We think this is a great boat! It's fast, nimble and responsive, and we think it's pretty. It's no surprise we feel this way, as the Super Skipjack has been on our minds for quite some time! We've been talking about building an improved version of the old Skipjack for years. There have been a lot of developments in building over time, both in design improvements and technology changes. The original Skipjack design is well over thirty years old now and deserved a new set of plans. Well, the new boat and plans are ready and it's been worth the wait!
This boat will have the potential to form a pretty fun racing class, we think, both in the stock configuration and with experimental sail plans. At some point I will be exploring a few different rigs with mine: A more vertical gaff arrangement and a jibakker-type foresail will be some of the experiments I want to try. I'd like to keep adding to these plans, either as addenda to the full set or as supplemental plans.
We're going to offer the Super Skipjack plans by themselves and also with the Weekender DVD set. The boats are somewhat different, but the hull building is very similar and the techniques shown in the DVD's can help a builder start their first boat project with much more confidence. We want to see lots and lots of Super Skipjacks on the water and we want to help make sure that happens! Plus: we'll get to go sailing with more people too!
LOA (with rudder) -17'
Draught (rudder up, but with crew on board) 16"
(rudder down, w/crew)-30"
Finished displacement approximately 230lbs (Sailing version)
Sail area: 117 Sq. Ft. (89 main, 28 jib)
Crew: 2-3 when sailing, 4 when motoring (these are based on our ideas of comfortable lounging)
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