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.
The SKUD 18 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 centre-line seat the other 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 maximise their collective potential. The SKUD 18 was the selected class for the Two Person Paralympic Sailing Competitions 2008-2016. For Paralympic competition, the two crew were seated on the centre-line.
- Affordable high performance sports boat
- Configured for two or three-person use by simply changing the bulb
- Lightweight construction – 410 kg 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
- Open National, Continental and International Championships are conducted by the Class Association and Disabled Sailing World Championships conducted by PWS.