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Old 19-02-2015, 13:43   #16
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Re: pram, dory, portabote, WB, skiff, susan, whaler, boston........

Here's a simple tip for boarding a Porta Bote from the water. Keep one of those cheap 3.5' boogie boards in your dinghy. When you want to board from the water shove the wider aft end of the boogie board under the hard chine of the Porta Bote leaving a portion of the boogie board sticking out. As you pry down on the gunnel of the PB to lift yourself aboard use your knee on the boogie board to leverage yourself into the dinghy. The foam board adds floatation to the boarding side and no water enters to dinghy.

Depending on your weight, you can experiment with placement of the boogie board and wether you need to put any of your own weight on the boogie board.
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Old 19-02-2015, 14:04   #17
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Re: pram, dory, portabote, WB, skiff, susan, whaler, boston........

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It planes with my wife and I aboard but I've never really checked Im guessing about 15 mph.


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That is a real good guess. Did some sapped trials a couple years back on our 14 footer. The 6hp ran around 16 with me and the kids. Then I tried the 15hp would do 18 plus with the kids wife fishing gear lunch umbrells all kind of crap. Speed at maybe 3/4 throttle, took it out solo and hit 22 before I decided they don't really want to go that fast. We get. 12 or so at full load with the 6hp. Both motors are old two strokes, I'm going to try a 8hp two stroke this summer.
Think I can get the speed of the 3/4 throttle 15hp with the weight of the 6hp.
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Old 19-02-2015, 15:28   #18
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Re: pram, dory, portabote, WB, skiff, susan, whaler, boston........

I have no stock in the company but you might check the boats that Sea Eagle makes. They have one I think that is an inflatable catamaran thing that seems to row well and takes an outboard. It should be stable to get in and out of and should hold the weight you mention.
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Re: pram, dory, portabote, WB, skiff, susan, whaler, boston........

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Here's a simple tip for boarding a Porta Bote from the water. Keep one of those cheap 3.5' boogie boards in your dinghy. When you want to board from the water shove the wider aft end of the boogie board under the hard chine of the Porta Bote leaving a portion of the boogie board sticking out. As you pry down on the gunnel of the PB to lift yourself aboard use your knee on the boogie board to leverage yourself into the dinghy. The foam board adds floatation to the boarding side and no water enters to dinghy.

Depending on your weight, you can experiment with placement of the boogie board and wether you need to put any of your own weight on the boogie board.
The boogie board is a great idea. I'll have to try that. They show a ladder on the PB website that mounts on the bow. With an outboard on back, that might be another possibility.
Mine mounts nicely on Garhaur kayak racks.
By the way...you can see my Livingston 7.5 that the PB is replacing. great dinghy but a hassle looking forward underway
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Re: pram, dory, portabote, WB, skiff, susan, whaler, boston........

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Here's a simple tip for boarding a Porta Bote from the water. Keep one of those cheap 3.5' boogie boards in your dinghy. When you want to board from the water shove the wider aft end of the boogie board under the hard chine of the Porta Bote leaving a portion of the boogie board sticking out. As you pry down on the gunnel of the PB to lift yourself aboard use your knee on the boogie board to leverage yourself into the dinghy. The foam board adds floatation to the boarding side and no water enters to dinghy.

Depending on your weight, you can experiment with placement of the boogie board and wether you need to put any of your own weight on the boogie board.
Good, I was thinking of something like that, maybe a fender or 2 tied from under the PB to the other side.

No used PB in my area, but only leaving next fall, so there is time to find one....and sell the idea to the admiral!

Thanks for your comments and tips.
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Re: pram, dory, portabote, WB, skiff, susan, whaler, boston........

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I will take a picture soon but its simple. Get a small one of these.
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I think ours is a 5/8 inch plug.
Drill a hole to match the drain plug then insert drain plug in said hole tighten then lock. Ours is on the port side very low and just forward of the transom. We made up lifting bars and hang the boat in the davits slightly stern low to facilitate draining.


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ShaktisBoy,

Where did you source this drain plug? Looking at Attwoods's site they seem to be 1". Did you install any type of receiver or just plug it in the hole?

I'm looking for any write ups on this because I need to install one.

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Re: pram, dory, portabote, WB, skiff, susan, whaler, boston........

On our last cruise south from Canada , we used a Joel White "Shellback" for everything, diving , rowing, exploring and the 2 hp pushed us along at 5 or so kts. We had a new 10' Avon with 8 hp, just never used it much.
We are looking as well for a good all around boat and like the looks of the Mandy skiff or the Jessy. The Jesse looks easy to build and has a good performance under oar and power. Jessy

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Re: pram, dory, portabote, WB, skiff, susan, whaler, boston........

Sorry for the slow response. I can find that plug at my local walmart. There is no sleeve necessary just tighten it up and fl the leverClick image for larger version

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Sorry for the slow response. I can find that plug at my local walmart. There is no sleeve necessary just tighten it up and fl the leverAttachment 101333. Yes I know the dink is a little dirty. Its actually 21 years old now and still rugged as ever. Here is another shot of the PB on davitsAttachment 101334


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Thanks! I can't say I've ever looked for drain plugs in Walmart but will check next time I pass one. I'm tired of a dink full of water.

Mine has the new folding transom I want to beef up a little. It's probably fine but it flexes a little too much for me.
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Re: pram, dory, portabote, WB, skiff, susan, whaler, boston........

Since you don't mind building a dinghy, Danny Greene's Chameleon is the only dinghy that fits all of your criteria, and it can even be stored nested instead of on davits. Read the article about it in Good Old Boat.

The PB certainly doesn't fit in the category of "attractive," nor can it be sailed.
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Agree that its not as pretty as some dinghy's but it can be sailed. Here are a few examples of nice looking PBs including a sailing version. Keep in mind in our PBs21 year life it has yet to go flat. Click image for larger version

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