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The 18-pound Poke Boat is everything a typical kayak or canoe isn’t. The result of intense design and testing, it provides the ultimate in light weight, maneuverability, tracking, and stability. Constructed from aircraft industry composites, the Poke Boat provides the most versatile and portable water platform in existence.
The Poke Boat can be used with far more confidence than a canoe while experiencing fishing, bird watching, waterfowling, and stream floating. The deep V bow and stern allows excellent tracking, but it’s the weight of only 18 lbs that makes the Poke Boat the choice of fishermen, hunters, biologists, wardens, and wildlife photographers, along with other outdoor professionals. All have found that a stable lightweight boat provides access to the outdoors when no other boat can. The molded removable seat, back rest/rim, and optional, adjustable foot braces ensure maximum comfort, even over extended outings.
Draft @ 250 lbs
Length/Width: 60" x 22"
Persons: 1 - 1 1/2
Weight: 450 lbs
The Poke Boat Advantage
Phoenix, after extensive testing, has developed a composite construction for the Poke Boat that’s a combination of KEVLAR® and a specially woven, aircraft-quality fiberglass cloth.
Kevlar is a Dupont aramid fiber that lightens the Poke Boat by about 6 pounds while maintaining the same durability.
The fiberglass is made of tightly woven continuous fiberglass filaments. Phoenix chose this cloth to maximize the benefits of the high tensile strength of fiberglass and the high strength-to-weight ratio of a flat, closely woven cloth. Furthermore, when saturated with resin the closeness of the weave of the Phoenix cloth maximizes the reinforcement of the final laminate. This high reinforcement ratio and low resin content significantly reduces weight while adding strength.
The chief advantage of nylon are its great tear strength and its high “elongation”. Phoenix uses a ballistic nylon cloth that is ideally suited in weave, weight, and cost. The composite laminate of plastic, fiberglass, and nylon achieves a unique blend of tear and tensile strength, “functional rigidity,” “flex impact” and overall light weight and strength.
The plastic in the Poke Boat composites is a very complex, flexible, high-elongation isophthalic resin, originally developed for rocket motors. We modified this resin for use in our boats. Its strength and durability surpasses any other product that can be used.
Selective Reinforcement strengthens the areas most vulnerable to damage and reduces overall weight.
The deck and hull of the Poke Boat are joined together on the inside of the boats with several layers of the fiberglass cloth and resin. Heavy-duty black tape is applied to the outside for cosmetic finish only.
Poke Boats are provided without floatation to maximize your options for storage of gear. Optional inflatable air bags, which are designed to fit our boats are available from Phoenix. These optional air bags provide floatation for the boat in the event that the boat capsized or turns over. No amount of floatation can guarantee that the boat will not sink under all circumstances.
The Poke Boat has an extremely low center of gravity due to the below-water-line seating position. It’s intended to be used in a sitting position.
Boating safety on any type of water is ultimately the responsibility of the individual boat user. Any type of water (lake, river, and stream) can be dangerous and swift or rough water can be very dangerous. It is the responsibility of the boat user to know or learn the basic rules of boating safety and to assure that the boat user’s skills are adequate for the conditions in which the boat is being used. A Coast Guard Approved Personal Floatation Device should be used at all times. Seek expert instruction or advice if unsure of your boating skill lever or if you have any questions about boating safety.