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Many of you will sad to hear that long-time Victorian Sabre builder Robert Botterill has retired recently thereby ending a 20 year plus relationship with the Sabre class. Many of the fibreglass Sabres that we see in our fleets today were built by Botterill at his premises in Highett in Melbourne. His first mould produced substantial numbers of all-fibreglass boats in the 1100 to 1400 range  in the 80's and 90's, and the more recent mould in 1997 produced boats that included our national champion boat of 2004/05.

The mould that Botterills have been using is actually owned by the Victorian Sabre association, and we have recently collected it from Botterills.

The Victorian Association believes that it is important that we retain a builder of fibreglass Sabres in Victoria, and we are therefore keen to ensure that the mould gets back into use as soon as possible. We are currently seeking expressions of interest from a selection of Melbourne boat builders re use of the mould, and will provide details of the outcome once everything is finalised. With some good marketing, this is a great opportunity for us to give the class a real lift.

If there are any people out there who are in the market for a new Sabre for season 2006/07 - then we encourage you to consult the 'Boats & Equipmemt' tab on this site which lists 5 suppliers of fibreglass or plywood Sabres in Vic, SA and NSW. If on the other hand what you are after is a fibreglass Sabre from the "Botterill" mould - then we would be more than happy to take your details so that these can be forwarded to the new Victorian builder in the coming months. Feel free to email barry.eastgate@bigpond.com with your details.

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