I was going to have another moan tonight. The worst winter weather for years and pressure of work has bought my build to a virtual halt. Timber suppliers can’t even be arsed to reply to requests for quotations. The end seems a very long way away just now. The thing is I have nothing to complain about, no I really don’t. My friend Creed has had his dreams shattered. Soon after his Tiki 38 ‘Ahmad Bin Majid’ was on the water he started to discover deficiencies and defects that concerned him so much that he refused to take delivery of the boat. He has returned home and I understand that litigation is underway. It’s a dire reward for two years of his life and ongoing health problems.
I must exercise caution in what I say with regard to the boatyard and it’s owner but regular readers will have no trouble identifying the culprit. A little time spent on Google searching on the business and owner names will soon throw up a wealth of information cataloging serious problems that others have experienced over a period of years. It must be galling in the extreme that not only did Creed place his trust in the man but he went further and strongly defended him against some impassioned attacks. I hope he gets his just reward.
I know that there are some reputable, trustworthy and professional builders out there who would produce a first class boat for a fair price but to my mind Wharrams were never designed for professional building. I’ve been asked many times “why are you doing all the work yourself?” My answer has usually been ” because I couldn’t afford a boat like this any other way”. That’s true, but actually, even if the lottery came up, I’d still want to continue building Gleda myself. I don’t agree with everything JW says but I do believe that a self built Wharram is far more than just a boat. The blood, sweat, tears and sheer bloody mindedness needed to complete the project are absorbed into the boat and make her part of the builder. Knowing every single nook and cranny, every imperfection, every joint, ……..everything there is to know, means that the builder and boat are forever linked and that no one else can ever truly ‘own’ her. This for me is a huge part of the Wharram magic and I am so lucky to be able to enjoy it.
My thoughts and wishes are with Creed right now and I can only hope that somehow, someway he will get his boat. I urge anyone out there considering commissioning a build to think long and hard before doing it at all, but if you do, then choose somewhere local, somewhere you can visit often and somewhere that welcomes your involvement and input. Above all avoid a certain boatyard in Thailand like the plague!
NOTE: I’ve removed the ‘Tiki in Thailand’ link as Creed disabled the blog for obvious reasons.