Cutting a hole in ferro
cement is not to be done lightly (I suggest considering a water
cooled diamond saw), nor is the installation
of a holding tank.
As you have just brought the boat why not remove the existing toilet, cap off the through hulls and use a porta potty? I doubt if any holding tank of useful size could be fitted.
Searching for information on the Flicka I found this article on installing an air head toilet
, but this would be a major undertaking that you may care to consider after you have owned the boat for a while.
The Flicka's draft
is listed as 3'3". If this is the case with your boat it may not be totally necessary to have a depth sounder
. I suggest contacting the "Home of the Flicka 20" website below and asking for their suggestions. If you must have a depth sounder
I'd suggest attaching a transom mount one to a stick down from the stern. This may be possible with the one you have brought or it may be possible to exchange it.
2. Are any of you familiar with Ryan Marine and the Ryan Marine Flicka?
I have no knowledge of Ryan Marine. The ferro
cement Flicka that I remember is a Bruce Bingham design that was published as a series of articles in Rudder Magazine - March 1972 -August 1973. Apparently Louisiana State Library has the issues
so you may care to contact them if you need detailed information.
I would consider it very likely that your Flicka was constructed by an amateur from the Rudder
magazine plans. Many ferro boats were professionally plastered so it may still present very well.
3. Any and all positive advise will be appreciated.
An overview of the Flicka 20 may be found here
There is a website devoted to the Flicka 20 "Home of the Flicka 20"
which has much information that may be of interest, though its main focus seems to be on the fibreglass production versions.
The boats new name is Wren as she had no name when I bought her!?!
A lovely name. There is a facility on the "Home of the Flicka 20" website above for owners to register their boats so you may care to register your boat with them if you do determine that it is a Bruce Bingham Ficka.