Beam each hull:
|Wharram Tama Moana
37'9" / 11.5 m
14'11" / 4.55 m
3'7" / 1.1 m
1.6 ton / 3.1 ton
0.45 m / 0.60 m
Outboard 9.9 hp
Gaffed rigged Schooner
The name of our vessel means the ship of hope. The word Vaka is well known across the Pacific and means ship. Traditionally a Vaka was a sailing canoe, just like ours. Hop’e is a word from the Rovianna language in the Solomon Islands which means hope. It is significant because before the Bible was translated, this word did not excist. But with the introduction of Christianity, hope was introduced. Our desire is to introduce hope across the Solomon Islands with our Vaka Hop’e.
Since the beginnings of our negotiations in February, the seller has agreed to lower the price from $32,000 to $20,000 USD, for our organization only. They wish that the boat will return to the Solomon Islands and they have faith in our project.
YWAM Solomons is paying 10,000 USD, and YWAM Solomons Support Norway will be responsible for the remaining 10,000 USD for the full sum of the purchase.
The boat has a basic kit currently, consisting of two Rocna anchors, a sea anchor and a simple tender. But it has no engine and no electronics.
Before the boat is sailed to the Solomon Islands we must equip it with safety gear and make it ship shape. Andy Smith’s boatyard will take care of many of these task.
The plan per today is to sail the vessel from the Philippines to the Solomons with an all YWAM Crew. Two crew will be locals from YWAM Solomons, while the captain and first mate will be westerners.
We have a yearly weather window from November to March where the winds are in our favor. We plan to set sail in December 2023 and spend 3 months sailing to the Solomon Islands.