the pointy end is the bow
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: La Conner, Washington
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We had a roll up inflatable with a aluminum floor boards. It was reasonably light, it could move a lot of cargo and people and it was stable. It was delicate around shore and it rowed terribly.
We replaced that dinghy last year. We considered an RIB. The weight went up, it would have required a larger outboard to get around in and we probably would have had to install davits. Things started to add up for a boat that still didn't row well and could still pop if you hit one of the tubes with something sharp.
We ended up going with a Portabote. It was lighter than the RIB, it rows decent, it's tough as nails, it's pretty stable with positive floatation and the interior space is better. We're getting by with a smaller outboard to push it around and we don't need davits. It's ugly and it doesn't tow well. We're still five years away from our shove off date, but we're happy with our choice for local waters. We'll re-evaluate our need for an RIB when it's time to leave, but I think we'll do fine with the portabote.
1983 Fraser 41
La Conner, WA
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Boating for over 25 years, some of them successfully.