Portland Pudgy Price Increase June 15th, 2017

We haven’t raised our prices for five years, but we finally must, due to rising overhead. An example of our rising costs: the top quality valves for the exposure canopy that used to cost us $27 now cost $105. We’re not willing to sacrifice quality for price when the product we make is designed to save your life.
Please spread the word. Orders received by June 15th, 2017 will be at the current prices.

Portland Pudgy Prices

The Portland Pudgy safety dinghy is a great rowboat and motorboat, a sailboat, and a dynamic lifeboat. You can customize your order as you choose, adding or substituting options from the list that follows. For suggestions as to which components may best suit your needs, please see Guide to Portland Pudgy Components. For ordering info, click here. Portland Pudgy prices and details are listed below. Click here for a printable price list with photos. For a printable price list with NO photos, click here.


Basic Boat $2,695.

92” long x 53”wide. USCG approved 4 persons. Available in warm white, sunset yellow, dark green, and black.  Note that colors on website will vary from actual boat color, depending on your computer monitor. Click any photo to enlarge.

Basic boat includes:

  • Two 6’-6” collapsible aluminum oars with retaining sleeves and collars ($158 value)
  • Richie compass standard (optional electrical system will illuminate compass)
  • Towing bridle harness (secures to two stainless steel eyes with backer disk for towing, lifting, or sea anchor).
  • Drain with tethered plug, Makes boat self-bailing with tethered drain plug (boat weight plus 25 lbs.)
  • Hand-holds in keel for righting boat (which comes up empty of water after capsize)
  • Three seats with hand holds (middle seat adjusts to two rowing positions for extra space and load/ballast adjustments; seat uses stainless steel pin hinges)
  • Five storage/access hatches w/gaskets (6.4” inside diameter. All accessory equipment, sailing rig, oars, exposure canopy, sea anchor, etc. fit through the access hatches)
  • Four reinforced through-holes fore and aft (used for tie-down, for securing fender/boarding ladder, and for use with an anti-theft, locking security cable)
  • Four stainless steel oarlock sockets (for use with adjustable middle seat) and two stainless steel oarlocks (with locking system which secures oars to boat)
  • Double roller wheels (allows one person to roll the boat on dock or landing ramp)
  • Grab lines (four)
  • SOLAS approved reflective strips (three)
  • Motor mount and aluminum retaining plate (removable) for long shaft 2HP or 3HP motors
  • Portland Pudgy Owner’s Manual.

Bow Bumper $105.

Protects mother boat from dinghy riding into stern while towing in following seas, and from bumping while moored. Looks good, too. Installed. Recommended if towing.

Includes:

  • Coarse weave, white, “canvas” covered foam bumper with sewn ends 52” long installed on bow
  • 22 wide head stainless steel screws.

Sail Kit. Two Types: Gaff Rig or Square Head Rig.

Makes the Pudgy a fun sailing dinghy or a lifeboat you can sail to safety. Both rigs can be adapted to leg-o-mutton configuration. Both rigs can store inside boat through transom access hatch.

Gaff Rig,  $1,295.

Extremely stable and safe because wind spills out of the gaff even when broached (and it’s fun to sail).

Includes:

  •  Telescoping (aluminum) 8-foot mast, two position with push-button release
  •  Gaff (aluminum), 4’ 10”
  •  Telescoping 7′ 6″ boom with yoke and out-haul jamb cleat
  •  Sail, white, (41 sq. ft.), 3.8 oz Dacron  or safety orange sail, 4.0 oz Dacron. Reefs down if sailing in strong winds. Reefs up when used w/ exposure canopy, for dynamic life boat.
  •  Kick-up rudder (three-position), rudder post (stores under rear seat), and aluminum tiller with stainless steel rudder/tiller connector and soft foam hand grip
  •  Gudgeons with pintle-lock mounted on transom
  •  Rigging lines, Harken carbon blocks, and traveler line with jamb cleat (mounted on Pudgy)
  •  Two leeboards (standard or performance, same price).  Standard store under rear seat, recommended for survival system. Performance lee-boards (35” long) store under middle seat.
  • Storage bag for sail, mast, gaff, and boom
  • Installation of sailing rig hardware when purchased with boat.
  • Straps for adapting to leg-o-mutton configuration. (Indicated by red line in photo at right, above.)

See Sailing Dinghy.


Square Head Rig,  $1,295.

Really fun sail rig!  Comes into the wind well even in light winds.

