Details for Flicka Sarafina

Hull Number CF 9046 GA (factory)

Lake Pleasant, Phoenix, AZ.
Engine Type
Enclosed Head?
Hull Material
Also known as
Fractional Sloop
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Displ. boat dry = 5,500 lb.

Trailer capacity+ 10,000 lb. New bearings in ’05, All new tires 2016.
’96 GMC Suburban 2500 big-block, 98K mi, with towing pkg. and 4WD is available as well.  All papers in order, titles clear. 

She’s over built in every aspect. Really thick construction. Chainplates’ through bolts are inspected and all good. This is one of Bingham’s original fractional rig designs with a 30’ mast and 12’ boom; backstay runs to a boomkin.

Sail Inventory: Rolly Tasker: fully battened tanbark Main w/ power pocket, tanbark working jib, tanbark 130% Genoa, Flasher in yellow, green, and white, with sock. Whisker pole is stored on forward lifelines. Rigging includes lazy-jacks. Small riding sail to fly boom to backstay to discourage horsing in a blow. Original sails available for the taking. 

Original auxiliary prop aperture filled in. And, the gap between rudder’s leading edge and keel’s trailing edge narrowed, all per William Crealock's suggestion. [bless him].

Electrical system's operations are described in folder remaining on board.

Additional gear and features include: 
30 gal. Fresh Water tankage. Plenty of storage space for more. Fresh and salt water at s.s. galley sink.
4 cu. ft. Built in ice box. No drain to outside increases efficiency. Uses siphon tube to drain. Split 50 lb. block of ice lasts 2 weeks in 100 deg AZ-MEX summers. 
Space for port-a-potty behind companionway steps OR: Buy an AirHead composting toilet from Jeff Trot. They’re miraculous!! Keeping mine, so this boat is already set up to receive yours with fan, switch, hose, and vent already in place. Concerned about “aromas”. There won’t be any, period!

British Seagull Silver Century [fixed gear version] [not clutch version shown] w/ 1ea. standard and 1ea. long distance fuel tank.A piece I wrote was published in Good Old Boat July/August ’06,s issue re shifting from a Honda 8hp [with charging circuit] to a BF2 for our kicker. The 2 worked fine, but I enjoyed shifting back to the first engine we used which came off our Cape dory Typhoon, a Seagull 104 cc, because their so durable and fixable with simple tools. I swamped a Seagull 40 on a Swampscott dory…hummm.., carb and all submerged for 30 min. in fresh water. It started on the second pull and got me home. So, you can have the Silver Century 104 if you want it.   

Compass, Knot Meter, and Sounder mounted in starboard cockpit bulkhead.

Delta bow anchor on chain and nylon rode. Small Danforth stern [lunch hook] on chain and nylon rode.Double-acting, bronze RC Plath anchor winch on bow with pocket wheel and cathead. Dumps directly into chain locker seen above the V-berth. 

12’ diameter Para-anchor in bag with rode, prescribed swivel, and red float.  

Inflatable 12’ kayak dink, w/ 2ea. sets of kayak paddles and fitted stabilizer skeg. Fits on deck and in cabin when inflated.

 Swim ladder on stern.

Lift system for raising mast the first 45 degrees comes with. 

Boom Vang


Tiller Pilot

Shortwave transceiver [currently set to receive-only for weather net reports]
Bilge alarm

Manual bilge pump

After shifting all lighting to LEDs when converting to solar, boat functions perfectly on one grp. 24 [or smaller] RV deep cycle.

The companionway hatch can carry two flexible solar panels and produce 5 amps in bright sun. Enough power to run computer fan 24/7 for Airhead [if added] and monitor VHF emergency channel all day. Shore power system, including cable.

Two burner Origo alcohol stove w/ proper flame spreaders [for hot blue flame] with mounted pot clamps. 

Companionway and chart table can be illuminated at night by the flexible stemmed led with red lens.

First step into cabin folds up revealing chart tool cabinet. Second step down into cabin stores under pilot berth so chart cabinet door can swing up supported in part on a door-spring stiff-leg making both a  chart or dining table. 

The standard Force -10 kerosene heater fuel tank is 2 gal. Takes up too much space aboard a boat this size. So, I converted a US Air Force fire extinguisher into a pressure It’ll run 6 hrs. On one charge. I used a 3:1 blend of kerosene to paraffin in it as recommended by mfgr. if combining. Straight kerosene works fine too. I also used only paraffin in the two lamps as well because my wife has asthma. Paraffin burns brighter and produces little odor.

