This section provides
started' tips and advice on using your W Fishing Kayak, and it offers
links to other parts of this website that contain in-depth information.
It is written in a
sequential order of use.
Always wear a Personal
Flotation Device (PFD) when using your W Fishing Kayak.
or rubber boots, waders or any heavy or cumbersome clothes since they
from getting back into your boat or swimming back to
shore in case
drink alcohol or take medication that might make you drowsy before
and while kayak fishing.
You don't need a
special kayak rack since the W Kayak fits on top of any car rack.
The easiest way to
attach your W Kayak to
the car rack is with its
cockpit facing upward but you can also attach it with the cockpit
opening facing sideways when transporting two W kayaks.
Use strong straps, bungee cords or rope to secure the kayak to the car rack.
Note: All plastic
boats are sensitive to the combination of excessive heat and pressure - Make sure
your W Kayak doesn't come in direct contact with exposed metal parts heated by
Carrying (Portaging) - One Person
shoulder (see 'Downloading')
- For short and medium distances.
with your head between the hulls and each
hull supported by one of your shoulders and one of your hands - For
short, medium an long distances.
On your side:
Hold the boat on its side with one hand gripping the cockpit rim in one
hand supporting the lower hull - For short distances only.
Dragging: Attach a rope
or a leash to the boat and
pull it behind you. This way you can portage for long distances
and in difficult terrain. If you don't drag it over asphalt,
concrete or oyster beds the bottom of your W Kayak's will be only
mildly scratched, in a way that will not affect its performance.
For short, medium and long distances. Watch video »
Also, see 'Transportation' section of the 'Outfitting' page »
Your Fishing and Camping Gear On Board
W kayak offers you 8.8 cubic feet (66 gallons) of dry and accessible storage space,
which is more than any kayak does, including expedition style kayaks.
Take the time to think
and experiment before you take any definitive action like drilling,
cutting or buying new gear. Finding the optimal solution for
placing and attaching your fishing gear in your W Fishing Kayak might
more than one fishing trip simply because you have much more storage
space inside and outside the boat, and therefore more possibilities to
consider, test and evaluate.
In general, it is advised to store heavier gear such as fish tank,
battery etc. in
lower places, and not to fill the cockpit with large size objects that
may be attached on top of the hulls' tips in front or behind it.
You may want to read this website's 'Outfitting'
section as well as customer stories.
Regular: Put the boat
halfway in the water and
facing forward. Step into the cockpit from behind (no need to
step in water) and install yourself on the saddle. You can
get the boat to move forward by either placing a foot on the
part of the spray deflector and 'kick' and/or by pushing your paddle
When the boat is
sufficiently in you can pole and paddle forward.
Similarly, you can
Surf launching: Standing in
the water beside your W
Kayak and lean over it while holding the two sides of the spray
deflector. Then hop inside and start paddling.
Launching from a dock:
Hold the boat in
parallel to the dock and carefully get inside, one leg after another.
Seal launching (Warning: only
the kayak on a rock or a slope facing the
water, position yourself in the back of the cockpit only in the Riding
and slide down to the water while leaning backwards in order to
minimize the impact. It's possible to perform this trick from a
dock or from a deck of a bigger boat.
Please don't hesitate to contact us by phone or by email if you need
additional information. We'd welcome your comments and suggestions about
the design of this page, and what additional information and links we
should include in it.
Jeff McGovern shows how he stores his fishing gear on board his W kayak
Fast entry and launching. You can also step inside casually and slowly...
Fast launching in the surf (This video features an early W300 model)
don't ride a chopper the way you ride a dirt bike, and canoing is
different from kayaking in a number of ways. in paddling there
are some similarities between canoing and W kayaking, and other things
that W kayaking shares with regular kayaking. In addition, there
are also things that are unique to W kayaking.
It is important to keep this in mind before you begin paddling your W
Kayak in order to improve both your experience and performance.
is advised to get used to the boat on flat water before venturing to
moving water. As a beginner always make sure you are in the Riding
(Mounted) - The Best Position For Learning, Balancing and Controlling
Your W Kayak:
Beginning W Kayakers should start in the Riding
position, that is with their legs and feet on both sides of the saddle
in a direct line below their
upper body (see picture on the right).
Riding is the
stablest position and
it offers best control over the boat.
This is especially true if you
don't have good canoing
experience and you're not used to balancing a boat with your
Your experience with regular kayaks (SIK or SOT) may help you in some
ways but it does not guarantee that you'll learn faster because of the
differences between ordinary kayaking and W kayaking.
