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Old 04-06-2018, 07:38 AM   #1
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Looking for porta-bote

After a previous post looking for suggestions about having a boat to use with my Jeep and Scamp I have been looking for a 12 ft. porta-bote. New they are little spendy and I have seen some used ones for sale. Currently there is one in New Jersey on ebay that is a great price. New Jersey is 1200 miles form my home. I have tried to contact the seller about possible shipping options with no answer. The 12 footers are 155" x 24" x 4" and weigh 69 lbs. Too big evidently for UPS. If anyone has or knows someone who does please let me know.
I am ready for this winter to end. Do I hear a hallelujah!
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Old 04-06-2018, 07:59 AM   #2
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John,

Shipping anything over 8 feet generally means it having to go via a Common Carrier, delivered to their terminal warehouse or other business only, no residential delivery.

If you really want that one, be prepared for a road trip to New Jersey, otherwise it would probably be better to wait and try to find something closer even if at a higher price. You also have a better chance of checking it out before buying it.

You don't want to be up a creek without a paddle!

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Old 04-06-2018, 10:12 AM   #3
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Be Patient John......

With the arrival of spring lots of boats will be posted on Craigslist.

Search the all of craigs list sites.

And post a wanted to buy ad too.

I've seen them in the flesh when new and they are nice. I question the longevity of the thin plastic folding transom though.

Here is a photo of my easy to transport boat and I LOVE it!

Mine is the brown one, the green one is a manufacturer's photo.

It's the Venture 6 pontoon boat. As named, it is 6' long.

It easily disassembles to two pontoons and the seat contraption and can go inside your car or camper, or on top of the car.

Problem is trying to find them. I found mine on craigslist for $75.

New ones are way overpriced at around $600. There are also inflatable versions of this from other makers.

You can also purchase accessory wheels and a transom mount gizmo to let you use a trolling motor.
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Old 04-06-2018, 10:35 AM   #4
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After a previous post looking for suggestions about having a boat to use with my Jeep and Scamp I have been looking for a 12 ft. porta-bote. New they are little spendy and I have seen some used ones for sale. Currently there is one in New Jersey on ebay that is a great price. New Jersey is 1200 miles form my home. I have tried to contact the seller about possible shipping options with no answer. The 12 footers are 155" x 24" x 4" and weigh 69 lbs. Too big evidently for UPS. If anyone has or knows someone who does please let me know.
I am ready for this winter to end. Do I hear a hallelujah!
John
Amen, hallelujah! Getting tired of the cold; they're predicting snow showers here tonight. In April!! In Tulsa!!!

Have you seen these, by the way? I've gotten to where I can appreciate a nice transom mount for a motor (as opposed to paddling or rowing all the time).
http://www.boatstogo.com/kayaks-sk396.asp
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Old 04-06-2018, 11:49 AM   #5
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I have a 8' Porta bote for sale located in Marietta Ga. Used. Twice on fresh water.
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Old 04-06-2018, 02:30 PM   #6
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Amen, hallelujah! Getting tired of the cold; they're predicting snow showers here tonight. In April!! In Tulsa!!!
Quit whining, it's the Rockies baseball opening game today in Denver. It's currently 27 degrees, snowing and temps in the low 20's tonight!
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Old 04-06-2018, 02:44 PM   #7
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It was 37 degrees yesterday at Target Field, I guess that makes it 'balmy'?
Thanks for all the help and suggestions. I am stuck on the 12 footer. I am afraid of inflatables, that is why they train so many seals, to replace the ones that go down in inflatables! I may check out the one close to St. Louis. New ones are four weeks out but run $3000.00 with adornments.
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Old 04-06-2018, 06:31 PM   #8
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Porta Bote

Hi: Just FYI: I've had a Porta Bote(12') for 22 years. I use a 5 h.p. Honda 4 stroke on it. They take about 45 minute to put together with a cordless drill. The bimini top is good and the little axle with the solid wheels works well. No worries about the folding seam. A little getting used to as you can "feel" the water under you through the poly. They are tough and just need a boat wax once a year and a wash. I got mine from Camping World on sale. Haven't paid attention if they still sell them. I still use mine and I'm in Vancouver. Sorry....Phil.
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Old 04-07-2018, 10:13 AM   #9
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Porta Bote's website claims it only takes 2 minutes to set up. I had a hunch that was exaggerated. Thanks for confirming, Phil.
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Old 04-07-2018, 03:34 PM   #10
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Hi Mike: Our 12' Porta Bote has the plywood transom and 3 seats in it. Each seat has a poly welded stainless bracket on each side.They have a bout 4" of foam on them and around the bulwarks. Unless you grossly overload them they won't sink(don't ask me how I know). So here's how I set it up: All the innards go on the ground and the boat beside it. Looks like a big surfboard. You undo the fold it and then the sides are also folded. I get inside with a bag of stainless bolts with wing nuts and a cordless drill. The wife hands me the large centre seat and I just loosely put in the bolts. Do that with the front and rear seats and then tighten them with the drill and nuts. Then in goes the transom and then on goes the top. Lift up the boat and put the assembled axle underneath, then put the 5 h.p. Honda on the back and you're set to go. Just pull it along with the bow line like you're walking your dog. I hold the axle on with a bungee cord on either side, then when it's in the water just undo the cords and toss the axle in the boat. About an hour into the water. Hope this helps....Phil.
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Old 04-07-2018, 06:20 PM   #11
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Phil, that is interesting, thanks.

Doing some reading, I came across a similar craft called Quickboat, made in Australia. Parts click together in 1 or 2 minutes, no bolts or small hardware. But way more expensive than the Porta Bote, and not sure if they even ship to NA.

So many great toys, so little money and time...
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Old 04-09-2018, 04:32 AM   #12
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After a previous post looking for suggestions about having a boat to use with my Jeep and Scamp I have been looking for a 12 ft. porta-bote. New they are little spendy and I have seen some used ones for sale. Currently there is one in New Jersey on ebay that is a great price. New Jersey is 1200 miles form my home. I have tried to contact the seller about possible shipping options with no answer. The 12 footers are 155" x 24" x 4" and weigh 69 lbs. Too big evidently for UPS. If anyone has or knows someone who does please let me know.
I am ready for this winter to end. Do I hear a hallelujah!
John
:go to Craigslist and the top column and type in where to buy Porta Boat and you should quickly find what your looking for.
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Old 04-09-2018, 11:30 PM   #13
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For some other info, I am also considering a Porta Bote having used a buddy's 5 or 6 year old one several times. He's now moved and taken "my" boat LOL. I recently asked the company to explain the differences in the newest current model, and received this email below, if of interest:
"The newest porta bote that came out in 2013 has a fold in transom where the genesis had a large bolt in transom, They have upgrade the alpha transom a little bit more this year making out of thicker plastic then aluminium as it was cracking and the strength was not there. They have also added and stabilizer that comes from the transom to the rear seat and clicks in, this allows the customer to have a nicer ride on the water and does not feel like the transom is going to break. On the website the newest boat with be under Porta Bote 3000"

I live in western Canada, and used ones are very scarce, and retain value well it seems, so will likely go new and just bite the bullet. Re set up time, there is some good vids on their site or other youtube etc. I can say I've set up my friends older style boat in less than 20 min for sure; like everything it gets a lot easier after several repetitions. I'm going to go with the 12 foot, which is as long as I can mount on my camper van side, using their optional side rack which is shown on their site.
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