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Re: 8.5' Porta-bote as dinghy for 28' sailboat

i have the 10.8 ft porta-bote.it has a 5ft beam. i assemble it on the foredeck of my nimble30express. i use the spinnaker halyard to hoist it up & put it over the side.

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Re: 8.5' Porta-bote as dinghy for 28' sailboat

We assemble/disassemble our 10-footer on the foredeck of our cutter. Requires us to lift the staysail boom out of the way, but the whole process only takes about 10 minutes with two people. I just ease it over the side or haul it up, all by hand. It's that light.

The other fun thing about these boats is the lateen sailing rig. It's a bit of a chore to rig, and is not for serious sailing, but can be a ton of fun in an anchorage. Sure beats motoring around .

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Re: 8.5' Porta-bote as dinghy for 28' sailboat

They do look like a nice option for those of us with dogs that have Wolverine nails.
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Re: 8.5' Porta-bote as dinghy for 28' sailboat

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They do look like a nice option for those of us with dogs that have Wolverine nails.
How does it tow?
It's tows very easily. It's light, so almost zero drag on the mothership. The downside of this is that you have to be careful in high winds -- it can be flipped easier than a heavy rubber dink. You also have to be careful not to get it surfing.

Personally, I hate towing a dingy, which is part of the reason we went with the portabote. Since it is so easy to take apart, we almost never drag it.

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Re: 8.5' Porta-bote as dinghy for 28' sailboat

There's one for sale in my neighborhood. It's too much for me to justify, but if others are interested...

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Re: 8.5' Porta-bote as dinghy for 28' sailboat

I have a stainless portabote rack that fits on life stanchions if some one is interested, And a 12ft. boat.......Dale

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Sent you a PM Dale...
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Re: 8.5' Porta-bote as dinghy for 28' sailboat

Well I put my 8' version PB in water at marina today. After 8 years in storage and a quick cleanup, the 2hp Mariner fired right up. Tooled around the marina for an hour. I was impressed with ease of use and overall stability. The spongy floor takes some getting used to but after 15 minutes I was very comfortable. Feels like a keeper. Tried the folding oars as well and they worked fine.. Still weighing towing versus breakdown and setup on foredeck... Could use spin halyard to pull onboard...
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Re: 8.5' Porta-bote as dinghy for 28' sailboat

Off topic, but the new owner of the HR28 may want to search Facebook to connect with a small community of Hinterhoeller HR28 owners.

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