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High-priced and truly unique, the Flicka has come close to reaching cult status. The Pacific Seacraft Flicka has perhaps received more

The Pacific Seacraft Flicka has perhaps received more “press” in the last few years than any other sailboat, certainly more than any production boat her “size.” Publicity does not necessarily make a boat good but it sure does create interest.

The Flicka is unique. There are no other production boats like her and only a few, such as the Falmouth Cutter and the Stone Horse, that offer the Flicka’s combination of traditional (or quasi-traditional) styling and heavy displacement in a small cruising yacht.

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As the number of Flickas built by Pacific Seacraft passed 300 plus an indeterminate number built by amateurs early in its history, the boat seems to have become almost a cult object. High priced, distinctive, relatively rare but with wide geographical distribution and easily recognized, the Flicka invariably attracts attention and seems to stimulate extraordinary pride of ownership, The owners we talked to in preparing this evaluation all seem to be articulate, savvy, and involved. Moreover, they all show an uncommon fondness for their boats.

The Flicka was designed by Bruce Bingham, who was known as an illustrator, especially for his popular Sailor’s Sketchbook in Sail . Originally the Flicka was intended for amateur construction, the plans available from Bingham. She was designed to be a cruising boat within both the means and the level of skill of the builder who would start from scratch. Later the plans were picked up by a builder who produced the boat in kit form, a short lived operation, as was another attempt to produce the boat in ferro-cement.

Pacific Seacraft acquired the molds in 1978 and, with only minor changes, the boat as built by Seacraft remained the same until 1983, when a new deck mold was tooled to replace the worn-out original. A number of the modifications made early in 1983 are described throughout this evaluation.

Seacraft is a modest sized builder which has specialized in heavier displacement boats. The first boat in the Seacraft line was a 25-footer, followed by the 31′ Mariah, the Flicka, the Orion 27, and most recently the Crealock 37.

Seacraft has 22 dealers nationwide but concentrated on the coasts. Apparently the firm was able to survive the hard times that have befallen some if its brethren, giving credence to the axiom that to succeed a boatbuilder should produce an expensive boat to quality standards that appeals to a limited number of enthusiastic buyers.

The hull of the Flicka is “traditional” with slack bilges, a full keel, a sweeping shear accented with cove stripe and scrollwork, and bowsprit over a bobbed stem profile. In all, the Flicka is not an actual replica, but she does fulfill most sailors’ idea of what a pocket-sized classic boat should look like whether or not they are turned on to that idea.

The new price of the Flicka in the early ’80s ranged from about $13,000 for a basic kit for amateur completion to $36,000 for a “deluxe” version, with $25,000 a realistic figure for a well-appointed standard model. This was a high tab for a boat barely 18′ long on the waterline, 20′ on deck (LOD), and less than 24′ overall with appendages. With that high priced package you got a roomy, heavy and well-built boat that appealed to many sailors’ dreams if not to their pocketbooks.

Construction

The Flicka looks well built even to an untrained eye. And to the trained eye that impression is not deceiving. This is a boat that should be fully capable of making offshore passages. The basic question any buyer must ask is whether he is willing to pay (in money and performance) for this capability for the far less rigorous cruising on Lake Mead or Chesapeake Bay, to Catalina Island, or up and down the

The hull of the Flicka is a solid fiberglass laminate to a layup schedule adequate for most 30-footers of moderate displacement.

The deck has a plywood core rather than the balsa core common in production boats. In a boat of this displacement-length ratio the heavier plywood reduces stability but probably only marginally. Its virtue is that installation of add-on deck hardware is easier.

The hull-to-deck joint is done in a manner Practical Sailor strongly advocates: the hull has an inward flange on which the deck molding fits, bonded with a semi-rigid polyurethane adhesive/sealant and through bolted with 1/4″ stainless steel bolts on 4″ centers. These bolts also secure the standard aluminum rail extrusion; on boats with the optional teak caprail in lieu of the aluminum, the bolts pass through the fiberglass, and the caprail is then fastened with selftapping screws. As the rail sits atop a 1/2″ riser, water cannot puddle at the joint. We have heard no reports of any hull-to-deck joint failure in a production Flicka.

The interior of the boat uses a molded hull liner that is tab bonded to the hull. Given the ruggedness of the hull laminate, we doubt if this stiffening adds much to the hull itself, but it does make the relatively thin laminate of the liner feel solid under foot.

One of the more serious questions we have about the engineering of the Flicka is the under-deck mast support. Reflecting the quest for a completely open interior, the design incorporates a fiberglass/wood composite beam under the cabin house roof which transfers the mast stresses through the house sides to the underdeck bulkheads. Apparently these bulkheads are not bonded to the hull itself, only to the liner.

The builder defends this construction, claiming that it will support over 8,000 lbs (more than the Flicka’s displacement). In addition, beginning in 1983, a turned oak handhold post was added between the mast support beam and cabin sole, which further increases the strength of the mast support system.

Cabinetry, detailing, and finish are top quality for a production boat. However, keep in mind that the basic interior component is a fiberglass molding. Functionally the ease of keeping a molded liner clean has much to recommend it; aesthetically the sterility of the gelcoat may offend some tastes.

A few other specific construction details deserve note:

• The hardware on the Flicka is generally excellent, whether it is the standard or the optional cast bronze package, provided your taste allows for a mixture of traditional and modern. Since weight has not been a factor, most of the fittings are rugged, even massive. All through hull fittings are fitted with seacocks. Particularly impressive is the tabernacle mast step, a contrast with the flimsy sheet steel versions on cheaper boats. A notable exception to this endorsement are a pair of inadequate forward chocks.

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• The scribed “planking seams” in the fiberglass topsides as well as the scrollwork are especially well done. However, any owner of a wood boat who has spent untold hours fairing topsides to get rid of real seams has to wonder at anyone’s purposely delineating phony seams in fiberglass.

• There is a removable section of cockpit sole over the engine compartment that gives superb access for servicing the engine and permits its installation or removal without tearing up the interior. It is a feature many boats with under-cockpit engines should envy given the chronic inaccessibility of such installations. Access to the Flicka’s engine from the cabin is no better than that on most boats even for routinely checking the oil level.

• External chainplates eliminate a common source of through-deck leaks but at the expense of exposing the chainplates to damage.

• There is good access to the underside of the deck and coaming for installation of deck hardware. The headliner in the cabin is zippered vinyl.

• Anyone with a modern boat with its vestigal bilge sump has to appreciate the Flicka’s deep sump in the after end of the keel.

• The ballast (1,750 lbs of lead) is encapsulated in the molded hull, risking more structural damage in a hard grounding than exposed ballast but eliminating possible leaking around keel bolts. Handling Under Sail

In an era that has brought sailors such hot little boats as the Moors 24, the Santa Cruz 27, and the J/24, any talk about the performance of a boat with three times their displacement-length ratio has to be in purely relative terms. In drifting conditions the Flicka simply has too much weight and too much wetted surface area to accelerate. Add some choppiness to the sea and she seems to take forever to get under way.

When the wind gets up to 10 knots or so, the Flicka begins to perk up, but then only if sea conditions remain moderate. With the wind rising above 10 or 12 knots the Flicka becomes an increasingly able sailer.

However, she is initially a very tender boat and is quick to assume a 15 degree angle of heel, in contrast to most lighter, shallower, flatter boats that carry less sail but accelerate out from under a puff before they heel.

In winds over 15 knots the Flicka feels like much more boat than her short length would suggest. As she heels her stability increases reassuringly. Her movement through the water is firmer and she tracks remarkably well, a long lost virtue in an age of boats with fin keels and spade rudders, Owners unanimously applaud her ability to sail herself for long stretches even when they change her trim by going forward or below.

Practical Sailor suggests those looking at—and reading about—the Flicka discount tales of fast passages. While it is certainly true that the boat is capable of good speed under optimum conditions, she is not a boat that should generate unduly optimistic expectations. In short, there may be a lot of reasons to own a Flicka, but speed is not one of them.

One mitigating factor is that performance consists not only of speed but also ease of handling, stability, steadiness, and even comfort. In this respect, the Flicka may not go fast but she should be pleasant enough to sail that getting there fast may not be important.

The Flicka comes with two alternative rigs, the standard masthead marconi sloop and the optional gaff-rigged cutter. Most of the boats have been sold as sloops. The gaff cutter is a more “shippy” looking rig, but for good reasons most modern sailors will forego a gaff mainsail.

If you regularly sail in windy or squally conditions, you might want to consider a staysail for the sloop rig. However, for a 20′ boat an inventory of mainsail fitted with slab reefing, a working jib, and a genoa with 130% to 150% overlap should be adequate. For added performance the next sail to consider is a spinnaker and, if offshore passages are contemplated, a storm jib.

