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Little Pudgy? If I were getting a little Pudgy I would diet and exercise.

I think you're getting mine confused with the Parkdale or Paisley Pudgy. No, no, my friend...

The PORTLAND Pudgy.
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So many boats, so little time. I often thought about getting a “Fatty Knees” dinghy to play around with when we do our summer Delta cruises. Small enough to carry on the forepeak, but looks like a lot of fun to sail around the anchorage. I’ve also been thinking about a Finn as we have a very active group here at EYC. Then there was the plan for going into a partnership on a Moore or Melges and give Freya a rest from racing. All I have to figure out is how to get my hands on a trust fund. Anybody out there want to adopt me?
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This thing came up in the liferaft debate (thanks blackjenner) and it's just too damn cool not to talk about.

Portland Pudgy multifunction dinghy -- the fun boat that could save your life!

Look at this thing sail! If that dude ever passes me on the lake I'm throwing an oar at him:


I saw this on another SailNet thread a few months ago when someone else posted the link.

I think they are pretty damn cool, especially how the entire sailing rig stows *in* the hull.

I'm really considering one too.
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They're awesome. Got one in my slip right now. (On loan )

They're expensive if you think of them as plastic tenders only, but they're comparable in costs if you think of them compared to life-raft costs. Another backwards way to think of it is, "why is a life raft $6K, it's just a round inflatable dinghy". Also pudgys are waaay cheaper than most of the RIB tenders with zoom-zoom motors that are on the back of lots of the powerboats and big sailboats.

The way I figure, I had budgeted for a nice sailing dink/tender and for a liferaft. Once I found the pudgy I was able to re-budget with both items in the same column and save money as well.

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So what will you use as a liferaft Smack??!! Will a 2-man valise fit in that thing?
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Hey, if Bligh can sail over 3,000 miles in a pants-powered, leaky launch...I figure I can survive with a raging Pudgy for a few days.
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Hey, if Bligh can sail over 3,000 miles in a pants-powered, leaky launch...I figure I can survive with a raging Pudgy for a few days.
Aren't you supposed to call your doctor if you possess a raging Pudgy for more than four hours?
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Doctor? I don't think so. More like Tiger Woods' contact list.
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So, on the Pudgy. Many, many, many coastal cruisers don't carry life rafts. I don't think that, necessarily, this is a bad thing. If you are going off shore, yeah, they make sense.

So, given that, and given that I will be mostly coastal cruising for a couple years, I'll likely, if the wallet can afford it, try to get the Pudgy as my tender.

Here are my reasons:

1) It's a solid high capacity tender and, from what I can tell, it's well made.

2) It can also sail and, based on the videos, sail pretty well. The fact that the sail rig fits *inside* the hollow hull is just awesome sauce on top.

3) It motors well with an electric motor, or even a small gas one.

4) If one wants, one can add a life boat option to it.

So I would have a tender, that I can get a sail rig for, that rows and motors well that, if I add the cash, can "life boat" if I so choose.

Does this replace a high quality, well ballasted life raft? Not necessarily.

Were I to go offshore, I could have my multi-function pudgy, which I already own, *and* a containerized life raft.

This gives me options. I like options.

As for the looks, I can live with slightly funky looks (hey I've owned BMW motorcycles) if they function particularly well.
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I agree with BJ's logic. Until you're really going to make the decision to buy a serious liferaft - this thing makes a lot more general sense than just having a tender - especially with the LR option.

Is it perfect? Naa. But it's a hell of a lot better than an unprotected, unsailable dinghy.
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