Rover: The Ultimate Micro Skiff
Frequently people ask, "Can I put a motor on it?" ("It" referring to every product in our line). The biggest BOTE fans often want to move across the water quickly, from spot to spot, to enjoy their fishing and water activities with more than just their paddle boards. The beauty of the BOTE Rover is that it has the joy of a paddle board with the fantastic inclusion of a motor. It truly is the flagship option for those who want to have the most options out on the water.
The beauty of the BOTE Rover is that it has the joy of a paddle board with the fantastic inclusion of a motor.
Think about it. Approaching the shallows quickly … going from speed to silence. This is the beauty of motor-driven paddle boards. When you are out paddle board fishing, the options are endless.
A few years ago, as the popularity of fishing from paddle boards grew, people were pushing the boundaries – going deep into the wild in Belize, in-shore tarpon fishing in Nicaragua or winding deep into the mangroves of the Everglades. The desire to reach any and all top fishing locations became the driver behind maximizing the distance you could achieve on a paddle board. The ability to target multiple locations on one trip became the driving force behind creating a paddle board with a motor.
The Rover - By Design
"People were moving from large bay boats to flat skiffs. So, with the paddle board, I was like, man, this is a killer way to get super shallow and to be really stealthy and have a simple approach to fishing. So we scaled a skiff down, a paddle board up, smashed them together, put a motor on it, and there you go. " — Corey Cooper/ CEO, Beneath the Surface Podcast, Episode 3: The Rover
It's also designed to speed quickly across the water. When the outboard is deployed, the Rover can reach a top speed of 18 MPH and 16 MPH with Rover Aero. Created with anglers in mind, it's useful for anyone who wants to reach remote areas for fishing, hunting, camping, diving (or all of the above). And with a weight capacity of 500 pounds, you can load it down with all the gear needed for the day. Both Rover constructions are extremely durable, made with Gatorshell technology and military-grade drop-stitch PVC, respectively.
This is a killer way to get super-shallow and to be really stealthy and have a simple approach to fishing.
Although the Rover looks like a paddle board, technically, it's a micro skiff. With a drop deck cockpit, thick rails, and an actual hull, it's engineered for swiftness and stability. An extremely capable paddle platform with the motor off, it provides a refreshing experience. Motorized? It's the equivalent of a quick, nimble and surgical skiff that gets you where you need to go quickly without the draft of a boat. Strength, stability, and smoothness are paramount for the BOTE Rover.
The BOTE Rover is almost three times thicker than a typical paddle board, meaning it can absorb chop at high speeds while incorporating a paddle board's typical engineering for the most stable paddle platform BOTE makes. The patented removable Moto Rac system allows Rovers to carry up to a 9.9 HorsePower motor while Rover Aeros are rated for a 6 HorsePower motor. The Gatorshell Rover's Moto Rac is uniquely a multi-rod holder and can store additional fuel packs or Jerry cans.
An extremely capable paddle platform with the motor off, it provides a refreshing experience. Motorized? It's the equivalent of a quick, nimble, and surgical skiff...
It's Your Choice.
The beauty of paddle boarding is in its simplicity. There's no motor and no fuel, just you, a board and a paddle. It's the easiest and fastest way to get on the water, and the slower pace allows you to see more wildlife and enjoy the view as you go. It's also a great outdoor workout. Although the Rover isn't as simple as a paddle board, it is an easier and faster way to get on the water with a motor than most boats. Whether it's fishing, cruising the water, or any other activity you choose, Rovers will allow you or you and a friend to get out and enjoy the water.
So what BOTE Rover should you choose? The Aero inflatable or the Gatorshell rigid board? Do you want the ability to pack it up and go? Are space and storage a concern or limitation? Then the BOTE Rover Aero is the micro skiff that will give you the flexibility, storability, and portability you need. If you want a larger motor or want a longer board, then it's the BOTE Rover Gatorshell that will provide even more of the speed, size, and stability you seek. Either way, Rover or Rover Aero will get you into spots you never could reach before so load up and enjoy the ride to the fishing grounds.
"I’m able to make accurate fly casts to target fish in clear water flats due to the quietness, ultra stability, and range of the Rover Aero. Best investment I have made for myself. Hands down the best out there!" — Nicholas M.