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  • 24ft Strider sailing fast

  • 36ft Mirage open deck catamaran


LOA 5.6m 18ft 4in

LWL 5.4m 17ft7in

BOA 2.5m 8ft2in

Empty weight 320kgs 700lbs

Displacement to WL 700kgs 1500lbs

Draft max 350mm 14in

Outboard engine 9.9-20hp max

The Skoota 18 is a simple to build and trail powercatamaran. It is based on the Chat 18 sailing catamaran but with extra buoyancy aft to take a bigger engine, up to 20hp. This gives an economic cruising speed around 9-10 knots and top speed in the low teens.

The small cuddy offers protection during the day while the boom tent and long cockpit seats mean you can camp on board for a night afloat

The boat is built using conventional stitch and glue plywood, build time is estimated at 300 hours. Please email me for more details and basic studypack.

This website shows the build of a Chat 18 which is very similar to the Skoota 18, the latter has no keels and a slightly different hull shape making it more suitable for a powerboat

 Comprehensive building plans cost GBP100, USD130 Please contact me if you wish to order plans

Basic Materials List (approx, no allowance for waste or errors)

6mm ply 20 sheets
9mm ply 4 sheets

2in x 1in 50m
3in x 1in 2m
2in x 2in 5m
1.5in x 1in 50m (can be 3in x 1in ripped in half)
Beams 4in x 2in  x 2.5m 5 off
glass tape 150m 100mm (4in) wide
Sheathing (optional) 60sqm 200g/sqm (4oz)
epoxy 40kgs (polyurethane glue optional on deck stringers etc)
screws 1000 18mm (3/4in) x no6 200 25mm (1in) x no6  st steel cs
paint, filler etc as required

Please also see my FAQs pages regarding timbers, plywood and what Planed All Round (PAR) means