We Hereby Declare This Wooden Vessel the Yacht of SUP Boards

The Bootlegger has secret storage, is handsome as hell

By Evan Bleier

 
We Hereby Declare This Wooden Vessel the Yacht of SUP Boards
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11 August 2017

To make their paddleboards stand from the rest of the pack, most designers choose to make new-fangled boards that are multifunctional, odd-looking or able to hold a party of eight.

Others, like this build Fitzke Paddle Board Co., return to basics: wood.

Crafted to honor the construction used in the shifty rum-running boats that avoided the Coast Guard and kept speakeasies from running dry during Prohibition, the Fitzke Bootlegger Paddleboard is built to order by hand out of marine-grade mahogany plywood.

Equipped with a fiberglass epoxy bottom and rimmed by aluminum and PVC base rubber to cut down on dents and scratches, the 12.5-foot-long Bootlegger’s mahogany plywood is less than 10% wood, which is actually good because it means the wood won’t expand due to the weather.

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Featuring a touring-style design that should be a good fit for an intermediate-to-advanced rider, the Bootlegger further lives up to its heritage with a water-resistant storage compartment that’s hidden in front of the board and can hold hooch — or more practical stuff like a wallet or phone.

The boards are custom so pricing is done on a case-by-case basis, but we doubt they’re cheap.

Find out for yourself here.

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