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Old 07-01-2009, 08:02 PM   #1
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Does anyone carry a folding boat such as a Porta-Boat on a FGRV?
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Old 07-01-2009, 08:22 PM   #2
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I carried a 10' Porta-bote on my first Casita.


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Old 07-01-2009, 08:27 PM   #3
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lets see the OTHER picture you have Morgan...
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:55 PM   #4
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That's right! The one where Morgan gets...well..really into boating! See I remember too!
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Old 07-01-2009, 10:31 PM   #5
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I'll Help :-P

and answer Lorens question at the same time
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Old 07-02-2009, 03:56 AM   #6
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You just had to do it, didn't you, GD?
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Old 07-02-2009, 09:14 AM   #7
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We carry a SeaEagle 370 inflatable.
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Old 07-02-2009, 09:34 AM   #8
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We carry a SeaEagle 370 inflatable.
How do you like your Sea Eagle? What is the length of the 370? Is it similar to the 380? Did you consider the Paddleski? If so, why did you decide on the Kayak versus the Paddleski? I have been looking at both and am trying to decided which style (Kayak or Paddleski) will work better for me as well as what length to buy. It's hard to decide without being able to see one up close (the nearest dealer is 200 miles away). Is the 370 adequate for two average size people?
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Yes Morgan.. we are like Facebook and myspace..

you know what they say..

you can't ever take it back once it's posted

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Old 07-02-2009, 04:02 PM   #10
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How do you like your Sea Eagle? What is the length of the 370? Is it similar to the 380? Did you consider the Paddleski? If so, why did you decide on the Kayak versus the Paddleski? I have been looking at both and am trying to decided which style (Kayak or Paddleski) will work better for me as well as what length to buy. It's hard to decide without being able to see one up close (the nearest dealer is 200 miles away). Is the 370 adequate for two average size people?

Brian,

We went with the 370 instead of the 330 because we both wanted to take the 2 dogs with us and we thought the 370 would give us more room. We have had it out (with the dogs 20# & 40#) a few times now, and it works great. It does everything they say it does and the price was very reasonable. Only complaint is 1 seat bottom has a slow leak (haven't tried to fix it yet though). For 2 people the 330 should be fine. The boat inflates in 10 or 15 minutes with a foot pump and packs up in a large duffle bag (boat, seats, paddles, pump).

p.s. It's more like a canoe than a kayak and seems like the most bang for the buck.
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Old 07-02-2009, 05:17 PM   #11
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i saw a porta bote the last time we went to Ruth lake. it was cool, little lady carried it all around by herself and loaded it into her truck pretty easy. i would mount it on the side as the gentlemen above did. I have a kayak on the top of my tow rig that doubles as a wind deflector, hehe those porta boats area really cool looking.
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Old 07-03-2009, 07:20 AM   #12
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Thanks for the info and the pictures.

In the past before acquiring our Scamp, we towed with a full size pickup and often loaded a 10 ft Livingston on it. It is a twin hull fiberglass boat that planes nicely with a 10 hp outboard, and also sails reasonably well with an optional sail kit, which I have and use. But it is heavy and bulky to get on top of our Blazer, as well as extending out over the hood more than I'd like.

I was all set on a Porta-Boat as the perfect solution, but now via this thread I have been made aware of its habit of swallowing its owners during the folding process. I didn't see where this was during the opening process, or during the folding process or both. Either way, I'm now more than a little apprehensive.

Soooooooo, I think I'll relegate this back to the 'back burner' for awhile longer, do a bit more research and watch for mounting evidence and increasing reports of Porta-Boat bad habits.

Tongue-in-cheek aside, I think a Porta-Boat would ride nicely off center on the Scamp's roof. My biggest reservation is its sailing ability, since I love to sail.

Another option I'm tossing around is a kayak or canoe modified to sail, possibly with outriggers for stability.
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Loren,

The photos of my being swallowed by the Porta-bote were staged as humor (humour). There is no danger, danger, danger...

Never having sailed, I can't address its ability as a sail boat. As a motor boat, it is very stable with a five foot beam unless one does something stupid (as I did).
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I have a 12' PortaBoat. Carry it on the top of my pickup. I have a cap on the bed of the truck with two bars on it. I have a third bar mounted on the cab over the doors. Motor goes in the bed with seats and misc. hardware.

While the 12 footer is only 67 pounds, I'd be wary of putting any extra weight on the roof of a fiberglass trailer.

The PortaBote is a very poor sail boat. Someone on the Yahoo California PortaBote group said it sailed like a bath tub. Yes, you can mount a sail on it. Yes, the sail will move the Bote. No, it is not like sailing a sail boat.

FYI: There is a 1" X 4" X 5' piece of wood called "Opener" that is used to hold the Bote open until the seats can be inserted.

I've attached a PDF of the Instructions for the PortaBote.
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