The new Alpha 1 series Porta-Bote is now available. This is the latest hi-performance line of Porta-Bote's, incorporating over 40 major engineering advances to enable superb performance from low powered outboards. Also new is a patented folding transom which means you don't have to carry a separate transom anymore because it is part of the Porta-Bote itself.
All models have a 5-foot beam, 4-inch draft, full-width bench seats, transom, floatation collar and oars. The 8½ footer weighs 47 lbs (hull only), the 10 ½ Bote weighs 58 lbs, the 12 footer is 69 lbs, and the 14 footer is only 96 lbs. Maximum outboard engine weights range from 35 lbs to 86 lbs and all models can accommodate any size electric trolling motor. The smallest model has a capacity of 445 lbs (persons, motors and gear) while the biggest model can handle 807 lbs. All models fold to a thickness of 4 inches and a width of 24 inches.