Maiden Offshore Voyage and Wheels For W500 Fishing Kayak – Ken From Katikati, New Zealand

I went out in the kayak for the first time this morning. The wind appeared to have eased off, so I went out from Beach Road at 8am. High tide was early this morning, so it wasn’t the best time to go, but I didn’t want to wait any longer to try it. I ended up paddling in the sitting position, and felt quite happy with that, even though the wind got up and I ended up having to paddle into a 500mm chop and strong head wind..I shall have to do some fine tuning in how I use it, but the bottom line is that I am thrilled with it, and it will get a lot more use than my [name brand sit-in kayak].

I went out in the kayak for the first time this morning. The wind appeared to have eased off, so I went out from Beach Road at 8am. High tide was early this morning, so it wasn’t the best time to go, but I didn’t want to wait any longer to try it.
I ended up paddling in the sitting position, and felt quite happy with that, even though the wind got up and I ended up having to paddle into a 500mm chop (20″) and strong head wind..

I shall have to do some fine tuning in how I use it, but the bottom line is that I am thrilled with it, and it will get a lot more use than my [name brand sit-in kayak].

Regards, Ken

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7 Comments

  1. Pete

    What a great wheel design! Time after time, I’m amazed to see the ingenuity and craftsmanship that go into these rigging projects.
    Wow!

  2. warren

    awesome device

  3. W kayak

    Nice!
    Ken’s wheels system’s main advantage is that you can easily fold it, and store it in one of the hull tips.
    Using two wheels compensates for the small wheel’s reduced surface area. This way you can carry the W kayak on softer terrain, such as sand.

  4. Pete

    Attaching a lot of gear on top of your kayak creates more drag, as far as wind is concerned. This may seem like a trivial issue, but it can make it harder for you to paddle on a windy day. This is also why I’m not exactly a big fan of attaching a milk crate on a kayak.
    Whatever gear you feel like taking on board, you can store it inside the w500, and there’s no need for you to attach it on deck.
    Things are different when your yak is motorized, of course. No problem then, especially if you’re using an outboard.

  5. mrkof

    Great job, but wouldn’t it be easier if wavewalk offered a standard w kayak cart??
    Just a thought…

  6. W kayak

    Good question. I don’t have a perfect answer, but I’ll try to explain things as we see them –
    First of all, most W kayakers don’t need a wheel cart, since it’s easy to drag the W kayak, even on soft terrain such a sand: You just attach a rope to its tips, and pull. The twin hulls would act as a sled – Try it and you’ll see for yourself. You can drag it this way on dirt, grass, pebbles and even rocks, without causing real damage, which is different from ‘cosmetic’ damage to the bottom of the hulls that you don’t really need to worry about.
    The problem with this method is that it’s not applicable on hard and highly abrasive surfaces, such as asphalt and concrete pavement, at least not repeatedly and over long distances. But this doesn’t mean you must use wheels, since you can simply attach some lightweight plastic material to the bottom of the W hulls, and thus protect them from extensive abrasion. The advantage of this means being that once you get with your W kayak to the water, you store these things in one of the hull tips.
    The second problem is that different W kayakers have different needs, and different budgets. Some of them want to use those big ‘balloon’ inflatable wheels, which are expensive, and need to be stored on board outside the storage area in the hulls.
    Some W kayakers want large diameter wheels that make it easier to go on rough terrain, and others prefer small wheels that can be easily stored on board.
    This is to say that whatever standard solution we offer, it’s unlikely to solve everyone’s problems.
    And let’s not forget those all who love to rig their kayaks themselves, and for these people making a DIY wheel cart is pure joy 😀

  7. Rox

    Congrats on your maiden voyage 🙂

    There are so many options for attaching wheels to the W yaks.

    It’s all in what you are looking for, wheels for sand, trails through woods, or going where there are no trails.

    That’s why every W300 and W500 yak owners, have similar but different setups.

    Every design improved by the next new W owner.

    That’s what makes this blog so great 🙂

    Tight Lines and MoPaddle Safe all.
    Rox

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