A portable boat that is more fun because it is so stable

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    The Transporter packages together as a 3' x 4' x 4' "box" made up of 2 passenger compartments, four pontoons, and the nose cone. The pontoons and nose cone fit inside the compartments.

    It also has standard seat boards, or optional padded seats around the sides of the boat.

    There is room in the "boxes" for everything, including the seats, the motor, the battery, the life jackets, a paddle or oars, and personal gear.

    The assembled boat is 5' wide, 9' 8" long and holds 6 passengers. The boat complete with padded seats weighs 242 lbs. (But you usually only lift a compartment or pontoon, by packing and unpacking the boat section by section.)

    Even with every person in the boat sitting on one side - it won't capsize.

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    Lean over the edge! Sit all on one side. Stand up and move around. You will simply feel safer and have more fun, because this boat is totally stable.
    The flat bottom is easy to walk on. And it stays clear of gear, because all your "stuff" fits inside the pontoons under the seat cushions.

    This boat will go - safely - where other boats won't.

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    The one inch strakers, under the flat bottom, allow you to take on shallow streams, or the shallow edge of ponds and lakes, where other boats hang up.
    Can you imagine one of the kids standing up while you run the rapids?
    Fly fisherman and hunters can also stand up in this boat and feel stable.

    Putting this boat together is faster than pumping up an inflatable by far.

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    Just twist the knobs into the connectors for each section. Put your gear in the pontoons, under the seats. (You can only put air in an inflatable's sides.)

    This boat will ride on our hitch-receiver platform.

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    This boat will fit in the back of a pick-up truck and leave room for your other gear. It will fit in the back of a Surburban (with the 3rd row seats removed). But it will also ride out back, on the receiver hitch carrier, we have made as an option for this boat.

    This boat will pull behind an ATV into remote lakes.

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    Because this boat rides flat and square, with motor, battery and all inside, we can take this boat to places that we had a very hard time carrying the 6 packages that made up our inflatable boat.

    This boat will store where other boats can't fit.

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    One of the challenges of owning a boat, is where to store it when it's not in use. The Transporter is the most storable boat in the world, because of its compact "box" shape, but also because it holds everything else inside that box.

    The boat is modular. It can be
    a 6 passenger boat or a
    smaller 3 passenger boat.

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    By just using one passenger compartment and two of the pontoons, along with the nose cone pieces, the Transporter can be reduced in size for times when you need to carry it on the top of your car, or on the rack of an ATV. Or maybe you would just like to buy the 3 passenger version in the first place.

    The boat can have oars with oarlocks. Row from the
    included bench seat.

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    The boat has a strong motor mount, for trolling motors. But sometimes you want to row. The optional oars for the Transporter are light weight, and collapsable so that they fit in the pontoons. And when they aren't in use, they lie flat against the sides of the boat, completely out of the way.

    Most of all - this boat is fun for the whole family.

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    What makes a boat really fun, is when you can take it anywhere and not have to be telling the kids that they can't stand up, or they can't lean over the edge and put their hands in the water. Feeling safe and stable makes it fun. Go anywhere portability means fun in more places.
    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.) But most irritating to me, was that even after we got all this stuff to the lake, and spent 40 minutes putting in the floor and getting the boat inflated, we had to cover the floor with the life jacket packs, the fishing gear, the cooler for the fish, and the big battery. 

    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 6 people. (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 trailer to carry into remote lakes. And we wanted just one package that would hold everything including the seats, the motor, battery, paddles, life jackets, fish cooler, and anchor. (No more 7 packages like we had with our nice inflatable.)

    It had to go together much quicker than the 40 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 for me, I wanted a boat that had a place to store all the stuff in the sides, instead of under our feet where someone was always tripping. (While our inflatable was much more stable than my brother's aluminum boat, the only thing we could store in the inflatable's pontoon's was air.) We fixed that big-time with our boat design!

    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 3' x 4' x 4' two-part box; the boxes become the passenger compartments, when the boat is assembled.

    2- Inside the boxes are four pontoons and the nose cone parts - that bolt to the passenger tubs with hand knobs.

    3- Inside the pontoons and nose cone are the seats, motor, battery, life jackets, anchor and other stuff.

