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Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable premium fishing board to paddle short distances then the BOTE HD is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the innegra fiberglass construction which is durable and has both positives and negatives. Because the board is 32 inches wide it is very stable. It has 2.56 lbs per foot and weighs 30.7 lbs total making the HD have an average weight for its size. Its shape makes the HD perfect for SUP fishing and can be used by everyone. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for recreational paddling, around the dock and beach. Retailing at $1,749, the board is among the premium price point but one of the best that the brand has to offer.
On first impressions, the graphics and color are gorgeous, the shape design is very unique and the construction strikes as strong. The HD looks beautiful and has a beautiful display of colors both bright and bold that carry through on the deck pad. The shape design is very thoughtful for boards in these categories, offering features specific to SUP fishing. The construction appears very durable as something that is long-lasting. The HD is fairly difficult to carry since it weighs above 30 lbs and the glide feels average, which is to be expected since lightweight construction and speed-centric design are marginally incorporated here. The board comes equipped with ConnexSUP plugins which allow for endless opportunities on accessory hookups and also has a tackle rack receiver and a cooler tie down. With everything put together, the HD is a very stable, fishing-specific paddle board that anyone who can walk should be able to easily stand on it and paddle away.
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.
Dimensions12' x 32" x 5"
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/Tackle Rack Receiver/Cooler Tie Down
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.
HandleInternal Ergo Grip
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.
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.
|10 Feet 6 Inches||30 Inches||4.5 Inches||240 L|
|12 Feet 0 Inches||32 Inches||5 Inches||375 L|
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