 For fresh air, there’s a Down the Hatch dorade to fit the deck mounted forward hatch. You can actually escape through that. Not the cabin top mounted version by P.S.    Also, a reversible computer turbine for galley stove exhaust fan or ventilation to V-berths in a calm anchorage.

Mahogany cabinetry and custom gadgets are my own. The bits of fuzz you see along the mahogany rail separating the upper from lower cabinets are from the tops of the back cushions for the pilot berth. They're held in place by short strips of velcro hooks underside of the rail engaging the green cushion’s fabric.

The medicine cabinet’s mirror spins to present either its 1:1 or magnifier lens.

What appears to be a teak and holly cabin floor is a vinyl overlay. It’s better looking than the old carpet, cheap, and works fine. There’s a small cockpit tent aboard so your honey can bathe in privacy sitting on the duckboards with warm water deliveries from the galley.

 This boat and its systems have a yesteryear look, feel, and appeal. However, Nor’Star’s 30’ mast and long boom crowd more sail on her than most Pacific Seacraft Flickas can carry. Save [perhaps] for those with long bowsprits and cutter rigs. The facts that she’s not pulled out of trim by an inboard auxiliary, there's no prop aperture and she has a taller main, fully battened with a power-pocket continuing the main's airfoil all the way down to the boom [whew]… means... you’ll not only be overtaking newer Flickas in good wind, but also ghosting past them heading back to harbor. Only downside? You’ll be taking their orders for supper at the restaurant of choice ;-)

I / we can attest to her stability and strength, she having brought us safely home through hellacious wind and waves. Tide differentials at and near Rocky Point in the upper Gulf of CA can be 24 ft. Like other Flickas, this one draws 1 meter. Use a tide chart and plenty of rode.

Things I’ve removed from the boat include: Conventional life jackets, kitchen utensils, enameled plates, bowls and cups, picnic style flatware [..for 4],   s.s. wine glasses, etc. All those goodies are easily negotiable if you’re starting out anew and they happen to appeal.  

 The Ugly: New Finnspray galley sink pump is ready to install.

Fuel storage cover under sternsheets needs refinishing including ALL exterior teak. Awl-grip primer and Jade Green was applied in prescribed number of layers and will polish up beautifully. Contact mfgr for details.

Trailer is fitted with electric brakes. My GMC Suburban has sender under dash. For manual assist. The battery to activate the brakes is on the trailer stem and will need to be replaced. Trailer brakes worked the last time I hauled, but can’t be tested until that is done. 

Regarding hull numbers:

Factory Hull Number: CF 9046 GA  [Found in 5/20/89 survey only [nowhere visible on the boat]. Second assigned #: NSB200150476. [This number and the third, both containing twelve digits, were likely assigned for same reason explained below]. Third (and current) assigned #: AZZ7886BC777  This last number is stamped into a small brass strip which I riveted to the outside of the transom to be in plain sight.

When I purchased the boat (Bill Ronstadt) it bore no numbers raised, relieved into the hull, nor stamped on any attached plaque. Mexican customs require the hull carry a permanently fixed number for any greater penetration into their country than Puerto Penasco [Rocky Point].   AZ Dept. of Game and Fish will assign a hull number to boats with no permanent factory number visible. This current AZZ number supersedes any assigned previously.


Previous owner described: Putting in at San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico, crossing to Santa Rosalia, Baja and sailing down Gulf coast of Baja to La Paz from where he crossed to Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mex. Where from there, I don’t recall.

We’ve sailed her many times north and south from Rocky Point, Sonora and San Carlos. Gunk holing up the coast some 35 miles from S.C., snorkeling, fishing, and enjoying the scenery. We made one crossing to Baja from Kino Bay, island hopping to and from. We encountered high, counter current wind on two occasions that whipped the waves into close formation deep troughs and high peaks. Buried the bowsprit many times. The boat is over built and never faltered.

I ran her amok once trying to avoid an aggressive shrimper on the ebb of a 24’ spring tide in Rocky Point. I carried anchors out well off to port and starboard with rodes leading back to the genie winches. The water level was dropping 1 ft. every ten minutes. Tensioned the rodes keeping the mast vertical, bathed, toasted the town and all watching, had supper, and floated off on the flood. All glorious.

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