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Bote has redesigned the Award-Winning BOTE Rackham Gatorshell for APEX Pedal Drive compatibility! This versatile, feature-rich watercraft transforms from SUP to a pedal-driven kayak with ease.

It is a game-changer for anyone who loves fishing expeditions and day-cruising adventures!

Designed for adventurers who demand an unrivaled experience on the water. BOTE brings together cutting-edge technology and innovative design with the Rackham Bug Slinger Backwater Paddle Board Kayak Package.

Here’s a breakdown of the key components and features of the 12′ package. There is also a 14′ board if you want to go bigger!

Don’t want a solid paddle board? Check out the inflatable version… The Rackham Aero 12′4″ APEX Pedal Drive Package.

Side, top, and bottom view of the 12' and 14' versions of the BOTE Rackham Bug Slinger Backwater Paddle Board.

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Pedaling the BOTE Rackham Gatorshell with APEX Pedal Drive.

BOTE Rackham Gatorshell + APEX Pedal Drive Review Ratings



Bote’s most feature-rich, stable, and high-capacity platform, the Rackham Gatorshell Paddle Board just got an all-new upgrade: the APEX Pedal Drive. This popular pedal drive system is now available on select models of this solid fishing platform, making it perfect for those looking to take their fishing and expedition adventures to the next level.


Pros and Cons of the BOTE Rackham Gatorshell + APEX Pedal Drive

A fisherman casting from seated position while pedaling a BOTE Rackham Gatorshell with APEX Pedal Drive.


  • Excellent performance in flatwater conditions
  • Very stable for standing and landing fish
  • Easy to transport with a carry strap
  • High load capacity
  • Comfortable high-position seat
  • Easy to accessorize
  • Extremely durable
  • Friendly for beginners to advanced users
  • MAGNEPOD compatibility secures BOTE magnetic drinkware and other magnetic items.


  • Not as easy to transport and store as the inflatable version

Technical Specifications

Installing the inflatable Aero Paddle Seat on the BOTE Rackham Gatorshell Bug Slinger Backwater Paddle Board Kayak.
Best UseFlatwater Lakes, Bays, Calm Rivers, Fishing, Camping
Skill LevelBeginner – Advanced
Structure TypeSolid Paddle Board
Cockpit TypeSit-on-Top / Open Cockpit
ConstructionGatorshell Technology
Seat Inflation7-10 psi
WarrantyLimited 1-Year (standard)

Boat Specific Specifications

Rackham Gatorshell 12′Rackham Gatorshell 14′
Seating ConfigurationSoloSolo
Paddler SizeUp to Large AdultUp to Large Adult
Load Capacity1 Person or 350 lbs1 Persons or 400 lbs
Avg. Weight48 lbs52 lbs
Dimensions12′ L × 32″ W × 8″ D14′ L × 34″ W × 8″ D

Key Features

Features of the BOTE Rackham Bug Slinger Backwater Paddle Board Kayak Package.

What sets this Rackham Bug Slinger Backwater Paddle Board Kayak Package apart are its innovations and versatility. It’s packed with everything you need to take your adventures to the next level. Here’s what’s included:

  • Rackham Gatorshell 12′ Paddle Board: This board measures 12′ L × 32″ W × 8″ D and boasts an impressive 350 lbs capacity. Crafted with Gatorshell Technology, it’s a masterpiece of strength and durability.
  • Hybrid SUP & Kayak Design: The inflatable Aero Paddle Seat lets you switch between paddleboarding and kayaking.
  • 2-Piece SUP Paddle: A two-piece SUP paddle for use while standing.
  • 10″ Removable Center Fin: Enhances stability and tracking while paddling.
  • APEX Pedal Drive + Rudder Kit: This pedal-powered system and rudder provide efficient propulsion and hands-free operation and navigation.
  • Pedal Port Cover: This cover shields the pedal port when the APEX Pedal Drive is not in use.
  • Mini Rocket Rac Black: This accessory rack has three rod holders, two angled for trolling and one for storage.
  • MAGNEPOD Compatibility: Easily attach magnetic drinkware and accessories.
  • MAGNEBottle 36oz with Cap Black: A magnetic bottle that grips to the board’s MAGNEPOD.
  • Sandspear: Insert the Sandspear through one of the two stakeout holes to anchor your Rackham.
  • 5-Piece Adjustable Kayak Paddle: For use when paddling as a kayak. This paddle adjusts in size from 235cm to 260cm and breaks down for easy transport.
  • Travelink Compatibility: Simplify transport with the addition of an adjustable carry strap.
  • KULA Cooler Compatibility: Tiedowns for the KULA cooler can serve various purposes, from a seat to a bait well and more.
  • Bungees: Front and rear bungees for quick and easy storage of extra gear.

Care & Storage

A BOTE Rackham Gatorshell with APEX Pedal Drive on flat water..

Preserve your BOTE investment with proper care to ensure longevity.

  • Rinse off the board with clean water after each use to remove residue, debris, and saltwater.
  • Use a damp cloth or Magic Eraser to remove dirt or scuffs.
  • Store the Rackham in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to avoid color fading and bubbling underneath the deck pad.

BOTE Rackham Gatorshell + APEX Pedal Drive Alternatives

BOTE Rackham Aero 12′4″ + APEX Pedal Drive

Overall views of the BOTE Rackham Aero 12'4" with APEX Pedal Drive.

The BOTE Rackham Aero 12′4″ Inflatable Paddle Board Package comes in a variety of different color schemes. This is the inflatable version of the solid SUP/kayak covered here. If you want a board that is easier to transport and carry, the Rackem Aero is your answer.

BOTE Rackham Gatorshell + APEX Pedal Drive Conclusion

A man standing to fish from a BOTE Rackham Gatorshell with APEX Pedal Drive.

The BOTE Rackham Gatorshell with APEX Pedal Drive is the ultimate companion.

Are you into fishing or enjoying the water? This package offers versatility, innovation, and durability that’s hard to match.

It’s time to elevate your water adventures to the next level!

Steve Hood

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