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Re: Hard vs Soft
Porta-botes bridge the gap, stowable, lighter, rowable and resistant to damage.
on the other hand they are ugly.
All boats are compromises
A recent story, this past summer.. One of our club members had bought a portabote over the winter, and was very happy with it.. rowed alright, stable, stowable etc etc. On the July long weekend they were departing for a little jaunt to a nearby beach in company with a few other dinghies. One of the RIBs accelerated past the portabote a bit too close, I suppose, and before anyone knew it the portabote was upside down, two people and a dog in the water. No warning, not a big wave really, just a bad catch..
However the swimmer still owns it, so I guess he's still OK with it. SNer erps has been using the portabote for quite some time and seems satisfied too..
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)