• December 26, 2019 at 7:09 pm#43362
    Paul Little

    Hi guys,

    I’ve been looking for a new (or second hand) tender before I set off at Easter. I currently have a hard dinghy that works well but cannot be carried on the deck. It tows well enough but I’m not sure this is a viable option for long term cruising – especially ocean crossings.

    I saw that you had a porta-boat a few years ago but it seems that you’ve gone back to an inflatable.

    Why did you get rid of it (or was it stolen?).

    Any other suggestions for a foldable or nesting tender?


    All the best


    December 30, 2019 at 8:12 pm#43411

    Hi Paul,

    Sorry for the delayed reply, Christmas and all that.

    We loved our Portabote and got good mileage out of it. Unfortunately it became the bumper when we were hit by a barge and got a crack in it as a result. It was still useable but it let in water.

    Since we had a bit of money we decided to treat ourselves to a new dinghy and there were a couple of factors that persuaded us to go with our current Highfield and larger engine.

    With the Portabote you’re restricted by engine size and this can present two major issues.

    The first is the range of the dinghy. With our 9.8 Tohatsu we can now plane and travel at speed, meaning we can anchor further out and also do a lot of exploring that we couldn’t do with our Yamaha Malta 3.2.

    The second issue came about when we lost steerage in an anchorage and a friend towed us back in to safety using his inflatable with 8hp outboard. There was no way we could have done that with the Portaboat and smaller engine.

    If neither of these are issues for you then I can thoroughly recommend the Portabote. It’s virtually indestructible… unless you get hit by a barge! This means you can tie it to any harbour wall without fear of punctures. It’s also super light so dragging it up a beach is easy.

    The only other option I can think of is a home-built pram dinghy which breaks in half. There are plans for these on t’internet.

    I hope this answers your question but feel free to ask more on this subject.

    Happy New Year to you!

    Peace and fair winds!

    January 1, 2020 at 1:40 am#43425
    Michael Mechsner


    Here is one option. You can order complete kits or at a level that you desire.

    January 8, 2020 at 7:10 am#43705
    Paul Little

    Thanks Jamie and Michael,

    Those CLC boats look nice but I don’t have the time/space/skills to build one.

    I did look at the foldable RIBs and nesting boats on offer from Nestaway which look intersting.

    I’ve also considered sawing my current dinghy in half to convert it into a nester!

    I do have a seahopper “scamp” folding dinghy but it’s really is a bit small – ok for one or two people and a small amount of cargo but is pretty low in the water with a third bod…

    January 9, 2020 at 10:22 am#43733

    Thanks for the link, Michael.

    I was tempted to build one of those scamps too, Paul, they’re pretty cool. I think, however, they’re more suited to solo sailors on small boats. They’re not really practical for people like us. I mean, where do you put the crates of beer when provisioning from shore?

    Peace and fair winds!

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