Mike I am amazed that you didn't have something nice to say about the Poke Boat.
After all those years of reviews in C and K where you always found something nice to say about each offering. Guess now you are retired and free!
Kim, welllll, most of those reviews were for Paddler. And for a long time I got to pick the boats I wanted to review.
Unfortunately my retirement date is still a couple of yearned-for years off. The “free” part is truer than you know though; Paddler still owes me a check for one review, and my sons photography money for two pieces.
You are right though, I can find something good to say about almost any boat. One of my volunteer test paddlers would say only this about boats he didn’t like – “Boat float. Me like boats”
I’ve only paddled one Poke boat. A friend in Florida has a kevlar Poke, probably 14’ or so with lower decks than those I see on the website. It’s actually not a bad hull for poking (no pun intended) along on blackwater rivers.
When a boat is reviewed here, someone always gives that boat a 10. The absence of 10's is telling in this case.
Indicted by the absence of an “It’s a 10!” conformational bias? Some of those “It’s a 10!” reviews are as funny as the Poke site.
The Radisson reviews there were my favorites, running the gantlet from 10’s!!! to a hilarious “POS fell apart on the first trip” rant.