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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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 …

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Not much blogging going on at the boat yard these days. Boats 1 & 2 have been out racing with my kids and they are loving it. We’re heading up to the Sabot Gold Cup at Newport Harbor this weekend …

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I was not as happy with the quality of boat #2 as I had hoped. Also, the mid-thwart mold had an area where a tube could be placed to allow water to move aft. After several people had raced boat …

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Sabot #2 is out of the mold. We have modified the mid-thwart mold and have laid-up the next boat’s mid & bow thwarts. Now looking at making mold modifications for the hull to fair the skeg – this could take …

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With the fibreglass and foam laid-up, we start preparing for the vacuum and infusion. Below we attached channel medium to peel-ply to keep it from sticking to the top layer of fibreglass in the boat. Here the flow channels are …

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After making the mold modifications needed to vacuum bag and infuse the resin, we’re now cutting out the templates to be used for cutting the foam and the fibreglass. We chose Triax 20 ounce fibreglass and one-half inch Baltek Airex …

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With the grooves cut on the “L” stock they were ready to attach. First wholes had to be cut into the plywood platform to allow for the C-clamps to grab the mold without scratching the surface. First he starboard platform …

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The hull mold ready to build Sabots but not using a vacuum infusion process. I started with preparing the bow and stern transoms for take the vacuum platforms. As there is so much curvature to the sides of the Sabot, …

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