Ron Holback 2/2/90
"I'd like you to know that I'm
making progress on my Flica. Not as quickly as I'd hoped though I'm sure
you're used to hearing that. It's a lot of work for one person. Enthusiasm
hasn't waned, and there's no doubt about finishing the project. I don't
want to go further without giving you my highest compliments on the
quality of your plans. I've had the opportunity to look at other multi and
monohull plans since purchasing yours and none even come close to
approaching the detail that you provide. "Add me to your list of
satisfied customers" is an understatement. Your design and drawings
Then in 1994 he wrote
"I launched Toucan
in August 1993. I had built the boat at home on a steep hill and getting
it off our property onto the paved road was my only real concern. Most
boat hauliers wouldn't touch the job, but the one I hired made it look
easy. He backed his trailer between the hulls then we placed 2 steel I
beams across the trrailer and set the boat down on those. At 6am on a
Saturday morning we moved the boat - the truck was accompanied by pilot
cars front and back and a highway patrol escort as well. We hauled it 30
miles to Sacremento and launched it in the Sacremento River. Most of the
trip was on the Interstate driving down the middle of two traffic lanes at
60 mph. We launched it by backing the trailer down a ramp and floating it
off, then motored to a marina for the next 4 days. After that, motored
down the river 100 miles to San Fransisco Bay. Spent the next 4 months
there stepping the mast, installing pulpits, sea trials etc. And of course
giving tours to folks asking to see the boat.
On Dec 17th we sailed
under the Golden Gate Bridge and turned left, heading for Mexico. We were
about 3 months late, and bringing up the end of that years cruising pack.
Its about 500 miles from San Fransisco to the border. We spent Christmas
in Santa Barbara, New Year in San Diego and entered Mexico a few days
Spent the next 10 months leisurely working our way south -
currently in Panama.
The boat has beem an excellent
liveaboard for Erika and I and our two boys Skip (7) and Hans(4). We have
never once regretted deciding on a Flica, nor have we seen another
sailboat of any size we'd consider trading for. The boat has earned you
and I great compliments everywhere we've been.
We've travelled well
over 4000 miles this year, making landfalls throughout Mexico, Guatemala,
Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and now Panama, with no major
It's vrtually impossible for me to recount all the fun
times and compliments this boat has provided us. For us it's the perfect
home, and will continue to be so for some years to come.
leave here around March, finish our transit of the canal, then sail down
to Columbia, then up to Belize. Thanks for a great boat!!"