Handling Under Power

Any observations about handling under power raise the question of inboard versus outboard power. In fact, this may be the most crucial issue a potential Flicka owner faces. In making the decision, start with an observation: at a cruising displacement of over 5,000 lbs, the Flicka is at the upper limit for outboard auxiliary power. Then move to a second observation: small one-cylinder diesel engines such as the Yanmar and BMW fit readily into the Flicka, albeit at the expense of some valuable space under the cockpit sole.

Without going into all the pros and cons of one type of power versus another, we suggest installation of a diesel inboard either as original equipment or as soon after purchase as feasible. The Flicka is a boat that seems to beg for inboard power (most small boats do not); she has the space, and weight is not critical. Moreover, cost should not be critical either. Inboard power adds about 10% to the cost of the boat with outboard power, a small percentage of an expensive package. Much of the additional cost is apt to be recoverable at resale whereas the depreciation on an outboard in five years virtually amounts to its original value.

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Deck Layout

Any discussion of the livability of the Flicka should be prefaced by a reminder that above decks this is a crowded, cluttered 20 footer and below decks this is a boat with the space of a 26 footer. The Flicka is a boat with enough space below for one couple to live aboard and yet small enough topside for them to handle easily.

Nowhere is the small size of the Flicka more apparent than on deck and in her cockpit. The short cockpit (a seat length of barely over 5′, too short to stretch out for a nap), a high cabin house, sidedecks too narrow to walk on to windward with the boat heeled and always obstructed by shrouds, the awkwardness of a bowsprit, and lifelines that interfere with jib sheet winching are all indicative of the crowded deck plan.

The stern pulpit is an attractive option. However, it makes manual control of a transom-mounted outboard difficult. The pulpit incorporates the mainsheet traveler although the lead for close sheeting is poor. In 1983 an optional roller bearing traveler arrangement which spans the bridge was offered, and it provides a much better lead for close sheeting, at the expense of a certain amount of living space in the cockpit.

For outboard powered Flickas there is a lidded box that permits stowage of the fuel tank at the after end of the cockpit, a sensible and safe feature. For those owners who want propane and have inboard power, this same space fitted with a sealed box and through-transom vents would make a suitable place for gas bottles.

At the other end of the cockpit, the lack of a bridgedeck or high sill is, in our opinion, decidedly un-seamanlike. The Flicka should have at least semi-permanent means of keeping water in a flooded cockpit from going below. One of the 1983 changes was the addition of a bridgedeck.

If we owned a Flicka we would run all halyards (plus a jib downhaul) aft to the cockpit on the cabin top. We would not rig a fixed staysail stay, and we would certainly not use a clubfooted staysail. The boom should have a permanent vang.

The builder has made every effort to keep the interior of the Flicka open and unobstructed from the companionway to the chain locker, a noble endeavor that gives an impression of spaciousness rivaling that of 30 footers. Headroom is 5′ 11″ for the length of the cabin (find that in another boat-shaped 20 footer!). Better yet, height is retained over the galley counter, the settee berth, and the after section of the vee berths. Flicka’s high topsides permit outboard bookshelves and galley lockers, stowage under the deck over the vee berths, and headroom over the quarterberth.

Two notable features of the interior are conspicuous as soon as the initial impression wears off. There is no enclosed head in pre-1983 models, and there is no sleeping privacy. How important these factors are is purely a matter of individual taste and priorities. For a cruising couple a four-berth layout is a waste of space. The manufacturer, taking this into account, made space for the enclosed head offered in 1983 by shortening the starboard settee berth from 6′ 5″ down to 4′ 2″.

Incidentally, this observation about berths is not meant to imply any special deficiency in the Flicka. It is true of too many boats on the market. They are built for a boat buying public that seems to think the number of berths is almost as important as whether the boat will float.

The absence of an enclosed head in a small yacht of the proportions of a Flicka requires a conscious decision from any potential owner. The small space between the vee berths is designed to hold a self-contained head. A “privacy curtain” that slides across the cabin gives a modicum of respectability. Of course, its use is discouraged when anyone is sleeping forward. One owner solves this by lugging the head to the after end of the cockpit at night and encloses the cockpit with a tent, thus creating a privy or outhouse that boasts perfect ventilation. We hesitate to suggest his lugging it another few inches aft.

Less enterprising owners could consider installing a conventional marine toilet plus a holding tank under the vee berths. If sailing is done in waters where a through-hull fitting and diverter valve are permitted, then such a system is far more worthwhile than any self-contained system. Such a unit should make sharing your bed with the head as palatable as it will ever be.

Frankly, the lack of an enclosed head in a boat that otherwise can boast of being a miniature yacht is the most serious drawback to her interior, surplus berths notwithstanding.

Virtually every owner we talked with has added stowage space one way or another. Some have done it by removing the fiberglass bins that fit into the scuttles under the berths, others enlarge the shelves behind the settee berth and over the forward berths and others cut openings through the liner to give access to unused space.

Other modifications owners report having done include fitting the boat with a gimballed stove, adding fresh water tankage (20 gals standard), installing a third battery and/or moving them forward to help overcome a tendency for the Flicka to trim down by her stern, and fitting the cockpit with a companionway dodger.

One feature that does not seem to need any improvement is ventilation. The Flicka has an uncommonly airy interior, although we would add an opening port in the cockpit seat riser for the quarterberth. Her vertical after bulkhead means that a hatchboard can be left out for air without rain getting into the cabin.

Anyone considering the Flicka should ask Pacific Seacraft for a copy of the articles written by Bruce Bingham and Katy Burke on the changes they made to their Sabrina while living aboard and cruising extensively for more than two years.

Conclusions

Buyers put off by the price of the Flicka should consider the fact that this is a 20′ boat with the weight and space of a 26- to 28-footer of more modern proportions. That still may not put her high all-up price tag in crystal clear perspective. It shouldn’t. The Flicka is still an extremely expensive boat. She still has a waterline length of merely 15′, true accommodations for two, a too cozy cockpit, and a lot of sail area and rigging not found on more conventional contemporary boats. Nor does she have the performance to rival more modern designs. (One owner reports a PHRF rating for his Flicka of about 300 seconds per mile, a figure that drops her off the handicap scale of most base rating lists we’ve seen.)

At the same time the Flicka is a quality package that should take a singlehander or couple anywhere they might wish to sail her. There are not many production boats anywhere near her size and price that can make that claim.

The faults with the Flicka have to be weighed against her virtues as is the case with choosing any boat. Fortunately, though, her faults are the type that can be readily seen; they are not the invisible ones of structure, handling, or engineering so typical of other production boats. Similarly her virtues are traditional and time tested, She is built by a firm to whom the owners give high marks for interest and cooperation and the Flickas on the used boat market have maintained their value better than the average production boat. At the bottom line is a boat with much to recommend her.

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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, it 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.

A Flicka 20 sailboat on a mooring in English Harbour, Antigua.

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: 14.6

Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 31.3

Displacement/Length Ratio: 425

Comfort Ratio: 36.8

Capsize Screening Formula:   1.6

The Flicka 20: A Few FAQs...

Based on the published Design Ratios for the Flicka 20, how would you expect the boat to perform under sail?

The Design Ratios indicate that the Flicka 20 is a heavy and stable boat that can handle rough seas and strong winds. It is not a fast or agile boat, but rather a comfortable and safe one. It has a low sail area to displacement ratio, which means it has less power to overcome its weight and drag. It also has a high ballast to displacement ratio, which means it has more stability and resistance to heeling. The capsize screening formula and the comfort ratio are both below the recommended thresholds for offshore sailing, which means the boat has a low risk of capsizing and a high level of comfort for its crew.

Is the Flicka 20 still in production and, if not, when did production end and how many of these sailboats were built?

The Flicka 20 is no longer in production. The last boat was built by Pacific Seacraft in 1998. According to the Home of the Flicka 20 Sailboat , about 400 Flickas were built in total, including those sold as kits or plans for amateur construction.

How many people can sleep on board a Flicka 20?

The Flicka 20 can sleep up to four people in its cabin. There are two quarter berths aft, one on each side of the companionway. There is also a V-berth forward, which can be converted into a double berth by inserting a filler cushion. The dinette table can be lowered to create another single berth on the port side.

How did the sailing press review the Flicka 20?

The Flicka 20 has received mostly positive reviews from the sailing press over the years. Some of the praises include:

  • "The Flicka is one of those rare boats that transcends mere function and becomes an object of art." John Kretschmer, Sailing Magazine
  • "The Flicka is an extraordinary little ship that can take you anywhere you want to go." Tom Dove, Practical Sailor
  • "The Flicka is not just another small boat; it is an expression of individuality and independence." John Vigor, Good Old Boat

Some of the criticisms include:

  • "The Flicka is slow and wet in light airs." John Vigor, Good Old Boat
  • "The Flicka is expensive for its size and offers limited living space." Tom Dove, Practical Sailor
  • "The Flicka is not for everyone; it requires a certain mindset and lifestyle." John Kretschmer, Sailing Magazine

What do owners of the Flicka 20 have to say about their boats?