Stores inside boat through transom access hatch.  Includes:

  •  Telescoping (aluminum) 8-foot mast, two position with push-button release
  •  Aluminum mast extension 5′
  •  Telescoping 7′ 6″ boom with yoke and out-haul jamb cleat
  •  Sail, white, (44 sq. ft.), 3.8 oz Dacron  or safety orange sail, 4.0 oz Dacron. Reefs down if sailing in strong winds. Reefs up when used w/ exposure canopy, for dynamic life boat.
  •  Kick-up rudder (three-position), rudder post (stores under rear seat), and aluminum tiller with stainless steel rudder/tiller connector and soft foam hand grip
  •  Gudgeons with pintle-lock mounted on transom
  •  Rigging lines, Harken carbon blocks, and traveler line with jamb cleat (mounted on Pudgy)
  •  Two leeboards (standard or performance, same price).  Standard store under rear seat, recommended for survival system. Performance lee-boards (35” long) store under middle seat.
  • Storage bag for sail, mast, gaff, and boom
  • Installation of sailing rig hardware when purchased with boat.
  • Straps for adapting to leg-o-mutton configuration.

See Sailing Dinghy.


 Exposure Canopy $1,975.

Transforms boat into four-person, hard bottom, unsinkable, dynamic lifeboat (when used with sailing rig or oars).  Self-rights empty boat.  Stores inside Pudgy or is pre-set on gunwales (if used in preset position requires boat cover).

Note: If you plan to use the Pudgy as a potential lifeboat, in addition to the exposure canopy, you should also get a sea anchor and a boat cover . See Lifeboat Components.

Includes:

  •  Three-section canopy (with 6” dia. flotation tubes around entire gunwale and two 6” diameter support arches)  Adds 430 lbs of flotation.
  •  Bow and stern tubes inflate by two CO2 cylinders (in 17 seconds) or by hand pump
  •  Zip in middle section (with two 6”dia. flotation pods orally-inflated)
  •  Two top-off/pressure relief valves (US Navy approved)
  •  Two inflation valves and two check valves (US Navy-approved)
  •  Two 230 gram CO2 cylinders (one for bow and one for stern)
  •  Canopy fabric USCG-approved international orange outside and anti-nausea blue inside (colors required by International Sailing Federation for life rafts).
  •  Canopy secured to boat with 12 stainless steel  pad-eyes (permanently mounted on boat gunwale)
  •  Three windows (one forward, two on sides)
  •  Four SOLAS-approved reflective strips
  •  Hole with cover flap for mast when sailing with canopy set
  •  Rain catcher and spout with shut off valve
  •  Adjustable bow and stern straps to allow access to sea-anchor or tiller
  •  USN-approved bellows hand pump.

See Lifeboat Components.


Sea Anchor & Rode $346.

Stabilizes boat in severe weather. Essential part of lifeboat system. Rugged, proven design, engineered by Fiorentino Para-Anchor for the Portland Pudgy. It is much bigger and more rugged than a sea anchor supplied with a conventional four man life raft.

Includes:

  • Rugged 30”dia. para-anchor
  • 70’ of 3/8” dia. rode and stainless steel attachment clip,
  • Patented stainless steel swivel ring shackle to prevent tangling.

See Lifeboat Components.


Bailing Pump and Gasketed Access Port  $79.

Pumps out storage chamber or cockpit. Recommended for lifeboat system.

Includes:

  •  Manual bilge pump, Beckson, 18” (inserts into storage chamber)
  • Gasketed screw open access port mounted on gunwale.

See Lifeboat Components.


Boarding Ladder/Fender $107.

Functions as a boarding ladder, grab line, fender, and foot support to right boat. Makes it even easier to board from the water. Recommended with lifeboat system.

Includes:

  • Foam flotation cylinder with Sunbrella cover, which serves as a fender
  • Web boarding ladder, which is rolled around foam cylinder and when pulled serves as ladder
  • Line through cylinder, which secures to boat and serves as a grab line.

See Lifeboat Components.


Lifting/Safety Harness Eyes $125.

For lifting boat, for securing crew in safety harnesses (recommended as part of lifeboat system), for tying down cargo, or for use w/ hiking straps.

Includes:

  • Four stainless steel eyes, one near each corner of the cockpit, near floor.
  • Backer plate for each lifting eye (on interior side wall)
  • Three bolts for each lifting eye.

See Lifeboat Components.


Boat Covers (Three Types: Basic, For Davits, For Weaver Davits)

All standard boat covers are silver gray Odyssey, 6.5 oz/sq yd, Acrylic coated polyester, mildew- and UV-resistant, breathable, 12” deep skirt. See below for prices and details.

