Portland Pudgy Systems: Customizing Your Order

The Portland Pudgy safety dinghy is a great rowboat and motorboat, a sailboat, and a dynamic, unsinkable lifeboat. You can customize your order as you choose, adding or substituting options from the itemized price list.  You can choose the components you want, depending on how you plan to use your Portland Pudgy. We would be pleased to talk with you about your Portland Pudgy and what functions you will be using it for.

Basic Boat:

The standard basic boat includes oars, oarlocks, four oarlock sockets and adjustable middle seat (for two rowing positions), grab-lines, bridle, built-in compass, wheel, drain plug for self-draining, reflective strips, 12.5 cu. ft. of water tight storage in the double hull, and more.

If you plan to use your boat as a tender, we recommend adding a bow bumper and a boarding ladder/fender, to protect the mother boat. These components also protect the Pudgy when docked.

The fully rigged basic boat includes all components of the standard basic boat, plus pump, boarding ladder/fender, bow bumper, boat cover, electrical system, solar panel, lifting eyes and davit harness for arm davits, or Weaver swim platform davits. You can choose any or all of these accessories.


The sail kit turns the basic boat into a fun, safe, and stable sailing dinghy that with skill can be sailed in up to 20/25 knot winds. It also makes it a self-rescue boat. The sail kit includes a telescoping mast and boom, a gaff or mast extension, a kick-up rudder, a white or orange sail with a window, and long or short leeboards (choose short leeboards for easy stowing or long leeboards for better pointing).

The sail kit stows inside the double hull.The mast and boom telescope down to a shorter length and with the sail, and tiller, stow neatly inside the transom hatch.

We offer two types of sail kit:

  • The gaff rig is designed for safety; it is very difficult to capsize. The sail is 41 sq. feet.
  • The square head Marconi rig does better in light air, and points better.  The sail is 44 sq. feet.

The sailing system can include any and all of the Pudgy components in addition to the sail kit.

Lifeboat Systems:

With the exposure canopy and sea anchor, the Portland Pudgy safety boat becomes an unsinkable lifeboat.

You can choose the basic lifeboat system or a dynamic system that lets you sail to safety. You can add any and all other Portland Pudgy accessories.

Basic Lifeboat System: The components of the basic lifeboat system are the boatexposure canopy, sea anchor, and boat cover (to prevent accidental inflation when exposure canopy is pre-set). We also recommend the pump, the boarding ladder/fender, and the safety harness eyes.

Dynamic Lifeboat System: Add the sail kit to the lifeboat boat system, and the Pudgy becomes a dynamic lifeboat that can be sailed to safety.

The Fully Rigged Lifeboat System includes the canopy, pump, boat cover, sea anchor, boarding ladder/fender, safety harness eyes, sail kit, electrical system, solar panel, davit harness or Weaver davits, and bow bumper.