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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re on the market for a fishing-specific paddle board the Rover from BOTE is just that and more. The Rover takes SUP fishing to the next level. At 14 feet in length and 40 inches in width the Rover is one of the most stable, if not the most stable fishing-specific paddle board on the market. The Rover has an optional motor attachment that really turns this BOTE into a boat and makes your time on the water that much better. The Rover is a premium fishing paddle board with endless opportunity and fun, well-deserving of Supconnect’s A-grade.
At first glance the Rover is a big hunk of pure beauty. The details in the graphics pop and the tons of features of the board uniquely stand out. The board has tons of attachment points that are vital for SUP fishing and it also has added perks like a paddle sheath for holding your paddle, LiftSUP handles to make carrying easier and more that make your time on the water much easier and more fun. The board does weigh quite a bit (105 lbs) so carrying it definitely calls for at least two people but BOTE does offer a wheel rac option that makes transporting this beast much easier. The board is incredibly stable and the stability extends from the center of the board to both the nose and tail of the board. You can easily stand on the nose of the board and feel comfortable and secure when you’re reeling in your catch of the day. The glide of the board is pretty slow which is no surprise since the board is rather large but if you opt for the motor attachment to the board you can be flying with speed. The board also can hold up to 500 lbs so you have plenty of leeway in terms of hauling gear and whatever you may catch with no problem. You can easily take a second passenger with you if you want as well. The board comes with a paddle and moto rac attachment making this package all the more premium. All in all, if you’re looking for the best of the best when it comes to SUP fishing, the BOTE Rover is what you need.
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 40" x 12"
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 / D Ring / Paddle Holder / Motor / Paddle
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 install.
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.
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