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Who is it for?
If you’re looking for an extremely stable, non-inflatable, fishing-specific board to paddle short distances then the Rackham from BOTE is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in an EPS foam core construction which is durable and has its ups and downs. The board is very stable because of its 34 inch width and it has 3.33 lbs per foot, weighing a total of 46.6 lbs, making the board moderately heavy for its length of 14 feet. Its shape makes the Rackham a fishing-specific board to be used by SUP fishing enthusiasts. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distances, around the beach and dock. Retailing at $2,349, the board is at a premium price point but is among the best that the brand has to offer.
On first impressions, the graphics and color are striking, the shape design is very thoughtful and the construction strikes as strong. The Rackham looks stunning with an exceptionally beautiful play on color and graphics, intended to be potent and yet with class. The shape design is unique and different from many of the other boards in the fishing category and the construction appears as durable. This paddle board is very difficult to carry since it weighs over 46 lbs but its capacity of 500 lbs allow you to load up this board with a ton of gear. The glide feels average which is to be expected since lightweight construction and speed-centric design are only marginally incorporated. The board comes with a ton of additions that are perfectly suited for SUP fishing. It has a paddle sheath which conveniently holds your paddle upright, ConnexSUP plugs, 2 fishing post holes, a cup holder, bottle opener, 2 through holes and 2 cooler tie downs. That’s a whole lotta extra awesomeness. After you put everything together the Rackham is a very stable board that everyone who wants to take a hand at SUP fishing should be able to enjoy.
Primary UseFishing Use
Paddle Boards fall into two broad categories, All-Around and Specialty boards, with all-around designed primarily for recreation while speciality boards for top performance in specific disciplines
Durability is largely a result of the board construction and shape, with more durable boards typically carrying more materials (added layers, PVC, etc) and as such adding to the weight.
Stability is a product of construction and shape, where boards w/ 30”+ wide and 200+ liters in volume offer plenty of stability for your AVG adult while a board under 26” wide is a challenge.
Glide is a result of board shape and construction, w/ boards weighing under 30lbs and designed for racing offering best glide while recreational boards normally being on the slow side.
Dimensions14' x 34" x 8"
Industry standard in board dimensions reads: L (length, from nose to tail) x W (width, from rail to rail at midpoint length), and H (height, from top to bottom of board at midpoint length).
Standup paddle boards tend to fall into 4 different weight classes: extremely lightweight (under 20 lbs), lightweight (20-28 lbs), average weight (28-35 lbs), heavy (above 35 lbs).
Volume is a key metric to determine how much weight a board can carry. Boards w/ 200+ liters offer most floatation with boards under 150 liters typically for high-performance surf.
Capacity is the max cargo weight a stand up paddle board can carry, considering not only the paddler’s weight but whatever else the paddler may choose to carry alongside him/her.
Add On'sBungee/Connexsup/Cup holder/Bottle opener/2 cooler tiedowns
Add-on’s include bungee cords, a minimalist way to haul things; Connexsup, which allows for all sorts of attachments, even fishing rods; and FCS II/Connect, for easy fin instal.
Handles directly affect carrying ease, with external grip handles (Liftsup & EZgrab) offering most comfort, Internal Ergo Grip the mid-tier comfort, and box handles as least comfortable.
HoldersYes: Fishing Post Holes, Paddle Sheath, 2 Through Holes
Fishing rod holders and/or paddle holders can make paddling that much more pleasant, esp. when needing holders for the rod or having a safe place for the paddle during yoga.
|12 Feet||32 Inches||7 Inches||400 L|
|14 Feet||34 Inches||8 Inches||500 L|
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