Model: Length: Hull Weight: Beam: Max Payload:
Cocktail Class Racer 8' 0" 72 lbs. 48 in. 250 lbs.
Cocktail Class Racer Configurations:
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Standard Configurations:
Complete Cocktail Class "Skua" Kit
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Alternative Configurations:

Wood Parts Only Kit
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Frame Kit (For Plans Builders)
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Full-Sized Plans and Manual
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Manual Only
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Additional Components:

Cocktail Class Throttle Component Kit (6 hp only)
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Cocktail Class Steering Component Kit
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SeaDek Nonskid Cockpit Flooring
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Materials List for Plans Builders:
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Supplies List for Kit Builders:
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The Fall Kit Sale runs
through October 31st

The Cocktail Class Association has licensed us to produce a kit for their ridiculously nifty 8-foot racer, called the "Skua."  It's powered by either a 6hp or 8hp outboard, depending on how much the skipper weighs. Less than 200lbs and you are limited to a two-stroke 6hp Johnson or Evinrude outboard---which are ubiquitous and inexpensive.  Over 200lbs, and you may use an 8hp of any vintage.

This is a 1939 design by Charles MacGregor, originally published in The Rudder Magazine as an example of what could be done with a novel new material called "plywood." 

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. 

Keith Carew, an engineer from the esteemed Farr Yacht Design team, pitched in after-hours to help with the complicated conversion from tricky plywood-on-frame construction to stitch-and-glue, suitable for first-time builders.  We've come up with a pretty cool slot-together scheme.  You can assemble the boat in an hour or two, ready for epoxy fillets and fiberglass, yet the kit is competitive and completely "class legal."  

Chesapeake Light Craft on Modern Marvels!One of our early kits, helmed by our own Aaron McWain, won the 2011 Cocktail Class Nationals.  The History Channel show, Modern Marvels, featured construction of a couple of Cocktail Class prototypes in our shop.  You can watch the show here.

Get in on the Racing Action!
May 16: Urbanna Cup, Urbanna, VA
July 18: KIYC Regatta, Kent Narrows, MD
August 15: Natonal Championship, Rock Hall, MD
September 19: Union Lake Regatta, Millville, NJ
October 17: Oktoberfest Regatta, Kent Narrows, MD

Kits and plans ship with a brilliant 143-page instruction manual, with almost 400 photos and drawings illustrating every step.

Note: "Cocktail Class Throttle Component Kits" include the proper attachment fitting for use with OMC 6hp motors, and 1970's or older OMC 8hp motors.  Newer 8hp motors will require manufacturer-specific cable attachments that are not included in our throttle kit. 

For additional information on the Cocktail Class Racer and the Cocktail Class Wooden Boat Racing Association please visit  

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Download the Cocktail Class Racer
Step-by-Step Instruction Manual!

  • 143 pages of step-by-step instructions with
    photos, diagrams, and line drawings
  • Materials list and plywood layout for plans builders
  • CLC sawhorse plans
  • Throttle, outiftting, and vinyl graphic application
  • CCWBRA guideline basics

Chesapeake Light Craft Fall Kit Sale 2015