WE SELL FOLDING, SECTIONAL & INFLATABLE BOATS, WORLDWIDE.
Dinghies, Day-Boats, Kayaks & Canoes, from 6-18 feet long.
Also Outboard motors, eg Torqeedo 1003 electric at £1249

Nesting, Portable, Folding & Inflatable Boats, & More

We sell a unique range of nesting, folding and inflatable boats from the world's leading manufacturers. Our ever-expanding collection includes:
- NESTAWAY sectional nesting boats, designed and built by us in the UK. Five sizes, from 8-16ft.
- PORTABOTE fold-flat boats, made in the USA. Near-indestructible, beamy plastic hulls, four lengths, 8-14ft.
- FOLDAWAY fold-flat boats, made in the UK. A tough, double-ended 8ft boat, particularly easy and enjoyable to row.
- NAUTIRAID "skin-on-frame" folding dinghies, canoes and kayaks, made in  France. Tough, good looking, and light, offered in lengths from 6-18ft.
- DinghyGo sailing inflatables. The only general purpose motor and rowing inflatables that can also be sailed.
- F-RIB folding RIB inflatables, with articulated solid hulls for superb performance & stability.
- POINT 65 sectional kayaks, from Sweden. Sit-in, sit-on, solo & tandem. And a NEW stand-up paddle board!

All the boats we sell offer easier transport/storage than "normal" boats, and are
 quick and easy to assemble.

We also sell outboard engines (Suzuki, Tohatsu, Torqeedo) and a huge range of boating accessories.

We exhibit at the London and Southampton Boat Shows, plus other events throughout the year. Visitors welcome by appointment.

The rest of this page offers a brief summary of the different boats, or you can use the links below to jump direct to our Most Popular Pages: 


Above: our 8ft nesting Pram dinghy, ready to go....
... and (below) nested on the foredeck of a yacht.

8ft Nesting Pram Dinghy
9ft Nesting Clinker Stem Dinghy
14ft Trio Nesting Square-stern Canoe
DinghyGo Sailing Inflatable Boats
F-RIB folding hull RIBs
Nautiraid Folding Coracle Dinghies
Nautiraid Folding Kayaks
Nautiraid Folding Canoes
Portabote Fold-flat Indestructible Boats
Point 65 Modular Sectional Kayaks/SUPs
Torqeedo 1003 Electric Outboard
Suzuki & Tohatsu Petrol Outboards
Whaly RIB-style plastic boats
Brokerage & Second Hand
CONTACT US

Contact us by email: nestawayboats@yahoo.com
or mail@nestawayboats.com

Or call us: 0800 999 2535 (FREE from UK landlines);
07768 600595 (may be cheaper from mobiles)

Magazine Reviews of our Boats here: Magazine Reviews

We're next exhibiting at: SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW, Sept 2014


BRIEF BOAT SUMMARIES:

Nestaway Sectional Pram Dinghy, 8ft

This two-section boat is often sold as a yacht tender, or to fit inside or on the back of a camper van. She is 8ft 2" long assembled, with a nested length of 4ft 8". The glassfibre hull is fitted out in Iroko or Teak.

Assembly is very simple: hook the sections together then do up the bolts. It only takes a couple of minutes.

The Pram is stable, dry, easy to row, and takes up to three adults. The optional sailing rig can be used with or without a boom. She will also take a small petrol or electric outboard.

Click Pram Dinghy
 for more info.

Our two-section, 9ft Nesting Clinker Stem Dinghy is very popular - just the right size for many different applications: Yacht Tender, Sailing Dinghy, Rowing, Fishing and general "Messing About in Boats". She can be launched singlehanded, but carries three adults comfortably.


The Nestaway Trio 14 multi-purpose-boat (above and right) splits into three sections that nest together to make a package that will fit in the back of many estate cars - no trailer or roof rack needed. She can be sailed, rowed or motored and takes up to three adults. The high length to beam ratio makes her an efficient rowing boat, and fast under power, achieving speeds of 10-11 knots with a 3.5hp motor.

