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.
With just 20' on deck, there's enough accommodation and facilities below for a single-handed liveaboard cruiser. Their charm and character is undeniable.
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
Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20 for Sale
These don't come along very often and this one wasn't on the market for long, but we've left the ad live for the benefit of anyone researching these remarkable little boats.
Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 12.2
Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 29.2
Displacement/Length Ratio: 447
Comfort Ratio: 29.2
Capsize Screening Formula: 1.8
1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of just 12.2 suggests that the Flicka 20 will need a stiff breeze to get her going. In light conditions, unless you've got plenty of time on your hands, motor-sailing may be the way to go.
2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 29.2 means that a sailboat like the Flicka 20 (which doesn't have a stiffness-enhancing bulb keel), is likely to benefit from being reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.
3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 447, tells us the Flicka 20 is firmly in the ultra-heavy displacement category. Load her up as much as you like and her performance will be hardly affected, not that it was ever startling. Few if any sailboats are built to this displacement category these days - but they remain popular with some long-distance sailors.
4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 29.2 suggests that crew comfort of a Flicka 20 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not encouraging news for anyone prone to seasickness.
5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.8 indicates that a Flicka 20 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than similar ones with a CSF of more than 2.0.
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