There’s just something awesome about a photo of a guide at work on the poling platform.
So today we offer you just that, courtesy of Andros South guest, Derk Frank.
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These days, pretty much any modern skiff you see on the flats is going to have a poling platform on its stern. Why is that?
Poling platforms are used in conjunction with push poles that typically range in length from 16′ to 22′. Although there are still some places where nothing more than a stick acts as a push pole, at Andros South and other places with modern equipment, the push pole is generally made out of glass or carbon fiber, and has a pointed end for hard-bottomed flats and a forked end for soft-bottomed flats.
True, you can find vintage photos of boats being poled on the flats with no platforms (even backwards!), but the poling platform is one modern convenience that we wouldn’t do without.