Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario
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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.
Why go fast, when you can go slow.