Owners of the Flicka 20 are generally very fond of their boats and often form a close bond with them. They tend to value the boat's quality, character, and capability over its speed, space, and convenience. They also enjoy the boat's versatility, as it can be used for day sailing, coastal cruising, or ocean voyaging. Some of the testimonials from owners include:

  • "The Flicka is a joy to sail. She is well balanced, responsive, and forgiving. She can handle any weather and any sea state. She is also easy to maintain and repair." Bob Horne, owner of Flicka 20 #1
  • "The Flicka is a dream come true. She is beautiful, comfortable, and seaworthy. She has taken me to places I never thought I would see. She is also a great conversation starter and a source of pride." Ann Hill, owner of Flicka 20 #50
  • "The Flicka is a lifestyle choice. She is not just a boat; she is a home, a friend, and a companion. She has taught me a lot about sailing, living, and myself. She has also given me a lot of happiness and adventure." Roger Olson, owner of Flicka 20 #207

What is the history of the builders of the Flicka 20 and is the company still in business?

The Flicka 20 was built by two different companies: Nor'Star Fiberglass Yachts and Pacific Seacraft:

  • Nor'Star Fiberglass Yachts was founded by Bill Crealock in California in 1974. The company specialized in building high-quality fiberglass sailboats designed by Crealock and other renowned naval architects, such as Bruce Bingham, Robert Perry, and Gary Mull. Some of the models produced by Nor'Star include the Nor'Star 40, the Nor'Sea 27, the Dana 24, and the Flicka 20. Nor'Star ended production in 1977 due to financial difficulties and sold its molds and tooling to Pacific Seacraft.
  • Pacific Seacraft was founded by Mike Howarth and Henry Mohrschladt in California in 1976. The company continued the tradition of building high-quality fiberglass sailboats designed by Crealock and other renowned naval architects, such as W.I.B. Crealock, Carl Schumacher, and Robb Ladd. Some of the models produced by Pacific Seacraft include the Pacific Seacraft 25, the Pacific Seacraft 31, the Pacific Seacraft 34, the Pacific Seacraft 37, the Pacific Seacraft 40, and the Flicka 20. Pacific Seacraft moved to North Carolina in 1990 and ceased production in 2007 due to bankruptcy. The company was revived in 2009 by Stephen Brodie and resumed production in Washington, North Carolina.

What is the average cost of a secondhand Flicka 20?

The average cost of a secondhand Flicka 20 depends on several factors, such as the year of manufacture, the condition of the boat, the equipment and accessories included, and the location and market demand. According to YachtWorld , a website that lists boats for sale worldwide, the average asking price for a Flicka 20 in 2023 is $32,500. However, this price may vary significantly depending on the individual boat and seller. Some Flickas may sell for as low as $15,000 or as high as $50,000 or more.

The above answers were drafted by sailboat-cruising.com using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; to the best of our knowledge,  we believe them to be accurate.

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With the recent launch of a new open decked ‘Flicka 20’ in Hout Bay Harbour, Cape Town, South Africa, a new chapter in this tiny pocket cruiser's long history has just begun.The boat is named ‘Godspell’. It has an important roll to play in the local community and because of this the boat was partly Catholic Church funded. Peter and his son, who thought up the idea spent some fourteen months in her creation. To a standard so high and full of tiny details that have you staring at the boat for a long time, trying to take it all in!

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About the Flicka 20:

The original design of the micro cruiser came from the board of Bruce Bingham; that was in 1972, when a magazine published the boat's lines, something we see very rarely now. In 1977 Bruce sold the world production rights to Pacific Sea Craft (PSC) Who have been contacted and have said they are not interested in this design anymore. It seems Bruce had a chance to design what will be forever one of those tiny boats that can go just about any place, from the West Coast, USA to the Pacific Islands, Transatlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, they have traveled the world and can be recognized instantly. Finding one near you may be easy, as some 800 plus boats have been built, making this design one of the best of its size there is.

's Compass Box

With a length on deck of just 20 feet but with full six feet standing headroom inside, it was a great design that became as much a cult as anything. We hear of over four hundred and fifty plus having been built in GRP (glass reinforced plastic) (2003) if this is the case it is one of those designs that are now timeless and with a little searching you will find one that is priced just right for you?

's Figure head (chained on, just in case)

To my mind ‘Pacific Sea Craft (PSC) in the USA built most of them (434?), excepting that some were also built by NorStar, said to be around twenty boats and Westerly Marine fitted some of them out. Some have been built here in South Africa as well. Bruce Bingham thinks he sold 400 sets of plans, so they have been built as one offs world wide. As of 2001 PSC decided to re-launch the Flicka design but needing a block booking of four to five boats at US$59,000 each. Not enough orders were taken and the design was moth balled. looking at their web site www.pacificseacraft.com the page on Flicka is now closed and no further support will be given or phone calls about the boat will be taken,so an end of the line for Flicka with PSC.

's Traditional and hand made rigging.

The original South African boat was taken from the designers lines, then used as a plug at some later stage. Either way, the moulds to the hull and decks are alive and very well and safe on a farm here in the Cape.

They had moved around some over the years too; the plug we have in Cape Town started off its life in Durban 1000 miles north east of the Cape, then the hull mould was stored around ten years back in the boat park of the Hout Bay Yacht Club. Later, it was moved to a place named Noordhoek, a farming and horse riding community across the bay five miles off. When a group took over the mould to go into production locally, the deck and interior moulds were produced. After a year had gone by they saw nothing but the new moulds to the decks and interior but not a single complete Flicka, they pulled the financial plug on the project and liquidated!

Flica 20’ For Sale @ R42,000 - only US$7000. This hull is fitted out in a waterproof ply, a deck will need fitting as well; that will be an extra to the indicated price.

In all of this time only two hulls and the interior & deck moulds were made. To date not a single deck has come off the deck plug, so its still quite new. But that is as far as they went. Then came a forced sale and Peter, the present owner was able to buy the entire lot and be able to contain them all on his own farm (Flicka’s like farms it seems). Peter knew of another Flicka hull, it was in the same village as he lived, an offer was already out for that hull and before he knew it, he owned that one too! It is the boat in the picture above.

The writer went into some serious discussion to take over the moulds, plus at least one hull and deck unit. This came to nothing and the deal was never discussed again. Then the news comes out that just a few weeks back on a Saturday morning, the first of the three boats would be launched! Peter the builder had always said he would first do an open boat version for day trips around the bay. He reasoned that it would be a better vessel to take under-privileged local community children out on. Looking at the stunning example he has produced, he is right too. This will be one of the options available soon.

The South African Flicka 20 Deck Plug. It's brand new.

New boat purchases? The position in April 2006 is that we have a set of moulds in good condition, plus two complete hull and bulkheads, available for sale right now. Sales and shipping world wide would be by CKD Boats cc, Cape Town, fax & phone 021 510 7206 or www.ckdboats.com the email address is on the site.

Flicka 20 - Hull # 3

This hull has its fiberglass interior mouldings in place and is for sale, either as is or as a completed boat to a sailaway boat. The price is subject to final specifications.

Anyone wanting to buy a new Flicka will do well to look at whats possible from Cape Town, South Africa. From a Hull Deck and Bulkheads, with the option to take the moulded interior as well, to a fully fitted out boat ready to sail, equipment subject to the buyers wishes.

Why buy in Cape Town?

Cape Town is now the hub of a fast growing boat building industry, with the SA government input of repayable low interest rate loans, funded trips to boats shows around the world and award winning boat show trade stands (Miami Strictly Sail 2006) Each year locally built boats take prizes in every category, remember that is against the worlds best and most well known and established boat yards. The other interesting piece of information is that due to the global position of Cape Town, at the end of the African continent, most boats sail on their own bottoms to their new owners and the ‘Flicka 20’ will be no different, excepting that her size does mean she could travel as deck cargo on a ship.

This growth in the marine industy has done the Cape Town area a lot of good. South Africa is a country hungry for employment. In addition, the South African ‘Boat Builders Council’ is professionally managed and is fully backed by both the City of Cape Town and national government. Each year brings new levels of excellence. One of which is training college for boat building artisans, formed in July 2005, a vital development, as at a last report, it was said that the country had over sixty boat yards now. Many need new and qualified tradesmen, now thin on the gound in a growing market but the new college will soon start supplying this need.

Back to the ‘Flicka 20’

Vist the FLICKA website Try www.google.com enter Flicka 20 sailing yacht, lots of interesting sites available.

's Stern Cleats,note the hand crafted 316 stainless steel work.

The story of FLICKA may well end here, production wise at least, unless orders are a possiblility. The design is quite at home on a lake or a dam. It can be trailered to most places and weighs in around 2600 kgs, so the average 4x4 can tow this boat with ease. Then of course you can cross oceans in it!

