They say that a picture tells a thousand words. Well, a video can do even better. It is very difficult to get a good idea of a boat from a description, photos help but a video is the best thing next to actually being on the boat oneself.
These videos are of the prototype Skoota 20 and were taken in British Columbia
This video is of a 5 day trip to Princess Louisa Inlet, one of the most popular and photogenic cruising grounds on the BC mainland. It is also one of the more remote. We did the 80 mile trip back non stop. We averaged 9 knots and 9 mpg
The Skoota 20 and 24 are trailable boats. When I first used the folding idea on my 22ft Wizard sailing catamaran, 20 years ago, I called it revolutionary, and you can see why in this launching video.
This was the first time we ever tried launching the Skoota, our old trailer is a real lash up, and that’s why we are being very cautious as we let it roll into the water. A soft mud bottom didn‘t help. Then the trailer winch broke, well I said it was an old trailer, so we couldn’t lower the trailer as planned. Instead we had to back the trailer in to its full depth
Basically the idea is to let nature do the work. When launching, the hull buoyancy opens the boat out. I think you‘ll agree its not really the launching time that you want to reduce, it’s the effort involved. When retrieving it gravity folds the hulls, sometimes very quickly.
The second time was a bit more successful, but still on the same beach and using the same trailer with it's broken winch. This boat was later trailed from British Columbia to Belize, but on a different trailer of course.
This video shows us on an earlier cruise. You can see the Skoota will steer itself, even at speed. A temporary spray deflector has been fitted to the port hull. You can see the difference it makes when compared to the starboard hull
This video shows how little turbulance there is between the hulls. Reducing drag, spray and noise
The prototype is still being built, but videos will be added as the project proceeds
Here the builder is taken the second hull out of his shed. A lightweight hull, as you can see only 4 men (not all are young and fit either!) are needed to carry it. So maybe 500lbs, 200kgs.