More Storage Than Any Other Kayak

Note: This article was published years before we came out with the W700 and S4

Some fishing kayak manufacturers try to lure potential buyers by offering bigger hatches, and additional space to put gear on top of their SOT kayaks’ decks. Obviously, those solutions are neither effective nor user-friendly, but what else can you do to solve the storage problem if you’re a manufacturer of sit-in or SOT kayaks? -Not much.

The Wavewalk™ 500 offers several times more storage than any kayak on the market – be it a fishing kayak or a touring kayak, a sea-kayak or an ‘expedition’ kayak.

Furthermore, the storage offered by the W500 is internal, dry, and always accessible to the passenger – be it an angler, a paddler, or a camper. In fact, there is so much room in the W500 kayak hulls and cockpit, that it can comfortably accommodate a second adult passenger on board.

The total storage space available on board the W500 kayak is 8 cubic feet. It’s way above the kayak league, and comparable to the storage space offered by canoes and some small motorboats.

Take a tour of Jeff’s W500 fishing kayak:


Does all the fishing and camping gear seen in the picture below fit inside a Wavewalk™ 500?  Yes, it does. More info on how much gear you can store in a W fishing kayak »

How much camping and fishing gear fits in a W kayak

11 thoughts on “More Storage Than Any Other Kayak”

  1. Even with all the stuff I manage to bring along there has always been room for it. Nice thing is you can push those gear cans under the deck and out of the rain if you need to. I’ve have been out in the W500 with other anglers and they ask where the heck I hide all the gear. I’ve had as many as four Emmrods, two gear bins, food, water bottles, a net and fish bag all stuffed easily into those hulls.

  2. You got that right, the most storage of any yak out there.
    Plus, its down under safe and sound from the elements!

    My Trolling motor 2 batteries fit down in the hulls of my W300.
    True deep cycle Batteries made half the size of your standard batteries.
    Plus all my fishing gear, dry bag with extra clothes, small cooler with drinks
    and snacks, two soft side tackle bags, anchor, rods and me, with room to spare!!


    Safe Paddling All!

  3. I just looked at the latest issue of Kayak Fishing Magazine where they reviewed 153 fishing kayaks, none of which had more storage space than the W, yet no mention of the W – – – Go Figure.

    P.S. What do you mean – 2 months till Spring. The flowers are blooming and the birds are singing here.

  4. Looks like the mini ice age you had down in Florida is over 😉

    Kayak Fishing Magazine?
    Its publisher and editor are the founders of that iconic New Jersey kayak fishing store that recently went out of business – An event that sent ripples through the kayak fishing community worldwide.

    These guys sold their store to its current owners a few years ago, and started a magazine about kayak fishing, which like similar publications, has never touched the subject of poor ergonomics in kayaks, and the negative effect it has on participation in the sport of kayak fishing.

    Here’s an article about it in another online publication that may not be completely unbiased… 😉 but at least it talks about it: Kayak Fishing’s 800 Pound Gorilla in The Room 🙂


  5. Those kayak fishing magazines aren’t real media, and never will be.
    They hardly make any money from subscriptions, so in order to survive they depend completely on advertisers, which are mainly companies that manufacture kayaks that have a fundamental and unsolved ergonomic problem that’s driving people out of the sport.
    It seems those “magazines” would repeat anything their advertisers want them to tell. They even promote obviously false notions such as stand-up kayak fishing from SOT and traditional kayaks that aren’t stable or safe enough for that purpose, hands-free kayak fishing in pedal-powered yaks that can’t be steered without hand-activated rudders, and other ridiculous nonsense.
    In my opinion, since all these publications have to offer to the public are various forms of overt and covert advertisement, they cannot be considered to be a reliable source of information by any standard.
    It’s really funny, but that kayak fishing magazine did not include Wavewalk in its “buyer’s guide”, although it’s the only company that offers fishing kayaks that are worthy of this name 😀


  6. Another kayak fishing publication named ‘Kayak Angler Magazine’ omitted Wavewalk from its last year’s buyer’s guide, but this year they’ve corrected their error.

    As for paddling publications, ‘Canoe and Kayak Magazine’ has been remarkably consistent in concealing Wavewalk, its technology, message and products from their readers. They simply won’t print a word about what we have to offer to their readers 😀
    Paddler Magazine published a short product review a few years ago, and that was it…

    But we have this blog, which has great contributors and many followers, and that’s perfect, as far as I’m concerned 🙂


  7. In fairness to the kayak fishing publications, I understand why they may not want to highlight the problems associated with sitting in the L position, since all fishing kayaks, except one, require this posture. I really can’t blame them for not wanting to alienate the very industry whose support they require. Just present unbiased reviews, describing and commenting upon every SOT, sit-inside and peddle kayak marketed for fishing, including the W, without making recommendations. Then an informed kayak angling public can decide for themselves which kayak they’d like to explore further (that’s what the free marketplace is all about).

  8. Gary,

    I understand that too. These people have to make a living somehow, and advertising is their bread and butter. If they had to rely on subscriptions, or on people buying their magazines, or paying to read articles online (sounds silly, isn’t it?) – they’d all be out of business.
    Still, claiming a media status while consistently misrepresenting the truth is unfair to the consumer.
    Luckily, we live in the Internet age, and nowadays people can find information by themselves, directly, without someone crafting it and feeding it to them. They can communicate with other people directly too, and I find it all to be a wonderful thing indeed.

    Having said that, I still have to spend a fortune advertising on Google, but at least that’s a level playing field, where the big companies don’t dictate the content and tone.


  9. Just wanted to correct my previous comment about not seeing any mention of the W in the Kayak Fishing Magazine review. After reading it more closely, I see that they did include it. I’m wondering if these magazine folks have ever seen the W up close and had the opportunity to test drive it.

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