The Flicka 20 Sailboat

Despite the diminutive size of the Flicka 20, these little sailboats have made impressive ocean passages and dealt with serious storms. Having proven bluewater capability, the Flicka 20 enjoys a cult following. 

A Flicka 20 sailboat on a mooring in English Harbour, Antigua.The Flicka 20, a diminutive pocket cruiser.

With just 20' on deck, there's enough accommodation and facilities below for a single-handed liveaboard cruiser. Their charm and character is undeniable.

Published Specification for the Flicka 20

Hull Type: Long keel with transom-hung rudder

Hull Material:  GRP (fibreglass)

Length Overall: 24' 0" / 7.3m

Waterline Length: 18' 2" / 5.5m

Beam: 8' 0" / 2.4m

Draft: 3' 3" / 1.0m

Rig Type: Cutter

Displacement: 5,500lb / 2,495kg

Designer: Bruce Bingham

Builder: Nor'Star Fiberglass Yachts and Pacific Seacraft (USA)

Year First Built: 1974

Year Last Built: 1999

Number Built: 400

Owners Association: Not known

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Published Design Ratios for the Flicka 20

Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 12.2

  • Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 29.2

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

Displacement/Length Ratio: 447

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

Comfort Ratio: 29.2

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

Capsize Screening Formula: 1.8

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

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Summary Analysis of Published Design Ratios for the Flicka 20

  • Her small rig and heavy displacement places her in the under-powered category;
  • She's less stiff and less powerful than other similar vessels of her size;
  • She's ultra-heavy;
  • Comfort wise, her motion is on the cusp of being like that of a moderate offshore cruising boat;
  • She's better suited for offshore passages than other similar vessels of her size;

Sailboats designed by Bruce Bingham include:

  • Allegra 24
  • Anastasia 32
  • Andromeda 48
  • Fantasia 35
  • Flicka 20

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