Submitted: Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 14:51
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Greetings All,
I would appreciate comments regarding a product called Portaboat. I have seen these fold up boats either sixteen or 18 ft long. Has anyone used them and do you think they are safe and good value. We are concerned about having a tinny on the roof of our LC for weight reasons and are looking for alternatives. We would use it with a six or eight HP outboard.
Appreciate your thoughts.

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Reply By: Footloose - Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 14:53

Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 14:53
One of my brothers uses one for calm water fishing. He seems to be happy with it.
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Reply By: traveller2 - Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 15:20

Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 15:20
We've had a 12ft one for over twenty years now, ours is the early style with the tapered stern and an alloy bracket to mount the outboard. We also have the sail kit.
It is pretty well indestructible, we've used it in everything from flooded creeks, inland rivers to the sea off Arnhem land with no problems.
It is easily carried on the roof rack and is great solution where use is either infrequent or water access is difficult (you have to carry the boat to the water).
We've also used it in places like lawn hill where outboards are banned, don't think they were impressed with us sailing up the gorge!
If the boat is going to be used regularly I'd be looking at a tinnie (we've had both).
I wasn't aware they came in 16 or 18ft sizes, I've only seen 10 and 12ft and lately a 14ft.
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 15:32

Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 15:32
G'day Ross
There has been previous threads on the Portaboat.
I'm sure if you used the search function- you would find previous comments/input.

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Reply By: RovingOz (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 17:45

Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 17:45
yes plenty of previous posts.

I would only get the min length you can get away with as they are cumbersome to handle. You need the space also for the seats and transom - bulky. We had the 10'6" but would've been much happier with the 9'.
If my back was good we'd still have it. Troopy roof too high also.
4hp pushed ours along well. Planed easily with one aboard.
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Reply By: T-Ribby - Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 18:40

Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 18:40
Hi Ross, I looked at the portabote but got a Walker Bay rigid dinghy instead. Although my one is the 8' model it only weighs 32kg. They do a 10' as well and the details are below. Photos and more details here:
Price is approx $1300.
"The walker bay 10f boat/dinghy is great for a couple weighing only 57 kg It's still easy for a couple or one person to roll."
Boats Specifications:

* Length: 295cm
* Beam: 145cm
* Weight: 57kg
* Depth: 53cm
* Capacity: 3 Persons
* Max Load: 204kg
* Max: 3hp

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Reply By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 19:20

Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 19:20
You say you are concerned about weight on you car, what sort of car is it.

We carried a 13" tinny on a BJ40 for years in fact the only time it came of was when it was in the water.

Cheers Steve.
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Reply By: Member - lyndon K (SA) - Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 20:34

Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 20:34
CROC'S LUV EM! Seriously,never had one but as someone said it's not just storing the boat but the car load of extra's that have to be carried for it.
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Reply By: PradOz - Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 22:31

Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 at 22:31
This maybe a better idea for ALL of you that like to go vanning and boating too??

Just scroll all the way to the bottom to see a beautiful boat you all may be able to use.

Dont get sidetracked by the old van and the esky/scooter while scrolling on the way down. Looks like fun


And just OT a bit, have a look at his marriage saver idea for parking the van when reversing in with the caravan - brilliant!!
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