folds into an incredibly compact, lightweight and
package, but unfolds to become a tough, stable, virtually unsinkable
boat. Foam flotation along the inside of
the hull just under the gunwales makes
the boat virtually unsinkable.
Simply unfold and install the seats and you're ready for the
Boat Description: Unique folding, portable boats fold to 4 inches
(10 cm) flat. Ideal for the fishing, boating, sailing, hunting and camping
enthusiast who lacks the space to store or transport ordinary boats.
This fast, portable boat for "Sportsmen" (and women!). Makes puncture
prone inflatable obsolete! WHY? Did you know that seventy percent of all
new Porta-Bote owners are former inflatable owners who have "had it"
with the "hassle" of inflating and deflating? And what about those
frequent inflatable punctures? Not to worry with Porta-Bote's virtually
bullet-proof tough hull!
Construction: They are made of high-impact polypropylene, a remarkable
developed by the aerospace industry that is virtually
puncture-proof and unaffected by salt or acid. No maintenance
The color goes clear through so it never needs painting. All
models meet U. S. Coast
All models come with three removable seats and a 10-year warranty.
Durability: For the past 25 years, the
Japanese Coast Guard
tested Porta-Bote's space age engineered resin hull and hinges. Every
time a shipment enters their country. The now famous "drop test" is
load over 600+ pounds (273kg) of concrete filled bags into a folding
Portabote. They raise the boat 21 feet (7m) Then it is dropped! Porta-Bote passes every time with "flying colors".
They are certified by National Marine Manufacturers Assoc and the European Union
Stability: Flexibility is the
secret to its stability. When a wave slams against the side of Porta-Bote's
Flexi-Hull®, the nearly 1/4"-thick polypropylene flexes inward,
dissipating the energy. (see stability page)
Portability: Since the Porta Botes folds to 4 inches (11cm) flat
a folded width of 24in. (59cm) and is light in weight they can be
carried on a car rack, mounted on the side of motorhome or caravan and
on a cruising boat they can be stored any where.
Models Available: (see model
The 8-Foot Genesis IV(2.85) is only
(22.2kg) as is rated Max Seating Capacity of 3
The 10-foot(3.27) Genesis IV is lighter, yet at only 59 pounds (26.7kg), it handles as
many as three people and motors up to 44 pounds (20kg). Folds to 4" x 24" x
The 12-ft.(3.8m) Genesis IV folds to a compact 4" x 24" x 155" and weighs only
69 pounds(31.2kg) It handles up to four people and outboard motors up to 54
pounds. It's capable of speeds up to 20 mph with a 5-hp motor.
The 14-foot(4.28m) Genesis IV folds to 4" x 24" x 172", and weighs only 97
pounds (44kg). It has room for up to five people and motors up to 83
With Porta-Bote you
get performance and true portability. 50,000 owners worldwide can't be
wrong! Time Proven - Over 30 Years In Production
What about Performance?: This is where Porta-Bote really excels over ordinary rigid craft and
inflatable. Imagine being able to get up on a "plane" using a tiny 3.5hp outboard.
You can when one person is in the boat and at the helm. Porta-Bote takes
a standard "short shaft" engine. Do you know what kind of power it takes
to get an equivalent sized aluminum or fiberglass boat up on a plane?
You would have to invest in a high priced, exceedingly heavy engine that
weighs as much as the hull!! And remember, you have to lift this cast
iron monster over the transom to get it installed.
Disadvantages of an inflatable:
1- Takes between a half hour and an hour to
inflate or deflate.
2- Punctures easily if you hit a sharp rocks.
3- Inflated tubes uses up 30% to 40% of available interior space -
unless they are punctured!
4- Porta-Bote needs only a small 4HP - 6HP outboard to go up to 20 mph
with one person. Inflatables needs at least a 20 HP
outboard weighing over 120 pounds for similar performance.
RV Owners can “hang” Porta-Bote on the side or roof. When your through
using a wet, soggy inflatable, where are you going to store
Sailboat & Cruiser Owners can store the folded surfboard shaped
Porta-Bote almost anywhere. Notice how many boat owners never deflate
their clumsy inflatables ?
Porta-Bote tows like a dream behind a sailboat. Towing an inflatable is
like pulling an anchor. Reduces speed up to 30%.
Over 70% of new Porta-Bote owners are former inflatable owners who have
"had it" with all the hassle involved with an inflatable.
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