I have been surprised by all of the emails I am receiving regarding Wookie. It has become evident to me this restoration is a dream shared by many Flicka owners. I am thrilled we can live through this journey together. Below I have shared blurbs from some of the emails I have received to date. Keep writing to firstname.lastname@example.org or post your comments directly on the site. I have included the country these emails are originating from.
TOM D. (United States)
Your Flicka adventure is one that most of us wish for. Being able to take a Flicka back to the factory and get everything looked at and then refitted, repaired, or replaced is the pinnacle of Flicka ownership. Too bad that we all don’t have the time and money to accomplish what you are! Your website is one of the best I’ve seen, maybe the best! Thanks! Looking forward to reading and seeing more about s/y WOOKIE
PRESTON W. (Sarasota, FL., United States)
Great Job on the Blog and Great Job on Wookie. I can’t believe you shipped her to NC to Pacific Seacraft for a complete restoration!!! You are truly doing her justice and she is one LUCKY boat! I can’t wait to see her all done and photos of you next winter sailing in the Bahamas
STEVE AND ASHLEY L. (St. Petersburg, FL., United States)
What a great website!!! I love clicking around and reading all the posts! So much fun. Glad that we are able to stay in touch with you and follow your journey through this site!
JUDY W. (Florida, United States)
I am enjoying your blog and I want you to know it has been very helpful. We are now riding out the tropical storm giving me a chance to catch up on your blog, like that idea about AC. Our plans are to sail my boat, Prelude, in the Gulf, and weather permitting, head for Cuba. We are avid readers, it’s all very good, best wishes for a happy restoration.
PIET Z. (Knysna, South Africa)
Well written. Send more updates!!!! Excited to see the finished Wookie
KRISTY B. (Sydney, Australia)
Love this, Chris! Looks amazing!! Can’t wait to see the absolute finished product, incredible improvement!
GUS B. (United Kingdom)
I am very excited about seeing the results of a PSC renovated Flicka. Always fantasized about getting Caraway restored at PSC when she was mine.
PS. Dear readers, you may be interested to read Gus’s letters about his Flicka Caraway at http://flicka20.com/articles-my-first-boat-flicka-caraway. He also has set up and maintains the Flicka website http://flicka20.com/
ROBERT C. (United States)
Hi Chris, I am enjoying your blog. I too went through a Flicka build (Red Rascal) and know how exciting this is. My design is a little different as I looked at the plans and felt the interior was a bit dated (sorry Bruce) and I wanted a dinette arrangement so I could just plop down after a sail, or work on the boat to have a beer or coffee (it can be converted to a settee again or as part of the lower bunk of bunk beds). My wife said the only thing she wanted was an enclosed head — it just kind of spread from there and I ended up re-designing the entire interior. The V-berth is 2″ higher than the plans which made the head of the berth as wide as a king-size bed!(of course the foot is only about 8-10″ wide).
PS. Dear readers, you may be interested in Robert’s book. He details the joy and agony of the building process from a set of plans to the launching. There is extensive instruction on interior construction. If interested please go to http://www.blurb.com/b/5937003-building-a-flicka-from-lines-to-launch
PHILLIPE M. (Nice, France)
MAY 2016 – I read with great emotion the blog of your boat Wookie. It’s cool to see someone who lives his dreams instead of dreaming his life !
OCTOBER 2016 – Chris, your blog is fantastic and it is amazing to appreciate the quality of the job . Everything is done in the prospect of perfection. I love that. I look forward to seeing the first images on the water. Amitiés
JEFFREY F. (United States)
Great work! Your work to restore her to top condition is an inspiration. Looking forward to seeing more of the process, and getting inspired to take on some of these projects on my Flicka! Jeff s/v Destiny #203
FERDINAND A. (Speyer, Germany)
Hi Chris, Wookie looks really good. Nice job. Hope you are able to cruise the Pacific soon….to get here I suggest you choose the Atlantic and then from Rotterdam up the Rhein river to Speyer, then you are already very close to my home. See you someday, I hope. Take care and all the best.
