Build Your Own Cocktail Class "Skua" Racer

Location: Great Lakes Boat Building School - Cedarville, Michigan
Dates: Monday, August 21, 2017 - Saturday, August 26, 2017


Registration for this class is through Great Lakes Boat Building School.

Click here for more information and to register, or call 906.484.1081. 

All inquiries not about technical boat details to GLBBS: 906-484-1081

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Cocktail Class Skua Racer Kit
Cocktail Class Skua Racer Kit
Cocktail Class Skua Racer Kit
Northeaster Dory - Build Your Own Rowboat

This little 8-foot powerboat is a ridiculously fun project. It's powered by either a 6hp or 8hp outboard, depending on how much the skipper weighs. They are raced in the "Cocktail Class" with fun and highly competitive racing events available everywhere.  Fleets are building fast.

This is a 1939 design by Charles MacGregor, and was originally published in The Rudder Magazine as an example of what could be done with a novel new material called "plywood." The design has been extensively updated by CLC for wood-epoxy composite construction. 

The Cocktail Class Wooden Boat Racing Association has revived the old design and is rapidly building up the class as a forum for safe, fun, ultra-inexpensive racing.  An older two-stroke 6hp outboard is mandated for the 6hp class, keeping the boats very inexpensive.  If you weigh over 200lbs, you may use any vintage 8hp.

We've come up with a cool slot-together scheme for rapid assembly.  These boats are really fun to build in marine plywood. The eggcrate-style interior structure goes together fast and easy.  Then plywood hull planking is wrapped around the frames and reinforced with epoxy and fiberglass.  See construction photos here.

Watch a CLC Cocktail Class in action in this video.  A CLC-spec kit won the Cocktail Class Nationals in October.  Video of that event is available here.

Note:  Boat kits for classes are specially prepared at CLC and delivered directly to the classroom.  These kits include essential supplies and may have certain parts pre-assembled.  Because of the particular nature of these kits, discounts and other promotions do not apply.