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THE SABOT

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.

SPECS :
  • 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.

  • SAIL

    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.

  • ROW

    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.

  • MOTOR

    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.

PRICE :   $2,975.00

Availability: In stock

$2,975.00

Price as configured: $2,975.00

DELIVERY DETAILS :
Boats usually ship within 1 week of ordering. $300 flat rate delivery charge within the Continental United States (AK and HI excluded). See SHIPPING for details and shipping to other areas.

BOAT AGREEMENT

Lifetime Warranty

Our boats have a limited lifetime warranty. Read More...

Purchase Agreement

I understand that my purchase of a boat from Guideboat Company is a final sale and cannot be returned or exchanged for any reason outside of product defect.

Life Vest Acknowledgment

I understand that with boats under 16 ft long, a Coast Guard-approved life jacket must be carried for each person on board. If stored, these life jackets must be readily available (easy to get to), and you must show passengers the location of life jackets and other safety equipment. I have been offered life vests with my purchase and understand that boating law requires a life vest for each person occupying the boat.

HISTORY

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.

DIRECTIONS TO GUIDEBOAT’S FLAGSHIP

129 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941

1-415-888-2871

COMING FROM THE SOUTH ON HIGHWAY 101 TOWARDS MILL VALLEY

  • Proceed on Highway 101 North over the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Continue on Highway 101 approx 5 miles and exit onto CA-1N Mill Valley/Stinson Beach exit.
  • Continue straight for 1 mile and CA-1 N turns slightly right, becoming Almonte Blvd.
  • Continue straight for 1/2 mile onto Miller Avenue.
  • Follow Miller Avenue for 2 miles.
  • Guideboat is on the left at the Mill Valley Lumber Yard.

COMING FROM THE NORTH ON HIGHWAY 101 TOWARDS MILL VALLEY

  • Proceeding on 101 South past San Rafael, CA continue on 101 S for 5 miles.
  • Take exit for Mill Valley/East Blithedale. Turn Right onto E. Blithedale.
  • Continue straight for approximately 1 1/2 miles to Millwood Avenue.
  • Turn left onto Millwood and head down the hill 3 blocks to Miller Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Miller Avenue and go 100 yards to entrance to Mill Valley Lumber Yard.