Join Date: Mar 2006
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My experience has been the plastic seats and transom don't last as long and aren't as durable as the older wooden ones were. I have one of the boats that had the plastic seats, which I'm re-fabricating out of plywood and fiberglass, and the wooden transom. My friend has one with a plastic transom model of the boat, and his transom had to be re-built, and my boat is a good deal older than his.
If you're going to tow the Porta-bote, a towing bridle makes a lot of sense. I’ve also added padeyes to the bow, about four feet from the bow on either side, and to the rear corners as hardpoints to attach lines and such on my friend's boat and plan to do the same to mine. The two padeyes on the sides are used for a towing bridle.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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