Riding is also very comfortable once you get to used to it.
The Riding or 'Mounted' position
is particularly stable and effective because all the muscles in your legs from your feet
ankles, knees and hips can deliver quick, accurate and powerful
Riding is a position that's comfortable enough to allow horse riders to
travel for thousands of miles during many months.
In past centuries, a cavalry man would throw javelins, shoot arrows or
slash his enemies with his saber - all while being mounted on his
saddle, while a cowboy would use his lasso to catch and control cattle
from the same powerful and stable position.
The right way to balance yourself in your W kayak is to hold the paddle
with both hands and use your hips, thighs, knees, ankles and feet to
respond to the boat's lateral movement by gently shifting your weight from
one leg to the other and keeping your upper body upright and centered.
Leaning with your hand on the spray deflector is not practical at all.
Also, unlike in ordinary kayaks keeping one of your paddle's blades in
the water is not recommended for balancing your W Kayak since it is
you get used from the beginning to rely on your lower body to perform
Do not confuse
Riding (mounting) with Sitting
- In the Sitting position your legs are
positioned in front of you -
see Figure 2. Sitting is
recommended position for beginning
For more information on the different
paddling positions go to the ergonomics
used to the W Kayak is personal and can take from a few minutes to
several hours. It's advised not to try to rush things and not to expect
to become an expert W kayaker after one paddling session - for many
people it takes more time. There is a lot you can achieve with a W
kayak that you can't achieve with a regular kayak, and it's only
natural to need some time to learn it.
Riding, or 'Mounted' Position
legs are on your sides and deliver optimal stability, power and control
The Sitting Position
legs are in front of you and therefore deliver less stability,
power and control
The Riding position: This video shows in slow motion how
the paddler maintains his stability while powerfully tilting his W
Positioning Yourself Along the Saddle
can move forward and backward along
the saddle according to your needs and according to
For example, when
paddling against eddies
and waves you can sit in the back of the cockpit and by that lift the
bow, which will make paddling easier, since you'd be going over the waves instead of through them.
For more details visit
this website's surf and ocean
find that poling your W fishing Kayak in shallow water is
easy. We recommend that you pole using a long and sturdy paddle such as
our Wavewalk TM PSP, or a poling pole. The advantage of the long and
sturdy Wavewalk TM paddle is the fact you can use it for both poling and paddling.
Steering by Leaning Into the Turn
don't need a rudder in order to turn sharply in your W Kayak:
very easy if you lean into the turn and paddle on the exterior
Since this is an unusual thing in paddling it is advised
that you first get
used to controlling and balancing the boat before you start leaning it
into the turn. It is advised to do it carefully and gradually.
Getting used to turning by leaning into the turn
is personal and can take anything between a few minutes to several
You can lean into the turn in all positions but you can lean more
effectively in the Riding, Kneeling and Standing positions, and less in
the Sitting position.
By the time you start practicing leaning into the turn you'll probably
know that beginning in the Riding position is best for you.
The ability to lean on one hull and paddle alongside the other hull is
also useful when paddling in the surf. For more information visit
this website's surf and ocean
Easy, Rudderless Tracking In Strong Wind
How to get the wind to help you track -
can move fore and aft along the saddle, and thus displace your W
kayak's center of gravity (CG).
The heavier end will tend to point into the wind, while the lighter end
will tend to trail.
With occasional, minor adjustments of your position along the saddle,
you'll be able to track perfectly.
See full article about tracking in strong wind »
The article features an online instructional movie.
Stand Up Paddling (SUP) and Fishing
This kayak is the only one that offers true stand up paddling and
fishing for everyone, in real life conditions, in the sense that you
don't have to be young and fit to do it, and once you get used to it,
you won't need to waste time and energy in continuous balancing efforts.
True stand up paddling and fishing also means that in case you lose balance, you can simply, easily,
instantaneously and intuitively regain your balance just by dropping
to the Riding position on the kayak's 14" high saddle. This is critical
for both convenience and safety.
And needless to say tat rising from the lower position to standing is a breeze.
standing adults need a paddle that's longer than ordinary kayak or
Our company offers two extra long and rigid stand up paddles that work perfectly for paddling in the lower positions too.
teenagers and some people may find it as easy as paddling in lower
positions but for most adult
paddlers stand up paddling is a
skill that can take some time to acquire, like any other skill, including kayaking.
It is advised to begin
practicing stand up paddling on flat water before venturing in moving water.
This classic demo video shows what true stand up paddling means - Something you get only from a W kayak.
