Porta-Boat the fold up boat

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 15:34
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Has anyone bought one of these boats? Would like to know what size motors people have used, and how good are they?

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Reply By: Ted (Cairns) - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 18:14

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 18:14
I had an ancient 12' one. Didn't have the squared back. Only used it with a 2.5hp. And it wouldn't plane with that. Apart from that 100% leakfree and very strong plastic (stones etc not an issue). I wish I'd kept it ;-(
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Reply By: Member - Ozdyssey (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 18:24

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 18:24
I was going to copy and paste a previous reply I gave to this question and there have been posts on this in the past but a search in archives returned nothing, must be the new database transfer thingo.

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Hello time waster
Had the 3.25mt version for about 2 yrs and haven't wanted to sell it yet so to me that means it's passed the test. It is acutally a surprisingly well made product. Expensive though but so is a tinny.

Don't get anything longer, if I had my time again I would only get the shorter one, easier to transport and lighter. no real gain in the 3.25mt.

Tough and easy to setup after 2 or 3 goes but no more work than a tinny. Use a 4hp tohatsu and goes well with 1 person in it but if you need to go long distances it is slow. When it gets up speed the bottom flexes out and allows the thing to get above the water. Very stable to stand in as they say.

Don't get awning/dolly/oars - buy from a boat shop - cheaper and better.

I got one because I don't need a license for the boat or myself in any State - it's classed as a 'tender'. It just sits on the roof rack or trailer depending on the trip and you've always got a boat without the storage or wind drag issues of a tinny.

If you buy the shorter one I'll swap you for mine ;-)

Also see this WA version flatout boats

John
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 20:13

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 20:13
All powered vessels have to be registered in Victoria.
A 'tender' is an exception subject to it being clearly marked "tender to" & only being used on the most direct route from the mother vessel to the shore.
There is no such thing as a tender without a mother ship!
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Follow Up By: Member - Ozdyssey (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 20:27

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 20:27
Even if you don't reside there and are only visiting?

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 22:57

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 22:57
Yes, unless it's registered in another State.
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Follow Up By: Big Woody - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 07:16

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 07:16
In Queensland the tender has to be within 2 km of the mothership at all times. If it is not it must be registered if it has a motor of 4hp or greater.

Brett
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Reply By: JustyWhyalla - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 23:20

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 23:20
Mate had one as a tender for his yacht in Darwin. He had the sail kit with it. Worked reasonably well, was leakfree and strong. Little clumsy and used a lot of space so was replaced with an inflatable eventually.
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Reply By: Member - Ozdyssey (QLD) - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 21:50

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 21:50
time waster

check out these posts that came up in the archives

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Reply By: Peter 2 - Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 17:01

Sunday, Jan 22, 2006 at 17:01
We've had a 12ft and 4hp Tohatsu for about 20 years, doesn't get heaps of use but is great for travelling as it is light and can sit on the roofrack. Also have the sail kit, had considered selling it as it hasn't been out for about 5 years now.
Great thing for inland waterways, indestructible on rocks etc but slow over long distances. Very stable and we've taken it out to sea a few times up the top end.
Peter
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