| #5850--HOW TO BUILD SABOT
Designed by Charles G. MacGregor
New Sail Plan by W. F. Crosby
LOA 9 ft 11 in., Beam 4 ft., Sail Area 36 sq ft.
The pram dinghy has been very popular in Europe for a great many years and in all probability the type originated in Scandinavia. The pram is rapidly becoming popular in this country. Experienced yachtsmen have been quick to see and appreciate its many good qualities and are willing to overlook its odd appearance. As a yacht tender, it is ideal, because of the unexcelled carrying capacity, short length, and light weight--an important item if the dink has to be carried on deck or on top of the deckhouse; and most important of all, it tows exceptionally well. With the advent of resin-bonded plywood, we are able to overcome weight objections and have gained other worth while advantages. A center-board has been installed in place of the original leeboards, the sliding gunter has been changed to marconi rig and a rudder and tiller instead of the steering oar. The vee bottom is slightly more difficult to build than the flat bottom, but it is superior to the latter especially for sailing and towing; therefore, its adoption is recommended. The hard or sharp chine is simple in construction, but the flat chine is better, improving the looks and making rowing and towing in a heavy sea safer.