Rigged W500 Kayak For Ocean Fishing, By Richard Dion, New Hampshire

My primary use for my W500 kayak is ocean fishing, and I feel better sitting lower. The seat modification works perfect. The bottom of the seat is even with the bottom of the structural “ribs” so there is no added drag.

I have yet to try fly fishing but it is on my “to do list”. I use saltwater reels hoping to land stripers.
My primary use for my W500 kayak is ocean fishing. I usually do not venture out beyond a mile off shore.
I feel better sitting lower, and the seat modification works perfect. The bottom of the seat is even with the bottom of the structural “ribs” so there is no added drag.
Richard

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14 Comments

  1. W kayak

    Very interesting project.
    To me, Richard’s concept is a ‘Harley’ version of the W500, which is normally more of a ‘dirt bike’ style yak… The seat in Richard’s W500 kayak is about 4″ lower than the standard, 14″ high saddle, and it’s very well padded.
    The electric trolling motor is mounted at the bow, and it’s steered with a long, articulated tiller extension. Again, an element which reminds me of those elongated steering bars that are characteristic to choppers.
    With this setup, Richard could drive his W500 standing up as well as seated.

  2. CJ

    Very nice! It seems like this is not the first kayak project Richard has undertook.
    CJ

  3. Jeff McGovern

    Interesting modifications on the boat. Ideas like this continue to show just how many things can be done with the W500. It’s always great to see all the new stuff people can do with the boat.

  4. moe

    Rich the inventor–like his Dad

  5. Sungjin Kim

    Great job!
    I wonder the lower seat doesn’t prevent to drive wkayak.
    Doesn’t it get water?
    W500 always stings our imagination!

  6. Roxanne Davis

    Now that’s one tricked out ride!!!

    Wow, you lowered the seat, and added a very comfy seat.

    Does water get in at all, or is it water tight??

    Hummmmmmmmm, Yoav, could this be a better angle for peddle power?? 🙂

    Tight lines and MOPaddle safe all.
    Rox

  7. W kayak

    Hi Rox,
    Peddle power, yeah 🙂
    The way pedal drive kayak companies have been peddling their stuff is pretty impressive, isn’t it? 😉
    Lowering the W seat would offer the user to pedal in a recumbent position, if they outfit their saddle with a backrest. This option is available in the current saddle configuration as well.
    The two problems that would still need solving are:
    1. The distance between the feet, in case the pedals are situated on both sides of the saddle, and not on top of it.
    2. The pain induced by the constant push of the lower back against the backrest – Our legs are powerful, and having them push the pedal yakker’s lumbar spine against a backrest isn’t a very good idea for anyone who cares about their back. This is why many pedal yakkers stop using these kayaks, and some people call them ‘ouchback’
    More info here: http://wavewalk.com/blog/2010/10/11/paddle-vs-pedal-drive-in-common-fishing-kayaks/

  8. Rich

    Rox,
    It is still completely watertight, and I feel more balanced being lower in the Yak.
    Rich

  9. Roxanne Davis

    Nice Rich, glad to hear that it’s still water tight.

    Yoav, the more I think about it (peddle power) the less I like it. 🙂

    Rox

  10. W kayak

    Rox,
    Pedal power is cool, and I like it, but the problem is that if it’s done in the L position it adds pressure on your lower back.
    BTW, this is more of a problem with push pedals, compared to rotating pedals.

  11. Robin Gleason

    It’s pimp for sure.

  12. Fishing

    I love reading an article that can make people think. Also, many thanks for allowing me to comment!

  13. One-Shot

    I LOVE the lowered seat! Very inspirational. I’m going to use your idea in the front of my W500, to balance the outboard I’m mounting in the back. A lowered seat and lowered center of gravity is truly appreciated offshore… Even though the stability of the W is legendary, it is just calming, akin to how the high performance bass boat pilots must feel, when you’re low…

  14. fish kayak

    Remember that much of the stability achieved by the W user comes form their ability to ride the saddle with their legs actively balancing them on both sides. If the saddle is lowered, there’s no way for the user to ride it comfortably, and they need to throw their legs forward or kneel.
    Both these positions are less ergonomic than riding, and they prevent the user from exerting full control over the kayak’s lateral stability. This could result in a serious deficiency in stability, which isn’t something anyone could afford when their kayak is going offshore, especially at high speed…

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