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Sabalo SOT Kayak




The Sabalo (also known as Silver King, Silver Sides, and Tarpon) is a large, hard fighting fish and is judged by many to be the worlds most exciting gamefish.

Inspired by the Tarpon by Wilderness Systems (tm), our Sabalo is designed to be the ideal fishing kayak.

The Sabalo is the second SOT we've designed. It's more refined and more paddler friendly.

The tankwell is large and can even serve as a tandem passenger seat when you want to bring the little fishermen along. ;)

The stern has a small transom located above the waterline for paddling efficiency. It will also accommodate easy installation of a rudder system.

The cockpit and tankwell are both self-bailing which provides for excellent safety in the event you take on water. Sound judgment and paddling skill are still requirements.

The hull has a unique interlocking framing system making assembly very user friendly. This system is integrated into the hull design allowing the use of 3/16" (4 mm) plywood throughout the hull, keeping her nice and light.

The frames were designed with builder customization in mind. A 6" (15 cm) day hatch will fit nicely in the cockpit, plenty of room for a large front hatch, room behind the seat for storage and rod holders, the possibilities are only limited to the builders imagination.

Building and materials

There are 2 options to fit the budget and skills of the builder.

  1. Drawing cutting everything by hand
  2. A set of patterns for interior frames

Option 1: Because of the specific shape required of the frames, they will require more time and patience to draw and cut out. We'd made every effort to make drawing and cutting everything yourself easy.

Option 2: To save time drawing the frames from dimensions, a set of full scale paper patterns is available. To keep costs low, some drawing the main hull panels is still required with this option.

Sabalo with famous kayak fisherman and guide, Dennis Spike from


Overall Length
4.6 m

Max. Beam

.7 m

Length @ 4" (10cm) waterline

4.4 m
Beam @ 4" (10cm) waterline
.7 m
Height bow/midship/stern
38/28/30.5 cm
Estimated weight using 3/16" (4mm) Okuome
55 lbs.
25 k
Recommended weight on board:.
125-375 lbs.
57-170 k



Always wear your Personal Floatation Device!

Bill of Materials

Plywood sheets, 3/16" (4mm)
Epoxy Resin (With 15% waste factor)
1.8 gallons
Fiberglass Tape, 6 ounce
140 yards
Wood Flour
2 quarts

Click here for a downloadable Bill of Materials in .pdf format. A new window will pop open.

In 2004 U.S. dollars, a frugal builder using inexpensive plywood (yielding a heavier hull) could have a complete boat for under $400.

The hull can be built in 65-75 hours. Up to 20 hours to fair and paint depending on the desires and skills of the builder.

Visit our Customer Service Forum to ask a tech support question, view past questions, and see our stitch-and-glue tutorials.

Plans Packing List:

  • Simple to follow, detailed drawings of each part with all dimensions required to layout and cut from flat plywood sheets.
    • All drawings are printed on large 11" x 17" (A3 size) paper.
    • All parts and pieces clearly labeled.
    • All dimensions provide in US Standard and Metric units.
  • Specific building notes for this boat complete with illustrations.
  • Bill Of Materials.




Price: $70.00

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