- Oct 22, 2014
Joe, I wonder about this statement. The Flicka has carried sailors across oceans. Certainly a 20ft breaking wave might give a novice sailor concern, but a 20ft swell would be like riding a bike up and down a hill.A 20 foot sailiboat can handle waves that are just over 6 feet. Very quickly you will loose controll and ask for help.
More importantly if you plan to venture beyond the marina break water you need to know how to pilot a boat over waves, even the wakes of the cargo ships doing 15-20 knots in the channel.
If you set your 20ft Flicka up to sail across open water (ie. Closed ports and companionway) so water stays outside the hull, operating engine, sails and wind to drive the boat, properly secured to the boat with tether and harness, well away from a Lee shore you should be able to survive the sea. Even if you meet a breaking 6ft wave abeam and it knocks the boat on its side, the Flicka design should right the boat and continue on to her port.