#046 an 8' sail/row plywood pram Build in

CATEGORY: Dinghies & Day Sailers
CONSTRUCTION: Sheet plywood planking

Length overall 7'10"
Beam 3'11"
Weight (Standard) 65-70 lbs.
Weight (Stitch-&-Glue) 50-60 lbs.
Sail area (Max) 38 sq.ft.

John Doerrler's Sabotina Standard Version built in Florida looks anxious to go sailing.

Henrik Rasmussen in North Carolina built his SABOTINA Standard Version above as a rowing tender without the sail rig or daggerboard - an easy modification if desired.

SABOTINA Stitch & Glue Version results in a hull that’s the same size and shape as the Standard Version, but the construction method is different as are the plans and instructions. It’s easier and faster to build for most, is a bit lighter, and about the same cost when completed. FULL SIZE PATTERNS are provided for every component and panel. 
Stitch & Glue Boatbuilding

What Makes a Good Pram

Prams should tow, row, and sail well. Yet many don’t, even costly production boats and some from competitors. Hull shape is the key. For directional control when rowing, towing, or sailing, a v-bottom chined hull is best. Flat-bottomed prams can’t do all three functions well, and those of round or multi-chined form are less stable and harder to build.

For least drag and best speed, prams need enough profile "rocker" so ends can lift. There must be just-the-right fullness in these ends (especially the bow) so it won’t push up a wall of water underway.

Buoyancy must be sufficient for stability and load carrying. Yet too many prams have ends too broad or deep - you can tell them by their bow waves piling up ahead while turbulence gathers aft due to drag from a too-wide stern. This drag makes headway and directional control difficult under sail or oar, and such boats may swamp when towed.

SABOTINA meets all these demands well. It’s based on the most proven dinghy hull of all time (same as Sabots, El Toro’s, and others), with thousands in use world wide. We’ve refined the details so building is fast and easy, even for beginners.

About Sabotina's Mast and Boom

The wood mast we detail is superior and costs next to nothing compared to one in aluminum. It’s stiffer, stronger, and floats too! Best of all, it’s easy to make and with no need to pay any freight to get it. IF a round dowel is not available, start with a 2" square section length of wood ( or Glue one up from thinner laminates - Douglas fir or Sitka spruce work well). Then make it octagon-shaped (which is round enough) by setting a table saw blade at 45-degrees, and cutting off the four corners to form 8 equal facets. That’s all there is to it! Our sail simply slips over it. The boom is a 1" x 2" stick of strong wood such as fir or oak. No rocket science involved!

Andy Suhrer of OREGON sent us these comments about his Stitch & Glue SABOTINA he built from our plans and which he uses as a tender for his larger boat:

"The whole project - painting and all - took 60 hours and $400 of materials. The pram had a tremendous amount of use this summer...and has proven to be remarkably tough....I’m continually impressed with the results. Without a doubt it is the easiest and fastest to build boat I’ve ever come across (I’ve built several "stitch-&-glue" [and] "instant" boats previously)... Can’t praise it enough... Thanks for the great service."
Photographs Bill of Materials: Standard / S&G Return

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