Hey look, it's a fold-up boat

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  1. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

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  2. jasonl6

    jasonl6 Monkey+

    Kinda small but if i lived near water and needed a plan "C" this might work, I could see storing something like this under the couch or bed.

    Jason
     
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  3. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

    Meh. Just a prototype, and while interesting not very useful.

    I had a Folboat back in the 70's. Pain in the butt to set up & take down (back then) but a whole lot more useful.
     
  4. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    What's not to like with a flat pack tub? Huck and Tom would have been happy with it. It would probably make for a useful tender in protected waters.
     
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  5. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    There's no sense of scale in the pix, but I'd wager it's longer than a pack frame unless rolled up.
     
  6. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    I was thinking it might be good for apartment dwellers or city folk who don't have a lot of room AND who live near a major river. Worst case, you could grab your BOB and float out of the city.
     
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  7. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    The boat is an unobtrusive matt black colour, which would be handy for a night exfil.....but it would be handy to practice your origami boat making in the dark and under some simulated stress. Under pressure, stress and with a largish amount of adrenalin and hydrocortisone pumping about, even the simplest manual tasks can become extraordinarily difficult. You don't want to discover that when your life depends upon it.

    If one is going to keep such a boat....keeping beau coup spare pins, rowlocks, together with a bailer and a basic repair kit, would make sense....drop one connecting pin or rowlock in the dark...or the water...could be disasterous
     
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  8. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

    This thread has inspired me to find: The PortaBote . Seems to me to be an actual, useful boat (up to 14'long) and has the ability to use either an electric or gas powered outboard and also offers a lanteen rigged sail kit.

    No I'm not connected to them, just thought it was a neat boat.
    No pricing info on their website, hafta send away for it.
     
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  9. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    The PortaBote seems to be a more robust design with a greater degree of flexibility with regards to motive power and payload. I suspect that the Portabote would survive impacts with debris and underwater obstructions better than the origami boat which may be a plus if trying to survive a passage in floodwater. Add a .50 cal on a pintle mount at the Bow...and a life of buccaneering on the Great Lakes or the Mississipi can be yours!!!
     
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  10. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    News


    Recent prototype: The most recent prototype folds into a compact parcel, 150cm x 80cm. The 'folding boat' can now fit into the back of a car. The assembly of the boat has been completely redesigned and is now more intuitive and easy. @ghrit does that help?
    test1 (1). test5. test6 (1). test7. test8.
     
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  11. Gunny Highway

    Gunny Highway Hard Work and Sacrifice blessed by God's Grace Site Supporter

    Have been a passenger in Portabote before - fished and tooled about on Eagle Lake - cant say enough about how safe I felt and its construction and even its asthetical design.
     
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  12. Gunny Highway

    Gunny Highway Hard Work and Sacrifice blessed by God's Grace Site Supporter


    Price point ? Couldn't find any at that site ( which took forever to load..... )
     
  13. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    This boat is a prototype. They are looking for investors to take this project forward. No prices seen on any google hit I have found. You can, however contact them for info at: For further information, press inquiries etc. please get in touch with us at: contact@maarno.com
     
  14. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter


    Nice to know as I'm considering picking up one of these.
     
  15. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    I like the idea of the portaboat's lanteen sail option. If the outboard fails or you run out of juice, provided that you have a gentle zephyr to push you along, it would save a lot of sweat and blisters trying to row the thing to your BOL. Besides, sailing is a lot of fun, and a great recreational activity to share with the kids and grandkids.
     
  16. Gunny Highway

    Gunny Highway Hard Work and Sacrifice blessed by God's Grace Site Supporter

    Recently purchased a West Wight Potter 15 ( used and a fantastic deal ) to do just that. Currently setting it up for my wife and I to sail and improving the 12V set up on it. Finishing my coast Guard Advanced Coastal Navigation Course here in about 6 weeks ( always always trying to learn new skills - my Brother calls it the Magellan class ). Guy I bought the boat from has proved to be a great guy who has taught me about sailing and actually took the little boat out to the Farallon Islands ( he's a heck of a sailor ) several times. I bought it cause the things have a great reputation as being nigh impossible to sink and being easy to sail. He has a great singlehanded rig set up. I joined Coast Guard Auxiliary for the free training. Coast Guard Quality training without the nasty 4 yr commitment LOL

    Getting Boat Crew Qualified currently and I plan to have my AUXOP certification by end of this Summer barring any setbacks.

    Operational Auxiliarist Specialty Program (AUXOP)
     
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  17. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    i wouldnt be cought dead in that thing .. and wouldnt pay a cold pint of pee for it ...

    but if you own one i hope you enjoy it ...
     
  18. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Come on @KAS, tell us how you really feel about it...;)
     
  19. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    hahaha im glad u have a sence o humor ... no really I hate that boat...
     
  20. Gunny Highway

    Gunny Highway Hard Work and Sacrifice blessed by God's Grace Site Supporter


    Yeah as my seafaring / former shipbuilding Scottish Father-in -law would say " Its a proper boat. " A ringing endorsement from him to say the least
     
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