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
  • Self-draining cockpit
  • 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
Beam 2.2m
Draft 1.75m
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


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