Copyright 2017 - Woods Designs, Foss Quay, Millbrook, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL10 1EN, UK
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  • Strike 15 trimaran at speed

  • 28ft Skoota in British Columbia

  • 10ft 2 sheet ply Duo dinghy

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This is a 24ft cruising version of the Skoota 20 and is suitable for sheltered water coastal cruising

The length is kept as short as possible to help keep costs and trailing weight down. (There is no point in having a trailable boat to save mooring fees if you need to buy a bigger car to tow it).

It is a centre cockpit design, so that everyone in the family can have some essential privacy. The
aft cabin contains a 6ft 6in x 4ft double bunk for the parents, while the saloon has a dinette
arrangement and thus two single bunks (each 6ft 6in x 2ft) for children in addition to space for a
stove, counter top and sink. There is 4ft 6in headroom in the forward cabin (4ft in the aft cabin)
with the hatches closed. With hatches open the forward cabin has 6ft headroom (5ft in the aft
cabin).

The cockpit tent and bimini are not shown on the drawings, but are an integral and essential part
of the design. Not only does the tent give another “room” with full headroom, but also provides
dry, private access between the cabins.



During the day the toilet (portapotti) is used in the aft cabin, but at night it slides out into the
cockpit locker so can be used by all on board (assuming the cockpit tent is in use).
The hulls are only used for bulky storage (like an inflatable dinghy), fuel tanks and possibly
bait/fish wells. The forward cockpit is a fun place to sit when underway, and, as it is between the
bows, is much safer and drier than an ordinary bow rider.

Quote from a builder

"My SKOOTA 24 was launched last Saturday. It is powered with a Yamaha 50 hp 2 stroke using a 11-3/4" x 10" pitch propeller which gave it  5000 rpm at WOT and a top speed of 28 kilometers per hour. It will probably go faster as the boat was heavily loaded with the sea trial crew of 8 adults"

You can download a studypack HERE

Below are a sequence of photos taken by Australian Bruce Boyden of his slightly modified Skoota.

A basic materials list is below

Notes:

All plywood to be best quality Marine grade Gaboon ply. Sheet sizes are 8' x 4', 2440 x 1220. All timber to be at least "Joinery Quality". Unless noted otherwise all timber is softwood, eg Douglas Fir, Sitka Spruce, Yellow Cedar or similar. All timber is "PAR", or "Planed all Round". Thus sizes given are nominal, ie 2" x 1" has a finished planed size of approx 45mm x 20mm. (Note: It is usually cheaper to buy 2" x 1" and cut it in half to create 1" x 1" similarly rip 3in x 1in to make 11/2in x 1in).

Epoxy glue is recommended for all glue joints as it is the strongest and most watertight glue.

However, it disadvantages are cost, toxicity, waste and slow mixing times. Thus, except for high stress areas (beams boxes etc) and underwater areas glue joints can be made with polyurethene glue (eg Balcotan) or similar.

6mm ply 33 sheets (8ft x 4ft sheets of Gaboon/Okoume)

9mm ply 9 sheets

Timber 1in x 1in 15m: 2in x 1in 150m: 11/2in x 1in

90m: 2in x 2in 15m

4in x 1in 10m: 4in x 2in 8m: 6in x 1in 5m

Epoxy 50kgs (110lbs) 4000 1in x no6 stainless steel screws

Glass (sheathing and joints) 20kgs 200g/sqm (6oz) cloth