for those who want feedback on the Portland
Pudgy, I have had mine for over four years cruising east coast
US and the Windward and Leeward Islands
. Before the pudgy, I had n Avon
Redcrest which served well in ten year trip from Australia
to the Caribbean
I love my pudgy for most of the reasons you would expect. Durability comes first, no more pumping up leaking pontoons; less worries about concrete jetties, barnacle encrusted shore lines, etc. Also, I know that as my life raft, she will float, no worries about inflation of tubes, etc.
Well thought out design, good quality materials ( the transom bracket design has been changed to fix flexing stress cracks seen in the in older bots, mine included) to my knowledge this is the only real problem design wise.
rows well with one person, ok with two, three or four people; not unexpectedly, the heavier the load, the more effort needed.
Performance under sail, especially to windward is sub par, do not buy this dingy for fun day sailing
, but it will do the job in survival situation if you do not wish to go to weather
. one issue with sailing the pudgy is where to sit, no good solution.
Operation under power is fine, I used a 2hp, 4 stroke Honda
until it died last month, the new 3.5 hp, 2 stroke nissan
I am using now also works well and is cheaper, but do not expect this dingy to get you anywhere in a hurry.
the canopy works well, is relatively easy to install, but I would hate to do it in any sort of wind
. I did not purchase
the dingy cover, so not comments there.
I have davits
, I purchased the lifting harness and cross straps, they work fine but as one might expect, each mother ship has is different davit arrangements and some modifications were necessary. send me a note and I will give specifics.
cons are, the pudgy is heavy so pulling up on beach is an issue. another con is that when there is light chop, the pudgy is not dry boat, much like my Avon
Redcrest. Another con, she is uncomfortable to get into after snorkeling, so this dingy might not be good choice for avid scuba
for me, the plusses out way the minuses by huge factor, but it is not a dingy for your typical charter
or weekend party crowd that want to zip around the anchorage!