“Building Tiki 26 in 180 Days” is a non-fiction book that tells the story of how author Matjaž Chvatal and his wife built a catamaran in their backyard in Slovenia in just 180 days, a record-breaking speed for such a project. The book chronicles the entire process, from choosing the boat to the first sailing adventures.

The book is divided into several chapters that cover different aspects of the project. The first chapter describes how Matjaž first became interested in Wharram’s catamarans and how his long-time dream of building one finally became a reality. The following chapters cover topics such as choosing materials, building the boat in their backyard, and fitting and assembling the boat.

As the story progresses, readers get to witness the transformation of the catamaran, which they named Ariki. The author provides details of their first sailing adventures and how they covered the first 1000 miles. The book also covers some of the modifications they made to Ariki, including underwater hull modification and interior modifications.

Readers get a glimpse of the challenges they faced, such as cooking on a small catamaran, sailing with only ropes holding the boat together, and fitting a dodger and an autopilot. The author also shares their experiences sailing around Croatia, Montenegro, and Albania.

Towards the end of the book, the author shares the cost of building Ariki and the new lifestyle they embraced. The book ends with an about the author section.

Overall, “Building Tiki 26 in 180 Days” is an inspiring and informative book for anyone interested in building a catamaran. The book provides valuable insights into the building process, as well as the joys and challenges of sailing. It is a must-read for anyone who dreams of building their own boat or embarking on a sailing adventure.

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