16ft Skiff

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16ft Skiffs racing on Sydney Harbour
16ft Skiff
Location Australia
Design High Performance Skiff
Crew 3
Trapeze 2
Type Skiff
Construction Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer
Hull weight 74 kg (163 lb)
General 2
Mast length 7 m (23 ft)
General 3
Spinnaker area 45 m2 (480 sq ft)
Gennaker area 22 m2 (240 sq ft)
Total sail area 67 m2 (720 sq ft)

A 16ft Skiff is a class of three-person sailing dinghy with twin trapezes and a large asymmetrical spinnaker. The class is unique to Australia, where it is one of the most popular boats sailing with 95 boats registered in 12 clubs. The class has the largest fleet of high performance skiffs on the east coast of Australia. Due to the nature of only allowing two trapezes, the age of the sailors can vary between 15 and 60 years old, making it a versatile class of boat. [1]


The hull, spars and foils are all constructed out of a carbon composite reinforced polymer. Manufacturers of these hulls are generally local boat builders, however are now being sourced overseas. The total weight of the boat is no more than 85 kg fully rigged, resulting in an extremely high sail area to weight ratio.


The class has been around for over a century and has changed significantly since its beginnings:


Class founded in Balmain

Class expands to Queensland
Class spreads to Western Australia
Rules change to allow any material for hull
Three man crew introduced
Stick class rules were introduced

Class specifications[edit]

  • Overall length—4.88 metres (16.0 ft)
  • Construction—Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP)
  • Min beam—1.52 metres (5.0 ft)
  • Max beam—1.78 metres (5.8 ft)
  • Min weight—70 kilograms (154 lb)
  • Working sail area—22 square metres (240 sq ft)
  • Spinnaker sail area—45 square metres (480 sq ft)
  • Racing crew—Three

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Aussie Skiffs | Australian 13ft & 16ft Skiffs". Aussie Skiffs. Retrieved 2018-05-13.