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The saloon of a Flica 34 before fitting the table. Right angled seats are practical, even if not fashionable - many modern boats now have curved saloon seats. Because it does mean you can sit back and kick your feet up when reading a book or watching a video. And you can use the saloon as a seaberth, which many people, including myself, prefer when ocean sailing. Vertical posts are the mast and shroud supports. Water tank is under seats

 

Another Flica, this time a 37, with the table fitted. The 37 is almost the same layout as the 34, just a few cm/inches bigger all round

And yet a third Flica, again a 34, this time with a folding table

Many interiors are dark and boring, it makes a change to see one bright and colourful. See my building articles for more comments

On this size boat people have their own ideas for the interior fitout. That's OK providing the main bulkheads and dividers are kept in the right positions. If in doubt ask me before changing anything. So some of these photos show variations of the layout

 

 

 

This photo, below, shows the head compartment as drawn, but many people add an extra head in a forward cabin.

The roomy heads/shower compartment is offset so that access to the forward cabin is possible without going through the heads.

 

This builder only fitted a single bunk in one of the front cabins, allowing for more deck lockers or maybe a super-size bunk in the other forward cabin. Big bunks are great in harbour, but at sea you can be rolled around, so be careful when sizing them.

This builder finished the saloon as drawn, above, the "box" against the aft bulkhead holds the fridge/freezer (access from the galley). Note how easy it is to go inside when compared to the companionway on a monohull. On multihulls you "go inside" not "go below"

and a chart table on the other side. Maybe that isn't needed in these chartplotter days, but having an "office" space is always useful

This is a flat panel solid glass boat - note the hull stringers - with a forward child berth

Diesel engines are fitted, one under each aft bunk. Plenty of room for engine maintenance, below. A 10-12 hp is recommended, although up to 18 hp is feasible, with a conventional shaft and folding prop.

Note, a Flica sailed from the UK to New Zealand with twin outboards. The disadvantage of outboards is that it is not possible to use them for battery charging when under sail and no "free" hot water.

 

Fir tropical sailing a solid bimini, above, makes sense, despite the weight and the fact it's then harder to see the sail trim. But most use a lighter, canvas one. (I tend to use a parasol!)