Model: Length: Hull Weight: Beam: Max Payload: Rowing Draft: Sailing Draft: Sail Area:
The Guider 18' 7" 600 lbs. 72 in. 900 lbs. 9" 36" 125 sq ft.

John Guider has covered more than 10,000 miles in open boats, 8000 of them in the original Skerry Raid. He's back for a new boat, this time to run in the Race to Alaska. Naturally we're calling the new design "The Guider."

Compared to the original Skerry Raid (née "Expedition Skerry") that John Guider sailed and rowed around the Great Loop (and beyond), the new boat is bigger (18'7" versus 15') and heavier. The design brief included more storage, room to sleep aboard in comfort, and the ability to push the boat harder in rough and windy conditions. While the Guider will be fast and handy under sail and oar, there's an emphasis on safety and camp-cruising comfort. There's plenty of room for two adults to sleep in the 6'6" long cockpit.

The interior includes lots of built-in storage and flotation (there are 12 watertight compartments in all), and a small footwell. If not fully laden with camping gear, the Guider has provision for several hundred pounds of internal ballast, either lead or water.

The pivoting centerboard is cut from aluminum plate. The rudder is in an inboard trunk, doubtless one of the more controversial features of the new design. Although it complicates the build slightly, designer John C. Harris likes the trunk-rudder for its efficiency and good looks. But most of all, to avoid having to grope awkwardly over the pointed stern to adjust the more typical kick-up rudder.

We intend to offer this design as a kit or plans. We do not yet have a timeline for the release. Extensive sea trials of the prototype come first in March 2019. Watch this space!  Yes, there's likely to be a yawl-rigged option.

Currently (February 2019) you can watch assembly of the boat live on CLC's ShopCam.

Meantime, here's an overview of the first 10 days in 12 minutes:



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