The Bote HD is one of my absolute favorite paddle boards. While it’s a little pricey, it’s completely worth it for what you get. I fish in the bays near the Gulf of Mexico and this board is perfect to fit a cooler, myself, gear, and even another person sometimes if I wanted to. It’s durable, absolutely beautiful as far as looks, and feels great to be on and in the water. I bought mine used and it’s been the best decision I’ve made for a while!
If you're looking for a excessively heavy board that is not competitively priced and is manufactured by a company that does NOT stand behind its product, then this is the board for you! Unfortunately, I was smitten by the nifty graphics, and made the poor decision to make this disappointing purchase. There are SO many more superior boards on the market that I would happily trade for!
I bought the 12' Core model which has a full deck pad coverage and makes for a quiet surface for fishing especially when dropping a lure down near the bow. The tracking is solid and even gets better after adding the side bite fins. The speed is decent for a 32" wide board and handles chop and small swells easily with only minor hull slap. It also provides a little better stability than some of the other Touring/Fishing boards I have used. Pros: Lots of user versatility and options. Holds value over time. Cons: Pricey
I bought a bote paddle board about 2 years ago and while it still performs very well, the paint faded terribly. I have to say for what we spent on it I am really disappointed in the aesthetic decline. My boyfriend has a much cheaper paddle board and its paint has held up wonderfully. My bote board does float and glide very well - so functionally it is just as stable today as when I purchased it :) however the next board I buy will not be a bote.
I'm 240 lbs, haven't used it to fish but needed something faster. I'm able to keep up with an older friend on a race board for most paddling. Much better going into waves than a flat board, more stable than most flat boards too!
Stability, speed, looks, (get lots of compliments) space to put life jacket and things!
I have the aqua color which I love but when it scratches, I haven't found a good touch up color!
Lots of compliments on the looks, very stable for 250 lb male!
Bow is quiet in chop, much easier going into the wind, very good speed
Stability! Speed! Looks!
The aqua color is hard to match when it scratches!
Exercise, photography, playing with the manatees!