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  • production Strider 24

  • plywood Romany 34

  • lightweight 14ft Zeta mainhull

  • Strike 15 trimaran at speed

  • 28ft Skoota in British Columbia

  • 10ft 2 sheet ply Duo dinghy

  • 24ft Strider sailing fast

  • 36ft Mirage open deck catamaran

Skua is either built as a strip-plank boat, as shown here, or cold moulded. Decks are ply in either version. A few builders have built in foam sandwich. Unfortunately I have no other photos of Skua building so please check the Wizard/Sango pages for more details on how to build a strip plank cedar boat.


A longer/higher cabin is also available. See the Skua introduction page and the studyplan for more details


Companionway hatches and washboards make it easy and safe to enter the hulls

Daggerboards are on the inner hull side to make it easier to raise/lower and to minimise the space they take up inside the hull

The forward anchor/sail lockers, one on each bow.

The wood blocks on the inner bows take the netting beam

The launching trollies mean that you can use a flat bed trailer (possibly hired) for transport, and the trailer itself does not go in the water. Short crossbeams hold the hulls securely while on the trailer. We used similar trollies on our Merlin Tucanu and could assemble the boat on a beach without help

A detail of the rudder slots that allow the rudders to be kicked up when beaching. You can also see the shallow skegs which help smooth water flow over the rudders and, more important, allow the rudderstock to be further aft in the blade, thus can be thicker and stronger. See the FAQs page for more

A different Skua afloat