In October 2, 1919, Nils Roland started building boats at the southernmost tip of Tromøy, Norway. Initially the boats were built in wood. Until the late 1970s this was the most common material. From the 1960s onwards, experiments were carried out with building in polyester.
In the early 1980s, the annual production of polyester Skilsø ships was approximately 130 units. The models then consisted of the Skilsø 750 and later the 850. Later these types were replaced by the Skilsø 33 and 36.
In 2011, Viknes took over the production rights and drawings from Skilsø and production was moved to Viknes Arendal and Bergen.