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The Flica 34 is  a sheet ply hard chine hulled boat. You can also build a round bilge 35 or 37ft version, please ask for more details. The 34 was designed so that it could be built one hull at a time, to make it easier to build some of the boat away from the water, and to simplify building.

However this owner decided to build his Flica in one piece from the start. Note the date stamps, this was a builder working alone

The bulkheads are set up on a strongback to ensure no movement, stringers are being added

The stringers are all added and faired, note the solid wood keel panels.

Planking completed, ready to glass and below, work begins on the bridgedeck floor

 

The LAR keels could be fitted later which helps keep the whole project nearer the ground when the other way up. The less climbing ladders you do the quicker you will build and the safer you are. (Lots of people fall off ladders!)

Always paint the hull when it is upside down. It's very tempting to turn it over and start on the interior. But the boat has to be painted at some stage so why not now, when its easy?

Scary times, one reason for making individual hulls

Working on the interior. Unfortunately, apart from the small boats, the hulls are the quick bit, it's the fitting out that takes the time.

 

Decking started, above, nearly finished, below. The small doghouse was an owner addition. He later removed it

 

 

All painted, below, nearly ready to launch!

 

It is possible to take a Flica to the water on a flat bed trailer, but you'll need a police escort and check out the route before hand! (traffic lights, bollards, telephone lines can be removed temporarily)

Launching - yippee! Less than two years work, very impressive for a home builder who had not built a boat before

Sometimes the roads are too narrow to take a boat flat, but angling them up works (40 Flicas and Banshees were taken down this road)

And sometimes you need to go through the city, Liverpool in this case (this round bilge Flica was built in foam sandwich in a year - singlehanded)