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8.5' Porta-bote as dinghy for 28' sailboat

This was dinghy experiment #5 and is almost a success. The 8.5' folded porta-bote fits inside my shrouds alongside the cabin of my 28' S2.
While standing on the foredeck, i was easily able to assemble and disassemble It can then be easily lowered into the water. The stated capacity is 380 lbs but I estimate we had 2 185 lb men and one 160 lb man for a total of 530 lbs and it rowed well using alumuinum oars from West. It is fairly light for a dinghy too
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That's what we use off the Cal 28 ... with either a small Minn-kota electric or a 2 HP outboard ... works great ... glad to someone else agrees

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

I agree. My 8.5' portabote and my 2 HP Honda motor are the perfect match for my 30' Islander.

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I have this size Porta bore for a new to me HR28.i would love to see a video of someone assembling and launching from a foredeck. :-)
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Re: 8.5' Porta-bote as dinghy for 28' sailboat

i had one once long ago and didnt like it, but they work, seems--i have seen folks going to shore quite happily in theirs

i didnt like the lack of stability.


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

I've used the 10' version for the past four-five years. Initially on our 34-foot ketch, and now on our 37-footer, its turned out to be a great dink so far. The things I really like about the portabote is that it is stowable on deck, and it rows very well -- almost as good as a hard dingy. It only requires a small motor b/c of its weight and design, and it can take a large load. And while it may seem unstable at first, it really isn't. Just takes some time to get used to its flexible feel.

It's not perfect, by any means. But for our uses it's been great.

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One of these porta-botes showed up on my local Craigslist. The seller wanted text messages only. Unfortunately I have a dumb phone so I had to get my buddy to text the guy. If my buddy had been faster at texting I would own a porta-bote now. I don't let him forget he is a slow texter.

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

A neighbour who has lived aboard for decades and used one for the ast 20 years loves his .I wish they hadn't stopped making the double ended version.

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

I assemble my eight foot Portaboat with it sitting athwart my cockpit on my NS27. Once assembled I just slide it into the water stern first. I disassemble it in the same location.
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