The SKUD 18 is a high performance lead-assisted skiff with a tube-launched asymmetrical gennaker and a modern stayed rig. Active able-bodied and disabled sailors alike have enjoyed the two-person version since 2006. The exciting three-person development of the SKUD 18 is also now available.
Selected by IFDS as the equipment for two-person Paralympic competition from 2008 until 2020, the SKUD18 platform can be sailed by two and three-person crews. In its open configuration the crew are seated on the gunwale, but if one crew uses a centreline seat one can use trapeze. A wide range of additional equipment can also be added after control points to permit a sailor to compensate for any functional disability and enable the crew to maximize their collective potential. For Paralympic competition, the two crew are seated on the centreline.
Affordable high performance sports boat
Configured for two or three-person use by simply changing the bulb
Lightweight construction – 315 to 410kg fully rigged including seating and accessories
Unsinkable if holed or swamped
Twin canted rudders – controllable even at high angles of heel
Sailors with a limited mobility can compete on equal terms with able-bodied sailors
Accessories include cockpit consoles, fixed and canting seats, push-pull and joystick helm systems, servo-electric helm and a variety of sheet and halyard winches
Three SKUD 18s fit in a 20’ container
Second generation improvements include new GRP rudders, convenient keel bulb removal, extra secure keel lock-down, a strengthened gunwale and stronger composite mast
The SKUD 18 is an IFDS Class with Open National, Continental and International Championships conducted by the Class Association and Disabled Sailing World Championships conducted by IFDS.
|Length||LOA – 5.8m
LWL – 5.5m
|Weight||Hull – 170kg
2P Keel – 163kg
3P Keel – 75kg
|Displacement||2P – 410kg (plus crew weight)
3P – 315kg (plus crew weight)
|Mast||Carbon / GRP 6.83m above deck|
|Sail Plan||Sloop rig with high roach. Auto de-powering, fully battened mainsail.
Self-tacking jib. Tube launched asymmetric gennaker on carbon fibre pole
|Seating||Wide gunwales or optional fixed and canting seats|
|Steering||Tiller steering standard. Optional manual joystick, push/pull lever or servo assist from aft seat|