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I GIVE THIS BOAT.... ****



name=Bob Jones

disability=Classified 2-Para

country=USA

subject=SKUD-18

experience=I received the first boat delivered, Hull # 001 June 1st of this year. I have sailed it repeatedly since that time logging in at least 4 hours three times a week. I have sailed in winds from 5 to 22 knts in flat water and waves up to 3 to 4 feet.

best=The boat is responsive to sail trim and the duel rudder still provides control on extreme heels. The wide transom and dual rudder makes the boat much more controlable flying the Asymmetrical than the Martin.

The Martin requires more expertise at the helm and trim seats to fly the chute under heavier breeze.

The boat accelerates well rewards a sailor with speed if settings are right for the days conditions.

The boat is fun.

bad=rethink the diameter of line for halyards and move controls to a panel higher and more aft.

The spinnaker launch and retrieval position at front of bow allows for entry of water as waves break over the front of the bow. This goes into spinnaker sock and adds weight up front. The self bailing skuppers then are not as effective upwind.

Lateral support on the crew seats can be improved but should be left for individual prefereence perhaps.

tell manufacturer=Great support assisting through the small glitches of a newly released design.

Consider supplying the boat with stern and bow cleats or eyes as well as cleats for tying on low free board fenders which are crucial for protecting the gunwales.

comments=More to come

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