So... I've read all the threads I can find and understand there is no right answer here but some input to my decision logic would be much appreciated.
Extended coastal cruising inc Caribbean and perhaps Newfoundland
Basic tender but capable of supporting snorkeling and perhaps Scuba diving
Normally 2, max 4
Porta-bote 10' 8" with ladder
Here is my logic (not in particular order of importance):
Length:___________10' 8"____________________8' 6"_____________A
Listed capacity:____3________________________4 _______________A
Weight:___________67lb (w/o seats ladder etc.)_66lb all up________A
Max motor wt:_____56lb______________________66lb____________ _Draw
OB protected?______No (hull damage potential)___Yes______________A
Cost:_____________$2,359 (w req accessories)__$2,046 all up______A
Deck assay/infl?____Possible__________________Possible_______ ___Draw
Diving etc?________Possible (with acc ladder)____Easy_____________A
Packed size:_______V small and easily stored____Moderately large___PB
General robustness________________________________________ ___PB?
Stability during boarding_______________________________________A?
Confidence in company / warranty etc.__________________________A
Looks like the Achilles is winning this one pretty easily for me (despite Porta-bote's ads of sinking inflatables :-)
Is my logic remotely sound?
Am I missing anything important?
Can you do tables in this thing?.......
Thanks a lot