Wow. The response from everyone is very interesting and appreciated. I am not very forum savvy but I will attempt to address questions. Without loading up this post with a lot of links, I hope the curious will explore our website.
re: Any built in Maine
area? Not yet. A couple have gone to Florida
. One went to Newport
but the mother ship is somewhere in the Pacific now.
Re: rough use? I know everyone will have their own ideas and experience about this. Russell and I have been using our PT 11 for a couple of years now. We show it ‘as is’. We have not touched up the clearcoat or the exterior paint
. In fact, we have not yet even varnished over the West System 207 clear finish we used on the interior
. We tote it around in the back of our little Toyota truck and launch it from boat ramps, docks, and beaches. Recently, we drove to BC and carried the halves down a steep, winding trail about 300ft, to a dock
, where we loaded our gear
and sailed up into the Okasolo for a few days. We also lash it to the trampoline of our multi-hull when we can get away for longer trips. When we do beach it, and around here, that most often means on rocks, Yes, we take some extra care by each getting on either side of it and carrying it up to a safe spot. The boat is light at 90LBS assembled and it takes little effort to do this. Someone alone could do it easier by carrying one half at a time. The PT11 has a good bumper (custom extruded rubber) designed just for this boat. To make the boat more rugged, ding prone edges are solid epoxy
so if chipped, it won’t reach wood. Thicker fiberglass
is used on the hull
bottom and the skeg is capped with a solid fiberglass
batten. Russell has a history
of really nice looking dinghies. This has not in any way stopped him for using them hard.
Pricing and marketing are challenging subjects to be sure. Our shoestring operation has been very fortunate in having an incredible community of friends and associates, especially here in PT. Even if I could spend the many more hours researching and comparing and crunching numbers, I would still be at the prices we currently list. (starting at $1940) There is no scrimping on quality of materials and specialty parts in our kits and the manuals
go way beyond, ‘glue part A to part B’. We believe we are providing real value and the resale value for the PT11 fully outfitted (close to 10K) has been very good based on sales of our prototypes.
varies too much to include it in the price. I can give out quotes
to specific destinations.
We do have a smaller and a larger version on the drawing table but it will take some time before we introduce those boats. The PT11 is what we consider to be the ideal size for a nesting dinghy with the fewest compromises.
Again, thank you all for taking the time to send feed back. I will be updating our FAQ page and other pages as a result. cheers to all.