BOAT DOCTOR /// BOAT DOC SPECIAL
54 | BOATINGMAG.COM | JUNE 2019
WEIGHT: 26.2 lb.
PRICE: $800; radarskis.com
paddleboarding wherever you want to go
(within reason, of course). The soft top deck
provides plenty of comfort for longer paddle
sessions, and the integrated tie-down up
front can hold a dry bag with essentials. If
you enjoy boating on lakes, this is a great ad-
dition to on-water activities, and one that the
whole family can enjoy. —Garrett Cortese
Safety should always be a top priority,
even if you’re just paddling near your
dock. Look for a fl otation vest or
infl atable belt pack made for stand-up
paddleboarding. You want one that
won’t chafe or restrict the motion
of paddling. These two models from
O’Brien are great places to start, and
both are U.S. Coast Guard-approved.
ARSENAL LIFE JACKET
Minimalist design with oversize arm-
holes for unrestricted movement.
PRICE: $50; obrien.com
SUP INFLATABLE BELT PACK
Fits waist sizes 30 to 52 inches. Pull
cord activates CO^2 cartridge.
PRICE: $90; obrien.com
DON’T FORGET YOUR FLOTATION!
The Hilo is a great board for those just
getting into the iSUP market, or the buy-
er who doesn’t need bells and whistles or
high-performance characteristics. “Keep
the Hilo was built on, and it works well.
Its balanced shape and simple design
make learning to paddle comfortably and
effi ciently a breeze. Plus, its smaller size
makes it easier to transport and stow than
other larger iSUP boards.
Partially defl ate iSUPs
left in the sun to prevent
their psi limits.