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Old 09-12-2012
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Re: Dinghy vs Porta Bote

If he's staying exclusively within Chesapeake Bay, motoring long distances may not be an issue.

No doubt towing a dink will slow you down a bit. For me, I've never cared because we don't generally try or need to cover long distances, nor are we ever in much of a rush to get anywhere. We're more likely to drop an anchor after a few hours of sailing, regardless of where we are, so that we can do some swimming or go explore a shoreline with the dinghy. That said, I did motor 50 miles earlier in August and was glad to not be towing a dinghy for that trip.

I guess it depends on how you plan to use it.
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Re: Dinghy vs Porta Bote

Thanks for the comments everyone. I never really thought about stowing an inflatable on a bag on the mast.

There is not always a lot of wind on the Chesapeake during the summer, so anything I can reasonably do to reduce wetted surface area is a plus. I am not doing a lot of cruising yet but hope to in the future.

I guess I need to see whether I can build and launch a Porta Bote off my deck before investing in it.

Thanks again,
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Re: Dinghy vs Porta Bote

had a go

it rows really well

but to me it looks like a swine to store



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