I bought my Alpha 1 series 10' porta-bote in March as tender
for my 393 Beneteau
. Installed four lifting points, added drain plug
and painted the black seats with epoxy paint
as they got to hot here in the Caribbean
. Use it with a 6hp Tohatsu.
I also have a 9' Apex dinghy
which is preferred by wife and 110lb dog as it is more stable and makes it easier for the dog to move around and get on an out.
I like the porta-bote as long as I am anchored in calm bays and anchorages
as I can use it for fishing
using my throw net moving supplies as it has double the space available compared to the Apex. It is however by far not as stable as the inflatable
and going swimming or snorkling without te optional boat ladder is not advisable as you can flood it when boarding.
It is unsinkable but your engine
will get flooded.
I can plane the PB in flat water
with my wife, dog and myselfe on board.
When the dog moves around I have to shift to balance the bote.
I do not regret the purchase
but it is a compromise as any other tender
. I am sipping around the bay with a 6hp engine
. It was very seldom that I inflated my Apex since I got the PB. Wife and dog are getting used to it, little by little😜
You can see pictures of my PB in the Yahoo Group