Regards Roy Mc Bride Founder, www.ckdboats.com

Cape Town, South Africa

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Bluewater Sailboat – Flicka 20

The Bluewater Sailboat Flicka 20 is the polar opposite of ‘go small, go simple.’ Few other boats with proven blue water capabilities are smaller than 20 feet. Flicka has traversed the world’s waters, experienced strong storms, and survived reef groundings with minimal damage. Nonetheless, this miniature global cruiser may be loaded onto a trailer and driven home.

The Flicka 20 was designed by Bruce Bingham along the lines of the Newport workboats of the nineteenth century and was first introduced to the home-build market in 1972 before being produced, first by Nor’ Star and subsequently by Pacific Seacraft.

If you can get over the lack of deck room and find a spot to park your tender, you’ll find a boat that’s strong, seaworthy, and has the interior space of a boat six feet longer. She’s big enough to live in, yet because she’s so small, she’s wonderfully easy to handle. Despite her short length and heavy displacement, she sails effectively. These are some of the justifications for purchasing the Flicka 20, but perhaps the true reason is her charm and character; this little boat has a cult following.

Flicka 20

  • LOA: 24′ 0″
  • LWL: 18′ 2″
  • Beam: 8′ 0″
  • Draft:  3′ 3″
  • Displacement: 6,000 lbs.
  • Ballast: 1,800 lbs.
  • Headroom: 5′ 11″
  • Sail Area: 243 sq. ft.
  • Fuel: 8 US. Gal.
  • Water: 20 US. Gal.
  • Engine: Yanmar 1GM10, single-cylinder diesel, 9 horsepower
  • Designer: Bruce P. Bingham
  • Year Introduced: 1972
  • Builder: Custom build / Nor’ Star / Pacific Seacraft

The Bluewater Sailboat Flicka’s earliest line drawings were published in RUDDER magazine in March 1972, although the Flicka’s origins may be traced back to the 1950s when Bruce Bingham sketched two derelict wooden sailboats on a river just south of Wickford, Rhode Island. Bingham subsequently discovered that these were workboats used by fishermen who sailed out to the stormy Block Island Sound to work the fishing there since 1840. These boats were known as Newport boats, and they had a reputation for being quick, seaworthy vessels that would safely return their crew. Bingham admired the rugged character of the Newport boats, and after discovering the line drawings in a book, he began changing the lines into a new design that became the Flicka 20. The design was primarily focused at the home construction market, and the length was restricted at 20 feet to keep costs low.

RUDDER published the first of a six-part article on creating a Flicka out of ferrocement in September 1972, showing more modifications to the lines and inside. According to legend, the first ferrocement Flicka was created as a demonstration project at a boat show to promote the building process. The boat did not catch on because ferrocement construction was expensive and required a lot of work for a little boat. However, 400 sets of plans were allegedly sold over the next five years, with the majority of these boats built from GRP but at least one from carvel planking.

Bingham and Katy Burke created a Flicka plug in 1974 and sold it to Nor’ Star Marine in California. Nor’ Star began producing firmly made GRP hulls in 1975, although there was no mould for the deck or cabin trunk at the time. Nor’ Star was constructing a GRP deck, cockpit, and cabin truck by February 1976. Their Flickas were either offered as kits or were completed by Westerley Marine. This was a successful mix that resulted in well-built, high-quality boats that many consider to be the most beautiful Flickas ever built, with exquisitely created and finished wood interiors. When Nor’ Star Marine folded in 1977, the winning relationship came to an end.

The Flicka was eventually sold to the then-new Pacific Seacraft Corporation, which established a reputation for high-quality construction and hand-crafted interiors. Pacific Seacraft further modified the Flicka by reducing the radius of the cabin trunk crown and placing the deck hatch to the cabin top forward of the mast step. Pacific Seacraft had constructed 434 Flickas by 1994, but the company went bankrupt in 2007. Stephen Brodie, a marine archaeologist, purchased the brand name, moulds, and tools at a bankruptcy auction and relocated the company to the East Coast, where it was revitalized.

In 2001, the new Pacific Seacraft sought to restart the Flicka design on the basis of a four or five-boat order. Unfortunately, the order was not filled, and the design was put on hold. The Flicka is unlikely to be produced again, but there are always Flickas for sale on the used boat market, and for anyone interested in building their own, the plans and at least one hull and deck kit are supposedly available presently through Roy McBride at CKD boats in South Africa.

As a home-made boat, Flickas are built to differing standards and in a variety of materials.

Pacific Seacraft Flickas were constructed of fibreglass, with early hulls manually poured in polyester resin and later hulls switching to osmosis-resistant vinylester resin. The decks are fiberglass with a balsa core, with plywood cores in locations with through deck fittings. The cabin is made of a single fiberglass pan that is glued to the hull and lined with lovely teak trim.

The mast is stepped in a stainless-steel tabernacle for ease of removal and quick raising and lowering to avoid overhead impediments.

The outboard chainplates were installed through the hull with stainless steel backing plates and employed high-quality bronze fittings. Enclosed heads with holding tanks became common in 1980, and later models include unique bronze port lights, inboard engines, and a good cruising rig by LeFiell.

Performance

Given her low waterline length, hefty displacement, and small rig, the Flicka sails very well. Though most Flicka owners would agree that boat speed is not the most important factor, she is far from slow. According to Pacific Seacraft, 5-knot average voyages are not uncommon. Owners claim she can easily sail at 4 to 5 mph in ideal conditions and can exceed 6 knots on a stretch in winds of 20 knots or higher. A beam to broad reach is her best point of sail.

Light air performance diminishes, as it does with most heavy displacement boats. Many owners suggest using a drifter in 10 knots for a little more go-go energy.

The Bluewater sailboat is agile, thanks to its wineglass sections, shallow draught, and 30% ballast ratio . Weather helm has also been reported by owners. Due to her tendency to pitch, tacking can be challenging in turbulent weather. Some owners claim that in certain weather circumstances, she can cause seasickness in even the hardiest sailors, yet her motion is normally gentle.

Aside from that, she is well-known for keeping her crew safe in a storm and is a lot of fun to sail.

If you are interested in learning more about the specifications and details of a sailboat, we recommend visiting the page Bluewater Sailboat data by   Ocean Wave Sail . This page provides comprehensive information and is an excellent resource for anyone seeking detailed information about 1000+ sailboats.

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1983 Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20

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The Flicka is a classic little blue-water cruising boat. Only 20’ long, with less than 3’ draft, they have interior space that has been compared to yachts 30’ long. This Flicka, located on Denman Island, BC, has had only two owners since it was built in 1983. It spent 23 years in Connecticut, the last 12 years cruising in the Strait of Georgia - including a complete circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. It has the following features:

  • Sloop rig, roller furling jib with 110 genoa and 150 drifter
  • Outboard motor (not inboard diesel)
  • Standing headroom throughout cabin
  • All teak interior paneling and trim
  • Full galley with cooktop, sink, icebox and dining table
  • Enclosed head
  • Large V-berth (sleeps 2), plus small quarterberth
  • Tons of storage in sail locker, below cockpit sole, under berths, in galley, etc.

Equipment: It has had many upgrades and improvements over the last few years:

  • Origo combination electric/alcohol dual-burner cooktop (2006)
  • New Sunbrella interior seat covers (2007)
  • Brass bug screens on ports in (2007)
  • All standing and running rigging, including lifelines, was replaced in 2010
  • Tanbark sails (main and 110 jib) (2014)
  • Harken roller furling (2015)
  • Boomkicker boom support (2015)
  • Yamaha 9.9 HP outboard (2016)
  • 9 gallon custom aluminum gas tank (2017)
  • Custom dodger and bimini on sturdy 1” s.s. frames (2017)
  • Electric water pump in the galley sink (2017)
  • New VHF radio (2017)
  • Simrad TP22 Auto-tiller (2017)
  • Compact “lunch” table to complement the full dining table (2018)
  • Split (hinged) cover to replace full cover on icebox (2018)

Rig and Sails

Auxilary power, accomodations, calculations.

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.

Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio .311 Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.

SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64) 2/3

  • SA : Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D : Displacement in pounds.

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.

Ballast / Displacement * 100

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.

D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.

Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam 1.33 )

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.

CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

From BlueWaterBoats.org :

Not to be mistaken for Pacific Seacraft’s earlier 1977 full-keeled Mariah 31 , the Pacific Seacraft 31 introduced in 1987 shares its heritage with the celebrated Crealock 37  which earned a spot on the American Sailboat Hall of Fame for its seaworthiness and build quality. The diminutive 31 foot design encapsulates the same concepts of comfort and safety but in packs it into a much smaller package. It’s a pricey boat given her size, but you can expect Pacific Seacraft’s usual high build quality. Overall she’s proven to be a surprisingly roomy boat, easily handled and well suited to couples.