Click here: Trio 14
There is also the larger: Trio 16
 


We also sell Portabotes (also known as Portaboats, Porta-Bote, Porta-Boat), which fold into a surfboard-like package that is just 4" thick. A different approach to transport and storage - we tend to find that customers' needs dictate whether a Nestaway or Porta-Bote will suit them best (rarely do they overlap) - in a tough, durable (virtually indestructible!) package that is popular with anglers, motorhome and yacht owners around the world.
Click here: PortaBote Fold-flat Indestructible Boats



We are the UK agent for NAUTIRAID
folding skin-on-frame dinghies, kayaks and canoes. The picture right shows an 8ft Coracle 250. They are excellent quality, very good looking for folding boats, and also notably lightweight.

Click here for: Nautiraid Dinghies
Established in 1936, Nautiraid built their reputation on the manufacture of folding canoes and kayaks. This is their Inuit-inspired Narak 550, being paddled on expedition amongst the icebergs. Make no mistake, these are very capable craft, with the added advantage of being able to fold them up into a couple of bags. There are several different models, with PVC or Hypalon skins, and aluminium or wood frames.

Click here for: Folding Kayaks
Click here for: Folding Canoes


Many of our customers come to us because they want a dinghy that sails, so when we heard about DinghyGo we were very excited - the stored dimensions are unbeatable for a sailing boat! There are other sailing inflatables about but none that we know of that also function as general purpose tenders (ie motor/row). Spiritual successor to the Tinker range.

Click here: DinghyGo Sailing Inflatables

FOLDING RIBS

Also from the inflatable world, we now offer the F-RIB range - combining the convenience of a folding boat with the motoring performance and stability of a solid- hulled RIB.


Made in Russia, they are well-made and tough, with some of the designs originating from military use. Sizes from 9-15ft, and there is even a sailing option for the largest model.

Click here: Folding RIBs
 

 
These sectional "sit-on-top" plastic kayaks by Point 65 of Sweden are a lot of fun, and great value. You can use them with or without the optional middle section, as either a two-piece one-person kayak, or a three-piece two-person kayak. The pieces don't "nest" like our other sectional boats but nonetheless have huge advantages for portability and storage. There are also sit-inside versions. Click here for more information: Point 65 Modular Kayaks
Point 65 have also just launched a modular stand-up paddle board, almost certainly the world's easiest to store and transport rigid "SUP": Rum Runners

We are also UK South Coast agent for the WHALY range of rotomoulded plastic, RIB-style, motor boats. They are not quite our usual thing (they don't fold up or nest!), but we do appreciate their qualities of durability, space and remarkably good value. They are particularly well-suited to use in our home waters of Christchurch, Poole and the West Solent. We can supply just the boat, or complete boat-engine-trailer packages.

Click here: Whaly Rotomoulded RIBs

Some Frequently Asked Questions (more here:FAQs)

WHERE ARE THEY MADE?

Nestaway Boats are hand made in England. Hulls from Dorset, spars from Oxfordshire, joining bolts from Birmingham. Many of the components are bespoke, and we offer a high level of customisation. Most Nestaways are built to order but we usually have show boats available to see/try. 

Portabotes are made in the USA - we are the UK south coast agent and co-import them with UK distributors Intramore (in Lowestoft). We generally hold stock of the 8, 10 and 12 models at our base near Christchurch, and can get 14s fairly quickly if needed.

Nautiraid's folding skin-on-frame boats and kayaks are made in a factory in the middle of France. They have a dedicated staff and make pretty much everything in house, to a very high standard. 

DinghyGo hails from Holland, components sourced worldwide. Sailing rig apart, it's also a very high quality inflatable dinghy.

F-RIBs come from Russia. The designs came from a military requirement, so they are well-made and very tough, as you'd expect.

The sectional kayaks (model ranges"Tequila" and "Martini") are from Swedish company Point 65 North, with plastic moulding facilities in the USA and Far East.

Whaly Boats are made in Holland.

Torqeedo electric outboards are German. Suzuki and Tohatsu petrol outboards hail from Japan. 

WHAT IS A NESTING BOAT?

It's just like a "normal" boat, but made in two or more pieces that detach from and fit inside each other. They are much more portable and can be carried in ways that other boats can't: on the deck of a yacht, or a towbar platform on the back of your car, or on a tiny trailer, or even (some models) INSIDE an estate car. They can be stored in the corner of your garage, shed or beach hut, horizontally or vertically.

