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Maker Nor'Star, Santa Barbara, CA
Year 1975
Location Australia
Engine Type Yanmar 1gm10
Enclosed Head? V berth forward, pilot berth to starboard, Galley to port and toilet to starboard. Not enclosed.
Hull Material :Fibreglass with glass over ply cabin and decks
Web Site N/A
Previous Owners Richard Cross, Tom Carpenter
Previous Names N/A
Passages and Cruising Info

Coastal New Zealand, NZ to Tonga 1200NM, Tonga to Fiji 500NM, Fiji to NZ 1500NM  (by Richard Cross, home port was in Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand)


New Zealand coastal cruise of 260NM, and then 1200 NM from NZ to Ausutralia in Feb. 2012 (by Riddy)

The following was posted to Yahoo Flicka Group by Riddy on 3/18/2012:

" Hey everyone,

I'm a new member to the group but glad to see there's a lot  of active proud Flicka owners out there. Thought you might like to hear about  my recent adventure in a Flicka.

In Nov 2011 I flew over to NZ (I'm  Australian) and brought 'Heart of Gold', believed to be Nor'Star hull #1.  She's my first keelboat, first real yacht. I had done a bit of sailing in a  14ft catamaran I had before, but this was the first time in a yacht,  anchoring, reefing, mooring, all that stuff.

I learnt to sail her around  the Bay of Islands, slowly getting more confidence in myself and the boat. I  did a coastal trip, about 260nm down to Auckland, out to Great Barrier Island  and back to the Bay of Islands. Come Feb 2012 I was as prepared as I could be  to sail her 1200nm back to Australia. The previous owner had sailed her from  NZ to Fiji, Tonga and Back, so he knew the boat well and what it could  handle. Although it was cyclone season further up North, the

forecast looked  good with at least a week of strong Easterlies to push me past halfway.  Feeling a bit anxious, a bit nervous and surreal, I set off solo on Feb 2nd.  The trip took 19days, after 3 or 4 days out, 300nm off the North Island  of NZ, my Navik self-steering broke. It was unfixable at sea, but with a bit  of a sea and strong tailwind, the best option was to keep going. I spent days  hand steering at the tiller. When the easterlies ran out, I could get the  boat to steer herself into the wind ok. One day I used the spinnaker to pull  be dead downwind and give me a day of rest.

I was constantly in touch  with friends and family via sat phone. The last night was probably the worst,  with poor visibility, heaps of shipping and squalls pushing through just off  the coast of Wollongong, 80km south of Sydney.

After 2 nights no sleep I  came into Port Kembla with friends and family waiting for me. Best feeling of  my life. The boat handled the whole trip in her stride.They really are tough  little ships. The more time I spend on her the more I appreciate how much  work and thought has gone into designing her.

Feel free to check out some  videos of the trip I've posted :

And  some photos here:\


Heart  of Gold is currently moored in Wollongong Harbor, but I'm looking at trucking  her back to Mum and Dad's place in VIC and putting her on the hard for the  year while I finish Uni and so we can do some more work on her. If anyone has  any dimensions or plans for a hardstand or a trailer, I'd love to hear  from you. Hoping to get a trailer built so I can take her anywhere, up inside  the great Barrier reef would be nice.

Feel free to ask any questions  about the trip too,

Cheers, Riddy "


Other Details

 List of Equipment

VHF:    ICOM Ic-M80

Toilet:  Jabsco Grey Handle

Cooker:            Plastimo Neptune

 Radio:             JVC Krd-R360

Epirb:  GME Mt400 Class 2 Manual activation

Bilge:    Rule 3500 GPH + float switch

Gas:      Xintex propane monitor + control

Ice box:            Adler Barbaur cold machine

Freezer: Sanden Sd7 compressor 60L

Battery:            Eng 75AH Group 24

                        House 95ah x 2

Gen:     Balmar A6 Alter

GPS:     Lowrance I Finder H2O

Wind: Horzon wind Instruments

Speed: Signet Knot Log

Comp: Ritchie electric compas

Depth: Kenyor Depth sounder

Cabin:  Heater Force 10- Cozy cabin Heater

Battery:            Isolators Guest 3 way

Compass:          Plastimo

Bespoke:          Stainless bowsprit. Roller arrangement and pulpit railing.

Primary Winch:            Enkes 18s self tailing

Hayard Winches:         Barrient 7 self tailing

Anchor:            15 kg Bruce 65m chain

Windlass:         Simpson Lawrence with chain counter

Throtle:             Morse single lever controls

Water tanks: 2 x 100 Litre flexible bladder type

Sea anchor:       9.7 ft diameter

Tiller Pilot:      Autohelm 2000

12v DC panel:  Marinetics Corp with volt meter

Windows: Lexan main windows and two opening ports each side. Mozzi screen on larger ones.

Fire:     Chubb 1.5 kg dry powder extinguisher

Roller furller:    Harken

Sails:    US Sails, Fully batterned main, 120% genoa, staysail, spinnaker and snuffer.

Railings: Full height rails.

Covers: Sunbrella sun/ rain covers. Aft to mid ships and Mast to cutter stay

Rigging: Replaced 2009 6mm stainless. Backstay isolated to take SSB.

Bespoke: Galley all in stainless, boom gallows, boomkin, compression arch.



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