To describe the history of the Pacific Seacraft 31 we need to go back a few years to 1980 when Pacific Seacraft acquired the molds for a boat called the Crealock 37 , the previous owner, Cruising Consultants, had built a few boats before going bankrupt. The Crealock 37 was designed by Bill Crealock , and over time it garnered such a reputation that it entered the Sailboat Hall of Fame. By the early 1980s Pacific Seacraft recognized the need for a smaller version and Crealock was approached to design the smaller sibling along the same concepts of the 37. This smaller boat was launched in 1984 as the Pacific Seacraft 34 .

In 1987, an even smaller 31 foot version was introduced to fill out the range. This boat, also designed by Crealock, became the Pacific Seacraft 31 and it enjoyed an initial twelve year production span between 1987 and 1999 with 79 hulls produced. In 2002 production was restarted after Pacific Seacraft continued to get numerous customer request for a smaller boat. Total production stands at some number over 100 boats thus far.

Configuration & Layout

The Pacific Seacraft 31 differs from the larger boats in the range in that it makes a departure from the traditional double ender styling in favor of a near vertical transom which opens up more space in the aft sections. The long cruising fin, bustle and skeg hung rudder is still there and above deck a cutter rig is retained, though there is an option for a simpler though less ocean-going sloop rig.

There is a shoal draft version which features a Scheel keel drawing 4′ over the standard 4′ 11″. The patented Scheel keel is said to reduced leeway and improve tracking over a standard shoal draft fin. Other variations include tiller steering found in earlier boats, later boats offered Edson rack-and-pinion steering.

On deck is a relatively large cabin truck with lots of portlights. The cabin top is flat featuring a large forward two-way hatch as well as twin dorade vents. Further back in the cockpit are seats that are 7 feet long with contoured backs; three lockers are below the seats, there’s also a vented gas locked on the starboard coming. The helmsman also has a contoured seat.

Down below the boat has a very open feel which is usually the domain of much larger vessels. The V-berth is 6′ 6″ in length with plenty of storage alongside the hull, as well as above and below the berths. A curtain separates the V-berth from the main saloon. In the saloon are twin settees either side of the table which seats six comfortably and attaches to the compression post. The table can be stowed away completely beneath the V-berth.

Further back on port is the galley with its two burner stove and twin sinks, unfortunately both are a decent distance from the boat’s centerline . Opposite on starboard is a standup nav-station. There’s also a seagoing double berth on the port quarter which can be access by climbing through behind the galley.

The engine is located in the usual location below the companionway stairs which forms an engine cover, there is very good access from all sides to the engine and the stuffing box is very easy to reach.

Construction

The hull is laid up by hand in solid fiberglass and water resisting vinylester resin is used on the outermost layer and isophthalic polyester resin in the layers below. This combo should provide excellent resistance to osmosis. Some articles document the hull being hand-laid with vinylester resin throughout with kevlar fiber reinforcing which provides excellent toughness; this may be true for later boats.

Lead is used for ballast. The fiberglass rudder has internal reinforcing from a steel plate and mounted to the fiberglass skeg which itself is reinforced with steel. The pivot is bronze.

The deck is made of marine plywood sandwiched between GRP on both sides with a non-skid pattern molded on the top. The hull-to-deck join is glued and is solidly through-bolted with 1/4 inch stainless bolts every four inches.

The interior is built from a single full-length molded pan bonded to the interior of the hull. It’s a method that’s consistent with many modern production boats, cheaper to build with advantages in increased hull stiffness, reducing creaks and groans but has the sacrifice of accessibility to all areas of the hull.

The boat with its long cruising fin and skeg-hung rudder tracks well. The best point of sail is beam or broad reach, however it’s not particularly close-winded with boat speed dropping off quickly with apparent wind angles of less than 40 degrees. Overall the boat is well balanced and is easily sailed short handed.

Buyers Notes

There are no reported weaknesses for this boat, in general Pacific Seacraft build very strong purpose-driven boats. Most problems that have been reported have resulted in owner neglect and to a lesser degree age. Prices have remained high reflecting buyer demand.

As of 2010 the asking price is in the range of: 1987-1999 $90k – $110k USD 2003-2007 $155k – $180k USD

Links, References and Further Reading

» Pacific Seacraft 31 info at the official Pacific Seacraft website. » Twenty Affordable Sailboats to Take You Anywhere by Gregg Nestor (Ch 16. p145-p152) ISBN:978-0939837724 » Blue Water Sailing Magazine, Jan 2005, review of the Pacific Seacraft 31 by Greg Jones. » Latitudes and Attitudes Seafaring Magazine, Feb 2009.

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The Flicka 20 is a 24.0ft cutter designed by Bruce Bingham and built in fiberglass by Pacific Seacraft between 1974 and 1999.

400 units have been built..

The Flicka 20 is a very heavy sailboat which is under powered. It is reasonably stable / stiff and has an excellent righting capability if capsized. It is best suited as a coastal cruiser.

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Model Flicka 20
Length 24 ft
Beam 8 ft
Draft 3.25 ft
Country United states (North America)
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Sail area / displ. 12.15
Ballast / displ. 29.17 %
Displ. / length 446.52
Comfort ratio 29.16
Capsize 1.76
Hull type Monohull long keel with transom hung rudder
Construction Fiberglass
Waterline length 18.17 ft
Maximum draft 3.25 ft
Displacement 6000 lbs
Ballast 1750 lbs
Hull speed 5.71 knots

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Rigging Cutter
Sail area (100%) 250 sq.ft
Air draft 0 ft ??
Sail area fore 147.89 sq.ft
Sail area main 114 sq.ft
I 28.17 ft
J 10.50 ft
P 24 ft
E 9.50 ft
Nb engines 1
Total power 0 HP
Fuel capacity 0 gals

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Water capacity 0 gals
Headroom 6 ft
Nb of cabins 0
Nb of berths 0
Nb heads 0

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Builder Pacific Seacraft
Designer Bruce Bingham
First built 1974
Last built 1999
Number built 400

