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Old 01-20-2006, 11:54 AM   #1
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I am looking for a family fishing boat to use with the Bigfoot. I started looking at canoes but thought something a littel bigger and lighter might be better. A "family" 4 person canoe gets over 100 lbs.

I did a search but did not see anything previous posts on the Porta-boat. Anyone have one of these?

It should fit on the top of my truck and I am planning on using either an electric or small gas motor.

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Old 01-20-2006, 01:43 PM   #2
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We bought a 12' Porta-bote in 1999 and really enjoyed it. I bought all the options: dolly, oars, sunshade and RV mount. I added a 5HP Mercury outboard (2-stroke). With that engine, it would plane at about 15 MPH and was very stable.

I found that the 12' was too long to mount on the side of my Casita, so I sold it and got a 10'. I didn't like the 10' as well as the 12' and the motor was too big for it. I got a 2.5 HP and that wasn't big enough.

I later added a shell on the back of my truck and put a rack on the shell to carry the boat. That was much better, the curved sides of the Casita make it hard to carry without scuffing the gel coat.

I used the factory RV mounts on the rack to hold the boat. They charge too much for the RV mounts. Here's some pictures of the truck top mounting.
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Old 01-20-2006, 01:49 PM   #3
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The third picture (rear view) shows a roller I added to make it easier to load.

The 12' hull weighs about 60 pounds and the roller made it very easy. I stood the hull up and leaned it on the roller then just lifted it and rolled it into place.

There are some caveats with the Porta-bote as shown in this picture.

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Old 01-20-2006, 01:53 PM   #4
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Old 01-20-2006, 01:56 PM   #5
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Old 01-20-2006, 02:00 PM   #6
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Here's the web site if you need more information (and less humor).

Notice how they spell boat.

Porta-bote
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Old 01-20-2006, 02:04 PM   #7
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If you have more questions, just ask.

This shows Origami mounted on the Casita.
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Old 01-20-2006, 02:40 PM   #8
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Morgan,

Thanks for all the pictures (and the humor!).

I have looked at the web site and just wanted some customer info. I am looking at the 12' or the new 14' and I was thinking of a 5 or 6 hp motor so your input hit the bulls eye.

I am also thinking of a electric motor. I know that this won't plane but it is nice for trolling. Would both motors fit on the back?

Could you fit two adults and to kids in your 12' boat? Would you recommend going to the 14' for the family?

Thanks again for your input.

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Old 01-20-2006, 04:18 PM   #9
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You'd need at least the 12' to haul 4 people. It's rated for 670 lbs vs 807 pounds for the 14'. You'll have to total up all the weights of people, motors and gear to see which one you need. They didn't have the 14' when I bought. The 12' would probably be big enough if your kids are small, but they tend to get larger as they age (the kids, not the boat).

In their specs they don't mention the motor HP rating for the boats. That's something you need to find out before buying a motor. My 10' was rated for a 3.5 HP motor. I could have been in trouble with the Coast Guard running the 5 HP. The boat has a Coast Guard tag with all that information.

You can use both an outboard and electric. Just get a transom mount trolling motor with a 36" shaft. I don't think you can use a bow mount. Of course, with both motors and a battery, you'll be heavy.

I have to tell you we really enjoyed the boat. We even went touring; twenty miles up the St Maries river in Idaho.

The weights they show don't include the seats and transom. The hull weight of our 10' was 60 pounds. I'd guess it weighed over a hundred pounds assembled. With the dolly, the weight is no problem unless it's rocky (you don't have those in Minnesota, though). You also have to consider where to haul everything, the hull is the easy part.

Good luck and have fun.
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That "African Queen" picture needs some explanation. In the following, my mistakes are numbered sequentialy:

1) I mounted a swivel seat on top of the front seat of the boat.

2) I was standing in the bow.

3) I lost my balance.

4) To keep from falling overboard, I sat in the swivel seat.

Momentum is usually our friend, but not in this case. My momentum carried me, the swivel seat and the boat in a rolling motion to port (that's left for any landlubbers reading this).

In fairness to Porta-bote, the upset was not the fault of the boat. The boat was easy to right and I didn't even lose my straw hat. I just had to swim about 50 yards with a swamped boat in tow.
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Old 01-20-2006, 08:55 PM   #11
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Great stuff, Morgan.
I've been looking at the Sea Eagle inflatable but the Porta-Bote looks awful good. Have sent for info.
Thanks!
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Great stuff, Morgan.
I've been looking at the Sea Eagle inflatable but the Porta-Bote looks awful good. Have sent for info.
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De nada, Bill.

Just remember that living in California, you'll have to get a four stroke engine and they're heavier.
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We bought a 12' Porta-bote in 1999 and really enjoyed it. I bought all the options: dolly, oars, sunshade and RV mount. I added a 5HP Mercury outboard (2-stroke). With that engine, it would plane at about 15 MPH and was very stable.

I found that the 12' was too long to mount on the side of my Casita, so I sold it and got a 10'. I didn't like the 10' as well as the 12' and the motor was too big for it. I got a 2.5 HP and that wasn't big enough.

I later added a shell on the back of my truck and put a rack on the shell to carry the boat. That was much better, the curved sides of the Casita make it hard to carry without scuffing the gel coat.

I used the factory RV mounts on the rack to hold the boat. They charge too much for the RV mounts. Here's some pictures of the truck top mounting.
Hi, would like to get more info on your car top mount for the porta boat. Thanks
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This is a 10 year old thread, and Morgan hasn't posted here in the last 5 years. You might try sending him an email (click on his user name and select from the drop-down menu).
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