I received this from Jay Greer from the CommonsenseBoats mailing list.
Our condolences to Ted’s friends and family.
A very good man has just crossed the bar. I was over at Edensaw Hardwoods today and learned, much to my sorrow, that an old friend I and many of you may have known over the years has passed on. Ted Pike left this world about four weeks ago. Ted aside from being a great sailor and boat builder was one of the top sales reps for Edensaw here in Port Townsend WA. He had not been feeling up to par for over a week and so checked into Jefferson County Hospital. They ran a few tests and put him on a chopper for Swedish Hospital in Seattle. Shortly after arriving he lapsed into a coma and passed on a few weeks later. He never regained consciousness. Sorry to have to say goodby to a pal!
Billed as the "World’s Best Dinghy", the Portland Pudgy certainly seems to be an interesting (and tough) design.
Made from rotation-molded polyethylene, it has closed-cell foam filling making it "unsinkable". Easily rightable (they have videos of it being done by a person in the water), it looks like a tough, serviceable boat.
How may dinghys have you seen flying?
A Portland Pudgy was used as a gondola under a bunch of helium filled balloons on an attempted Atlantic aerial crossing. Really.
Some nice reviews and stats to drool over…
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Pretty boat… that system that allows the boat to "hover" on its on is really slick. Not sure how much I would care to trust in "by itself" in a crowded area like he did in the video. Not sure if there is a wireless remote or not. The triple (claimed to be more efficient than dual – seems counterintuitive to me, but) Volvo-Penta IPS600 is an interesting setup.
Synthetic teak and no brightwork is a trend I like seeing on upper end boats. I want to enjoy the boat, not spend all my time on maintenance.