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While the roof rack on the truck works fine for my canoe or john boat. I also could use something bigger with more space and area for cargo and family. Has anyone ever used or researched collapsible boats? I have seen dinghies that are stackable and recently got interested in "take-down" boats.

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https://newatlas.com/quickboat-foldable-boat/28397/
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If you're planning to carry a lot of gear or people, get a real boat.
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Might check Klepper folding kayaks:
https://www.klepperamerica.com/

or Porta-Boat:
https://www.porta-bote.com/specifications-colors/


Folbot is out of business, but you might find a used one:
https://www.porta-bote.com/specifications-colors/


And my favorite, an Alpaka Inflatable Cargo raft, the Forager:
https://www.alpackaraft.com/rafting/product/forager/

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None of the foldable boats have any significant load carrying capacity. The smaller and cheaper inflatables, and modular hulls are not durable for any long term use. They are more like recreational toys than serious blue water boats. If you want a "portable boat to carry significant load"--the best shot is a quality inflatable. Inflatable's have high wt carrying capacity--my 10' is rated for 1200 lbs and is our dinghy on larger boat.

Your best shot is a commercial/rescue type of craft, such as the Achilies SU 18. It is 18 feet long, beam of 7'7"--use 20 to 90 hp (average would be 50hp). Carrying capacity is about 4630 lbs, and the weight is 433 lbs. Since the boat is hypalon, it will last a long time. It better with a price tag of $12,500!

There are cheaper boats there, but you get what you pay for. A cheaper alternative is the Saturn, 18' commercial PVC boat at a beam of 6'6", load carrying capacity of 2500 lbs and a weight of 270# Cost is only $1700 and it can be powered with 25 to 50 hp outboard. (or paddled).http://www.boatstogo.com/inflatable-boat-sd518.asp

For us a 26' outboard powered cruiser, on a trailer, which is totally self contained, and has enough fuel at low displacement speeds to go about 700 miles would certainly get us out of "Dodge" and into Mexico over the Gulf of Mexico. We carry the 10' inflatable on top of the pilot house.
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I've owned a 14' portabote for more than a decade. Easy to carry on the cargo bars on my Jeep.

It handles wind and waves better than a light Jon boat, but it functions about the same in shallow water. It makes a good row boat, so I think it would be vey useful if something disrupts fuel availability.

But when I moved to eastern Oklahoma, I promptly bought a Deep Vee aluminum fishing boat (Crestliner Fishhawk 1650) with a 90 hp Merc.
I bought the Portabote for the small high altitude lakes in the Eastern Sierra, but it is not well suited to the very large reservoirs around here.
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I guess I should have been more clear in my "possible" intent. I have a older RV 454ci engine, 4kw gene, solar, also a marine grade wind generator that can be put up on a pole. It has a battery bank, or can be run off on grid power. An air compressor. The refrigerator is electric/propane and the kitchen has an electric induction cook top along with the propane stove. If I have to bug out this is my primary vehicle and the gas tank is large enough to when fully topped(also carry extra gas cans) to go from residence to place of shelter with family. It would also tow my truck(also rigged with solar trickle batter charger, power inverter) winch, roof racks, tow package, snorkel, etc. The john boat would ride on the racks.

The issue is that to get to my destination I would need to cross at a major river choke points, if the bridge is blocked or damaged. I can launch the boat from near there and still make my destination by river. I just need something bigger than a johnboat(the john boat would then haul cargo and equipment(and the dog) being towed behind a quickly assembled takedown craft I am not sure I want to be so near a major choke point and take the time to assemble or inflate a RIB or something like that?
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They make larger aluminum boats designed for persons and cargo, but they are very different than takedown, foldable, or inflatable boats.

One option is a deep Vee hull cargo boat like the Lund SSV, https://www.lundboats.com/boat-series/ssv/.
But the most flexible option is to buy a much larger aluminum Jon boat. Alweld builds them up to 22 ft, and some are built to carry an ATV. https://www.alweld.com/large-jons.
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