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~THIS VESSEL HAS BEEN SOLD~

1981 Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20 Sailboat For Sale in San Diego

~~~ORIGINAL OWNERSHIP~~~

Classic "Pocket Cruiser"

Full keel, strong sheer, bluff bow and heavy displacement

If you are looking for a well maintained, rugged, pocket cruiser look no further. This Flicka, built by Pacific Seacraft is selling by her original ownership, family owned since new. She comes with a tabernacle mast, Yanmar diesel, roller furling headsail and spinnaker with pole.

Built to the same standards of the larger ocean going Pacific Seacraft’s the Flicka will be comfortable, whether in a sea way or lounging at the dock.

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In a review in  Good Old Boat  magazine, John Vigor wrote,

  • The Flicka is high quality in a small package   
  • She is strongly and sensibly constructed
  • The Flicka retains her value very well on the second-hand market. She ages well, and there is very little to go wrong. 
  • Flickas built by Pacific Seacraft are rugged, solid craft, with top-quality cabinetry, finish, and detailing.
  • There isn't another production boat of her size in the U.S. that rivals her interior space and ocean-going capabilities.
  • She's small enough to handle easily, but big enough to live in comfortably. 

A 2016 review in  Blue Water Boats  described the design, " She’s large enough to live in, and being so small she’s incredibly easy to handle. She sails well despite her short length and heavy displacement. These are some of the reasons people rationalize buying the Flicka 20, but perhaps the real reason is her charm and character; this little boat has quite the cult following"

Equipment list

West Marine VHF 580 Radio Bruce Anchor, chain and rode  Aft Fluke Anchor Cockpit Cushions (2) Winch Covers (2) Winch Handel Extra Propeller Engine Hand Crank Aluminum Radar Reflector Asymmetrical Spinnaker Spinnaker Pole Bosun Chair Hatch Area Cover Man-Overboard Pole Mounted Fire Extinguisher

  • Origo 4000  2 burner alcohol stove
  • Arco 10 primary winch (x2)
  • Arco 8 secondary winch (x2) on coachroof
  • Richie compass
  • Ocean marine boat speed and log
  •  West Marine group 24 model 15020118, 1000 MCA, 130 RC battery (x2)
  • Battery switch
  • AC and DC breaker protected panel
  • 30 amp shorepower

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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The Voyage of ALSVID

Steve Chapkis sailed his Flicka s/y ALSVID (No. 7) from San Diego to Hawaii and then to Tahiti. (292 KB)

Living the Dream of Pacific Island Cruising

John Welch logged 10,500 miles aboard s/y BETTY JANE sailing from Newport Beach to Hawaii and on two trips south to Palmyra and to Moorea, Tahiti. (283 KB)

Singlehanding to the Cook Islands

Bruce Carnahan has made two Pacific passages. One from San Francisco to Hawaii, the other to Nuku-Hiva, Penrhyn and Aiputaki aboard s/y ELEA. (283 KB)

Absolute freedom and fun

Cruising aboard s/y CORSAIR down the coast of California from San Francisco to San Diego and then continuing south into the Sea of Cortez. (303 KB)

Searching the world for the proper boat

A search for the proper bluewater sailboat started in Tokyo, Japan and ended in Santa Ana, California with the construction of s/y ORANGE BLOSSOM. (275 KB)

One Very Tough Lady

A story about the strength of the Flicka hull and an accidental grounding aboard s/y TONDELAYO. (302 KB)

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Pacific Seacraft's New Owner 10/03/2007

A statement from Pacific Seacraft's new owner Steve Brodie to Pacific Seacraft owners and fans. From the Annapolis Boat Show (619 KB)

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VESSEL REVIEW | Sinichka – Electric commuter boats designed for Russia’s Moskva River

Photo: Moscow Deptrans

A series of three new electric monohull commuter ferries have already begun operational sailings on the Moskva River in the Russian capital Moscow.

Built by Russian shipyard Emperium, sister vessels Sinichka , Filka , and Presnya – all named after rivers in Moscow – are being operated by the Moscow Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development (Moscow Deptrans). They are the first units of a planned fleet of 20 vessels that will serve the capital city and other nearby communities. The new ferry system will be the water transport system to be operated on the Moskva River in 16 years.

Each vessel has a welded aluminium hull, an LOA of 21 metres, a beam of 6.2 metres, a draught of only 1.4 metres, a displacement of 40 tonnes, and capacity for 80 passengers plus two crewmembers. Seating is available for 42 passengers on each ferry, and the main cabins are also fitted with USB charging ports, wifi connectivity, tables, toilets, and space for bicycles and scooters. The cabin layout can be rearranged to allow the operator to adjust the distances between the seats and to install armrests of varying widths.

<em>Photo: Moscow City Government</em>

An open upper deck is also accessible to passengers and is the only area on each ferry where smoking is allowed.

The ferries are all of modular construction with each ferry's wheelhouse, main cabin, and other structural elements being built as complete, separate components. This enables the ferries to be easily dismantled for transport to anywhere in Russia by rail and then quickly re-assembled within seven days.

The ferries are also ice-capable. Recently completed operational trials on the Moskva showed that the vessels can also easily navigate under mild winter conditions with broken surface ice, though year-round operations are planned for the entire fleet.

The ferries are each fitted with 500kWh lithium iron phosphate battery packs that supply power to two 134kW motors. This configuration can deliver a maximum speed of 11.8 knots, a cruising speed of just under 10 knots, and a range of 150 kilometres.

Emperium said the transfer of rotation of electric motors to the propeller is carried out by direct drive. As a propulsion installation, a pulling rotary propeller-steering column with double screws is used. The installation of double pulling screws, with similar power, allows an operator to increase the efficiency of the propulsion system to deliver a slightly higher speed or to reduce energy consumption. This arrangement also provides the ferries with enhanced manoeuvrability necessary for navigating in close quarters.

The batteries themselves have projected service lives of 10 to 12 years and are fitted with safety features such as built-in fire extinguishers and gas vents. Quick-disconnect features allow the batteries to be easily removed for replacement or maintenance.

Some of our readers have expressed disquiet at our publication of reviews and articles describing new vessels from Russia. We at Baird Maritime can understand and sympathise with those views. However, despite the behaviour of the country's leaders, we believe that the maritime world needs to learn of the latest developments in vessel design and construction there.

Click here to read other news stories, features, opinion articles, and vessel reviews as part of this month's Passenger Vessel Week.

Type of vessel:Commuter ferries
Flag:Russia
Operator:Moscow Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development, Russia
Builder:Emperium, Russia
Hull construction material:Aluminium
Length overall:21 metres
Beam:6.2 metres
Draught:1.4 metres
Propulsion:2 x 134 kW
Maximum speed:11.8 knots
Cruising speed:10 knots
Range:150 kilometres
Batteries:Lithium iron phosphate, 500 kWh
Accommodation:Cabin; toilets; bicycle/scooter area
Crew:2
Passengers:80
Operational area:Moskva River, Russia

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Your River Cruise on the luxurious MS Volga Dream takes you from Moscow along Russia’s grand Volga River to the legend that is Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) and Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea. Along the way, you’ll discover the treasures of Yaroslavl, the oldest city on the Volga, medieval Nizhniy Novgorod and beautiful Kazan, the ancient Tatar capital. We plan our tour carefully to combine the very best of Moscow with a world-class Volga River cruise.

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We love hearing from guests about their time in Russia and one comment often hear is how surprised people are by the Russian capital. We can’t say for certain what people expected but we do know that it’s always far removed from what they imagined! It’s been called a modern metropolis, a cosmopolitan city, an historic gem, an architectural treasure and a cultural powerhouse, among other descriptions. Majestic Moscow has always surprised our guests and left them with lasting and fond memories.

Russia’s famous Golden Ring is an archipelago of historic towns surrounding Moscow. Uglich is one of the oldest and was founded under Igor, the last Varangian prince. It once resisted the Mongol invasion and its ancient walls saw the grisly murder of young Dmitri, son of Ivan the Terrible. The impressive Church of St. Dmitri on the Blood, with its classic onion domes and blood red walls, is a fine example of classic Russian architecture. The tour ends with an enchanting choral concert.

This, the oldest city on the Volga River, and now a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts a wealth of ancient orthodox treasures. The impressive Transfiguration of the Savior, adorned with murals depicting St. John’s apocalyptic visions can be seen in the Spassky Monastery. The Church of St. Elijah the Prophet is decorated with an awe-inspiring selection of rich frescoes. For a real taste of pre-revolutionary Russia, visitors are entertained by a costumed reception at the Governor’s House.

Close to the shores of White Lake once were the ‘tsar’s fishing grounds’. It lies in a place so serene that ancient monks chose to build no fewer than three holy sites here, including the Ferapontov Monastery. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, its chapels boast magnificent frescoes by Dionysius, one of Russia’s most renowned icon painters. The Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery was a refuge for many nobles during tumultuous times and later a fortress that successfully repelled invading armies.

The Karelia region is a vast and naturally beautiful wilderness that spreads all the way from St. Petersburg to the Arctic Circle. The glorious island village of Kizhi consists almost entirely of the traditionally styled wooden buildings of ‘Old Russia’. Among them is the famous Transfiguration Church built in 1714. Remarkably, and in testament to the craftsmen of the time, not a single nail was used in its construction! Kizhi is one of the favorite stops on the river cruise to St. Petersburg.

A typical rural hamlet brought to life by warm and welcoming villagers. Volga Dream guests are invited into local homes to enjoy classic Russian fare, tea with jam and ‘pirozhki’ (pies). Enthusiastic hosts share Russian traditions and the appeal of village life while proudly showing off their scrupulously kept homes and kitchen gardens. The tour continues with a brief bus ride to see a unique World War II memorial and then, for a real glimpse of Russian life, a visit to a local primary school.

Nizhny Novgorod

This was once a wealthy city thanks to its proximity to rich eastern trading routes. During the Soviet era, the city was closed to outsiders because of its military importance. It’s also where many political prisoners were sent to live out their days in exile. The 16th-century Kremlin ramparts offer spectacular views and the city is known for its elaborately decorated churches. For Volga Dream cruise guests, the highlight of the day is an evening folk concert performed by local children.

