"Snowflake" - 1987 Flica F3 35

"Snowflake" - 1987 Flica F3 35

Location: Grenada, West Indies. USD 55,000

By Julia Weeks - 06/01/2020

Snowflake is a 1987 35 foot Richard Woods Flica F3 catamaran, production boat built by Palamos Boatbuild Ltd in Cornwall, England. A 1988 South West Export Award Winner, the Flica was designed and built for comfort and crossing oceans.

Snowflake is fully fitted out for long distance cruising, has sailed across the Atlantic multiple times, most recently with the current owner in December 2017. (EU VAT has been paid)

All lines are lead aft to the cockpit (all running rigging new 2017), enabling ease and safety of sail handling. The Furlex headsail furler (new 2014) makes reefing or furling in the Genoa (new 2017) a snap and the lazy bag system (new 2014) allows the captain to quickly drop the mainsail (new 2017) when necessary. The two backstays (rarely found on other catamarans) offer greater strength to the rig, and her whisker pole (new 2015) reaches the genoa out fully to take advantage of downwind trades. Her smaller rig (all standing rigging new 2015, inspected Jan 2018) makes her easy to handle by a couple.

In the cockpit, a sturdy stainless steel Bimini frame with canvas offers protection from the elements and an excellent location for 3 solar panels (new 2018) totalling 885 watts, which provide Snowflake with copious amounts of energy to run all electrical systems and charge devices. This catamaran is NOT a dock queen – Snowflake has not been plugged into shore power since October 2017.

Storage lockers aft, and forward provide more than enough space for fenders, lines and other items

Inside, headroom is 6’4” throughout and the spacious design is equivalent to that of a 50’ monohull.

The windows in the saloon allow for full visibility and plenty of light (curtains all new 2014) throughout and the large seating area provides room for eight people to comfortably enjoy a meal or play a game of dominos or cards. (All cushions recovered 2014.) Below the seating area is ample storage and the saloon table can be raised in order to allow unlimited access to the storage if completing a large provision. Ample bookshelves provide room for a generous library for those lengthy passages. The teak floor (new 2014) provides a classic look and warm feeling in the saloon.

Two generous double bunks, each located in the starboard and port forward cabins offer privacy and comfort to the owner and guests. (Mattress in port forward cabin new 2014.) Storage spaces abound in both cabins, with the added luxury of having large hanging lockers in each cabin. If a 3rd bunk is needed, the starboard aft cabin can be used (currently no mattress in place).

On the starboard side, the extensive counter space in the galley provides excellent space to create meals, while offering sizable storage for dishes, cookware, and provisions. While spacious, the galley is extremely safe when under way, with many places to brace oneself while prepping meals or washing dishes. The 2 burner Eno stove and oven (new 2018) provides the chef with many options for preparing meals. A Waeco refrigerator (new 2013) offers great space for food, drinks, and its small freezer has room for several ice trays and ice packs. The 45-liter-per-hour water maker (new 2015) ensures that the crew never runs out of fresh drinking water onboard.

A large navigation table located in the port side offers space to lay out full sized charts, while also can be folded up and out of the way when not in use. Just behind the navigation table you will find a large work surface that is handy for any project and is next to a hanging wet locker.

The head is located in the port aft and contains a C-Head compost toilet (new 2017). Pull out faucet at the sink can be used as shower.

A total of four 50-liter water tanks reside in the bilges (2 located in the center of each hull). Throughout, plentiful storage is found in lockers, drawers, and in the bilges. Easy access to all bilges.

Hatches (replaced in 2014) and port lights (all re-bedded and seals replaces 2017) offer excellent ventilation.

The two 18 hp Yanmar engines allow the helms person to spin Snowflake on a dime, offering excellent maneuverability. (Update: engine in starboard hull will need to be replaced.)

*The needed replacement of the starboard engine is reflected in the asking price.

Word from the owner:
“I purchased Snowflake because I was looking for a comfortable vessel that could take me far and keep me safe. After looking at several other makes of catamarans, it was obvious that Snowflake was the boat I was looking for. Sailing her in the Mediterranean, through heavy storms in the Gulf de Lyon, across the Atlantic Ocean, and through dark squalls in the Eastern Caribbean, she never let me down. Snowflake has been my home for 6 years. She’s great fun to sail and extremely comfortable at sea and at anchor. The designer, Richard Woods has always been very responsive to my emails whenever I had questions when refitting the boat. It’s been a hard decision, but I’m deciding to sell her so I can follow my dreams and do a different type of sailing in higher latitudes.”

Word from the Designer:
“FLICA uses the same hull shape that we developed for the extremely successful BANSHEE catamaran, but the design has been adapted to allow for a greater payload and to give more internal room. The hulls have full ends and Veed forward sections to give a smooth ride and minimal pitching. The wide overall beam counted with the good flare and small knuckle mean that bridge deck slam (often a problem associated with bridge deck cabin cats) is very considerably reduced. Low aspect ratio keels protect the semi-balanced rudders and sail drive units. FLICA’s interior has been based upon our experience of several years living aboard boats. The drawings and photos show the major features. We have tried to create essential privacy by dividing the interior into separate “rooms” rather than using the more common open plan layout. This interior works well whether one is in a marina or at sea.
FLICA is the most comfortable boat we have ever sailed and feels very secure and stable, even in strong winds — in fact, neither of us would have any hesitation about sailing FLICA single-handed round the world.
Despite being less performance orientated than BANSHEE, we still find FLICA responsive and enjoyable to sail. FLICA easily maintains 7-8 knots on all points of sail, accelerates to 10 or more in the gusts and tacks and maneuvers under mainsail alone. Performance under power we found most impressive, the superb control and maneuverability being reassuring, particularly when in close quarters.”

Boat Name

Builder: Palamos Boatbuild LTD; Cornwall, England
Designer: Richard Woods, Woods Designs
Year: 1987
Model: Flica F3

LOA: 35’4”
LWL: 32’6”
Beam: 19’4”
Draft: 3’
Displacement (empty): 4T
Headroom (minimum): 6’2”
Sail Area: 597 ft sq

1 Yanmar 2GM20 (replacement required)
1 Yanmar 2GM20FC

2 Yanmar SD20 (seals replaced in July 2018)

Year built: 1987
Engine type: Inboard
Engine / fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: unknown
Drive Type: Sail drives
Engine Power: 18 HP

2 Maxprop feathering props

Cruising Speed under engine: 4 knots

(Variety of spares included for engines.)

Fuel: 100 liters
Fresh Water: 200 liters

• double stainless steel sink (new 2017)
• Waeco 12 volt refrigerator with small freezer (new 2013)
• Eno 2 burner stove and oven (new 2018)
• one 10# composite propane tank (new 2019)
• one 17# composite propane tank (new 2019)
• Xintex solenoid and gas detector (new 2018)
• Whale foot pump (fresh water) (rebuilt 2017)
• Thruhull in place for salt water pump.
• Pots, pans, dishes, utensils, etc

Navigation and Communication:
• Garmin map 182C
• Standard Horizon VHF GX1700 with DSC (new 2014)
• Autohelm ST3000 autopilot (Variety of spares included)
• AdvanSea S400 wind unit (new 20

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