New 2011 Portland Pudgy
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The Portland Pudgy is unique because of its multi-functionality, its ingenious self-contained design, and because it lets you be proactive in an emergency. Unlike a life raft, which forces you to sit and wait for rescue, the Portland Pudgy lets you propel yourself toward shipping lanes or land.
No other dinghy incorporates lifesaving functions, great buoyancy, and maneuverability, all in a self-contained unit. Sea anchor, exposure canopy, sailing rig (including sail, mast and tiller), and safety equipment are all stowed in large watertight storage compartments in the hull. The rudder, dagger boards, and an alternate motor mount stow neatly under the rear seat.
The Portland Pudgy dinghy is extremely buoyant�the bottom of its double hull is filled with closed-cell foam, and watertight storage compartments add flotation. USCG approved capacity is 557 pounds (motor, passengers, and gear). Carrying this load, there's still about ten inches of freeboard.
The Portland Pudgy (patent pending), is an an unsinkable, rotation molded, double hulled dinghy that does quadruple duty as a rowboat, motorboat, sailing dinghy, and self-rescue dinghy. It rows, tows, sails and motors beautifully, and it could save your life.
It is broad of beam for stability, but lightweight and easy to maneuver. Its durable, rugged polyethylene hull is impact- and puncture-resistant.
The Pudgy comes in sunset yellow, red, white, and the new "camo". Additional custom colors may be available on request.
Who uses the Portland Pudgy dinghy?
Though designed as a self-rescue dinghy for the blue water sailor, the Pudgy is a safe and fun recreational dinghy. It�s easy to sail and extremely stable, and thus a perfect sailing dinghy and rowboat for children, Its stability makes it a good duck boat, small fishing boat, and camping boat. In addition, commercial fishermen can use the Pudgy as a self-rescue dinghy on boats carrying one to four crew members.
"The Pudgy seems to perform each of its various jobs well..[towing, rowing, motoring, sailing, and self-rescue]...The Pudgy's seaworthiness will make it a great boat for beginning sailors...This is a real boat, designed to do a real job...Given a choice on an offshore passage between the Pudgy and an inflatable life raft or the average dinghy, there's no doubt which I'd choose." Gretchen Piston Ogden, March 2007, Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors. Boats of the Year edition.
The Portland Pudgy multifunction dinghy (patent pending) addresses the issue of abandoning ship. It is unsinkable and has very high flotation even if swamped. It�s extremely stable, lightweight, and tough. It has lots of storage space. It lets you use a long or short shaft motor
It tows well. It rows easily. It sails beautifully. It's fun to motor. Its stability and ease of handling make it a great dinghy for blue water sailors or for kids, a good work deck, and a good platform for diving, duck hunting, or fishing. It integrates with sophisticated safety and survival equipment
The Pudgy is a great family boat because of its stability, buoyancy, ease of handling, lightness, durability and storage space. Although designed as a survival dinghy for blue water sailors, it's easy and fun to sail, and rows and motors well. It's unsinkable and difficult to capsize, making it a great dinghy for kids and a good fishing boat or diving platform.
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