Customer Reviews for Porta-Bote Genesis IV Folding Porta-Bote

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Porta-Bote Genesis IV Folding Porta-Bote

Porta-Bote folds into an incredibly compact, lightweight and easy-to-transport package, but unfolds to become a tough, stable, virtually unsinkable boat. Simply unfold and install the seats and you're ready for the water. They are made of high-impact polypropylene, a remarkable engineered resin developed by the aerospace industry that is virtually puncture-proof and unaffected by salt or acid. Flexibility is the secret to its stability. When a wave slams against the side of Porta-Bote's Flexi-Hull®, the nearly 1/4"-thick polypropylene flexes inward, dissipating the energy. No maintenance required. The color goes clear through so it never needs painting. Meets U.S. Coast Guard specifications. All models come with three removable seats and a 10-year warranty.Available:The 10-foot Genesis IV is lighter, yet at only 59 pounds, it handles as many as three people and motors up to 44 pounds. Folds to 4" x 24" x 132".The 12-ft. Genesis IV folds to a compact 4" x 24" x 155" and weighs only 69 pounds. It handles up to four people and outboard motors up to 54 pounds. It's capable of speeds up to 20 mph with a 5-hp motor.The 14-foot Genesis IV folds to 4" x 24" x 172", and weighs only 97 pounds. It has room for up to five people and motors up to 83 pounds.Colors: Green, Off-White, Aluminum Gray.
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5 out of 5(100%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Genesis IV Folding Porta-Bote
Review 1 for Genesis IV Folding Porta-Bote
Overall Customer Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

extremely useful boat

Date:February 24, 2010
some times when you see an advertisement for a product and then you purchase it, its not quite as good as you thought it would be. In the case of the porta bote (14ft) i can honestly say after 2 years of use now its exactly as the advertisement states.
its easy to carry around on the van. just a couple of ratchet straps hold it down and i can travel at the speed limit safe and sound. its never come loose. its easy to put up. 2 of use put it up with all the trimmings (5hp outboard, electric trolling motor, fishfinder, rod rests oars etc) in 20 minutes. if were just using it on its own as a row boat it takes less than 10 minutes. as for handling its great as a casting boat. its very very stable. its a joy to spend the day moving around from spot to spot. with a 5 hp and 2 guys and alot of gear it will do 13mph. with me on my own it will do over 20mph. i spend most of my time on smaller lake up to 200-300 acres so its prefect for them or on rivers.
i havent tried it on very big lakes but im sure it would preform very well.
it will float in 6inchs of water even loaded up so its great and i mean perfect for getting into those weedy bays that muskie and pike like to lie up in. it will get you in pretty much any where that other boats cant. hence i get on to places that arent fished alot. launching it in reedy marshy lakes or rivers is very easy.
all in all id have to say if you want a safe practical boat that is very stable and will go about anywhere you want then the porta bote is it!!! plus it stores away very neatly .
id highly recommend it!!!
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Review 2 for Genesis IV Folding Porta-Bote
Overall Customer Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Location: Colorado
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Great Product!

Date:November 6, 2009
I've owned a Portabote 14-footer for 9 years now. It is one of the most versatile products out there. I can haul it to the shoreline & assemble it alone in 15-20 minutes if alone. I ALWAYS have other fisherman come over to ask me about it & watch as I motor off.
I use a 6-HP gas motor, which runs at a great pace & also trolls well. I often have 2 other friends in it with no problems. It handles big waves better than pontoons or even fiberglass, as the sot hull absorbs waves. It can easily be anchored, as well. During the drout of 2002 in Colorado, I was the ONLY boat on many lakes, since the water level dipped below the boat docks. Great product and very durable.
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Review 3 for Genesis IV Folding Porta-Bote
Overall Customer Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Location: Midwest
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

The best portable boat on the market

Date:July 11, 2008
I have fished from many portable ie cartop "boats" in the past, including jon boats, inflatables, and canoe.
This folding boat in my opinion is by far the best cartop/portable boat on the market. I have the 12 foot version and have used it for many years now with never a leak (tho some of the plastic hinges in my version wore out and needed replacing with metal hinges..The new version avoids that problem). I've bounced it off rocks with only minor scratches to show for it as the plastic used is very tough stuff. The deep sides and flexible structure make it very stable and permits standing to fish, tho you may want to add a small platform as the bottom is flexible. The good storage available under the seats is a big plus in a small boat along with its high Coast Guard motor and capacity rating. There is room for fishing gear, battery, small cooler,etc. under the seats. It has more room than many 12 foot trailered boats. That, combined with the ultra compact cartopping and storage capability make it ideal (indeed it folds down to a few inches ..with seats kept inside the vehicle.. a big advantage when cartopping at highway speeds..let alone a gas saver). I keep the boat stored in the rafters of my garage and handle it fine by myself (12 ft version). I often fish with another person in the boat ..both of us standing and casting..tho we are not big people per se. (Again due to nice storage under the seats the bottom can be kept clear to stand).
The only downside is that the joints can get stiff in cold weather (I fish until the lakes/rivers ice up ) and it can become tricky to unfold i.e. require considerably more effort than in warmer weather.
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Review 4 for Genesis IV Folding Porta-Bote
Overall Customer Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Location: Arizona
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Porta Bote

