Noel’s W500 Motorized Fishing Kayak – Texas

Noel Mascarenhas is a Texan who got his new W500 fishing kayak a few days ago… (Read Noel’s ‘1st Impression Review’).

Here is his second review – story:

-“I can’t say enough good things about the WW.  When I washed it down yesterday, I flipped it over to get the water out of the hulls, and fully expected that some water would remain in the cockpit rim, but sure enough there was none; and then I noticed the drain hole in each end…also the hulls are sloped so that all the water will drain out of the boat when flipped over on the grass!  As a design engineer, I appreciate those little thoughtful features that Wavewalk has incorporated…most excellent!”

Father and son in their new fishing kayak - Texas

-“Had an awesome father’s day on the water with the family and the WW.”

Rainier and Noel launching their new fishing kayak

-“My son Rainier is a natural kayaker, and is paddling standing, sitting, fishing sideways, turning in circles, reversing, stopping, actually landing at the launch point where we put in, he is already well on his way.”

Rainier and Noel standing by their fishing kayak

-“We had a lot of people watching today, taking pictures and passing cars were honking as they went past, it was great!”

Noel standing up in his fishing kayak

-“I mounted a trolling motor, anchor, battery box and crate with fishing rods.. See the attached pictures.

With the trolling motor mounted in the front (I reversed the trolling motor handle to point towards me), at the 3 setting, it was moving along pretty quick.  On the 5 setting, I was leaving a good size wake!  Steering was a different matter though, as I kept doing S-turns or going in a circle no matter what I did with the trolling motor.  I think it has to do with the flow channeling effect and the prop wash between and against the hulls.  The reverse on the trolling motor is very poweful, so I’m just going to turn around in my seat & operate it like that for now.  That will negate the hull effect, as I was able to steer very well in reverse.”

Fishing kayak with electric trolling motor

-“The battery location is critical.  On the saddle, it makes the WW top heavy, esp. with 2 people on board and stability/balance became tricky.  I moved it to the right hull, moved the anchor itself to the left hull and it stabilized.  After that it was smooth trolling!

In between tryouts, my wife Nini happened to notice a Mayfly next to her, so I picked it up & took a picture.. now that’s a perfect fly fishing picture.. a mayfly & the WW!”

W500 in the backgroung, with mayfly

-“I played around with the moving (side mounted on pulleys) anchor trolley this morning again and could not figure out a way to easily stop the rope once the anchor hit bottom (and still be able to operate the trolley), so I bought an anchor stop & mounted it between the hulls in the rear, it works great, as I can release the anchor & haul it up real quick, and I have full control of the rope.  I bought this in the boat section of (all places) Walmart.”

Noel in his fishing kayak

June 27 UPDATE: See Noel’s final motor rigging

NEW: read more about motorizing fishing kayaks >>

8 Comments

  1. Bluefish

    No wonder people stopped to take pictures, this is a great looking fishing yak! 🙂
    Blue

  2. Pete

    Nice boat!

    Not so long ago Wavewalk had “wavewalk.com” written in big letters on its kayaks. Then it changed to “Wavewalk”, and now it’s just the W logo – assuming people should already know about it, or be able to google w kayak…

    Pete

  3. Noel

    Thanks guys!! I like the W logo.

  4. Marco

    I’d leave the motor where it is now, and simply decide that the bow is the stern, and vice versa. Then I’d add an L shaped extension to the motor’s handle, so it’s on my side and not behind me – That should help steering more comfortably.
    The battery should go somewhere in the front, I guess.
    my 2 cents 🙂
    Marco

  5. Heard

    Noel,

    looks like you found a cheaper version but it serves the purpose to get out there and catch them fish, or boat around on the lake or maybe bays!!!
    Have fun

  6. Brook

    Looks like a classy rig, where are the sails?

  7. admin

    Brook,
    You may be interested to look at this:
    http://www.micronautical.com/SAILING.html

  8. Roxanne

    Sweet ride, nothing like motoring in the W with a trolling motor.
    And if you troll for trout, a Big bonous.
    Congrats on a great Fathers day, and the Great set-up you made
    fore your W. 🙂

    Rox

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