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Location: La Conner, Washington
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Re: Dinghy vs Porta Bote
We have a portabote. I have mixed feelings about it. It rows decent, not as good as our sailing dinghy, better than an inflatable. It's light. It's pretty tough, we don't worry about dragging it up on the beach. It doesn't require a large motor to get it up on a plane. That means less weight, less expense and less fuel. It stores reasonably well. The boat folds up nicely, but you still have to find a place to store the seats and transom piece. We don't break ours down that often. It's not as stable as an inflatable. That's the main draw back. My son and I have hauled ourselves out of the water onto it after a dive, but it was with a coordinated effort with each of us hauling ourselves over the side at the same time. It's our primary dinghy around local waters. I haven't decided yet whether to stick with it when we go offshore or get an RIB.
1983 Fraser 41
La Conner, WA
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Boating for over 25 years, some of them successfully.
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