyage was inspired by the great French sailor Eric de Bisschop who sailed his catamaran Kaimiloa from Hawaii to France via Cape Town in 1937 – 1939. In making his transAtlantic crossing, Wharram joined de Bisschop and Rudy Choy as pioneers in the development and acceptance of multihulls. These three proved that ocean voyaging was possible in a multihull.
His life since has been dedicated to the development of safe, seaworthy cruising multihulls based on the double-ended canoe concept. With over 10,000 designs sold, Wharram has done much to develop and popularize the modern multihull.
The two lapita voyage boats,a comparison between the traditional Polynesian canoe hull shape and that of Rongo and the early Classic designs