Mar 6, 2013, 3:48 PM
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From Chris Mitchell, SKUD 18 designer:
Re: [The Publisher] SKUD 18: MAYBE THE BOAT NEEDS A BETTER NAME
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Thanks for your story about the SKUD 18 and its name. The boat is actually 5.9m long, or 19’6”, just enough to fit in a 20ft container. It's called an 18 to remind us that the hull below the water is pretty close to an 18ft skiff. Three SKUDs fit in a container.
When I just Googled “definition of SKUD” it came up with this below...
“a formation of vapoury clouds driven fast by the wind”.
I think that’s a delightful comparison to our boat. I also remember back in 2005 when we first investigated the name that in a Scandinavian source it referred to the froth being blown along with waves, and a ship Skudding along before the waves. When that aligned with SK-Skiff and UD-Universal Design, we stopped looking for alternatives; thought it was perfect. Short and sharp and very descriptive. Internationally SKUD or scud has a nice meaning, whereas the urban dictionary seems to include a lot of contemporary American slang. But I suppose that’s what an “urban” dictionary is supposed to do.
The background on the boat's design, I paid Julian Bethwaite for a lines drawing, which was prepared by his associate Martin Billock of Argentina. I gave a very thorough brief on what was wanted, everything from beam, length, displacement, draft, ballast ratio, J measurement, mast height, rudder configuration, etc. I took the lines drawing, stretched it, modified the stern, and added things like the extension at the bow to lengthen the J measurement to reduce weather helm. The mast needed to be where it is to give as long a cockpit as possible so it could handle three crew on the side decks.
Although most yachting enthusiasts seem to want to call it a Bethwaite design, it is certainly ours. We have a lot of experience with boats of Universal design (at Access Dinghy Foundation, www.accessdinghy.org), and helping severely disabled people get into sailing. Julian actually didn’t see the boat till it was presented to the IFDS for selection at the trials in Singapore in November 2005.