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With an electric motor. Takes standard motors as well.

What is the Portland Pudgy safety dinghy?

The Portland Pudgy safety dinghy is the safest, most rugged yacht tender on the market. As an unsinkable lifeboat, it's proactive; you can sail it to safety. It's also a recreational sailing dinghy, and a safe, stable rowboat or motor boat. 

Portland Pudgy, Inc has re-imagined the dinghy in the context of safety at sea, and come up with something really new. The Portland Pudgy safety dinghy "is as carefully engineered as any high-end ocean-going yacht," Twain Braden, Ocean Navigator.

The Portland Pudgy safety dinghy makes boating even more fun, by making it safer. Top of page.


Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors writer says she'd feel safer in the Pudgy than in an inflatable life raft.


"The Pudgy seems to perform each of its various jobs well..[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. 

(Sail Magazine review, 2010, below.)

Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors writer says she'd feel safer in the Pudgy than in an inflatable life raft.

Sail Magazine editor says he'd feel safer in the Pudgy than in an inflatable life raft.  "Its tough, functional, and practical, and if the choice came down to climbing into a traditional liferaft or boarding the Pudgy, I know where Id rather be. For a cruising couple or a couple with small children, the Pudgy makes a lot of sense."

Portland Pudgy, a Tender That Can Save Your Life, by Peter Nielsen, Editor in Chief. (He tested it himself.) Sail Magazine, September 2010.  Top of page.


Yacht Tender / Rowboat / Motorboat: The Portland Pudgy safety dinghy is the ideal tender to row, motor, and tow. It tracks perfectly and moves along nicely with a small motor. The Pudgy is extremely buoyant and  has huge carrying capacity, both in the roomy cockpit and inside the storage compartments in the double hull. The Portland Pudgy (7' 8", 128 lb., USCG-approved for 4 people) is designed and manufactured (in the USA) to be an exceptionally rugged, stable, unsinkable boat.

Safety Boat / recreational Boat: This small boat is so stable you can stand up and walk around in it. The Portland Pudgy safety dinghy has all the benefits of inflatable boats and RIBs (rigid inflatable boats), without the risk of deflation. There is no need for an unsightly, expensive, and deflation-prone RID kit with the Pudgy: it's unsinkable, with built-in buoyancy.

Unlike inflatable boats, the Portland Pudgy safety dinghy is a joy to row. It can be rigged out as a fun sailboat, and as a proactive lifeboat.

Because the Portland Pudgy safety dinghy is so stable, rugged, and tracks so well when rowed or motored, it's also a great boat for fishing and hunting. 

Proactive Lifeboat: The Portland Pudgy safety dinghy is a self-rescue boat, even without the optional inflatable exposure canopy, sea anchor and other survival gear. With the exposure canopy, the Portland Pudgy is an unsinkable, proactive lifeboat. Unlike inflatable liferafts, the Pudgy cannot deflate, and you can sail, row, or motor this rugged self-rescue boat to shipping lanes or land. The Portland Pudgy proactive lifeboat is a self-contained system: all of the survival equipment (inflatable exposure canopy, sea anchor, sailing rig...including telescoping mast and boom!) plus a ditch bag, fishing equipment, provisions, and more, stows within the sidewalls of the boat. Top of page.

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