Cocktail Class Racer

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Model:   Length:   Hull Weight:   Beam:   Max Payload:
Cocktail Class Racer 8' 0"
2.44 m 
33 kg 120 cm 114 kg
Model Plans and manual* Wood Only Kit Full Kit
Cocktail Class Racer $210 $1500 $2000

For further information or to place an order please contact us.

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."  

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.

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

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

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Denman Marine specialises in custom wooden boat building and repair. We utilise both traditional methods such as carvel or clinker and modern methods such as strip planking, cold molding or clinker plywood.

We can custom build to any design - for example those by Iain Oughtred, David Payne, Paul Gartside, John Welsford, Mark Bowdidge, Francois Vivier, Atkin , Bolger B&B etc.

We are sole Australian agents for Swallow Boats(UK) including the BayRaider, the Australian importer and re-seller of the world renowned Bruynzeel BS1088 Gaboon Marine Plywood (Lloyds certified), Barton Marine products (UK) and Chesapeake Light Craft (USA).

Denman Marine Pty Ltd ATF | ABN: 54779786053 | 2888 Channel Highway Kettering, Tasmania 7155