    4- The "boxes" bolt together, and the pontoons and nose cones bolt to the boxes, forming an assembled boat that is 5' wide, 9' 8" long, and 15" deep. It is Coast Guard certified for 6 passengers.

    5- And once you are bolted together (which is way faster than inflating) THERE IS ROOM IN THE PONTOONS for all the gear; NOTHING UNDERFOOT. (All you can put in an inflatable's pontoons is air.)

    6- The square sides and pontoons make this boat completely stable - even if everyone in the boat sits on one side:

    7- The Transporter is made of wood and foam - covered with a urethane coating that is similar to truck-bed liner material. It is extremely tough and durable. But most importantly, everything floats! You can fill this boat completely full of water, and it will still float all of the passengers. You could blow a hole in the floor, and it would still float all of the passengers. You aren't going to capsize nor sink nor deflate with the Transporter.

    8- Padded seats on the pontoons and nosecone are an option. With everyone sitting on the sides there is lots of leg room in the middle. Or, with the standard seating boards, you can sit in the boat facing forward, like in most other boats.

    9- The Transporter is modular. That means that it can be a three passenger boat by just using one passenger compartment and two of the pontoons. (This smaller boat will fit on the rack of a bigger ATV to go really remote. It will also ride on the car rack of a smaller car - so some of the nephews who don't own a truck can still take the boat out.) And it might be perfect for those who don't need to take all of the kids fishing. Even small, it is just as wide, and therefore it is very stable.

    10- The Transporter will work without a motor and battery. We have oar locks and long oars as an option. It will also work with a bigger horsepower outboard motor up to 15 hp. That will downgrade the carrying capacity of the boat from 6 to 4 passengers - not because it can't carry more, but because that's how the Coast Guard ratings work.
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    The full size Transporter comes with two passenger compartments, four pontoons, the nosecone pieces, a padded seat for the nosecone, and two seat boards. All needed hand-turn knob bolts that hold the boat together are included. This size is Coast Guard rated for 6 passengers.
    Add padded seats to your pontoons. Buy 8 seats for the four pontoons of the 6 passenger boat. The padded seats float - so they are like a life preserver.
    Add a set of oars with oar-locks. The oars are light weight but strong, so they are easy to handle. The oarlocks allow motion in every direction. They attach to the side of the pontoons very quickly. And one of their great features, is that when you are not using the oars, they can be laid out of the way, against the outside of the boat. And when you are ready to pack the boat, the oars separate into halves, so that they will fit inside of a pontoon.
    We have a demonstration boat available at a much reduced cost. It has been used for quite a few demo rides, but it is in very good condition. It comes complete with padded seats and a set of oars and oar locks. (We are not including the motor.)
    Add a Minn Kota Endura Max 40 trolling motor. This motor is different from what you can buy anywhere else - because we have shortened the shaft to 30". That makes it fit inside the pontoons so that it can be packed "in the box". 30" is just the right length for the draft of the Transporter when on the water. This motor has the Digital Maximizer technology, which makes the battery last longer. We especially like this when we are using our ultralight lithium battery, because it helps us troll all day long on a single charge.
    Add our Battery. It is a lithium deep cycle battery with 20 amp hours. We use it for two reasons. First it weighs about 6 lbs, which is a tiny fraction of what our deep cycle lead acid batteries weigh. It makes our whole boat more portable without the extra 50 - 60 lbs of lead acid. Secondly, it gives full power right up until it runs out. And then it will fully recharge in 2 hours. Yes, lead acid costs way less. but for the weight advantage, this is the battery we use ourselves.
    Add our lithium battery charger. If you use a lithium battery, you have to have this special charger; regular chargers for lead acid batteries won't work. This charger will fully charge our lithium deep cycle battery in 2 hours.
    Add our carrier rack which fits into the hitch receiver of your vehicle. It enables you to carry your boat without a trailer. The carrier is aluminum, so it is light. It is just the right size to fit the full size Transporter boat. It comes with tie down straps.
    Add our knob turner tool. It fits over the hand-turn knobs and can be driven by a power drill. Using this tool, you can put the Transporter boat together even faster.