A Portland Pudgy in the Falkland Islands
“Some time back I promised I would send you a couple of pictures of my dinghy here in the Falkland Islands.
Last weekend we put the Pudgy into the water as there were a few people about that were interested in trying it out. Of course it is winter here so it was cold, but we had a calm day which was great for playing around. Everyone took turns going for a row, making comparisons to their own dinghies.
The first photo shows skipper of famous sailing yacht Wanderer III, Thies Matzen and his wife Kicki. They normally row side by side with one oar each, and that worked well too.
The thing that impressed the most was the stability. In the second photo Thies walks around the edges of the boat which was no problem, even at the front.
The third photo shows Ted and Leneke Pearson from New Zealand sailing yacht Denique who were also impressed with the buoyancy and stability. Here Leneke is pointing out all the useful rope handholds all around the boat.
All the best to you
The Smalls on their way south from New Hampshire:
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Andy G of Louisiana says the Pudgy is: “the only boat that I would allow my grand daughters to play around in with complete safety” (photo above).
“The Pudgy has been the darling of the docks since its arrival…We are looking forward to expanding our boating world with new Pudgy sized adventures.” Jeff G., Nottingham, NH
“Some more positive feed back on the Pudgy. We love it! We live onboard our ketch…and my wife has taken to rowing it a mile or two every day… I have been impressed with the sailing ability of the boat, especially in heavy winds… I haven’t yet found the winds where capsize seems possible!” Bill K., Sausalito, CA
“Better performance characteristics in one package than any dinghy I’ve seen…The best dinghy ever made!” Mike M., Harborside, ME.
“We love our dingy…It has been instrumental in saving our boat when we ran aground because it rows so well in rough weather and can handle two 45 pound anchors being dropped in it for kedging off a reef. It is a real workboat built for real world conditions. It is incredibly stable…In the sailing we do a dingy can mean the difference between life or death, and this isn’t in reference to the lifeboat abilities of the pudgy just its stability and durability.” Rolland T. (While sailing the Northwest Passage with his family, up from Michigan to Newfoundland and then over Canada and down the coast of Alaska, 2008-09.) Photo above.
“Works great.” Tom J. NC (photo above)
[After saving a neighboring cruiser’s life] “I reached him just as he let go of the ladder [of his own yacht] and he became a dead weight on the back of my dingy. I had no choice but to try and haul him in over the stern and hoped that the dingy wouldn’t swamp with our combined weight of almost 400 pounds in the back of the boat. The Pudgy performed perfectly, I got a hold of his belt and pulled him aboard without taking on any water at all. I was pleasantly surprised to say the least…Score one for the Portland Pudgy, the little boat that will save your life!” Don Q., Mexico, NY (live aboard cruiser). See the entire write-up here.
Don also says: “Something for sailors that actually does what it says it will.”
“I’ve had lots of interest shown about my new dinghy and have been happy to share all my positive impressions about it….The boat has few limitations and is a great addition for any cruiser to own.” Ken L., Seattle, WA (photo above)
There are now four Pudgys in the Falkland Islands. This is the most remote shipment yet. (photo above)
“The Portland Pudgy is a success…[It] has a lot of capacity and does well in choppy conditions…Design and construction details are impressive.” Paul D., Sandwich, MA
“I went on vacation for a week and had a chance to sail and power my Pudgy around. There is no dingy that does everything perfectly, but the Pudgy comes closer than any other dingy I have ever been on.” Rob L., Riverside, RI