Portager Introduction

Passagemakerlite 46+ designed by Tad Roberts
Passagemakerlite 46+ designed by Tad Roberts

Welcome to the Portager website. What is Portager. Well, the definition of Portage is the carrying of a boat or its cargo between two navigable waters. Portager is intended to be a highly capable and very comfortable boat that can be transported between two navigable waters economically. There are many trailerable boat already. However, trailerable boats are very limited in their capabilities and accommodations because they are designed to be transported over the highway without a special permit. Here in the USA, trailerable boats must conform to an 8.5 foot beam and the highest point must be less than eitherĀ 13.5 foot (in Eastern states) or 14 foot (in Western states) depending on the which state you’re driving in. However, boats that do not conform to these limitations can still be transported, provided they obtain an oversized load permit and in extreme cases provide one or two pilot cars. The cost of shipping oversized loads is only slightly higher than a legal load (short term permits average about $35 per state) unless pilot cars are required. Therefore, the objective for Portager is to be transportable without requiring a pilot car for the majority of the trip and no more than one man day of preparation work.

Passagemakerlite 46+ designed by Tad Roberts being transported overland in South Africa
Passagemakerlite 46+ designed by Tad Roberts hull #1 being transported overland in South Africa

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