The boat you have always wanted is here!

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    Our beautiful new portable boat features outriggers which give this boat stability like no other small boat. The interior Okoume marine plywood is very light weight, and is protected with a new nano-technology protective stain, covered with marine spar lacquer. The outer hull is made of tough ABS plastic with a cap of UV resistant acrylic to make an ideal shell. Between the inner and outer hulls are many inches of closed-cell flotation foam which is waterproof and simply won't sink.

    The floorboards have anti-slip material, added to the lacquer. A hinged compartment in the nose will fit an anchor and rope - or other things.
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    This is the same boat, folded up. The nose slips off its hinges, and the outriggers unsnap. They all fit inside the passenger compartments. In seconds, you rotate one compartment on its hinges over the top of the other compartment, and the nearly 7 foot long boat becomes a cube of just over 32". This boat becomes more portable, more storable, and more transportable in less time than any inflatable, and fits in less space than any other "fold-a-boat".

    Note the strakers on the flat bottom of the boat. These give the boat directional stability, but in much shallower water than v-hulls. Launching this boat from a shallow shoreline is doable.
    Have you wanted a small boat that acts like a big boat?

    A boat that is so stable your family of 4 can't capsize?

    A boat that you can stand up in, and the kids can hang over the edges and put their hands in the water?

    A boat that you won't need a trailer for; that will just fit in the back of your SUV or pickup - without sticking out or needing to be tied on? (It weighs under 100 lbs. including the outriggers.)

    A boat that can fit on many ATV's - and go to lakes other boats can't?

    A boat that you can launch anywhere - no launch ramps needed?

    A boat that can be stored in less that 3 sq. feet of space?

    A boat that has a solid floor, thick sides that you can sit on, that doesn't need inflating and doesn't spring air leaks, that is constructed to last for many many years?

    A real boat, not a toy. But still affordable?

    You have found the boat you really want.

    How the boat stays together:

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    The nose and the passenger compartments have slide-on hinges. With the hinged nose or compartment secured at the top, a bolt with a hand-turn knob goes through the hull halfway down to lock them in place. Rubber washers keep any water out.

    It only takes a few seconds and no tools to secure the compartments.

    Compare that to 30+ minutes of inflating a rubber boat, with a foot pump or electric pump.

    How the boat pieces all fit together:

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    The outriggers and their aluminum connectors unsnap and are placed in the bottom of a compartment. The nose is unscrewed and slid off its hinges, and placed on top of the outriggers. Then the empty compartment is rotated on its hinges over the top to create an enclosed shell.

    How to keep the boat closed & carry it.

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    A strap with carrying handles is easily latched around the closed boat compartments. The carrying handles, on each side make it very easy for two people to lift the 100 lb package.

    The handles on the straps can also be used as attachment points to hold the boat onto an ATV or onto a hitch platform on the back of your car.
    After having read about this new boat, we would love to hear what you think. Any feedback, from the design, to the price, to what you wish it did is welcome. You do not have to fill in your name or email if you prefer to stay anonymous.
    We love to fish in high-mountain lakes. So, for years we carried an inflatable boat. The first boat was cheap. But every trip we ended up patching multiple pin-hole leaks. It is really no fun to have your boat slowly deflating while you are on the water. So we upgraded to a much more expensive inflatable with much thicker rubber. No more pin-hole leaks! But the boat was three times heavier, and came in multiple packages; one for the main boat, one for the floor-boards, seats, and paddles, and then two more packs for the life jackets, oars, inflator, and anchor. And then there was the motor and battery (which weighed a ton.)
    There had to be a better way - but we had to invent and manufacture the boat ourselves to get what we really wanted.

    The boat we wanted for ourselves was this: It had to be big enough to hold 2 adults and 2 kids. (We like to have fun together in our big families.) But it had to pack up small enough to carry in the back of a pick-up and leave room for our other gear. Or small enough to fit on an ATV to carry into remote lakes. And we wanted just one package that would hold everything.

    It had to go together much quicker than the 30 minutes for our inflatable; the floor boards in the inflatable needed to have aluminum rails put along the side of the boards to hold them together, after the boards were laid in the boat. This turns out to be a chore, especially when the rubber is stiff on a cold morning. And then the inflating either takes a lot of foot-pumping, or with an electric pump, it used up battery power which we would prefer to use to extend our trolling time on the water. Our new design had to go together much easier, and much quicker.

    We didn't want to mess with air temperature under or over inflating our boat. We could get the inflatable perfectly inflated, and then the next morning, come out to find the whole boat sagging. The cold night air had "shrunk" the boat sides. But if we pumped it up in the cold morning, then as things warmed up during the day, we would notice the seams starting to stretch, and we had to let air back out, or risk hurting the boat. We wanted a boat that we could just use all day - not baby-sit.

    We wanted a boat that was extremely stable. If the kids want to lean out over the sides to play in the water, we don't want to worry about "rocking the boat" and capsizing. If someone wants to stand up, they shouldn't feel like they are going to tip the boat over. Now our inflatable was already pretty good at this, at least the one with the hard floor boards. (Standing up on the older rubber floor was like standing up on a trampoline with sagging springs.) But my brother has an aluminum boat, and his daughters won't even ride with him because the boat is too "tippy".

    And of course, it had to be durable - meaning zero maintenance. Our vacation time is too precious to spend time patching things so they will float.

    Here is what we developed:

    1- The whole boat, when packed, is a cube of 32.5" x 32.5" x 32.5".

    2- Inside the box are two outriggers with their connectors and the nose cone. There is also room inside the box for the life jackets, and our lithium light-weight battery.

    3- The boat is Coast Guard certified for 3 persons or 387 lbs of weight. For us that means 2 adults and 2 smaller kids.

    4- The outriggers make this boat completely stable.

    5- The boat is so full of flotation foam, in the sides and under the floor, that it couldn't sink if you blew a hole through the floor with a shotgun.

    6- Padded seats, which are actually life jackets velcroed to a fold-down frame, mean that the adults can sit in comfort and have their jackets close by in case of an emergency. The kids must be wearing their jackets of course.

    7- The boat will work without a motor and battery. We have oar locks and long oars as an option. But it is rated for a motor, 2 hp or less, which means any of the Minn Kota electric motors. We prefer our Lithium batteries which have 80 amp hours, but weigh about 8 lbs instead of the 45 lbs or more of a lead-acid deep cycle battery.

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    Boat complete with two passenger compartments, the nose compartment, two outriggers with connector arms. Includes compartment connectors, and a enclosure strap with carrying handles.
    $1,495