Note: A boat cover is required when using the exposure canopy in pre-set mode to make sure the exposure canopy doesn’t blow around and accidentally inflate. See Lifeboat Components.

Boat cover special fabrics and custom colors:

  • Custom color Odyssey fabric (instead of silver gray), add: $60
  • Sunbrella fabric, your choice of color: 3.1 x cost of gray Odyssey cover.

Basic Boat Cover $185. Part #PP-BC.

  • Protects boat from the elements. Includes:
  • Bungee cord around perimeter of skirt for snug fit
  • Two 1” webbing straps with push button buckles buckles that pass under bottom of boat to secure cover, 1” webbing pull strap at stern with stainless steel push button buckle for securing cover in severe wind.
  • Four reinforced access slot holes for access to tie-down through-holes in boat.
  • Reinforced corners.

Boat Cover for Weaver Davits $225. Part #PP-BCWD.

Same as basic boat cover. Also includes:

  • Four 12” double pull zippers for access to Weaver davit mounting eyes and stand-off rods
  • Four reinforced access holes (two used for Weaver davit mounting eyes).

Boat Cover for Double Arm Davits $275. Part #PP-BCD.

Same as basic boat cover. Also includes:

  • Two 24” double pull zippers to access davit lifting lines to Portland Pudgy lifting bridles
  • Four 12” double pull zippers to access davit harness spring lines to lifting eye bolts on Pudgy
  • Four reinforced access slot holes for additional tie down access.

Electric System $495.

Runs safety lights and other 12-V plug-in equipment. All-around white navigational light is required by USCG for traveling at night. All LED lights in the system.

Includes:

  •  Electrical panel with gasket and fuse
  •  Accessory socket (powers 12 V. plug-in equipment, and can receive power for charging battery by solar panel or charger)
  • Two toggle switches (one for compass LED and navigation LED light, one for red LED chart reading, interior light)
  •  Battery (rechargeable, 12 volt, 2.9 AH, 2.4 lbs, sealed lead acid).
  •  26” – 48” adjustable LED navigation light, all-around white, removable. Stores inside access hatch
  •  Navigation light base and gasket.

Solar Panel  $186.

Plugs into electrical panel outlet or other outlets.  Allows charging battery while on the water, in about 6 hours.  Also charges devices such as cell phones. Stores in boat or on canopy.  UV-resistant, weatherproof, lightweight, flexible, and durable.

Includes:

  •  Rollable solar charger, Power Film R-7.
  • Adapter
  •  Operating voltage 14.4. Operating current Amps .45
  •  Dimensions 23 inches x 14.5 inches; (rolled dimensions 14.5 inches x 3.75 inches.
  •   UV-resistant, weatherproof, lightweight, flexible, and durable.

Weaver Davits $415.

Designed by Weaver Industries, specifically for use with the Portland Pudgy. A removable, rugged stainless steel, davit system to secure dinghy to boats with swim platforms.  Allows the Pudgy to hinge up out of the water. Stabilizes boat for boarding and disembarking.

Includes:

  •  Two removable heavy duty eye pins and backer plates for Pudgy
  •  Two snap davit heads for swim platform
  • Two stand off arms (not included; price varies with length).

See Dinghy Towing and Carrying.


Davit Harness $365.

Used with double arm type davit system. Highly recommended to support weight of dinghy from the underside. Secures dinghy horizontally or vertically (to avoid dinghy filling with water in a following sea). All stainless steel hardware.

Includes:

  •  Two lifting bridles (secured to four lifting eyes on Pudgy)
  •  One “H” harness for passing under bottom of Pudgy for support
  •  Two adjustable spring lines to stabilize dinghy in heavy seas
  •  Two connecting straps (secured to far end of davit arm)
  •  Two connecting straps with ratchets (secured to elbow of davit arms)

See Dinghy Towing and Carrying.


Torqeedo Electric Motor. 1003L, Long shaft.

Excellent, clean, powerful electric outboard motor for the Pudgy.  Call for  details. 207.761.2428

Here’s a review from a Pudgy owner:

“We have put the Pudgy into the drink and are very pleased with its performance. It is very stable for such a small craft. It rows/tracks much better than expected. We put the Torqeedo motor on it yesterday and tooled around in a 5 knot current and 20knot winds. Considering the conditions, we were able to cruise at 5mph with two adults wide open, 4mph at half throttle. Amazingly, cruising through white caps, we remained dry.” Jeff G., Nottingham, NH

Here’s a video by Torqeedo. (You’ll have to scroll down their page a bit.)


Fishing rod holder, anchor and cleat, and other miscellaneous gear.

Call for details. 207.761.2428