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Me and the lady went to the keys last year for a week. We yak'd a lot and paddleboarded alot. We've been talking about getting one or the other since then and after a year of debating....have reached a crossroads where your advice and insight is needed. The question: Native Versaboard or Pelican SUP? We enjoyed the paddleboards for the ability to stand and cruise and explore and also kind of enjoyed the awesome workout. We would like to use whatever we get for cruising and exploring backwaters and going up creeks and across flats to observe and explore, but naturally I cant totally neglect the fact that Im going to want to fish off the thing. Ive heard great things about the versaboard, but if I'm primarily looking to stand on something I would think the SUP would be better, no? I know you can pretty much rig anything however you want. I know nothing of the Versaboard or the SUP boards we are looking at which are the Pelican Flow 116's at Dunham's and Dick's. I do know the Versa's are about $900 and the SUP's are about $450.

All I know is....I've procrastinated too long and now Im being told that we ARE getting something tomorrow. haha. Help steer me in the right direction. Anyone who has tried to fish and also Cruise on BOTH would be awesome to hear from, in order to compare stability and other features between the Versaboard and a SUP.
 

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I went to a GetOutdoors on-the-water SUP trial day a couple years ago and compared the Versa with several different touring-style boards (surftech, laird maybe? - seems like all more expensive than the Versa, as I recall). For as much as I was able to stand & balance on them, I much preferred the speed and ease of the glide in higher-end flatwater SUPs. But, at well over 6' and well over 250lbs and well-fading athleticism, it was all I could do to get up and down on them without falling. I really couldn't see fishing from them at my age, size & balance.

The Versa was by far more stable, but also felt much slower in the water. I wanted to go faster. I could definitely see fishing as an option on the Versa. I also like the hybrid action you can get from a Versa with the seat options. Some of the others can do similar with a cooler.

I'm jealous if you can rock the paddleboard for exercise and fishing. I've always wanted to justify one, but it does not seem to be in my future unless I get a lot smaller, lighter, more nimble and maybe even younger. Looking forward to the rest of your story...
 

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woah - a 14' sharp-nosed flatwater board with 500lb capacity? Don't go getting my hopes up that a "Paddleboard Life" sticker is in my future. I may be hooked, but in the Hobie Pro Angler price range.

It does give me something to daydream about this summer!
 

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UPDATE: I bought a Pelican Rush Premium 116 from Dunhams, $800 board with the online 20% off coupon wound up being just under $600, Was all over the creek on it this weekend, even on Sunday with all of the boat wakes. Me and the woman both got one and are in loveeeee with them. Were even able to sneak right up on largemouth bass in the back guts. Main creek you can see flounder laying under you. Oh, and it is absolutely stable as can be. I will be certainly harvesting plenty of meat from this thing. I bought an $800 very nice board and a good paddle for $650 out the door. love it.
 
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