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DOWNLOAD PLANS GBP400.00
PAPER PLANS GBP575.00
THE FACTS AND FIGURESstrip cedar hulls, ply decks OR cold moulded hulls, ply decks
LENGTH O.A. 9m 29ft6in
LENGTH W.L. 8.3m 27ft4in
BEAM O.A. 5.6m 18ft 4in
DISPL (empty) 1.1T 2500lbs
DISPL (loaded to WL)1.5T 3500lbs
HEADROOM 1.6m 5ft 4in
DRAFT 0.32 - 1.3m 12in - 4ft6in
SAIL AREA 41 sq m 440sqft
The SKUA is the largest boat that can be sensibly demounted and towed behind a car.
With round bilge hulls, dagger-boards, kick-up semi-balanced rudders and a performance rig, Skua was designed for those who want a larger version of the micromultihulls like Strider. Basically still a 4 berth, the hulls are larger enough to have 'snug doubles' if required. With a greater loading capacity and off shore capability than a micro, Skua can also be considered the minimum size for the longer coastal races.
"The boat has reached the speeds that you predicted, twelve knots to windward and twenty knots offwind"
Pat Webb UK
Note: A new version of Skua with increased freeboard/headroom and a longer cabin is now available, see below
In 2002/3 a very experienced German sailor sailed a Skua from Germany across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. I took the photo below while sailing it in Bequia, WI
Although this trip proved the seaworthiness of the design and should give anyone contemplating building a Skua a lot more confidence, the Skua is not really designed for crossing oceans. So think very seriously before doing so. Saturn or Gypsy would be better choices for ocean cruising.
Here is a short Youtube clip of a Skua sailing to windward in Holland. It doesn't look as though it is sailing fast, no spray, no wake, no fuss, until that is you see it going past the monohull - which must itself be doing 6 knots - yet it looks like it is standing still. And of course many people still think multihulls don't sail to windward....
More information about this design can be obtained by purchasing a Study Plan or Partial Plan set, see the "Purchase A Design" links on the top menu