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Re: Dinghy experiment #4, or it is 5, Porta-Bote

We went from a small rowing pram to a 10' inflatable to a 10' port-a-bote. We really like the port-a-bote but I haven't decided yet whether that's the one we want to take with us when we go off shore. It rows pretty good, it motors very well. It appears to require less power to get me and the dog up on a plane over the inflatable. I don't worry about landing it on the beach where there are sharp rocks. It's not quite as stable as the inflatable. My son and I used to go SCUBA diving with the inflatable and it was easy to haul ourselves out of the water over the tubes. I can do it with the port-a-bote, but it's a lot scarier. The thing that worries me a little about the portabote is trying to land it on a beach with some large waves. Seems like the risk of a capsize and a wet motor is higher with the portabote over a rigid hull inflatable.

S.V. Nikko
1983 Fraser 41
La Conner, WA

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