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Class Association - http://www.hansaclass.org.uk/
My judgment is that the SKUD is not a good boat for disabled people and a waste of time and money for a club boat - a skiff is designed to sail flat on the water balanced by its crew - it cannot be expected to sail well with a crew seated on the centre line and a lump of lead hung on the bottom.
0/10 - As a boat for all types of disabilities - not being able to see where you are going at times make this boat potentially dangerous.
5/10 - As a boat for experienced disabled sailors - its looks and wild performance in windy conditions will attract some experienced sailors.
3/10 - As a training boat - cant reach control easily and deep draught - very wet in heavy conditions - hinders training.
8/10 - Ease of rigging - not to bad - I only drop points because I cant do it myself.
4/10 - Ease of transport and launching - the keel and physical size make this awkward to move about.
5/10 - Controls - are of poorly positioned and rudders ineffective in very rough conditions - boom hits water and you cannot dump power sometimes.
6/10 - Quality of fittings and build - not too bad.
5/10 - Getting in and out - the wide decks are a bit awkward and the gap to the seats is difficult - most common people lifts are no good.
5/10 - Sailing qualities - good in light airs but it gets progressively worse as wind strengthens.
0/10 - As a club boat - there are many better options.
SCORES 41/100 ON THE BOAT CHART
MY OPINION.......This offering from Hansa/Access Dinghies, will need more development to be a really good boat for disabled people and Hansa/Access do not seem to have a good development record. Boats tested in the mid 90's still have the same faults to-day. Twenty years of development and we still have keels that can be fitted to the wrong model and still the same poor quality fittings.
However good marketing a well organised class association and regular worldwide regattas show all the other 'disabled sailing providers' how it can be done -
WELL DONE HANSA!- the boats may not be the greatest but the organisation, support and dedication are second to none.
There are other dinghies that offer similar facilities as the Skud at a fraction of the cost the Challenger, Martin 16 are much better and the SKUD makes the RS Venture the bargain of the century.