W Fishing Kayak in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico, By John Castanha

We have a house in San Carlos/Guaymas in Sonora, Mexico approximately 150 yards from the water, but getting to it is the challenge: cobblestone streets, rocks, and sandy beach.
I contacted Dennis Vircks of Huntington Beach, CA for details of his overland transport. The “Dennis Vircks W Kayak Dolly” utilizes a Wheeleez (WZ1-42U) low pressure tire, 32” of ¾” thin wall copper pipe (aluminum was not available), 2 trailer hitch pins, and a ratchet tie down.

wide wheel for fishing kayak transportation

transporting fishing kayak to the beach

transporting fishing kayak to the beach

getting ready to launch fishing kayak at the beach

Paddling feels natural – turning is easy.
Paddling standing up after about 10 minutes on the water. I have never been considered overly athletic, but standing up is do-able. This thing is stable! It would not be a problem to stand up and cast.

kayak fisherman paddling with dog on board

kayak fisherman paddling standing

kayak angler paddling with dogsSusie, Lele and Nani – “the girls of the Sea of Cortez”.

In the next 2-3 weeks we will be honing our paddling skills, touring, installing the transom mount and testing a 2HP-4stroke, installing flushmount rod holders for trolling, and in general, getting ready for Dorado (Mahi-Mahi) season.

Tight lines and calm seas to all,

John & Susie


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4 Comments

  1. Rox

    Congrats on the new W500 and the test ride.

    Looks like the wheel work perfect for transporting it to the water.

    Hope you and your Wife enjoy the many hours of fun you’ll have on the water.

    Take it slow, espeicallly since you will be adding the motor.

    My advice is to paddle and really get the know your W500 before venturing out with the motor.

    Tight Lines and MoPaddle Safe all.
    Rox

  2. John Castanha

    Your advice is well is well taken. The motor is still in its packing crate and we are in no hurry to mount it. Our plan is to thoroughly familiarize ourselves with the W Kayak by paddling extensively first. But it is comforting to know we have the outboard available for when we want to mount it.

    Dennis Vircks had shown me his Wheeleez set-up several months ago, but , frankly, I did not give it much thought until we were here in San Carlos, and now how to get the W Kayak to the water. Could not be a simpler or more effective solution.

    Adios from the Sea of Cortez,

    John

  3. Jeff

    It looks like your are really living the dream.
    I can’t wait to see some posts of you hauling in
    a Dorado. All those colors will make for some
    spectacular photos. Enjoy.

    Jeff Taubes
    Floridafishingkayaks.com

  4. Dennis Vircks

    Hi John,

    I would like to remind you of another practical feature of this system. That is top mounting of the wheel during use. It might look strange (see photos of my 2008 review) but it doesn’t interfere with the craft even in the roughest conditions, it won’t get “lost” while you are out, and if you have to beach the craft any distance from the launch point you will be glad to have it right there right now.

    Before you launch, remove one pin and the wheel from the axle. Slide the long end of the axle underneath one of the bow carrying straps. Insert the axle back through the wheel and then underneath the other strap. Reinsert the pin. Now the wheel is always with you!
    Pushing it or pulling is a matter of choice and conditions. Just make sure it is centered between the hulls before you tighten it and evenly distribute the “cargo” for balance. The Wheeleeze will take a loaded Wavewalk anywhere you want to go and back; while you “walk with ease.”

    Dennis

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