Sailing along the Volga river, the riverbank gradually ceases to be dominated by Orthodox churches. Instead, beautiful mosques appear as the river crosses into Tatarstan where the first stop is scenic Kazan, the region’s capital. Inside the white walls of the citadel, the famous Kul Sharif mosque and the old Cathedral of Peter and Paul stand side-by-side symbolizing the two faiths’ long and peaceful coexistence in the region. A concert of traditional Tatar music ends the Volga Dream tour in Kazan.

Passing the Zhigulevskie Mountains offers wonderful views from the sundeck before touring the city. One of the key attractions is the fascinating Space Museum, which offers a revealing glimpse of how the Soviet Union pursued its ambitious journey to the cosmos. The town is also noted for its beautiful esplanade, perfect for a relaxed stroll beside the Volga river. This in turn leads to the Samara State Art Museum. Founded in 1897, it is home to a collection of more than 16,000 works of art.

This city is best known for its close associations with cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin. The Russian hero who achieved worldwide fame as the first man in space lived and studied here. Saratov used to be home to a large German community, a heritage that can still be seen in the local architecture. The Volga Dream tour visits the Radishchev State Art Museum, the first picture gallery in Russia outside Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Originally called Tsaritsyn, the city was renamed Stalingrad from 1925 to 1961 in honor of the USSR’s leader. During World War II, the city’s residents put up a heroic defense, repelling an advancing Nazi invasion. The battle for Stalingrad has gone down in history as a pivotal moment in the bloody conflict on the eastern front. The most ferocious and deadly fighting took place on Mamayev Hill, where an imposing memorial now stands close to the excellent Battle of Stalingrad Panorama Museum.

Saint Petersburg

If Moscow surprises, then St Petersburg delights. Peter the Great founded the city to showcase Russia’s newfound enlightenment. He wanted to show the modern world a cultured and advanced society. In short, he built the city to impress and in that he succeeded splendidly! The striking buildings were designed by some of the finest architects Europe had to offer and even now, the ‘Venice of the North’ never fails to enchant with its spectacular buildings and impressive canal network. It is a city of true grandeur.

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There is nothing more typically Russian than a Matryoshka. It embodies the fact that there’s always something deeper to be found in every aspect of Russian life. Learning the traditional designs and techniques used to decorate these iconic dolls offers a pleasant diversion and some cathartic creativity!

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From the Mongol hordes to Soviet times, Russia’s history is, like all of Europe’s, a complex web of political intrigue, war and peace, trade and treaties, as well as heroes and villains. Academics devote whole lifetimes to studying Russia’s long past and one of them presents a series of lectures shedding light on everything from Gorbachev to Chekhov, Khrushchev to Ivan the Terrible and of course, contemporary Russia. Our Professor is on board throughout the river cruise for informal conversation.

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The Russian language can be rather beautiful and poetic and we know that many seasoned travelers enjoy trying their hand at different languages. Our onboard teachers provide an introduction to the riches of Russian, so guests can try out a few useful words and phrases on real Russians during the exciting river tours from Moscow to St. Petersburg or from Moscow to Volgograd!

Russian tea tasting

The drink we tend to associate with Russia is vodka, but tea, in fact, is the much more universal beverage of choice throughout the country. Guests will get acquainted with the Russian tea etiquette, a fundamental component of the country's social culture, and enjoy the traditional tea ceremony while cruising from St. Petersburg to Moscow or taking a Grand Volga river tour.

Russian Dinner & Vodka Tasting

All our dining is international but for Russian Dining night, the Chef includes a selection of traditional Russian dishes: Chicken Kiev, Kulebyaka and no Russian table is complete without Borsch. To add to the ‘Taste of Russia’ optional Russian dress, or at least a touch of Russian style, is provided along with enthusiastic help from our staff!

Russian Cooking Class

A plate of pelmeni might not look like much to the untrained eye, but it forms the heart of Russian cuisine and culture. Basically, it's a type of dumpling: small portions of meat and onion wrapped in a thin sheet of unleavened dough and boiled, a little like ravioli. Guests can join a Russian cooking class onboard the MS Volga Dream to learn how to cook this delicious Russian dish.

Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov Piano Recital

Some of the greatest classical music ever written comes from Russia. It’s hard to imagine a more fitting stage for a virtuoso solo recital by our resident concert pianist than the mighty Volga or a better backdrop than the heart of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov’s own serene homeland.

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Ukraine-Russia war latest: Russia's advance on Kharkiv 'halted'

Volodymyr Zelensky told leaders at his address at Blenheim Palace that Ukraine had halted Moscow's forces completely in northern Kharkiv.

Thursday 18 July 2024 15:32, UK

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  • Russia's Kharkiv advance halted, Zelenskyy says
  • Germany to halve military funding for Ukraine
  • Crimea and Russian Black Sea ports targeted by Ukraine
  • Trial of Evan Gershkovich continues
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Here are the key events from the day:

  • President Zelenskyy said Ukraine had halted Moscow's forces completely in the Kharkiv region;
  • Germany looks set to halve its military funding for Ukraine next year;
  • Crimea and Russian Black Sea ports were targeted by Ukraine overnight;
  • The EU's president dubbed Viktor Orban's visit to Moscow an "appeasement tour";
  • Mr Zelenskyy appealed for European unity, defence systems and diplomacy during a visit to Blenheim Palace in the UK.

Five people have been killed and three injured in Russian attacks on the Donetsk region, prosecutors have said. 

A woman and her husband were killed in artillery shelling in the village of Pleshchiivka, the general prosecutor's office said.

Another three women were killed in a strike on private buildings in the village of Hrodivka, it added.

Separately, the Russian military dropped two guided bombs on the village of Velyka Novosilka, injuring a man and his wife inside their house, while another man was wounded in an artillery strike in the town of Zalizne.

In April this year, the US finally approved a long-awaited aid package worth some $60.8bn (£49bn) in aid to Ukraine.

Included were vast quantities of much-needed weapons and ammunition meant for the frontlines - which Kyiv had been desperately calling for for months. 

So how have they impacted the war? 

Nichita Gurcov, Eurasia analyst for Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project  (ACLED) told Sky News it may actually have pushed Moscow to act quickly and launch fresh attacks.

"It may have prodded Russia to step up its offensive to claim as much ground as possible, before the arriving weapons make it harder," he says. 

Russia resumed its offensive in October last year after fending off the latest Ukrainian attempt to cut the land corridor to Crimea, Gurcov explains. 

"By mid-February [this year] Russia secured the Avdiivka stronghold and has been since pressing toward Ukrainian logistical hub in Pokrovsk," he said. 

ACLED has counted the number of settlements gained by Russia in each month of the conflict. 

Five were taken in February, but just two in March.

In April (the month the US aid package was announced), seven settlements were captured, followed by nine in May and 11 in June - highlighting a clear increase in Russian offensive action. 

"The sharp increase in the number of claimed settlements in May is due to the Russian re-invasion of the northern Kharkiv region," Gurcov explains. 

"It could have pursued - diverting Ukrainian forces from elsewhere - but so far has been contained," he adds (see 11.40am post).

Another indicator of increased fighting is the number of reported battles, according to ACLED:  

"The sharp increase in fighting in April and the subsequent near-50% increase in May is an all-time high since the invasion," Gurcov notes. 

"The spike is only partially due to the re-invasion of the Kharkiv region as we are recording steadily intensifying offensive in the Donetsk region," he adds. 

Closing arguments in the trial of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich will be heard in a Russian court tomorrow. 

Mr Gershkovich attended a trial session for a second day behind closed doors today - more in our 8.10am post on that.  

The 32-year-old was arrested in March last year while on a reporting trip. Authorities claimed, without offering any evidence, that he was gathering secret information for the US - which he, his employer and his government all vehemently deny. 

Russia will not rule out new deployments of nuclear missiles in response to the planned US stationing of long-range conventional weapons in Germany, Moscow's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov has said. 

Russia regularly threatens Europe and the US with the nuclear option in public. 

"I am not ruling out any options," the Interfax news agency said he told reporters in the Russian capital when asked to comment on the US deployment plans.

Washington said last week it would start deployment in Germany from 2026 of weapons that will include SM-6, Tomahawk and new hypersonic missiles in order to demonstrate its commitment to NATO and European defence.

Interfax cited Mr Ryabkov as saying that the defence of Russia's Kaliningrad region, which is wedged between NATO members Poland and Lithuania, was a particular focus.

"Kaliningrad is no exception in terms of our 100% determination to do everything necessary to push back those who may harbour aggressive plans and who try to provoke us to take certain steps that are undesirable for anyone and are fraught with further complications," Mr Ryabkov said.

Readers have been sending in their questions to our senior correspondents and military experts for their take on the changing battlefield environment in Ukraine.

Today, Ross Tregembo asks:

Is there a possibility of internal dissent within Putin's inner circle leading to his removal from power?

Moscow correspondent Ivor Bennett   replies:

"Not right now, no. This seems extremely unlikely for a number of reasons.

"Firstly, Vladimir Putin has just started a new presidential term, keeping him in the Kremlin for another six years.

"The potential political jeopardy of an election has evaporated and his approval ratings are near record highs (85% according to the independent Levada Center), helped by Russia gaining the upper hand on the battlefield in Ukraine.

