|Designer||William F. Crosby|
|Boat weight||300 lb (136 kg)|
|LOA||10.92 ft (3.33 m)|
|Beam||4.50 ft (1.37 m)|
|Hull draft||4.50 ft (1.37 m) with centerboard down|
|Keel/board type||pivoting centerboard|
|P (mainsail luff)||14.92 ft (4.55 m)|
|E (mainsail foot)||9.00 ft (2.74 m)|
|Mainsail area||65 sq ft (6.0 m2)|
|Total sail area||65 sq ft (6.0 m2)|
The Skimmer design conforms to the Moth class rules, but with an emphasis on simplicity for ease of construction and to reduce building costs. Crosby was the editor of Rudder magazine at the time and had designed the Snipe in 1931. He published the plans for the Skimmer in the October and November 1933 issues of that magazine, during the height of the Great Depression, as a means of producing a sailboat for the least cost. As a consequence, hundreds of examples were built and they were raced as a class on the United States west coast and other places in the US.
The Skimmer is a small, single-handed, recreational dinghy, built predominantly of wood planking. It has a catboat single-sail rig, a single chine hull, a transom-hung rudder and a pivoting centreboard keel. It displaces 300 lb (136 kg) and carries no ballast.