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12-28-2014 04:19 PM
Re: Portland Pudgy

What shaft length of OB do you need with todays Pudgy?

I met someone grumbling that he had had to go and buy a new longshaft a few years ago.
12-28-2014 02:25 PM
Re: Portland Pudgy

How do you like it.
12-01-2012 02:03 AM
Re: Portland Pudgy

Well, I just ordered one with plans for delivery in the spring 2013 - I'm going to start the "Great Loop" in the spring of 2013 starting off from Elkton, Md. - my home marina is just a mile north of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and then it will be off to points north. The home ship is a 26' Nimble Kodiak yawl - diesel powered motorsailer and I will be towing the Pudgy as my tender. On a previous trip from NYC to Key West via the ICW (36' Moody Halberdier homeship) I really learned that a stable, well built dinghy is a priority item. I'll let everyone know how it looks in person in the spring.
01-25-2012 02:56 PM
scgator2001 Did you get one?
02-22-2011 12:48 AM
edwmama The Portland pudgy is a step in the right direction.
Only wished that they made a slightly larger model like a 9.5 foot long
Since if you have 4 large size adults they literally would be packed like
Sardines if the had to board the pudgy in an emergency.
The larger space would allow for more emergency gears and provisions
01-19-2009 12:33 PM
Hard Dinghy

I realize this is and old thread. The previous post was questioning the safety of storing a hard dinghy/liferaft on deck. Just curios what other people think. It seems if you attached a long rode to the dink with a snubber in case it does get washed away you would be able to retrieve it. I guess in a perfect world you would have both, but cost vrs space I like the idea od a hard dinghy/liferaft combo.

Any more experience with the portland pudgy?
Brandon, freezing in CO
01-22-2008 07:08 PM
Mirari It was strapped to the cockpit sole. Fortunately it was protected and was still there after the roll.
01-22-2008 06:56 PM
Originally Posted by Mirari View Post
The few dollars saved on having a dual purpose dinghy/liferaft is poor economy in my opinion.
I agree. My interest in dual purpose is more an economy of space and simplicity (less gear onboard is less gear to maintain) than dollars. But your point about surviving a roll is well taken.

When that happened to you, where was the liferaft located?
01-22-2008 05:55 PM
sailingdog Of course, no one should ever step down into a life raft... too many examples of boats that survived just fine still afloat, even after abandoned by the captain and crew months earlier.
01-22-2008 05:47 PM
Mirari The dinghy/lifeboat does have some desirable features however please consider a few points:
I assume you would store the Portland Pudgy on deck. If your boat got rolled over do you think it would still be there? I'm a big fan of storing a proper inflatable life raft in a locker or on the cockpit sole. I will never store a raft up on deck for the reason stated. I survived a roll in mid atlantic (boat did sink) and I'm sure if a dinghy was stored on deck that it would have been ripped off during the roll. I like the idea of the Pudgy but I would certainly advise also having an inflatable on board.

In horrendous conditions the Portland pudgy would easily get rolled over. A proper offshore liferaft has ballast pockets to help prevent getting flipped.

The few dollars saved on having a dual purpose dinghy/liferaft is poor economy in my opinion.
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