Wednesday, December 24, 2014


I pulled Beto out of storage to give her some air today. As one can see in the photos, the telescoping trailer works, and the forward decks have been glassed. I taught my girlfriend to apply glass and use power sanders, so I hope to be putting her to work when I start back! In the second photo our 10" ventilation hatches for the cabins can be seen. All of the upper decks have been coated with epoxy and are ready for glass. I just have to wait for the weather now!

Things that are left to do:

  • Varnish cabins
  • Install anchor locker hatch coamings and make hatches
  • Glass hulls and Rudders
  • Finish Crossbeams
  • Install main hatch coamings and build hatches
  • Fill glass and Fair
  • Paint Everything
  • Rig
  • Sail!

It seems like a lot to do when listed out here, but I should definitely be in the water sometime in the month of May.


  1. Hi Brad,

    This is a excellent blog about Tiki building. I have been wandering around the web to find some decent information about Tiki 21 home build and your site is most informative and picturesque.

    For a while now I have been trying to make a selection which design to choose, I have been meditating a lot over different under 21ft cat and tri designs and so far seems Tiki 21 to be finest solution considering compromise between different factors.

    Now one of my friends is able to provide me with the room for boat building so Im ready to move on with the thing...

    Could you indicate approximate cost of materials or your Tiki? This would help me to place the last piece of puzzle...

    best regards,

  2. Hello Agur, and thank you for the compliments.

    I haven't been too prudent with a detailed materials/cost spreadsheet thus far, and cost could depend on a lot of factors. However, I think I will have around ten thousand invested once Beto is launched. This doesn't include cost of storage unit or anything (I just equate that to a slip fee). I used Joubert Okoume which I got half price from a friend who bought the wood and decided not to build ($45 a sheet vs $90 new). All of my rigging is going to be less than a grand. I have a custom aluminum mast which I have about $700 in. I have custom sails that were around $2,000. I've probably spend around $1200 in epoxy and fillers (I'm using Raka which is a bit cheaper here than West System). I plan to do a two part primer and paint in all one part for ease of maintenance. My trailer is just a hobie 16 trailer I paid $200 for and spent another $350 on new tires and materials to make the cradles.

    Lumber: $5-600
    Plywood: $1,000
    Epoxy: $1,000
    Sails: $2200
    Trailer: $600
    Consumables: Who knows!
    Clamps/Tools: $500 (Plan to sell after build)
    Rigging: (Probably going to be around 1,000 or so)
    Mast: $320 for pole and $400 (Ripoff!) for welding masthead plate and tangs
    Fiberglass: +/- $4-500

    Hope that helps! I've been depressed now and again about costs, but when you figure you're getting a brand new vessel that can really sail anywhere with all new rigging and sails, ten grand really isn't a lot of cash. A Montgomery 15 runs about 28 grand new and is tiny! Tikis are fun to sail and have tons of deck space to relax on, so I don't regret my choice at all at this point. Let me know if you have any other questions!


  3. Hi Brad,

    First of all: Fair Winds and Happy Sailing in New Year!

    And thank you for the info, it is most helpful, i feel much more confidence now about the budget and whole process.

    Thing is I have always owned and sailed second hand boats so far (some 7 monohulls and 4 beach-catamarans) and I feel that now it is pretty much time for a change in that section :)

    Best regards,