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Old 27-02-2021, 19:27   #1
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Please Help Identify Boat

Hello! Complete new sailors here. My wife and I found an 8' fiberglass sailboat for $100 on FB marketplace and decided to make the plunge into your world. Super excited!! I can't seem to find the model of our boat so was wanting some help identifying it.

Also...any first timer tips and advice is very much appreciated. Thank you!
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Old 27-02-2021, 19:47   #2
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Ahoy and welcome to CF.
Look for a HIN (hull identification number) on the back of the boat or another nameplate somewhere else.
The sail might have a class symbol and numbers on it to.
Look for articles about prams, Optis, Puddle Duck Racers, etc for similar style boats.
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Old 27-02-2021, 21:01   #3
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Thank you. That was helpful. I believe it is a pram but can't find a HIN. Not one letter or number on the entire hull. The sail does have what i believe to be a class symbol and the number "16" but can't seem to find the symbol anywhere online. I am going to assemble the entire boat tomorrow and will post more pictures.
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Thank you. That was helpful. I believe it is a pram but can't find a HIN. Not one letter or number on the entire hull. The sail does have what i believe to be a class symbol and the number "16" but can't seem to find the symbol anywhere online. I am going to assemble the entire boat tomorrow and will post more pictures.
That is, offically, a flat fronted, yellow bellyed, pram. Where is the mast, boom and rudder?

Looks a little small, try one person at a time.
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That is, offically, a flat fronted, yellow bellyed, pram. Where is the mast, boom and rudder?

Looks a little small, try one person at a time.
Yes certainly. Thank you.

Mast, boom, and rudder are included. Will post pictures tomorrow of it assembled.
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Old 27-02-2021, 22:38   #6
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Around here it's what we would call a centerboard Sabot, depending on country there were many similar boats made.
https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/us-sabot
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Welcome.

I would suggest updating your profile with your general location and your boat made & model in the "Boat" category. This info shows up under your UserName in every post in the web view. Many questions are boat and/or location dependent and having these tidbits under your UserName saves answering those questions repeatedly. If you need help setting up your profile then click on this link: https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums...ml#post3308797

If you need further help let me know, I would be happy to.

Post a photo of the sale so we can see if there are identifying insignia.
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Calif Ted, that looks like new Sabot I have sailed or seen? Usually the bow is narrower than that half minion pictured?
I thought it looked a bathtub with a deck and center board? Did you check out the thwart/center board combination. I can see that it has been designed as an ejection seat if you run aground.
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Aha, Sabot! If the shoe fits...don't tempt me with another dinghy build
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Old 28-02-2021, 12:21   #10
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Ahoy and welcome to CF.
Look for a HIN (hull identification number) on the back of the boat or another nameplate somewhere else.
The sail might have a class symbol and numbers on it to.
Look for articles about prams, Optis, Puddle Duck Racers, etc for similar style boats.
Try posting a picture of the sail logo, someone might recognise it...
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Old 28-02-2021, 12:44   #11
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NOT a Sabot, nor its supercharged cousin, the El Toro. Hull shape is all wrong and it doesn't have a proper centreboard case. Looks like it has some sort of double bottom to provide some support for the centreboard. The top of the centreboard slot is so low in the boat that it must be pretty wet once you put an adult in it. I suspect it is a home built one off or perhaps one of those DIY designs that were common in 1950's "Boy Own Annual" and similar. The sail logo may provide some guidance but not necessarily as sabot sails and rigs show up on all sorts of homebuilts.
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Old 28-02-2021, 13:06   #12
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Well, it doesn't look quite like an Optimist. Which would definitely been a candidate - but no. Sorry.
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Old 28-02-2021, 13:10   #13
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It does look quite a bit like an Optimist - which, by the way are used as sail training boats for young children - very young children. 6, 7, 8 years old... NOT meant for adults. Same sort of size boat. Strongly suggest you never get in that boat without having a proper lifejacket on....
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Googled Dutch shoe insignia that goes on sail. It’s called Dutch Shoe - there is a fleet in San Francisco
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Old 28-02-2021, 15:31   #15
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Looks like a DeWitt dinghy prototype. This bow looks stubby and more scow like, but splash guard is similar. It does have Jim DeWitt sails. Contact Pt Richmond Yacht club, they would know more. DeWitt was a local Richmond sailmaker and artist.
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