PS. Dear readers, you may be interested in knowing that Ferdinand fully restored a massive abandoned historical building in the middle of Speyer, in which he now lives. Once a year he plays host to the entire town where he allows its residents to enjoy his gardens and other historical factors of the building. Obviously, this is done with lots of great regional wines and food. I feel honoured that Ferdinand is following Wookie’s progress.
RIAD T. (Sydney, Australia)
I read these with much interest. When are you sailing into Sydney?
TRAVIS V. (Lusaka, Zambia)
Looks good. The old tub looks like it is coming along nicely. Maybe I can meet you in the Caribbean somewhere for cigars and rum punch…..
PAT D. (Florida, United States)
Having watched you “do” another boat, there is no doubt in our minds that “Wookie” will soon be pristine! No flaws!
PS. Dear readers, my last boat was a beautiful Cape Dory 270 hull #7 that I named Free Spirit. I worked on her for 6 years and lived on her for a further 4 years. Free Spirit took me safely across the Gulf of Mexico and parts of the Caribbean.
TERRY W. (Melbourne, Australia)
Hi Chris, You sure appear to have been having a lot of fun. What a challenge to take on. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product and hearing how she sails. Best regards.
ANDREW G. (St. Petersburg, FL., United States)
Hey there! I just came across your blog this morning. I also have a Flicka20 down here in the St. Pete Marina, s/v Salar #292. It was great looking through your progress. I’m especially looking forward to what you have planned for the head.
DAVID B. (United States)
Wow, things are really coming along! Love the new bling!
DAVID S. (United Kingdom)
TREVOR P. (California, United States)
Hello, I absolutely love your website and have enjoyed browsing its contents. I am currently a Junior in college and have been looking to purchase my own sailboat. After a couple months of searching, none of the boats on the market satisfied my needs or budget. That was until I came across the Flicka. As you well know, the lines on her have pulled me beyond logic and now I am asking not “if” I can afford one, but “how”. Cheers from another dreamer. Long live Wookie. Trevor.
HELEN Z. (Cape Town / Knysna, South Africa)
Hi, Chris. The restoration is looking good. I am getting excited to see the finished Wookie. Maybe we will see it in Cape Town. Helen.
KURT L. (Washington, North Carolina)
A gift from one of our readers and a Flicka owner. It will be worn with pride.
MARK G. (Kemah, Texas – South Texas Yach Services)
It’s looking nautical Chris. Look forward to seeing a finished Wookie soon.
JODY R. (Dover, DE, United States – cruising aboard the charter vessel Cygnus II (http://www.cygnusclassiccharters.com) and contributing to Waterway Guide)
Chris – We saw Wookie yesterday at Pacific Seacraft – she’s a lovely vessel and we’re so glad you’re giving her a new lease on life. Can’t wait to see her completed interior. We were in town to research an article on Washington for the Waterway Guides – have an antique vessel of our own and applaud anyone who keeps these special boats afloat. She’s going to be wonderful.
JIM D. (Will be voyaging along the Rideau Waterways – Canada)
WOW!! The work you have put into WOOKIE is amazing and slightly intimidating. I am currently saving the down-payment for a tiny blue-water capable sailboat, the Flicka being one of my considerations.
GUY (United States)
I am living vicariously through you as the Wookie project is the embodiment of my own dream to one day salvage and restore to glory one of these classic and cool boats. Many thanks for sharing the details of this most-noble of projects. I can only hope you will continue to share your future adventures with Wookie with the rest of us dreamers. God bless and God speed !
Photo of Flicka 20 – s/v Red Rascal
Photo below of s/v Charlie
The mast gaff and boom are of pine, and the bowsprit is a metal pipe! Originally called a Mayfly Corsaire (Demonstrator no 2) she is now known as an Oystercatcher 20. Built in 1997 as a cutter, at some point the mast was moved forward to convert her to a sloop. A Yanmar engine was fitted in 2003.