First built in the 1940’s the Naples Sabot was named from the district of Long Beach, California where this amazing little sailing, rowing and motoring dinghy was conceived and first launched. Immediately embraced by sailors and yachtsman alike for its speed, lightness and ease in building, the Sabots were soon mass-produced. Like the original but trimmed out in cherry, our 8’ leeboard pram makes a fine tender, may be motored or sailed, sports a rich racing history, and is a wonderful first boat for young folks.
- LENGTH 7' 10"
- HEIGHT BOW AND STERN 24"
- BEAM WIDTH 43"
- WEIGHT 70 LBS
- WEIGHT WITH SAIL 95 LBS
AVAILABLE IN YACHT WHITE AND
OUR SIGNATURE MIDNIGHT BLUE.
The first Naples Sabots were sailed exclusively by adults but soon were recognized as the perfect first boat for young sailors. Light, safe, and fun to sail, Sabots feature a leeboard, easy to launch and roomier inside. Our Sabot hulls, identical to the originals, are updated with solid cherry seats and trim.
Sail Kit Sold Separately: Includes classic wood mast, boom, tiller and leeboard, hardware, rigging and sail.
Designed as much for rowing as sailing, a 1949 issue of Popular Mechanics praised the Sabot’s rowing capability and yacht tender prowess, noting that the Malibu Yacht Club Commodore and friend (a combined 415 lbs) row together “…an indication of the Sabot’s amazing ability”.
Oar Set Sold Separately: Includes pair of Canadian Sitka Spruce oars, collars and oarlocks.
See the Sabot Oars for more details.
Our hulls are of strong, light, biaxial composite and we’ve reinforced the transform to handle a small under 4 hp motor. Whether used as a more than capable tender or motorized dinghy, you and a few, children or adults, will find it exhilarating to zip around in a Sabot.
Torqeedo Electric Outboard Sold Separately: With an integral, lightweight and incredibly efficient lithium battery pack the German engineered and made Torqeedo outboard produces ecologically friendly, whisper quiet power.
See the Torqeedo for more details.
The first Naples Sabot was designed and built in the post-war 1940’s by Roy McCullough and R. A. Violette, two men who’d unsuccessfully searched for a suitable sailing dinghy to buy. They developed their design, borrowing from the Balboa dinghy and from a design of the MacGregor Sabot which had appeared in Rudder Magazine. Others became intrigued with the design and built the boat. A May 1949 issue of Popular Mechanics heralded the boat, providing plans for inexpensively constructing in plywood. Soon afterwards composite hull Sabot's appeared with builders like W. D. "Bill Shock" producing the first in fiberglass. We've included a photo of Bill's wife Betty on a spirited Sabot sail in the late '40's.