Sharon Bramm’s W500 Kayak Review, Wisconsin

Sharon and Jim Bramm, from Wisconsin, got a W500 early this year. Since they couldn’t decide who’s going to paddle it, they ordered a W500, in yellow. Here is Sharon’s review of her yellow W500 kayak:

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my yellow W500 kayak, and really see a difference between the new and old model (that Jim has). It’s MUCH easier to balance and to turn…you can actually see the hulls flex in the water when you get in heavy waves. I’m turning it just like a regular kayak now and sitting in all different positions…as my legs get stiff in one position, I just straighten them out or sit sideway on it.

Sharon and her dog in the cockpit of her fishing kayak

Greater cockpit area and leg-width room is really nice. Since I’m disabled it’s really a joy to just step in from the shore with my walking stick on the side of the hull to balance me and then I just sit down and slide to the back to get it to float and we’re on our way! It’s also easier to handle in the wind. I’m still working on those pictures! My husband works as a Forest Ranger on the weekends so it’s hard to get him free to take pics when I do my fishing/kayaking on the weekends! But I promise I’ll get them to you.

Sharon and her dog Draby in fishing kayak

Darby (my Service Dog) just got a new vest that is bright yellow (to match my kayak?). I use a fold-up soft canoe seat in it so I have some back support if I want it and when Darby comes along I just unfold that seat and lay it flat on the seat in front of me and that give him something to dig his claws into and is also softer for him to lay on. He really pouts if it’s too hot and I can’t take him kayaking!!! I use a drop/stop anchor rigging in the back with a 5# downrigger weight as an anchor. The round shape catches less weeds when you pull it up. I let Jim try mine and he really noticed the difference too. When are you going to come up with a cockpit cover for it? I’m too busy kayaking to sit down at my sewing machine and make one!

Midnight Star Farm, Wisconsin

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5 thoughts on “Sharon Bramm’s W500 Kayak Review, Wisconsin”

  1. Kayaking with a dog isn’t always fun, and sometimes it can be quite a challenge… 🙂

  2. Nice review; I wonder how Wavewalk manages to get so many reviews from Wisconsin?

  3. I can’t stop smiling when I look at Darby’s picture! 🙂

  4. How wonderful is that.

    Congrats on your W500, it is a dream come true.

    Like you I Love Love Love it!!!

    I wish I could take my dog, but 95lbs of German Shepard is a little iffy. 🙂
    Though I do have a picture of her sitting in it with me.

    And I like the idea of the 5lb down rigger ball for an anchor.

    This is a little info for all you yakers who use anchors.

    Just remember one thing, if your anchors ever get stuck and you can’t raise it up.

    Paddle your yak up in back (as you let out line) of where you dropped anchor, then pull your rope, almost always on the first try, you’ll pull the anchor free of it’s snag.

    Congrats on your trips and getting that freedom back.
    Can’t wait to hear more and see more pictures.

    Happy Safe Paddling All.

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