To be unnessicerily slow with hidden love or crushing, almost like having a crush but putting off talking to them for an unnessicerily long time because you are afraid they are too good or not interested. Most poaters think highly of themselves, but are not sure if there crush knows if they exist, or gives a care. Poating is considered cowardly by boys, yet lots of them do it. Girls do too, but it is less obvious, and less frowned upon. e.g. "I know a lot of girls that poat in love," or "stop poating around and ask her out, fool!" Poating is a habit.
It can also mean chasing local boats on lakes that you do not know (lets say, if you are out of state) and seeing where all the good fishing spots are. Most poaters are seen as annoying and sometimes cheaters.
"I know a lot of girls that are poating in love," or "stop poating around and ask her out, fool!"