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Bote Drift

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The Bote Drift packed a couple of really unique features for a stand up paddle board when it was first released and it still holds up very well as a fishing platform. One of the most striking features about the Drift is its wood inlay deck, which was a first for an inflatable paddle board. This SUP board was also the first to offer compatibility with a Tackle Rac. It is a great looking board that is available in “Classic” style, featuring traditional maritime theme designs, “Bug Slinger”, with aggressive fishing themed graphics and “Realtree” that has more of a camouflage pattern. In our books, the Bug Slinger not only looks the most stylish, but its through-holes that can be used to anchor the board using a stake-out pole also gives it an advantage.

The Bote Drift is a sub $1500 SUP board that is 11” 6’ in length, 32” wide and six inches thick. At just over 32 lbs it is a lightweight board, but has a maximum capacity of 350 lbs. The board has front bungee straps to secure your gear as well as rear bungee straps and cooler tie downs. Both the Bug Slinger and RealTree designs also feature Molle lash points, a paddle sheath, integrated paddle strap and stakeout holes, which are absent from the classic design. The multi-textured deck pad of the Drift offers plenty of comfort and provides a great platform for angling.

Although none of the Bote Drift models come with rod holders, they are compatible with the Bote Tackle Rac, which features two rod holders and gear pegs. The width of the Drift boards makes them very stable and its construction makes it a great all-round board that can be used for more than just angling. It is also quite a durable board, so you’ll get plenty of use out of your investment. Since the glide of the board is rather slow, it is not aimed at those who want to get to their fishing spots on the water very quickly, but other than that it is a solid performer.


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