Not all SUPS are solid. A growing number of models are inflatable, and that translates to easier stowage and portability aboard your boat. It also means you might be able to carry a much larger board than your boat would otherwise accept.
For instance, the Zeppelin (about $1,600) is a 12-foot-4-inch inflatable SUP from Bote that’s more than 3 feet wide, can carry two adults, and makes for a stable fishing platform. When deflated, however, it folds into a 45-pound backpack that can stow in a console or fish locker. The Zeppelin comes with a pump and a removable skeg.
Thanks to inflatable boards and yaks, clever rack systems and innovative boatbuilders, it’s easier than ever to carry paddle craft on your fishing boat, then use it as a floating base from which to launch ’yaks or SUPs to reach otherwise unreachable hot spots.