THE NIKKI & SKEETA

Whether you’re looking to take your first steps in foiling, or an experienced thrill-seeker, there’s a Skeeta Foiling Craft for you!

The Skeeta and Nikki are singlehanded foiling designs built by Jim and David French in Melbourne, AUS. The scow’s stability and ease are only further enhanced by the performance and durability of the wings and aluminum foils.

SKEETA
Skeeta is the latest foiling dinghy that incorporates all-round performance. Sailors are no longer left waiting for a breeze to go sailing. The Skeeta is fun and capable of sailing in all safe wind ranges. It is more stable than narrow skiffs and can be sailed without hydrofoils, making it more versatile as an all-purpose dinghy. The hull is simple, robust, unsinkable, and quick to rig.

Skeeta is suited to sailors of all levels: from beginners to professionals. Add the foils and it is a highly-developed, but forgiving, foiling machine with amazing performance.

NIKKI
Nikki is a brand new dinghy designed and built for kids and lighter sailors.

Nikki is a fully open, modern scow designed for learning to sail and fun, competitive sailing. It’s capable of planing upwind, bringing a whole new level of fun to youth sailing – a new thrill to captivate and entrench young sailors into the sport for life!

Melges Performance Sailboats is the exclusive dealer for the Skeeta and the Nikki in North America.

SKEETA OVERVIEW
LOA 12 ft 3.66 m
Beam 4.14 ft w/o wings, 7.55 ft w/ wings  1.26 m w/o wings, 2.3 m w/ wings
Draft 3.3 ft  1 m
Hull Weight 77 lbs 35 kgs
Sail Area 8.5 m² or 9.5 m²
Sailor Weight Range 132-220 lbs 60-100 kgs
NIKKI OVERVIEW
LOA 9.5 ft 2.9 m
Beam 3.3 ft w/o wings, 5.9 ft w/ wings 1.02 m w/o wings, 1.8 m w/ wings
Draft 2.6 ft  .8 m
Hull Weight 59.5 lbs 27 kgs
Sail Area 5.5 m² or 6.5 m²
Sailor Weight Range 55-143 lbs 25-65 kgs

Both the Skeeta and Nikki are pre-assembled and ready to hit the water out of the box. All foiling systems are pre-set. Rig up in 15 minutes and go sailing!

SCOW HULL
Skeeta’s hull shape has been optimized for displacement sailing and foiling through more than 50 years of in-house scow development. The low deck height makes it incredibly easy for people of all ages to be able to get onboard quickly and safely. The cockpit area also has padded EVA foam for comfort and grip.

FOILS
Skeeta’s foiling system is a culmination of more than 20 years’ development with freely-pivoting foils. The foiling system provides low drag and minimizes the risk of crashes experienced by most other foiling systems. At the heart of the control system is a fully-retractable bow wand, which provides unparalleled control and versatility. This means there is no need to adjust the rudder’s angle while sailing.

The vertical foils are fully-retractable and do not interfere with the boom when leaving from and returning to shore. The lifting foils can be easily clipped on or off, all by the push of a button, meaning there is no need to tip the boat over when rigging or launching.

Sailors can fully adjust the wand on-the-fly, increasing or reducing the foiling ride-height to the desired level. This allows the boat to immediately and safely return to displacement mode.

All Skeetas come with inserts that clip into the vertical foils to use for displacement sailing.

WINGS
Skeeta’s wings can easily and quickly be removed in less than five seconds. Just one pin holds them in place, making set-up even quicker. The trampolines are highlighted with bright orange stripes for safety and come pre-assembled.

RIG
The high-performance, over-rotating rig uses a vang track to dramatically reduce pressure on the mast, reducing the chance of breakages and uncontrolled sail manipulation, whilst still maintaining the high leech tension required for foiling.

The two-piece carbon-fiber mast features a halyard designed specifically to make rigging and de-rigging a breeze.

The mast bases are of different lengths to suit the sail size, and all tips and bases are easily interchangeable. Fully adjustable spreaders are standard, allowing sailors of different weights to be competitive in the same class.

Both models include the respective equipment.

Skeeta 

  • Aluminum collapsible beach dolly
  • Carbon fiber boom
  • Two-piece carbon mast
  • Mylar sail – 8.5m² or 9.5m²
  • Adjustable spreaders and stays
  • Foiling system pre-installed and pre-set
  • Hydrofoils
  • Displacement foil insert tip
  • Rudderbox with alloy tiller and extension
  • Padded foil bag
  • Padded mast bag
  • Padded full hull cover
  • Padded hiking straps
  • Transport box

Nikki

  • Aluminum collapsible beach dolly
  • Black anodized alloy boom
  • Two-piece carbon mast
  • Mylar sail – 5.5m² or 6.5m²
  • Foiling system pre-installed and pre-set
  • Hydrofoils
  • Displacement foil insert tip
  • Rudderbox with alloy tiller and extension
  • Padded foil bag
  • Padded mast bag
  • Padded full hull cover
  • Padded hiking straps
  • Transport box

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