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Folding Porta Bote as Dinghy
We have the 10''6" model. Currently, it''s lashed to a port lifeline stanchion just forward of the mast.
Unfolding it is not easy on deck, but it can be done by two far more easily than by one. It only weighs 58 pounds, so handling it is not too bad, but it is a bit awkward.
This year we installed a transom-mounted set of davits on which to carry the Porta-Bote in the "set-to-go" position.
BTW, we''ve had inflatables before, and based on our experience, we decided not to go that route again. So far, the Pota-Bote does all an inflatable can do, and requires less maintenence. Moreover, jagged rocks don''t seem to hurt it much. It also cost us less than a compareable inflatable.
~ Happy sails to you ~ _/) ~