Tilly Jane was already 25 years old when she was launched for the first time in 2014. The Wharram Tiki 21 is coaster trek catamaran that is the smallest catamaran that has circumnavigated. It is powered by a soft Wingsail Rig.
David Mills purchased plans and began the home-build in 1989 in Kingston while a student at UTAS. David had finished construction on both hulls but soon after he married and started a family. The finished hulls remained in his garage for over 20 years. Kate and I purchased them in 2010 and moved them to Kettering. We quickly realised how much work was still left to be completed and so it was time to enlist the help of boat builder Steve Macgill to continue on. Steve’s craftsmanship and attention to detail can be seen in the Oregon timber beams, tillers and mast. He completed Tilly Jane to plan in December 2009 and we launched her in time for the 2015 Wooden Boat Festival (a name had not been decided on at the time so she was entered with the name Illusion Dweller).
Tilly Jane, one of two Wharram Tiki 21’s in Tasmania, is now moored in Oyster Cove 8 months of the year and is sailed extensively in the Channel.