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Hi All.

We gave our Boat and Trailer and Motor to or son. To much trouble, when you also tow a Toad with you always.

We went with the Inflatable "SEA EAGEL #330" about ten years ago. Great for Fishiong or just paddling around the lake or doing some river running. It only weights in at 25 lbs, and that is everything included, Paddles also.

Everything stores in it own carrying bag. It stores very easy and is easy to keep clean. Not so much as one tiney hole in ours in all of these years.

Its very fast to Air it up, or to deflate it and put it back aways.

We would go with a "SEA EAGLE", Inflatable Kayak again in a heart beat. Ours still looks as good as the day we bought it, We have had many many enjoyable hours with our SEA EAGLE, and have also had a lot of Fish Dinners too.

Good Luck. Happy Travels. Dan & Jill


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Fish-a-Palooza wrote:

Can't say enough good things about the Porta-bote. Just be careful with how big you go. 10ft was plenty big enough for 2 people and weighted about 70lbs which can be handled by one fairly strong person. The 12ft is too heavy IMHO. If I were to get another one I would go 8ft. Easy for one person to handle and still big enough for 2.

I have a 14' Porta Bote . Weighs 96# I can carry it by myself. I upgraded from a 10' model. The 14' is noticeably more stable. It can also carry more weight and handle a larger motor. a 14' actually has the proper payload to carry 2 people,gear and motor.
I agree depending on what your plans are the 8' is easier to handle and may fit the bill quite well. Regardless of size a Porta Bote is a great boat to have while camping. Very durable, easy to set up (no air or trailer required). It will get you off the rock and into the water!


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X2 on the Porta-bote. Indestructible, easy to row and unsinkable. Get the largest size; not much more expensive but more cargo capacity.
Stay away from the blow-ups that will rip when you get near a rock or sharp stick.


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How much does a porta-bote run?





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My solution was a 12' Achillies S@R edition FIB inflatable with a 9.9HP Tohatsu,,,,with a twist,,i built flip-up-wheelsthat allows me to hand tow it to the ramp by myself,the inflatable stows perfectly in the front loading bay and the engine stows in the mid storage bay,it inflates in minutes and is great for fishingAll in all,it's a system and it works!!!


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robsouth wrote:

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X-2


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cm11599ps wrote:

How much does a porta-bote run?

range from $1,200 to $1,600. But you can find them used.

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Dick_B wrote:

X2 on the Porta-bote. Indestructible, easy to row and unsinkable. Get the largest size; not much more expensive but more cargo capacity.
Stay away from the blow-ups that will rip when you get near a rock or sharp stick.


Dick, the material used in the Sea Eagle line is not the material used in cheap air mattresses. I've been using mine for almost 30 years, through rapids, sharp rocks and sharp fishing gear and have Never had a puncture or leak. If the opportunity presents itself, take another look at the SeaEagle line of products.


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robsouth wrote:

Port-A-Boat


X2 we had one sold it this past summer, but what a great little boat and it will hook right to the side of your RV

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While I like all the replies and all the good experieinces people have had with their boats, one little one not mentioned is the Walker Bay, but this is only if you have the means to haul a car topper boat.



Our family has been well served with a ten foot aluminum boat for many years, though admittedly it requires two healthy people to put on top of our Suburban.

My folks had a Porto-Boat but I didn't want it when my dad passed. The seats alone took up way to much room when they weren't in the boat. And I never liked the way the boat bottom flexed under my feet when we were out in the open water. But it was a rugged boat and I find no fault with construction or durability. I did not like setting it up though.

There is a lot to be said for inflatables these days. My wife and I also canoe a small river in British Columbia every summer and we borrow a Coleman Canoe that is almost indestructible, because we sure punish it going through white water and the rocks. We've also rented kayaks, what a blast those are as well. Anyway, hope you find the water craft that suits you.

Our trusty simple 10' aluminum boat that has floated four of us at a time (with very little free board) for many years pictured below.


All the best, Hans


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