AnswerID: 398828 Submitted: Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 14:57
Finally a topic on which I feel qualified to offer some experience and opinion! First, I own a 10' inflatable with a hard floor and 15hp motor. I also drive it with an electric motor. I chose it as a fly fishing boat
for it's stealth, stability and seaworthiness - but NOT for it's convenience as a 'travel' boat
. For my needs it is the best solution
by a clear margin. For long (fishing
) trips I stow it and all its stuff in a 6x4 trailer with a simple, lockable box top I made to bolt on. When I'm fishing
frequently it remains inflated and inverted on top of the box. Like this it is not much trouble to launch and recover and any extra time it takes over a small trailered tinny is overwhelmed by its performance (for my purposes).
I'm not sure what I would advise to go with because I don't know exactly what you mean by 'travel',including how long the stays will be and how big the trip will be and how rough the ride
will be. Also I don't know how keen on fishing
you are . Is it the main game or an occasional pastime? From your description I would guess it's probably more the latter.
I assume you aren't talking day trips but at the other extreme - ie a lap around the block - I would be concerned about the amount of room it would take to stow my boat
, its 2 motors, fuel tank, bag with anchor & safety gear, battery and leads etc. So ok even if you take away the extras, you are still left with a fair chunk of space and as others have mentioned - the smelly bits. For a big trip and/or a rough ride, and not towing anything, you would have to want that boat
a lot - whether it was on the roof or in the back. Hence people mentioning kayaks and you might also look at pontoon boats - the ones with oars IMHO.
All that said, in your position and if I had the room, I would choose an inflatable over a tinny but I would also look at the portaboat, especially a second hand one. The final decision would likely come down to what boat
packed up and stored best and the cost - as opposed to performance on the water.
BTW I wouldn't worry about hooks or hull failures with inflatables. These things are low pressure and surprisingly tough.
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FollowupID: 667809 Submitted:
Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 16:05
Thanks for that. You are right, fishing
is an occasional thing these days.
Storage wise it will be in the back of a jayco base station or the back of a dual cab ute with the outboard and other sundry bits and pieces, as always with an eye on the weight issue.
It would mostly be used for 1 or 2 week long trips every few months and around the block in a few years time when the kids have flown the coop.
Mostly just cruising up small southwest rivers, estuaries and bays and maybe chasing a few bream/whiting and a bit of crabbing etc.
We will be towing a van and when moving from one spot
to another I would just invert it on to the roof rack maybe?
I'm figuring on the whole package - boat
/motor/fuel/anchor and safety gear coming in at around 150 to 200kg - is that about right or am I being optomistic? I know the tinnys are around 40-50 kg and a small out board around the same, 20 litres of juice and 30kg of sundry bits.
I think perhaps a 3mt inflatable would be around the same weight and could sit up the front end of the ute tray when packed up and the outboard on a purpose built mount in the same area. The only other thing in the tray with any weight would be a 40lt waeco.
Sorry, blathering on a bit eh?
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FollowupID: 667842 Submitted:
Monday, Jan 11, 2010 at 19:19
I would guess your weight budget is not optimistic. My 10' inflatable, in the bag? Say 30-35kg max. The 15hp Evinrude? Probably a bit less but say 30kg. Leaves plenty of scope for the rest. :^)
No problem on a roof rack for reasonable distances/roughness of ride, but watch out for abrasion if the contact patches are small. Portabote would be a similar deal but can't speak to weight with that one. Long periods in the hot sun and out of the water - best to deflate a bit.
If you've got the space, which you seem to have, either solution
could work well for you. I have no experience with a portabote but they have been around for yonks in the US and probably here too for all I know.
Good luck with it.
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