The SKUD 18 is a high performance lead-assisted skiff with a tube-launched asymmetrical spinnaker 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 center line 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 center line.
- 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.