I loved my old Porta-bote. My wife didn't like it so much, though. We sold it along with our old boat. I now enjoy the speed of a 3.8m Gemini RIB
15hp OB, but I miss the light Porta-bote that I could easily bring far up on any beach, whose bottom was so slippery that nothing stuck, and whose hull
was so rugged I never feared a scratch or puncture.
Assembling it on deck
, especially in windy conditions, was a challenge. The gunwales flexed a bit while rowing, but at least I could row it if needed.