It took me more than 10 years to become the Porta-Bote owner.
It started in early 2000s when I first seen the boat on a fishing expo at Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY. I remember thinking – this is the only boat I could actually own leaving in New York… and I don’t mean the State. What stopped me was the steep price and total lack of information except for the sales pitch. I stopped by the Porta-Bote booth at the same show every year since and every year it was the same story until now.
Just like every other year I headed out to Suffern to visit World Fishing & Outdoor Expo. I planned on buying Daiwa Saltist spinning reel for my surf rod as well as learning what is new on the market for 2014. As I was doing my usual routine I ended up in front of the small Porta-Bote booth. I should mention that I was there with my brother’s father in law who was visiting from Ukraine. My companion from abroad was very interested to learn about the materials and how the boat operated. I could understand his curiosity considering he was retired physicist with a very curious mind. Company salesman with my help as interpreter was unswerving all he could. In this process the salesman learned how many years I my self was considering the ownership of the boat and when he suggested that I start this year I answered by handing him my credit card. From that moment on I became the proud owner of the most advance portable boat the Porta-Bote.
I must admit this was an impulse purchase which was about 10 times of what I was planning to spend on the reel. Weirdly enough it did not make me feel bad in the slightest.
I was told to expect a letter confirming the purchase in about 2 weeks and about a month from the letter I should expect the boat it self. ‘Let the waiting game being’ I told my self as I left the expo building.
Therefore I dedicate this website to all my Porta-Bote experiences and adventures!