HOW DO THEY SEAL? WON'T THEY LEAK?

(Relating to Nestaways) The answer (no) is essentially the same for both: think of it as two (or in some cases three) small boats joined together to make one bigger boat - each section will float in its own right. More technically the partial bulkheads at the ends of each section come above the loaded waterline, so whilst a thin film of water may come up between them, it never gets high enough to enter the boat. There is no need for a seal as such, apart from a rubber washer on the lower joining bolts.

HOW DID IT ALL START?

We lived on board a 31ft yacht in the Caribbean for two years - our dinghy was equivalent to a car. It was used, hard, every day: carrying water, going to the shops, going to the bar, visiting other yachts, setting anchors, going snorkelling... and one day, having been through several tenders, we fell in love with another yacht's home-built plywood nesting dinghy. It could be rowed, sailed or motored, 
and whilst we found plans for DIY build versions, nobody actually made such a thing to buy. So we decided - in an age that many people don't have the time and/or ability to build their own boat - we would!

As time has gone by, through chatting to potential customers, we have come to realise that there are many other innovative solutions to the problems of transporting and storing a boat; and at the same time almost every customer has a different set of requirements. To help fulfil these needs we have also taken on distributorships for other products that we like and find to be of good quality. So far these are Portabote and FoldAway (folding boats), Point 65 (sectional kayaks), and most recently Nautiraid (skin-on-frame folding dinghies, kayaks and canoes), DinghyGo sailing inflatables, and F-RIB articulated hull foldable RIBs.

We hope that by displaying all these products together - at boat shows and our "showroom" (please note, Debenhams it's not!) near Christchurch - it will be easier for you to choose between them. We know all the products well - their advantages and disadvantages - and use them ourselves, and can take you out on the water if you feel the need.

HOW DO WE CONTACT YOU?

By email - nestawayboats@yahoo.com

By phone - 0800 999 2535 (free from UK landlines) or 07768 600595 (mobile to mobile). We are still a fairly small business and won't always be able to hear/answer - if so please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We attend most of the major UK boat shows, particularly London ExCeL (January) and Southampton (September), plus a scattering of the smaller ones.

Our boats can be seen at any other time by arrangement, and with a little notice, near Christchurch (east Dorset). Please note that (especially at busy times of year) we don't always have all varieties of boat available - don't just turn up "in the hope!"

Our warehouse and sort of showroom is at:
Nestaway Boats Ltd
Building 306, Aviation Business Park
Bournemouth Airport
Christchurch
Dorset BH23 6NW 

Please ignore Google if it tells you we're at BH6 5EJ, we know it's unusual but in this instance Google is wrong!

Nestaway Boats is a limited company, established 2007.

For more contact details click here: Contact Details & Driving Info

Quick Links:

8ft Nesting Pram Dinghy
9ft Nesting Clinker Stem Dinghy
14ft Trio Nesting Square-stern Canoe
DinghyGo Sailing Inflatable Boats
Nautiraid Folding Coracle Dinghies
Nautiraid Folding Kayaks
Nautiraid Folding Canoes
Portabote Fold-flat Indestructible Boats
Point 65 Modular Sectional Kayaks
Torqeedo 1003 Electric Outboard
Suzuki & Tohatsu Petrol Outboards
Whaly Rotomoulded Plastic Boats
Brokerage & Second Hand
CONTACT US

Nestaway Boats Ltd, a Dorset and Devon based UK company also trading as
PortableBoatShop.com

We make and sell Nestaway sectional nesting boats; sell Portabote (Portaboat, Porta-bote) folding fold-flat boats; sell Nautiraid folding dinghies, kayaks and canoes; sell DinghyGo sailing inflatable tenders and F-RIB foldable RIBs; and sell Point 65 sectional kayaks and canoes. We also demonstrate and sell Torqeedo electric outboards and Tohatsu and Suzuki petrol outboards

If you have a product that you think would fit our range, and would like a UK representative, please contact us.

We are the world's leading one-stop-shop for easy-to-carry and store, portable, folding, nesting, sectional and inflatable boats, dinghies, canoes and kayaks. If you don't have anywhere to put a normal boat and/or don't like towing trailers, call us.