The skute was a smaller non classified type of Viking ship, probably primarily used for persons, couriers, passengers, small transport and general travelling. The term skute most likely referred to a wide selection of smaller vessels all possibly with their own uses and were known to be fast sailing vessels. These ships had the advantage of being ready to sail at a short notice and only demanded a small crew and little equipment. Such ships could be hidden from view easier and were quick to get ready to sail without attracting too much attention.
A table for sea traveling is presented below. It takes into account the number and type of crew members, the time of day and the weather conditions. The travel distance is mostly 1, 2 or 7 nodes depending on the amount of cargo.
|Vessel||crew||cargo||distance (km)||nodes (max)|
|type of effect||half full||full||heavy rain / snow||heavy storm / blizzard||dusk||night|
|cargo effects||-1 nodes||-2 nodes|
|weather effects||-2 nodes||-3 nodes|
|time of day effects||-1 nodes||-2 nodes|