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Truly unique, the "Flicka" has come close to reaching cult status.
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The Flicka's work boat pedigree is apparent when viewed in profile. The sweeping sheer, proud bowsprit, blunt bow, wide beam and low side decks were hallmarks of the Newport work boats of the 19th century. The full keel supports an attached outboard rudder and draft is just 3 feet, 3 inches. The rig comes standard as a masthead sloop.
You don't realize just how small the Flicka is until you step into the cockpit. Yet it, like the rest of the boat, is impressive and purposeful. The beefy tiller is mounted on the transom, offering good leverage for steering and freeing up cockpit space. Many Flickas have either a fixed main sheet lead or traveler all the way aft. Engine access is through a hatch in the cockpit sole, which on boats with outboard motors turns into a large storage area. There are also cockpit lockers to port and starboard.
Naturally the side decks are narrow, but the stanchions are sturdy and the lifelines surprisingly tall. There is a teak handrail all along the cabin trunk. The chain plates are outboard, and they are impressive, as is the entire standing rigging. The mast is deck-stepped with an, off-center compression post below. The single-spreader spar has an air draft of 31 feet and can be stepped fairly easily.
The bowsprit includes a beefy anchor roller, and the oversized mooring cleats would pass inspection for a Panama Canal transit.
Stepping down below is the opposite of stepping into the cockpit; your reaction is, "This can't be a 20-foot boat." There really is standing headroom throughout and the open plan without a full forward bulkhead opens things up. The teak joinerwork is quite nice. The galley is to port. The galley includes a two-burner stove top, a good-sized sink and an icebox compartment.
The settee to starboard is relatively short, but it does make a nice seat if not a berth. The V-berth is large and comfortable. Two people, preferably young, agile and very much in love, can cruise long-term on a Flicka and maintain a standard of living beyond camping out. Ventilation is great with opening bronze portlights and a large hatch over the V-berth.
This Flicka has an inboard diesels engine. The 1GM 10-horsepower Yanmar is a fairly common engine. The fuel tank, which is located up forward, holds eight gallons.
How does a Flicka sail?
How can a boat that carries a total of 243 square feet of sail area and displaces 6,000 pounds along an 18-foot LWL sail at all? Better than you might think. The Flicka's hull speed is 5.7 knots. Sure, the boat needs a bit of breeze to gather way on, but it was not designed for light-air day sails. It may be small but it belongs on big bodies of water. And it's a passage maker. Several Flickas have averaged 120 miles per day on trade wind crossings, and that's good going: 5 knots over 24 hours. The Flicka's history is filled with boats that have crossed oceans, and that's the ultimate statement about how it sails.
Hull Type: Long keel w/trans. hung rudder
Rig Type: CutterLOA: 20.00' / 6.10m LWL: 18.17' / 5.54m
Beam: 8.00' / 2.44m
Draft (max.) 3.25' / 0.99m
Displacement: 5500 lbs./ 2495 kgs.
Ballast: 1720 lbs. / 780 kgs.
Listed SA: 250 ft2 / 23.22 m2
Sail Area/Disp.1: 12.88 Bal./Disp.: 31.26%
Designer: Bruce BinghamBuilder: Nor'Star Fiberglass Yachts/Pacific Seacraft (USA)
Construction: FG Bal.
First Built: 1974 Last Built: 1999 # Built: 450
24 Sand Island Access Road
Honolulu, HI 96819