Elska is my beloved 1979 Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20. She came without a name, so I named her Elska, which means “love” in Icelandic.
My Dad’s side of the family are all sailors. I grew up on the Columbia River, but never learned to operate a boat myself. Greg and I took sailing classes in 2015, and were immediately hooked. A few months later we bought a 30′ Hunter. But my heart wasn’t in it. We enjoyed her for a couple years but I really wanted a smaller boat. I yearned for something sturdy and salty. I saw my first Flicka 20, and well, that was it. I spent a year searching Craigslist and any ads along the west coast, before finding this beauty in Oak Harbor, Washington. My Aunt and Uncle came up from Portland to help us sail her home.
In the spring of 2018 we decided that we weren’t sailing enough. Between my chronic fatigue syndrome and raising two teens, we couldn’t justify the monthly cost of moorage. But I couldn’t let her go! So we moved her down to Oregon to live on the Columbia with my Dad, who is now her guardian. I still own her, but Dad takes care of her, and I get to sail her whenever I visit.
Her hull was purchased directly from Pacific Seacraft, and shipped to a professional boat builder, where her interior was custom built with offshore cruising in mind. Her cabin is Honduras mahogany, and instead of the traditional PSC headliner, she was given gorgeous fir planks. Her hull is completely insulated, the bulkheads are bonded to the hull (no liner).
- Designer: Bruce Bingham
- Hull Number: PCS200930579 (Hull #93)
- Rig: Sloop, tanbark sails
- Engine: Honda outboard, 4 cycle, 8HP
- Head: Port-a-potty
- Manual fresh water and salt water pumps
- Dinette with two bench seats
- Origo 2-burner alcohol stove, on gimbals