1978 Pacific Seacraft 20
- Stock #095194 -
Per the seller:
"It's with mixed emotions that we are selling 'Pelican'.
"She is a Pacific Seacraft Flicka, hull #80 of 434. She came out of the factory in December of 1978.
"If you don't know, Flickas, especially the ones built by Pacific Seacraft, and even more so the EARLY ones have what can only be described as a cult following.
"The origins of the Flicka go back to the 1950's when Bruce Bingham made some sketches of two derelict wooden sailboats on a river just south of Wickford in Rhode Island.
"Bingham later learned that they were workboats that had been used since 1840 by the fishermen who sailed out to the stormy Block Island Sound to work the fishery there.
"These boats were known as Newport boats and had a reputation for being fast, seaworthy boats that would bring home their crew safely.
"Flickas have literally crossed every ocean and rounded every cape. They've sailed to Antarctica and above the Arctic Circle (though I don't think one has circumnavigated)."
Flickas built by NorStar and certainly Pacific Seacraft have stood the test of time. Most Flickas were laid up with polyester resin, although later in the production run Pacific Seacraft switched to vinlyester resins that are more resistant to osmotic blistering.
The hull is solid fiberglass. The decks are balsa cored with laminated plywood backing plates where necessary.
The hull and deck are joined on an inward flange that is then covered by a husky teak caprail. A molded, structural hull liner provides athwart ship support.
The beefy, beautifully varnished, tiller is mounted on the transom, offering good leverage for steering and freeing up cockpit space.
Battery access is through a hatch in the cockpit sole.
There are also cockpit lockers to port and starboard.
Naturally the side decks are narrow, but the stanchions are sturdy and the lifelines surprisingly tall.
There is a teak handrail all along the cabintrunk.
The chainplates are outboard, and they are impressive, as is the entire standing rigging.
The mast is deck-stepped with an odd, off-center compression post below.
The single-spreader spar has an air draft of 31 feet and can be stepped fairly easily.
The bowsprit includes a beefy anchor roller, and the oversized mooring cleats would pass inspection for a Panama Canal transit.
Stepping down below is the opposite of stepping into the cockpit; your reaction is, "This can't be a 20-foot boat." There really is standing headroom throughout and the open plan without a full forward bulkhead opens things up. The teak joiner-work is quite nice.
The galley is to port with an enclosed head opposite. This head compartment is small, yet the civility of a private head is worth tucking your knees up. Some boats have marine heads, others have porta-potties.
The galley usually includes a two-burner stove top, a good-sized sink and an icebox compartment. The settee to starboard is relatively short, but it does make a nice seat if not a berth. The V-berth is large and comfortable.
Two people, preferably young, agile and very much in love, can cruise long-term on a Flicka and maintain a standard of living beyond camping out. Ventilation is great with opening bronze portlights and a large hatch over the V-berth.
How can a boat that carries a total of 243 square feet of sail area and displaces 6,000 pounds along an 18-foot LWL sail at all? Better than you might think. The Flicka's hull speed is 5.7 knots.
Sure, the boat needs a bit of breeze to gather way on, but it was not designed for light-air daysails. It may be small but it belongs on big bodies of water.
And it's a passagemaker. Several Flickas have averaged 120 miles per day on trade wind crossings, and that's good going: 5 knots over 24 hours.
The Flicka's history is filled with boats that have crossed oceans, and that's the ultimate statement about how it sails.
With its long keel and low-aspect rig it's not a great performer to weather. It heels early before stiffing and tracks well.
Owners admit to a bit of weather helm. Like many cruising boats, the Flicka is at its best on a reach, and can carry sail in genuine Force 4 trade winds.
One of the disadvantages of a small boat is the tendency to pitch in choppy conditions.
For many years buying a Flicka was for small boat eccentrics with plenty of money.
It was a very expensive boat when new, and it also held its value on the used boat market.
The Flicka has always appealed to budget-minded cruisers who want to set off this year, not save money for a bigger boat five years from now.
Lin and Larry Pardey epitomize this philosophy: "Go small, go simple, go now." If that concept appeals to you, consider the Flicka. It is a small, strong, capable boat loaded with charm.
This listing has now been on the market 30 days. If you are thinking of making an offer, go ahead and submit it today! Let's make a deal!
Reason for selling is moving inland for a job.
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