"So there's no overt public support for a change at the top.

"Secondly, who would succeed him? His refusal to pick a successor all these years has been deliberate, and a key factor in preserving his power.

"Thirdly, his potential rivals are focused elsewhere.

"Look at what’s happening at the ministry of defence and the series of corruption scandals. By replacing his long-time ally Sergei Shoigu as minister of defence, Putin seemed to open the doors to a full-on purge of the military’s top brass.

"Analysts say this was a deliberate ploy to play his rivals off against each other - security services vs the military. By doing that, they're less likely to take a shot at him.

"Yes, it's only been a year since his authority was challenged like never before, with the Prigozhin-led uprising. But fast-forward 12 months and his grip on power appears stronger than ever."

A Russian court has sentenced US citizen Michael Travis Leake to 13 years in prison on drug smuggling charges, the court service has said in a statement. 

Mr Leake, a musician and former US paratrooper - who was arrested in June 2023 - was found guilty of selling drugs on a large scale, the court service said.

It was not clear how he pleaded.

He is one of about a dozen Americans currently held in Russian detention - alongside Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, whose trial continued today (see 8.10am post). 

Another American, Robert Romanov Woodland, was sentenced by a Russian court to 12-1/2 years for drug smuggling earlier this month.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen's desire to create "a true European Defence Union" if she is re-elected shows the mood in Europe is one of militarisation and confrontation, the Kremlin has said. 

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the plans reflected Ms von der Leyen's "changing priorities" and said her proposals gave a "military colouring" to the EU.

Mr Peskov told reporters that her proposal "confirms the general attitude of European states to militarisation, escalation of tension, confrontation and reliance on confrontational methods in their foreign policy".

"Everything is quite obvious here," he added. 

One more line to bring you from Volodymyr Zelenskyy's address at Blenheim Palace - concerning Russia's progress in northern Kharkiv. 

When trying to convince leaders to help with Kyiv's air defence capability, the president said Ukraine had halted Moscow's forces completely.

"We have stopped the Russian advance on Kharkiv - period," he said.

"Putin has sacrificed tens of thousands of his citizens but has achieved nothing significant," he added.

"This was made possible by the bravery of our warriors and the bravery of our partners, who have lifted limitations on the use of Western weapons along our border," he added. 

Russia launched a surprise attack on Vovchansk in the Kharkiv region in May, opening up another front for Ukraine to defend.

Moscow's troops made rapid progress in the days immediately after the incursion, before being slowed by a stubborn Ukrainian resistance. 

Reports earlier in the week that Russian operations were winding down in the area resulted in Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denying the claims yesterday. 

"This operation is ongoing, it will continue until it has been successfully completed," he told reporters.

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COMMENTS

  1. Flicka

    The Flicka is a boat with enough space below for one couple to live aboard and yet small enough topside for them to handle easily. ... The builder has made every effort to keep the interior of the Flicka open and unobstructed from the companionway to the chain locker, a noble endeavor that gives an impression of spaciousness rivaling that of 30 ...

  2. Home of the Flicka 20 Sailboat

    9. 10. 11. The home of the legendary Bruce Bingham designed 20 foot sailboat called the Flicka. Perhaps the best small cruising boat ever built.

  3. FLICKA 20

    J = 10.5 ft. P = 23.83 ft. E = 9.5 ft. And the Displacement as 6,000 lbs. Began as plans available for amateur builder. (Over 200 sets sold) The designer began building a plug for a Flicka of his own, but circumstances forced its sale to Nor'star Marine, CA, USA, before completion. By 1975, Nor'star was building Flicka's, either as owner ...

  4. Flicka 20

    The interior is open-plan with no bulkhead separating the forepeak from the main cabin. Her fresh water supply is carried in a 20 gallon tank under the quarter berth. The diesel fuel tank, which lives under the V-berth, holds 8 gallons, as does the holding tank. ... Under Sail. Given the Flicka's short waterline length, heavy displacement and ...

  5. Flicka Specifications

    These are the specifications for the Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20. They mary vary slightly for other versions. U.S. Imperial. Metric. LOA - length overall. 24' 0". 7.32m. LOD - length on deck. 20' 0".

  6. Flicka 20

    There isn't another production boat of her size in the U.S. that rivals her interior space and ocean-going capabilities. She's small enough to handle easily, but big enough to live in comfortably. For the price of a new Flicka, you could buy a used larger boat of another make, just as seaworthy and a whole lot faster and more comfortable.

  7. The Flicka 20 Sailboat

    The Design Ratios indicate that the Flicka 20 is a heavy and stable boat that can handle rough seas and strong winds. It is not a fast or agile boat, but rather a comfortable and safe one. It has a low sail area to displacement ratio, which means it has less power to overcome its weight and drag. It also has a high ballast to displacement ratio ...

  8. A Flicka 20 Sailboat Story

    Sales and shipping world wide would be by CKD Boats cc, Cape Town, fax & phone 021 510 7206 or www.ckdboats.com the email address is on the site. Flicka 20 - Hull # 3. This hull has its fiberglass interior mouldings in place and is for sale, either as is or as a completed boat to a sailaway boat. The price is subject to final specifications.

  9. Pacific Seacraft Flicka

    A 1989 Flicka with a trailer and brand-new sails was recently listed for sale in Alaska for $34,999. That's a lot of money for a 33-year-old 20-foot sailboat, unless you know that she will get you home safe and sound, no matter what Mother Nature throws her way. This article was originally published in the July 2022 issue. Pacific Seacraft ...

  10. About the Flicka 20 Sailboat

    About The Flicka 20 Sailboat. "Whether the Flicka has reached over 300 because she's a beautiful and distinctive boat or because she's built to take the sea is impossible to determine. Regardless, the Flicka's popularity is a tremendous source of pride for me, not to mention the justice done to her design by Pacific Seacraft. The many many ...

  11. Bluewater Sailboat

    The Bluewater Sailboat Flicka 20 is the polar opposite of 'go small, go simple.'. Few other boats with proven blue water capabilities are smaller than 20 feet. Flicka has traversed the world's waters, experienced strong storms, and survived reef groundings with minimal damage. Nonetheless, this miniature global cruiser may be loaded onto ...

  12. 1983 Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20

    Seller's Description. The Flicka is a classic little blue-water cruising boat. Only 20' long, with less than 3' draft, they have interior space that has been compared to yachts 30' long. This Flicka, located on Denman Island, BC, has had only two owners since it was built in 1983. It spent 23 years in Connecticut, the last 12 years ...

  13. Flicka 20

    The Flicka 20 is a 24.0ft cutter designed by Bruce Bingham and built in fiberglass by Pacific Seacraft between 1974 and 1999. 400 units have been built. The Flicka 20 is a very heavy sailboat which is under powered. It is reasonably stable / stiff and has an excellent righting capability if capsized. It is best suited as a coastal cruiser.

  14. 1981 Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20 Sailboat For Sale in San Diego

    Overview. ~THIS VESSEL HAS BEEN SOLD~. 1981 Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20 Sailboat For Sale in San Diego. Full keel, strong sheer, bluff bow and heavy displacement. If you are looking for a well maintained, rugged, pocket cruiser look no further. This Flicka, built by Pacific Seacraft is selling by her original ownership, family owned since new.

  15. Flicka Brochures

    Searching the world for the proper boat. A search for the proper bluewater sailboat started in Tokyo, Japan and ended in Santa Ana, California with the construction of s/y ORANGE BLOSSOM. (275 KB) One Very Tough Lady. A story about the strength of the Flicka hull and an accidental grounding aboard s/y TONDELAYO. (302 KB)

  16. Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20 boats for sale

    2022 Pathfinder 2700 Open. US$168,000. Yachts360 | Bear Creek, North Carolina. <. 1. >. * Price displayed is based on today's currency conversion rate of the listed sales price. Boats Group does not guarantee the accuracy of conversion rates and rates may differ than those provided by financial institutions at the time of transaction.

  17. VESSEL REVIEW

    The new ferry system will be the water transport system to be operated on the Moskva River in 16 years. Each vessel has a welded aluminium hull, an LOA of 21 metres, a beam of 6.2 metres, a draught of only 1.4 metres, a displacement of 40 tonnes, and capacity for 80 passengers plus two crewmembers. Seating is available for 42 passengers on each ...

  18. Russian River Cruises aboard the Volga Dream

    Moscow to Astrakhan River Cruise. Your River Cruise on the luxurious MS Volga Dream takes you from Moscow along Russia's grand Volga River to the legend that is Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) and Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea. Along the way, you'll discover the treasures of Yaroslavl, the oldest city on the Volga, medieval Nizhniy Novgorod ...

  19. History of the Flicka

    The origin of the present day Flicka goes back to the 1950's, when Bingham discovered two derelict wooden sailboats on a river just south of Wickford, Rhode Island. ... the designer had further refined the Flicka's lines and interior. As shown at left, the cabin trunk now has a higher crown and is parallel to the waterline, whereas in the ...

  20. Glen-L Marine Designs

    Glen-L has over 300 boat plans for boats you can build. These are boat designs specifically for those. Glen-L Marine Designs, Moscow, Idaho. 6,946 likes · 6 talking about this · 8 were here. Glen-L has over 300 boat plans for boats you can build.

  21. Flicka Passages

    The interior has remained dry and is without mildew or mold. ... For many enthusiasts, the Flicka is the quintessential small sailboat. Priced at nearly $100,000 in 1998, this three-ton blue-water cruiser will for most remain the stuff of dreams. Nevertheless, we decided to take a closer look. ...

  22. Ukraine-Russia war latest: Russia's advance on Kharkiv 'halted'

    In April this year, the US finally approved a long-awaited aid package worth some $60.8bn (£49bn) in aid to Ukraine. Included were vast quantities of much-needed weapons and ammunition meant for ...

  23. Flicka Sailing Performance

    With a drifter, boat speed may exceed 4 knots in 10 knots of wind. In 5 knots of wind, the Flicka will sail at 2 to 2½ knots with a well set drifter and the main vanged to the toerail with a preventer. This stops the boom moving in the seaway, which causes the main to lose lift. The second weakness is her short ends and blunt bow.