Building Tiki 26 in 180 Days
For years I had been longing for my own boat while sitting at the sea or in the docks. I had bougth literature and magazines with a scent of see. I went diving, fishing and sometimes I drove a boat. I even bought two plans but I never had the guts to start. One day in a magazine called YU NAVTIKA I read several articles about catamarans. I was the most inspired by Milos Delac’s article describing a DYY 8 meter. It was love at first sight.
I wrote to the constructor and he sent me a brochure and after that i could not decide to build it for another long 15 years. To choose a boat is no picnic. There are many questions and the choice depends on several things the aim and the area of sailing included. A boat should be easy to carry around, it should not think too deep, there should be a lot of space on the deck, it has to be fast and of course it has to be low cost and easy to maintain.
The other day I was sitting at the end of the dock in the town of Izola watching boats sailing by thinking how it is all about three primal wishes: luxury, speed and low price. I was thinking how to join all of them and i was comparing boats along themselves. A luxury and fast boat cost a lot of money. A luxurious and cheap one is usually an old fart that gets you nowhere and there are high costs included and and unforeseen. Well, a quick, luxurious and chip boat. with a large deck. that does not.
Think too deep while sailing. even the transport needs to be easy. That could only be a catamaran! In the summer of 2003 it has all started. I sent 385 GBP to the constructor in Great Britain. After a week I got a huge envelope with construction plans in it. The next day I have already caught myself buying wood. The most i was wondering how can an amateur that knows nothing about.
Building boats can built a DIY (doityourself) catamaran. Probably it was because of this question that the majority never thinks of DIY. Well, it was no difficult, I just started and somehow it went. The constructor adapted plans to beeasyto read for those that have no clue what doit yourself means in the first place. The doityourself construction plan is actually a comic book including all of the instructions on how to use tools and materials.
It is meant as a construction of playwood, wood and epoxy. So the boat is easy, flexible and strong. I got all the material without a problem in Slovenia. I got oak wood and ocume playwood in a Slovenijales store in Setvid near Ljubljana that is usually imported by the Javor company from the town of Pivka. Even this company has its store in Ljubljana, however they want you to pay immediately. In Slovenijales they gave me wood in advance and a had it transported.
I bought epoxy in Mitol in the town of Sezana all other extras for mixing fillets and fabrics I got in the Mirnik company in Ljubljana and some of it in Trieste. We started to build the catamaran in the beginning of July on our home backyard. in three weeks the rough construction of the first boat was peaking aut of our home garage. It was finished in a month and a half, afterwards we started to build.