Now Building Hull #30

After starting Sabot building in 2013, I’m now starting the 30th hull – to be delivered to the SWYC junior program. In 2018 10 yacht club boats and three racing boats were delivered. The three racing Sabots were all for junior sailors in San Diego and that is my greatest joy,

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New Yacht Club Version of Sabot

Southwestern Yacht Club has ordered five new Sabots – though not the usual racing model! They are looking for a trainer version that their new sailors can take out and bang around. They are replacing boats that are about 30 years old and have certainly held up well but have gained weight and have become too much of a maintenance headache.

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3 New Sabots

Now completing boats 14, 15, and 16. Yes, just in time for summer sailing – I’m hoping the junior sailors hopping into these boats will have a great summer and give their peers some serious competition this year.

After delivery,

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Completed Sabot #13 and still going

It has now been over three years since the startup of Bedford Boats. It has certainly been a big change from being a systems engineer at a Fortune 500 company but It has been great.

I’ve now completed boat 13 plus a few repairs here-and-there.

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Sabot Hull #6

Just finished infusing the hull for Sabot #6. Take a look at the time-lapse video – a day’s work condensed into less than 30 seconds! Also, my batteries ran out before the boat was completely wetted-out but it was close to being done.

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New Mid-thwart Layup Style

I’ve been experimenting with some new looks that I could use for the mid-thwart and/or hull. I’ll be retro-fitting Boat #1 with the new thwart I just completed. It is white like the old thwart but with translucent top, fore,

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Board Shapes

I’ve been spending lots of time recently researching shapes to use for rudders and leeboards. While I never used to think this was a big deal, I found out differently when testing the first boat I made. I had two excellent Sabot sailors out testing with the new boat and a Brian Thomas (Corsair).

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Infusion Setup

Now working on boat #4 and I thought I’d provide a bit of a glimpse as to what it takes to setup the vacuum bag for infusion. Take a look at this time-lapsed video…

The fiberglass and foam are already laid into the mold as is a few strips of peel ply to lay the flow media onto.

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Boat Repair

A buddy’s old Sabot has been in the yard this month. He’s looking to get this boat from barely floating to something his daughter can begin sailing lessons this summer and not have it fall apart, i.e., a cheap fix.

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The Big Question

This last weekend I was asked by a parent if I thought their child needed a new boat. Well, that IS the big question, isn’t it.

My dad started racing Sabots in the early 50s and was a better sailer than I’ll ever be.

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