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Old 24-03-2015, 03:39   #76
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I understand Canibuls frustration as one not directed at you but rather at the preponderance of a manufacturer that can't even get basic facts about their own product straight.
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It really sounds like you have way too much time on your hands and a bit of a chip on your shoulder. I have dealt with the PB people and they are OK folks, at least a bit better than some.
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Old 24-03-2015, 05:04   #77
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It really sounds like you have way too much time on your hands and a bit of a chip on your shoulder. I have dealt with the PB people and they are OK folks, at least a bit better than some.

Chip? I think that appears to be yours.
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Re: Porta-Bote

My question about the weight was answered, as stated two pages back. The Prez of Porta-Bote assures me that their 12 foot boat weighs 78 lbs. And that shipping to Tropical sea freight in Miami is free. That was what I needed to know. They returned my email and answered my questions. I got no beef with Porta-Bote at all. I want one of their boats.

I'd love to find a used boat/motor combination to ship down here, but unfortunately all the ones I can find in the US seem to have four stroke motors. bummer.
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Re: Porta-Bote

Can you provide photos or a description of your drain plug and lifting points? Where are they located on the boat? What brand/type of drain did you use? Was it self bailing/automatic? Pictures are worth 1000 words, but anything would be helpful and appreciated--thanks!

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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
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Old 28-01-2018, 11:41   #80
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I am really interested in one of these porta-bote set ups in the 12' size. I must say though I cannot believe they don't list prices on their website or have an option to order one. Its 2018 and the website is very poorly done and hard to get much information as to dealers or anything.

I submitted my information for a "free pricing packet" ahahahaha. So glad your willing to email me the pricing packet for free as opposed to having to pay for it. My buddy has one of the porta-bote deals on his Hunter 26 and loves the size.

They really do sound amazing even if they don't look it and I would like to try one. Maybe this new year they will allow online sales and pick up some market share!

Anyone know how much a 12' is going for or if anyone stocks theses things?
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Old 28-01-2018, 11:47   #81
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The Canadian dealer site lists prices: https://www.portaboat.ca/allproduct
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I sure hope those prices are significantly reduced to purchase in the US. Almost 3,500 is pretty steep and at that price I can buy a pvc zodiac and a hard dinghy and put a motor on one them. Hopefully I hear back from the good folks at porta vote soon.
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Re: Porta-Bote

I’ve bought 3 all this see and in great shape. Sometimes folks buy them and then don’t use them for whatever reason. But I paid much less, around $1,200 for a 12’ boat in near new condition.

May take a bit of waiting for one to come up on the market. Set up a Ebay automated search and/or use “allofcraigslist”.
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I’ve bought 3 all this see and in great shape. Sometimes folks buy them and then don’t use them for whatever reason. But I paid much less, around $1,200 for a 12’ boat in near new condition.

May take a bit of waiting for one to come up on the market. Set up a Ebay automated search and/or use “allofcraigslist”.
Agree with the comment above that people purchase them, then sell them for whatever reason. We purchased a 10' in very good/excellent condition off craigslist a few years back for only $25 US. Just need to look around and they are out there, sometimes for $600-1000 including an outboard for a 12' pb.

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Thanks for the advise, I will keep an eye one Craigslist and Ebay. At $1,200 or less they sure appear to be a much better value compared to over 3k.
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I sure hope those prices are significantly reduced to purchase in the US. Almost 3,500 is pretty steep and at that price I can buy a pvc zodiac and a hard dinghy and put a motor on one them. Hopefully I hear back from the good folks at porta vote soon.
As was noted, that's a Canadian website. As such, the pricing is in Cdn $ (or Dollarettes as we sometimes call them lately) and the corresponding US$ pricing will be probably 75% (or less) given shipping and exchange considerations.
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As was noted, that's a Canadian website. As such, the pricing is in Cdn $ (or Dollarettes as we sometimes call them lately) and the corresponding US$ pricing will be probably 75% (or less) given shipping and exchange considerations.
I was going to point that out. The figures are in CND dollars, so the USD adds about 25% in buying power. But I also suspect these prices are inflated to reflect the smaller Canadian market for everything.

I purchased my 10’ bote brand-spanking new directly from the American source. I bought it via a “boat show special” and paid around $2000 CND, and that included the sail rig. This was over a decade ago (at least 12 years now), so prices have risen since then, but even back then the list price, and what I paid, was quite a bit different.

As other say, keep an eye on the used market. But I’d also encourage you to check out the boat show deals, and also don’t be afraid to haggle with them. They seemed open to making deals … at least back when I did my purchase.

The other way to think about these botes is the amortized cost. My bote cost me $2k 12 years ago. That’s about $160/year, and getting better all the time. These botes are hard to damage, so unlike a typical rubber duckie, will likely last a lot longer.
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Well got in touch with Porta-Bote today. The older guy I spoke to was very friendly. I guess the boats are full retail over 3k! but on sale for $2,200.00 which I suspect occurs often. At that price it seems to be appealing and offer some good value. So I think the Porta Bote is at the top of my short list and a good compliment to my old French made Zodiac.
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Well got in touch with Porta-Bote today. The older guy I spoke to was very friendly. I guess the boats are full retail over 3k! but on sale for $2,200.00 which I suspect occurs often. At that price it seems to be appealing and offer some good value. So I think the Porta Bote is at the top of my short list and a good compliment to my old French made Zodiac.


That was my experience when I bought … that the advertised price was really just an opening offer. Never hurts to ask.

They have to be competitive with the inflatable market. You’d be hard pressed to find a new quality inflatable dingy for less. And like I say, these botes will likely last a lot longer than any inflatable, so the real amortized cost becomes quite small.
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