November 30, 2021, New Smyrna Beach, FL; Scott Porta, 11-time Offshore Racing Champion, is planning to make a splash at the International WorkBoat Show, December 1-3 in New Orleans.
Coming off the 2021 RWO Championships, where he did not race this year but instead served as radio and television expert commentator, Scott Porta changed gears and headed to the famed New Orleans based WorkBoat Show. It may seem like an odd fit, but the fastest man on the planet in outboard offshore catamarans is putting his product engineering toward the slowest vessels on the US waterways: workboats. Scott’s 33 years of owning and operating Porta Products Corporation is geared to succeed perfectly in this new opportunity.
In a recent broadcast interview, Scott explained, “Racing tests the endurance of any product. At 100 mph, the force on equipment shows any weakness and tells the operator where to look for change.” No change is necessary for the Porta Hydraulic Transom Lift System. Scott continues, “We run basically the same design in our racing version (R-Series) as we do in our industrial category products (ICG Series).
One of the secrets is in the previously patented hinge design. As the transom bracket moves in an upward direction, the amount of bearing surface increases and becomes 5 times greater than any other guillotine style of moveable transom plate. The hinge system is the backbone of the Porta Hydraulic Transom Lift System. It is submerged in most applications so the maintenance free design is paramount to its longevity and customer appeal. Scott mentioned, “We have customers who have used their original Porta Transom Bracket for over 20 years mounted on up to 5 boats and still have not been required to perform any service. For us that translates into happy users and product testimonials.”
The new overall excitement comes from the advent of the new gasoline and diesel outboards with horsepower ratings up to 600 each. To raise multiple engines of that size up to 22.5 inches with a click of a switch in seconds is magical to the workboat operator. The design of the Porta Industrial /Commercial /Governmental (ICG Series) boasts big numbers. Its load capacity is 1,550 lbs. and has a horsepower maximum of 1,000 per engine.
One of the obvious users of Scott’s high-performance, high-speed vessel experience is the emergency and pursuit boat builder. With the Porta Hydraulic Transom Lift System, the vessel can gain immediate speed and handling by being able to raise the lower unit and propeller vertically without using the engine trim. As an example, fire departments, police departments, and water border patrol needs are wildly varied. The vessel must be able to operate at high speed and then go to ultra-shallow water in a moment’s notice depending upon the needs. The Porta equipped vessel can offer that to the operator.
Another strong and emerging market is the Barge category. The waterline on an unloaded barge to a loaded barge can vary 2 feet quickly. On a Porta equipped barge, the entire engine can move up to 22.5” without trimming. This keeps the outboard from submerging and dunking the powerhead in rough seas. Only the “parallel style” Porta Transom Lift System can accomplish these requirements.
In Booth 3560 on the main floor of the International WorkBoat Show, several Porta Hydraulic Transom Lift Systems will be on display.
About Porta Products:
Porta Products Corporation was founded in 1980 by Scott Porta. The Company has grown into a diversified facility housing several established marine manufacturers and providing "incubator" services to companies just getting started. Porta's primary product is the unique Porta Hydraulic Transom Bracket, a one of a kind product in terms of vertical travel and number of motors accommodated. Porta Performance, a division of Porta Products Corporation, was created to design high tech methods to improve the marine industry.
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