Ray Schwertner’s Maiden Voyage in His New W500 Fishing Kayak He Rigged With a Detachable Wheel, Texas

I went on the maiden voyage. Works great!! Love it. SO much better than a canoe. Took no time at all to get used to it. I think I may install the noodles directly to the cockpit edges, without the bungee cords. I also invented a wheel trolley using some ideas of the other guys.

I went on the maiden voyage. Works great!! Love it. SO much better than a canoe.
Took no time at all to get used to it.
I think I may install the noodles directly to the cockpit edges, without the bungee cords.
I also invented a wheel trolley using some ideas of the other guys. I’ll get more details for the blog. It can quickly be removed and put on either end. Made of pvc and 1/2 in all thread axle with 14 inch lawnmower wheel. Works pretty good.
Thanks for some great engineering.!!!
Ray

Maiden voyage in fishing kayak, Texas

Fishing kayak with wheel, Texas

Fishing kayak with wheel, Texas

Fishing kayak out of a cardboard box

W500 fishing kayak out of its cardboard box

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4 Comments

  1. keastman

    your wheel idea is one of the slickest ones I’ve seen yet

  2. W kayak

    Kevin,
    I agree, it’s ingenious, and I find Stan’s ‘airplane wheel’ design is very exciting too.
    Yoav

  3. Ray Schwertner

    Please note that the pvc “cross” that sits on the axle to support the “pontoons” swivels so the load can be spread across a larger surface. These are 1.5 in. PVC that slips over the 1 in. PVC tees and couplings. (you have to ream out the interior on the cross just a little where to “stops” are molded in). I will publish a schematic with pipe lengths and dimensions soon.

    Another thing to work on is a “saddle” that nests in the seat grooves. Have to think about this some more.

    Ray

  4. Rox

    Congrats on the Maiden voyage!
    Very nice set up with the wheel, looks like I have some work to do on mine. 🙂
    Love the anchor set up.
    You may find that you don’t even need the noodles at all, so hold off on attaching them directly to the W500.

    Tight lines and paddle safe all.
    Rox

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