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Cocktail Racer

The Cocktail Class Wooden Boat Racing Association has its origins in the cottage racing clubs of the 1950’s when small towns across the country were hosting outboard races for family built boats and stock outboards.  By the mid 1960’s however, cottage racing had all but disappeared as boats and engines became more sophisticated, expensive, faster and dangerous.  But the memories of crowded waterfronts, old outboards and competitive races lingered, at least for a few families in the Northern Neck of Virginia in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Association offers a building manual complete with drawings, building notes, and a materials list for $35. The Manual was developed after the first fleet was built in 2008 and the boats were featured in WoodenBoat Magazine, March/April 2010.

Over 200 Building Manuals have been sold and boats are being built and raced in 33 states and 7 countries. Chesapeake Light Craft of Annapolis, MD also sells manuals, full-sized plans, and partial and full kits of a stitch-and-glue Skua, which meet the requirements for CCWBRA sanctioned races. More information about their kits may be found at

Or if you prefer one that’s already built, this like new cocktail racer is for sale for $2600 in Avenue, MD. She’s only been raced once and comes with a 6 Hp Evinrude outboard motor, controls, safety switch, kneeling pad, and a trailer.

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