A portable boat that is more fun because it is so stable
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.
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.
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.
This boat will ride on our hitch-receiver platform.
This boat will pull behind an ATV into remote lakes.
This boat will store where other boats can't fit.
The boat is modular. It can be
a 6 passenger boat or a
smaller 3 passenger boat.
The boat can have oars with oarlocks. Row from the
included bench seat.
Most of all - this boat is fun for the whole family.
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.