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Old 16-07-2018, 14:25   #16
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Re: Advice for sailing/fishing dinghy

I use one of these with a BImini. I am sure there is something available like it in the US. Previously I always had inflatables. Costly and damage-prone with a limited lifetime, and most of them row like a pig in a wallow..

These row well, and depending on the model can take up to 15Hp outboards although I only use a 4 hp--and when foam-filled serve as a life-raft approved by SOLAS for coastal purposes. They are not prone to sinking when swamped.

It is also incredibly stable being a tri-hull design--with stern rod-holders built-in! Getting in and out of them is easily done because one can step on the side.

Find all of that in any other dinghy.

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Old 16-07-2018, 16:17   #17
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Re: Advice for sailing/fishing dinghy

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Ok, the Portland made me chuckle.

The porta-bote almost made me lose my rootbeer. Then I stopped laughing and realized how cool that thing really is. I'm curious how tight those joints really are.

I emailed for a price quote. The sail package would be cool down around Ft. Myers where I'd be. But for fishing, it looks really useful. It might be a really good crossover. I'd still need a small tow behind to carry the motor unless I can find a safe way to put a small hp outboard on top the van.
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Old 17-07-2018, 16:02   #18
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Re: Advice for sailing/fishing dinghy

A Cape Dory 10 or 14 is probably going to fit your needs perfectly.

There's also some kits that are similar if that interests you or fits your budget better.

If it doesn't have a trailer,harbor freight has a trailer that with a little bit of work makes a good budget option.

Out of all the ones listed a cape dory will have some resale value too in case you want to move up later.
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Old 29-07-2018, 19:05   #19
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Re: Advice for sailing/fishing dinghy

So, I wrote to the porta-boat folks. They gave me a lot of information. There wasn't anything confidential so I scanned it in case anyone was interested in seeing.

I watched a few of the lateen videos of it I felt it was a little unstable laterally. maybe because the lack of a centerboard? I wonder what kind of outboard would I need to get it 5 miles from the marina to the island I normally visit? (That's in the event I use it only for fishing on that trip and leave the lateen rig behind).

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