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Old 05-14-2013
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Re: 10' Porta Boat For Dinghy?

I've used a 10' portabote for the past four sailing seasons (Great Lakes sailor). It's been very good for our purposes.

Pros: lightweight, strong and durable, good to row, large volume, can easily be stored out of the water on our deck, can be sailed (as a toy).

Cons: assembly/disassembly takes 15 minutes and some effort, storage on deck blocks some ports, seems tippy until you get used to it, can only accommodate a small outboard (not really a con for me, but some might think so).

The biggest issues for me are storage on deck, and rowability. I dislike dragging a dingy any distance, and I also hate having to use an outboard to go a short distance.

Captainmeme, you ask about the sailing characteristics. Not great is what I would say. It's a fun toy to play around with in an anchorage, but it's a pretty poor sailboat with its clunky and light lateen rig, and the need for side dagger boards. That said, it really is a lot of fun to play with. Sure beats motoring around .
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Last edited by MikeOReilly; 05-14-2013 at 03:01 PM.
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