Have you actually used a porta-bote???
The 12' 6" portabote weighs about 100 lbs. completely assembled.. which is probably a good deal lighter than the RIBs you're looking at. They're very stable and reasonably fast, even using a small 3.5 HP four-stroke, which is more than I can say for the RIBs you're looking at. The only real problem for some people is assembling them, and that can be done in as little as 15 minutes with two people.
On top of the other advantages, stowing in a small space, being fairly fast and stable, being fairly light, the portabote hulls are tougher than aluminum or fiberglass ones.
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