Date:November 27, 2006
I purchased a 14 foot PortaBote about a year ago. Assembly took a little getting used to. The seams were stiff at first but became easier over time. It now takes about 20-25 minutes to get the boat ready, including fishing gear. I use a 50 lb thrust trolling motor. Its not real fast but its stable and easily gets into and out of shallow areas.
Fishing from a standing position is easy. Even though the floor 'gives a little' because of the material, it is very stable and easy on the back because of the cushion effect that you would not get with aluminum or fiberglass. I've had up to four people comfortably in the boat.
Its not easily carried by one person. I got a cheap dolly, tied by a bungee cord on one end, to wheel it around when folded down- this makes moving the boat easy by one person. I also recommend the Porta-Dolly when transporting the assembled boat to/from the water or boat ramp. You also avoid tying up traffic by assembling the boat on a one lane boat ramp. I found it easy to load and unload on a car top using its own weight as a fulcrum. I've since bought a pickup and use a standard ladder rack to carry the boat - this works very well.
Their customer service is top notch. On my first trip, there was a small leak in the seam in the rear of the boat. I called Cabela's and I was in touch with the manufacturer within a day. The manufacturer shipped me packing material and arranged a pickup from my home. In about a week, the repaired boat arrived. Its been water-tight ever since.
Storage is awesome. I put everything under the crawl space at my cabin. Cleaning and maintaining the boat is easy-I just partially open the boat, invert it, and hose it down.
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Review 5 for Genesis IV Folding Porta-Bote
Overall Customer Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Location: North Dakota
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

One Fantastic Portable Inexpensive Sport Boat

Date:November 20, 2006
Forget the other polymer boats out there. This is NOT a fly by night company. They stand behind thier product and customer service is friendly, quick, and outstanding both by phone and email. This should be your first and last purchase in this catagory unless you upgrade to a larger Porta-Bote or get a smaller second one. It really fills the bill. This is a treat of a fishing boat that has a strong cult following.Two of my freinds bought these as a waterfowl boat after experiencing mine. The clubs and newgroups are based in California but it seems the boat is mostly popular along both coasts where people use them as dinghys.They are also popular in some of the heartland states too.
Ok I bought this boat and used it this summer. I own a 10 footer and 14 footer. I strap the 10 footer to he top my mini-SUV and use it for still water/resorvoir fishing. The 14 footer I leave docked in the water for use on a major river with a 6-8 knot current.
When boat arrived it came in a heavy cardboard wrap enclosed in a heavy plastic wrap by freight. The seats, oars, and hardware come in a seperate container. The instructions are starightforward but you must first read them carefully. With intial assembly the jounts are stiff so it takes some efforts and a second person is helpful. One dry run is in your backyard is a good idea. I assembled the boat in 45 minutes myself. Subseqauent assemblies were smoother since the joints are not as stiff anymore, taking me only 15-20 minutes. Takedown takes aobut the same amount of time. I initially had some confusion between teh cneter and rear seat that that customer service quickly clarified with a a phone call to them.
Some advice I have in picking a boat.
If you weigh 300 pounds clothed this is not the boat for you. The seats are reated at 300 pounds. Also the 10 footer may not be very stable for a larger guy with others. If you want to take several people along I reccomend the 12--14 footer. These are not that easlily handled by one person. Assembly of these takes no more than 20 minutes also. I use a small outboard on these boats. These boats have lived up the manufacturer's claims and expectations. This is not a speedboat. Though some people use it a a small recreational boat I connot encourage that.My opinio is it is a boat to carry a sportman safely form one point ot another. getting arond in the boat takes some getting used intially but this has not been a major concern for me. I also reccomend you buy their dolly. It is userful in taking yoru boat in and out of the water.
Offwater storage is a major plus. I keep my 10 footer on my mini-SUV during fishing season. For winter storage I folded up both boats and store them edgewise against a wall in my garage where tehy hardly take up any space. Apartment owners love this boat.
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