Better than an inflatable? Duncan Kent took the Porta-Bote folding boat to the beach to test it as yacht tender

Folding boats test – Porta-Bote

OUR VERDICT: 6/10

The Porta-Bote is better as a general-purpose dinghy/fun-boat than as a tender. Its bulletproof construction would be great for dragging over rough shingly beaches, but it’s pretty heavy, so awkward to haul on board and requires a fair bit of space – and strength – to assemble or pack up and stow.

PROS

■    Very durable
■    Spacious and a good load/crew carrier
■    Stable at rest and under way

CONS

■    Very heavy
■    Poor rowlocks
■    Awkward to deploy