Farewell sweet prince~

So, although I love my porta-bote when it was up and workin’, actually putting the 10′ boat together was a pain on the foredeck, especially with the solar panels there now.

With this in mind, I traded my 10′ for an 8′ model off craigslist.

I was kinda sad as the guy strapped it to his roof and drove off


The one I got in return was the 8′ model, but also the older version with the rounded stern.

This meant

  • The transom is waaaaaay smaller, being a tiny metal/wood block rather than a big plank of wood
  • There are only two seats
  • Its a lot easier to move around on the foredeck

On the negative side

  • It’s a LOT more tippy than the other model
  • More importantly, my current outboard is way too heavy to fit on it ūüôĀ

That’s right, my current beast of an outboard is too heavy. Probably due to it being entirely made of metal and a long shaft.


And I’d just repaired the handle too!


Anyway, when I mounted it the boat was doing a perma-wheely so it was time for a new outboard. I managed to pick up a 4HP 2 stroke evinrude for $425, it was a 1994 model so was half plastic and considerably lighter.

Here are the two engines


So I put the boat together, put the engine on and went for a rip


It works pretty well with just me in, though is noticeably slower. With two people and the motor, it’s a bit wobbly. And it doesn’t plane as well as the 6HP did. I kinda wish I had traded for an 8′ version of my 10′ with the wide stern as they are apparently a lot less wobbly, but too late now!

Realistically, when I am travelling it will just be me 90%, and the new setup is way way WAAAAYYYYY easier for that.


I’ll leave this entry with a picture of the old boat and the first time I tried it with the outboard on.

I feel the respective facial expressions of Emma and I sums up our general attitude to sailing


Rest in Peace you sweet prince!



    • The whole setup is a ton easier to put together, and I think I can mount the engine solo now, which I couldn’t (or hadn’t figured out how to) with the old one

  1. A good out board motor for a small dingy is a game fisher 1.2. I had one on my sailboat years ago. It is extremely light, and very simple, air cooled. they don’t make them any more but you can find them on craigslist. It was an amazingly simple and light out board.

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