Dinghies, Day-Boats, Kayaks & Canoes, from 6-18 feet long.
T: 0800 999 2535 E: nestawayboats@yahoo.com

(Teething troubles mean this old yet functional one gets a stay of execution!)

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.
- DinghyGo sailing inflatables. The only general purpose motor and rowing inflatables that can also be sailed.
- ORU KAYAK. Inspired by origami, these amazing kayaks fold up (easily and quickly) to make surprisingly compact and lightweight boxes.
NAUTIRAID "skin-on-frame" folding dinghies, canoes and kayaks, made in France. Tough, good looking, and light, offered in lengths from 6-18ft.
- F-RIB folding RIB inflatables, with articulated solid hulls for superb performance & stability.

- AQUAGLIDE premium quality inflatable kayaks with high pressure dropstitch floors, giving superb rigidity and performance.
PORTABOTE fold-flat boats, made in the USA. Near-indestructible, beamy plastic hulls, four lengths, 8-14ft.
- QUICKBOAT fold-flat boats, from Australia. A very sleek 12ft folding boat, beautifully designed and engineered using very advanced materials.
- 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 - from Suzuki, Tohatsu and Torqeedo - and a huge range of boating accessories.

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

NEW Oru origami folding kayak
NEW Performance Inflatable Kayaks
Nestaway 8ft Pram Dinghy
Nestaway 9ft Clinker Stem Dinghy
Nestaway Trio 14
DinghyGo Sailing Inflatable Boats
F-RIB folding hull RIBs
Nautiraid Folding Coracle Dinghies
Nautiraid Folding Kayaks
Nautiraid Folding Canoes
BoatBox Roofbox & Boat
Portabote Fold-flat Indestructible Boats
Point 65 Modular Sectional Kayaks/SUPs
Quickboats folding boats
Suzuki & Tohatsu outboards
Torqeedo 1003 Electric Outboard
Whaly RIB-style plastic boats
Brokerage & Second Hand

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Contact us by email: nestawayboats@yahoo.com
NB Please note (as of 14 Feb 2016) our usual email address -
mail@nestawayboats.com is temporarily not working

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

- Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show, 23-28 Feb 2016 (NEC),
where we will be showing folding and inflatable boats and kayaks from DinghyGo, F-RIB, Aquaglide, Nautiraid & Oru. Stand 2162



The TIWAL is a unique performance inflatable sailing craft that rolls up into two bags - no trailer or roof rack needed. It's new to us and the UK but has been very well received elsewhere, by journalists and customers alike.

See it on our stand A070 at London Boat Show - or you could call us now 0800 999 2535 for a sneak preview!
ORU Folding Origami Kayak 
Only available from us in the UK, the origami-inspired Oru Bay Kayak is 12ft long, lightweight (just 26-lb), stable and quick to paddle. But its truly unique feature is that it also folds up, making its own box, measuring 33x29". Yes, the stored length is less than quarter the assembled length. It will tuck away neatly in a cupboard, car, motorhome or yacht: Store it Anywhere,Take it Everywhere.

AND JUST IN (JAN 2016!) 
There is now a 16ft long Oru Coast. Same idea, just longer - yet hardly any bigger when folded. Information about this new folding sea kayak towards the bottom of our ORU KAYAK page

AQUAGLIDE INFLATABLE KAYAKS. These stand out in the inflatable market as well-designed and quality-built; their high-pressure floors give excellent stability, comfort and performance. Deflated, they roll up into backpack-style bags.

NESTAWAY SECTIONAL BOATS are all designed in bolt-together sections which fit inside each other for easier transport and storage. They are also very practical and pretty boats in their own right; at first glance most people don't even notice the joint in the middle. 

When we heard about DinghyGo sailing inflatables we were very excited - the stored dimensions are unbeatable for a sailing boat! There are some other inflatables that sail, but none currently that also function as general purpose tenders (ie motor/row). They sail surprisingly well and are very stable. Spiritual successor to the Tinker Tramp.

Click here: DinghyGo Sailing Inflatables


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

folding skin-on-frame dinghies, kayaks & canoes. This picture 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 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

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

Portabotes (also known as Portaboats, Porta-Bote, Porta-Boat) 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

QUICKBOATS are quite similar in concept to Portabote - a four panel folding hull with square transom - but utilise the very latest developments in materials, manufacturing and industrial design technology. The assembled hulls are lightweight, stiff and strong; with 10hp on the back they will plane at up to 22 knots. They are also exceptionally beamy (wide) and as a result very stable.
Click here: QUICKBOATS

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 Western 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)


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.

ORU KAYAKS, brand new in the UK, come from California. They are extremely well thought-out, with lots of custom-made bits to make folding/unfolding easier.

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 - trees and rolls of fabric in back door, boats out of front door - to a very high standard. 

DinghyGo hails from Holland, components sourced worldwide. The option to sail is obviously its unique selling point, but it's also a very high quality inflatable dinghy, with excellent detailing.

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 Point 65 sectional kayaks are Swedish-designed, 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. 


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.


(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.


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 UK distributorships for other products that we like and find to be of good quality. So far these are Portabote and Quickboat (folding boats), Point 65 (sectional kayaks), Nautiraid (skin-on-frame folding dinghies, kayaks and canoes), DinghyGo (sailing inflatables), F-RIB (articulated hull foldable RIBs), and Oru Kayak (origami folding kayak).

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.


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, at our warehouse in New Milton near Christchurch (Hampshire/Dorset border). Note that - especially at busy times of year - we don't always have all varieties of boat available: please don't just turn up "in the hope!"

Our warehouse and sort of showroom is at:
Nestaway Boats Ltd
Unit 1 Williams Industrial Park, Gore Road, New Milton, Hampshire  BH25 6SH

Please ignore Google if it tells you we're at BH6 5EJ, or indeed anywhere other than the above address; we know it's unusual but in this instance Google is wrong!

You can phone us on 0800 999 2535 or 07768 600595 and email us on mail@nestawayboats.com or nestawayboats@yahoo.com

Nestaway Boats is a limited company, established 2007.
Company Reg. in England & Wales 6243080, VAT GB 916 6103 39

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

Quick Links:

NEW Oru origami folding kayak
Nestaway 8ft Pram Dinghy
Nestaway 9ft Clinker Stem Dinghy
Nestaway Trio 14
DinghyGo Sailing Inflatable Boats
F-RIB folding hull RIBs
Nautiraid Folding Coracle Dinghies
Nautiraid Folding Kayaks
Nautiraid Folding Canoes
BoatBox Roofbox & Boat
Portabote Fold-flat Indestructible Boats
Point 65 Modular Sectional Kayaks/SUPs
Quickboats folding boats
Suzuki & Tohatsu outboards
Torqeedo 1003 Electric Outboard
Whaly RIB-style plastic boats
Brokerage & Second Hand

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

We make and sell Nestaway sectional nesting boats. We sell in the UK: 
- Portabote (Portaboat, Porta-bote) folding fold-flat boats 
- Nautiraid folding dinghies, kayaks and canoes 
- DinghyGo sailing inflatable tenders 
- Oru origami kayaks 
- F-RIB foldable RIBs
- Point 65 sectional kayaks and canoes.

We also demonstrate and sell in the UK Torqeedo electric outboards and Tohatsu and Suzuki petrol outboards

If you have a product that you think would fit our range - our main interest is clearly things that fold up, or are in some other way easier to transport and store - 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.