You can easily motorize your W kayak by outfitting it with
either an electric motor or an outboard gas engine. We offer standard
transom mounts for 15" (short) and 20" (long) propeller shaft models.
Motorizing your W kayak would greatly expand your range of travel, and
could increase your safety since getting back to shore in bad weather
and against a strong current is easier when motorizing than while
Our website features a special section dedicated to motorized fishing kayaks »
Watching this movie would give you an idea of the possibilities offered by outfitting your W kayak with an outboard gas motor
Scouting and Sight Fishing
is best done on flat water while
paddling in the standing position.
Since scouting is usually done at a slow speed without much maneuvering
it is advantageous to learn how to paddle on one side of your kayak
using a canoing style J-stroke to keep tracking.
Many anglers are concerned about spoking the fish by making
unnecessary noise, such as when they drop their paddle in order to seize
a fishing rod and cast a fly or a bait at a fish they've just spotted.
These anglers usually outfit their W kayak's cockpit with thick foam
along its rim (coaming), which dampens the impact and noise of the
paddle when they let it down to rest there, sometimes in a groove they
make in the foam.
easily drop an anchor is in the
space between the hulls' tips in front or
behind the cockpit - according to your fishing needs.
You can also make an adjustable anchor trolley system as shown in this
If you fish in a stream you can use an anchor to slow your
drifting downstream or a heavier anchor to keep your kayak in place. Some W anglers use an anchor pulley.
For flat shallow water, using a stakeout pole can work better than an anchor.
W Kayak offers you the ability to cast to longer distances, which
presents two advantages:
1. Being able to cover more water from a stationary
position before you need to move your kayak
2. Some fish species can sense the presence of your kayak nearby
therefore are better caught
from a distance.
You can cast to longer distances with any gear from the powerful riding
The standing position is also good for casting to longer
Casting from the sitting position is less powerful, although
it still enables better casting than the traditional kayaking position
does in other kayaks.
will find that
netting smaller catch is very easy, and by
gripping the fish through the net the
hooks can be removed with
minimal damage to the fish.
As for bigger fish, dropping them in one
of the hulls will assure that they don't slip away and will give you
the possibility to deal with them on your own terms.
Entering Your W Fishing
Kayak From Deep Water
From the back:
enter your W Fishing Kayak from the back you need to position
yourself behind it
and grab the hulls' two tips. Hoist yourself upward and start
upward and forward with your legs positioned on both sides of the
legs to help you balance the boat. Doing
it slowly and carefully is better than trying to rush things.
After you have going forward enough over the cockpit just let
legs drop into the hulls, and position yourself in the stable Riding
It is possible to perform this entry without help from other people if
you do it slowly and carefully. Obviously, it is easier if someone can
help you balance the boat by holding one or
both handles in the bow.
From the side:
Position yourself on the side of the kayak with one hand holding the
spray deflector. Push yourself upward and grab the spray deflector on
the other side of the kayak, then quickly move one leg up and on top of
the cockpit while your head and shoulders point in the other direction,
so your body is in an angle and almost sideways to the kayak.
This method requires more agility and fitness than reentry from the back of the kayak.
If it doesn't work and you feel the kayak isn't stable, slide quickly
back into to water, and then try again, or try reentering the cockpit
from the back of the kayak.
If one hull has water in it, it could serve as a counter-balance, and you should reenter the kayak from the other side.
Before you go back into the cockpit make sure the paddle is secured, and it's not in
Practicing will improve your deep water entry skills.
Your W Fishing Fishing Kayak offers some exceptional advantages in
shallow water, so we've dedicated a special section of this website to shallow
Surf And Ocean
This website has a special section
dedicated to surf launching, surf playing, paddling, surfing and
beaching in this challenging, fun environment. Please visit our our surf & ocean
and fishing in
rivers, ponds and lakes that are partially covered with ice presents
some challenges and hazards, and requires special safety measures. Do not paddle or fish in sub-freezing temperatures!
on these subjects visit our website's icy
interior of the boat stays dry, and if some rain or spray gets in
it is drained to the bottom of the hulls where it does not bother you.
other small boats, when you're on the
water in your W Fishing Kayak you can drain it using a small bucket, a
hand operated bilge pump or an electric bilge pump. Some W kayakers use a big sponge or a big towel for this matter.
When the W Fishing Kayak
is on dry land you drain it in no time just by grabbing the handles and
overturning it. The water will drain out from the special drainage holes in the top side of the cockpit rim.
