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Old 06-07-2014, 01:17   #46
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Old 06-07-2014, 07:12   #47
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I really like the Quickboat and had made an inquiry about getting one to the US a few years ago when they had a different name, what I don't like is the price. But they have proved that these types of boat do not have to be ugly like the porta bote. I wish Porta boat would do a re design to get rid of the ugly bow shape and make it look like a normal dinghy.

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Anyone have experience with Porta-botes? How do they compare to using an inflatible to keep stored on your boat so you don't have to tow a dinghy?

How do the two compare in regards to set up time?
Experience with both.

Much easier to store a Porta-boat.

On the other hand I have an inflatable based on how I use it. I am a skin/SCUBA diver and can use my inflatable for that. I feel lots more comfortable carrying half a dozen eight gallon water jugs in an inflatable. I feel lots better tying up my inflatable to a friend's boat since a soft inflatable is much less likely to damage a big boat.

Both have advantages depending on what you want them to do.
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Old 06-07-2014, 10:16   #49
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I'm glad to see someone (quickboats) give Portabot a run for their money. I have a Portabot 10 footer. Good concept but the engineering could be better. The guy that owns the company micro-manages everything about the company. Hence few inovative changes and a poor confusing website. I would say Quickboats has the perfect boat either. It's seams are equally questionable as are the Portabots. At least the concept is moving forward.
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Re: Porta-bote or Inflatible?

We've had our 10' bote for a number of years now. I like it a lot, but I've been thinking of building a bow spray deck, similar to what the Quickboat has.

I've been very happy with our bote, but like all things on a small sailboat, it's a compromise. Our double-ender has no space for davits (and I'm not sure I'd want them anyway), and the cutter means limited space to store a dingy on the foredeck. I wanted a dink I could row, that could be stored on our side deck, and would take a small outboard when needed. The portabote does all these things, but there are definite downsides...
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They have stainless steel Kayak carriers that mount to the stanchions so I can carry the porta bote on the outside of the lifelines. They adjust to snug right up to the porta bote and can then strap the porta bote to the stanchions using the snap straps. Awesome idea and don't look bad either
i see boats carrying kayaks that way. my only caveat would be the strength of the stantions. i would check them to make sure they're thru-bolted with backing plates. unfortunately some stantions are just screwed in with self tapping screws and will rock back and forth with a side load until they wear out the glass around them and suddenly pull out.
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Had some friends with on in Belize in 2004. Seems to be falling apart. They used it till they arrived in new Zealand in 2008. Transom had fallen out by then but they were hoping to repair it.
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i see boats carrying kayaks that way. my only caveat would be the strength of the stantions. i would check them to make sure they're thru-bolted with backing plates. unfortunately some stantions are just screwed in with self tapping screws and will rock back and forth with a side load until they wear out the glass around them and suddenly pull out.
I have the Garhaur racks. They are stronger than the stantions they fasten too. That said, the weak point is how a factory boat fastens their stantions. They need good backing plates and not a thin deck. I have my racks resting in my teak toe-rails and with the eye-rings at the top of the kayak racks, lash them to the stantions, creating box support member.
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Had some friends with on in Belize in 2004. Seems to be falling apart. They used it till they arrived in new Zealand in 2008. Transom had fallen out by then but they were hoping to repair it.
I've seen this too but usually on a 15 year old+ bote. It is their weak point and apparently, the factory is pretending it does not happen. I'm hoping someone takes the concept and does it right, quality and customer service wise.
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Hi there,
Living in the Caribbean since 79 I am spending my time whenever possible sailing my 39í boat. I use as a tender an Apex dinghy with a 6hp Tohatsu four stroke and a 2hp Honda as spare. Wanting to go a little faster without changing motors and having more space available I decided to buy a Porta-Bote 10í Alpha 1 series from the local dealer.
Got my brand new PB a couple of weeks ago, installed four u-bolts with backing plates on the gunwales and off we went last Friday morning to do some cruising and trying out the new toy (left the Apex at home).
Here my impressions so far as we are anchored in the middle of a well protected large bay with variable winds of up to 22kts during the day and a max. chop of 1í.
The good:
The PB is quick considering the 6hp motor. It planes in flat water with my wife, our 100lb dog and myself at 390lb. total plus 3gal. of gas. Or it will plane with my dog and myselfe with 1í chop.
We have plenty of space for cooler, fishing gear etc.
The hull seems to be tough.
It behaves well on the davits with cross ties.
The fast folding feature of the new PB is for me an important advantage.

The not so good:
My first mate (and I) finds the PB unstable compared to our Apex. She does not like it so far.
When our dog shifts from one side to the other, both, my first mate and I have to do some shifting as well immediately to keep the boat stable.
Our dog just hates it. He cannot find a comfortable position on longer rides and going in and out is not practical for him, especially at the beach. He loves the rides on inflatables so.
Assembling would take 4 to 5 minutes if the locking pins on the seats would align well, they donít.
The foldable transom looks flimsy to me; time will tell how long it will last.
After the first 20 minutes of using the PB y found some small nylock nuts on the floor. The bolts they belong to at the transom are too short and the threads never reached the nylon for locking.
The 4 wing nuts locking the transom have to be constantly tightened.
The black seats get so hot in the sun that you cannot sit on them without putting a towel on top.
Picked two friends up at the local dock and returning about two miles into an 18knt wind with 1í chop was very wet for the person sitting in front.
Going fast with one person on board, the ride feels wiggly as the boat does not track too well at high speed.

Once I get back home I will install proper ball locking pins well aligned, right sized screws and replacing the bolts with the wing nuts on the transom with ball locking pins and flange bearings. The seats I will flame treat as they are plastic and spray paint with grey epoxy paint including the black close cell foam around the inside of the gunwales. Once all this is taken care of I think the PB will serve me well having the choice to use the Apex when conditions require.
The dog and myself are getting used to the PB, not so the first mate, so far.
I donít think I will ever use it to surf in 5 foot waves, so.
What I do not understand is that with over 100,000 PBs sold, as advertized, those issues mentioned above were not taken care of long ago, itís a no brainer one would think.
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Also chiming in as a new PB owner. I'm still working on my opinion. One thing I hate though is the black scuffs from the PVC tubing. Anyone found a decent solution short of don't let it rub the mothership which can be tough in some situations.

On the dog front I'm using a rubber backed carpet to help the adjustment from RIB to PB. Still trying to get it right though.
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