Details for Flicka Wren

Hull Number Ryan Marine #1 (Hull ID: RYAF20010374)

Ryan Marine
Rockport, Texas
Engine Type
Enclosed Head?
Hull Material
Also known as
Gaff Cutter
More Info


Wren is a 1974 Bruce Bingham designed Flicka, professionally built by Ryan Marine boat yard. She is a Gaff Cutter Rig Pocket Cruiser with 6'.3” standing head room; A 3-ton displacement, sound blue water boat. Has a proven history of her soundness as well as the +/-3900 mile motor-sail that she just completed.

Port galley w/ insulated ice box, sink, gimbaled alcohol stove, plenty of back wall storage as well as under stove and sink storage for provisions and cooking utensils. V Birth accommodates two persons, Groco manual pump toilet starboard side forward of quarter berth, Quarter Berth/ settee starboard side across from galley, large storage compartment aft of quarter berth houses one of the two batteries and switch.

Lots of storage on shelf above quarter berth where the VHF radio and electrical panel are located. Lots of storage under V berth and quarter berth. A portapotty for the inland trip is included (very little use). All cushions in excellent condition. Also spot light, wood bungs, US Coast Guard approved flairs, first aid kits, sea anchor, fire blanket and fire extinguisher, 110V air conditioner goes into entry hatch, air scoop for front hatch new never used.

A good live aboard for one person or two that get along well. I know because I did for the past 3 months.  (by Kevin)



From early July through late September, 2011, the former owner, Kevin, singlehanded her from Maryland to Texas via ICW. (See pictures above.)

Scribbles by Kevin:

" Voyage Completed ! Baltimore, MD to Rockport, TX in my Flicka.
I'm back home in Alpine, TX. Wren (a 20' Flicka) did a great job with her gaff cutter rig sails and 10hp Yanmar. A 90 day motor-sail from Middle River, Maryland (where I purchased her), came to it's successful and safe conclusion September 28 at the City Marina in Rockport, Texas, where she is now in slip #6, 500 miles from here (Alpine).

This trip was an experience of a lifetime, my bucket list item #2 at age 72, single handing her down 95% of the ICW.

The most memorable experience of the trip that money could never buy happened in the marsh land of Georgia, after a 12 hr. day in the grueling sun and July heat, I was feeling my way into a gunk hole anchorage using Skipper Bob's guide book, when that awful thunk in my feet and the transducer announced 3.3' "you are aground" suck-stuck in the mud!

I was working the tiller rapidly back and forth trying to work the bow off when I was distracted by a great commotion around the stern and spouting noises. When I looked over the sides there were several large dolphin with their body's hugging Wren's sides working their tails back and forth as they pushed her off into deeper water, WOW! And then they disappeared."


Her new/current owner, David Sibley, plans to sail her to Belize.

At Maryland before embarking on her 3,900 mile passage to Texas, July 2011. Before depature, she received coats of fresh bottom paint. Ready for splash. Underway. Motor-sailing on Lake Okeechobee.