When beaching (taking
out) you normally don't have to step in water: When paddling to
shore position yourself in the back of the cockpit - This will raise
the bow and make it easy for you to advance high enough on dry
ground. When stepping out from the boat do it from the front so
you don't have to get your feet wet.
children weighing less than 100 lb each can hardly be considered a real
tandem in terms of the special challenges facing two full size paddlers
Paddling any kayak
in tandem is always a challenge, and so is paddling a W Kayak in tandem.
Before anything, do not attempt to paddle a W Kayak in tandem unless both paddlers are experienced W kayakers. The
heavier and more experienced paddler should preferably ride in the back of the cockpit,
where he/she can see what the new paddler is doing, instruct him/her
and compensate for errors if necessary.
Paddling a W Kayak in tandem is not recommended if one of the paddlers
weighs over 200 lb, and if the total weight of both paddlers exceeds
not paddle in tandem in any position other
than Riding, which is the stablest,
and the one that offers best control.
Do not attempt to paddle a W Kayak in tandem at sea or on moving water
unless you've gained considerable experience in W Kayaking in general,
and in tandem W Kayaking in particular.
You and your padding partner can paddle a W Kayak in tandem using
either two canoe paddles, one canoe paddle and one kayak paddle, or two
kayak paddles -What really matters is your teamwork, ability to
understand each other and your individual paddling skills.
Note: The W kayak is a small vessel, and like any other vessel it
becomes slower and less stable when overloaded. You need to take into
consideration these factors when planning any tandem activity with your
Most importantly, make sure you've read about the weight limitations for this kayak »
Also, beaching in tandem is more difficult than solo because you can no
longer raise the bow effectively.
W kayaking in tandem can be a lot of fun if performed correctly and safely.
it is not advised for two people to sit in a small boat and fish
together since this is an accident prone situation.
This is especially true for young and inexperienced fishermen.
It is possible
for two people fishing together from the cockpit of a W fishing kayak
to have one fisherman face the bow while the other faces the
stern. This leaves more room in front of each of them for casting
and reeling the fish in, but in any case both fishermen will not be
free in their actions and they must be very careful in everything they
do, and constantly aware of their partner's actions.
It is possible to paddle this way for short distances but only if the
front passenger (I.E. the one facing forward) is paddling. Since
the W fishing kayak is totally symmetrical from bow to stern the two
passengers can take turns in paddling. For example: while the one
at the bow is paddling forward the other that's facing backward can
cast or troll providing he/she does it carefully.
inside the cockpit is
easier for lightweight passengers, but heavier passengers can learn to
do it too after some practicing. It is important to do it in full
coordination with the other passenger, and advised to practice in shallow water first..
It is best for people fishing and/or paddling in tandem to do so in the
riding position, which is stabler than sitting.
It is not advised to stand in this kayak while two people are fishing from it.
Eighty years old Grandpa Neville takes three of his grandkids on board his W fishing kayak - Tasmania, Australia.
Sungjin and his fishing buddy on a motorized tandem offshore fishing trip - Korea.
Storing the Kayak
The proper way to store this kayak is with its cockpit facing up.
Do not store this kayak with anything heavy resting on top of it, or with anything pulling its hulls apart.
It's best to cover the cockpit with a tarp, in order to prevent rain, snow, animals and insects from getting inside.
You can store this kayak outside even in cold weather but you'd need to
make sure it doesn't get filled with water or snow, since freezing water
expands and could damage it.
You can store this kayak outside in hot weather and direct sunlight, although storing it in the shade is better in the long run.
The W Kayak requires no maintenance, and you can store it outside in
cold and hot weather.
The W Kayak is rotationally molded from High Density Polyethylene
(HDPE) which is stronger, more durable and more resilient than other
materials used in kayaks and canoes. This is why it is unlikely
to get damaged, but it also makes it difficult to repair so it is not
advised that you try and perform repairs by yourself without first
consulting with us.
You will find that your W Fishing Kayak offers many
possibilities and is very easy to outfit. For
information please visit this website's outfitting
tall and/or very heavy people, and/or
people with certain physical disabilities can find it more difficult to
paddle traditional canoes and kayaks.
Similarly, such people
some difficulties in W Kayaking that most people won't
experience, or would experience to a lesser extent.
Attaching outriggers to a fishing kayak offers limited benefits in terms
of initial (primary) stability, and even less so with secondary stability.
Outriggers significantly impede the kayak and make it harder to paddle.
Outriggers are also known to limit the kayak's mobility in shallow water where weeds and grass grow.
Outriggers also reduce the kayak's 'fishability' by snagging your lines.
More related technical information is available on this website's Product
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