We just found that Massachusetts-based On The Water Magazine (OTW) recently published a broad review of fishing kayaks, and this is what they said about the W500:
Massachusetts-based Wavewalk Kayaks were designed for painless paddling, allowing anglers to stretch out and even stand up, thanks to a double-hull, catamaran-style design. Wavewalk’s unconventional design is remarkably stable and offers plenty of storage. Several levels of customization allow an angler to choose the number of rod holders and best-suited types of rigging.”
Fair enough, considering the fact that unlike some of our competitors, we don’t advertise in OTW magazine, and considering this magazine’s competitors (in which we don’t advertise either) altogether fail to mention our products, let alone talk about the advantages they offer 😀
OTW tells its readers we’re based in Massachusetts, which is nice, and they use the word design three times, which is nice too, except that US patent number 6871608 named “Twin Hull Personal Watercraft” we hold is a utility patent for a full-fledged invention, and not a mere design patent. But that’s just technical and legal stuff, although the magazine tells its readers that one of our competitors “revolutionized” the sport of kayak fishing back in 1997. But unlike us, those revolutionaries seem to deserve a special mention, because they advertise in the magazine 😉
It their W500 review, OTWs editors cover the main points of painless paddling, stand-up, stability and generous storage, but they say similar things in different words about nearly every other fishing kayak they review, without establishing much of a qualitative or quantitative distinction between them. For example, they tell their readers that a sit-on-top kayak “boasts enough stability to allow stand-up fishing”, which may be true if you’re an athletic, young and lightweight dude who happens to fish on a mirror-flat pond, but not if you’re an average guy fishing in real world conditions, in which case your only choice is the W500, realistically speaking.
Do OTW’s editors believe that anglers who are neither young, lightweight or athletic, who wish to fish in normal water and weather conditions, should fish only from big motorized boats? That may be the case, since many people are not fully aware of the solutions Wavewalk offers.
As for storage (or lack thereof) – a problem as big as anglers’ need to take with them various gear and tackle on board, a quantitative or qualitative argument telling the reader that the W500 in fact solves this problem completely would have been appropriate, although not exactly politically correct towards other kayak manufacturers who advertise on the magazine.
We find that OTW missed an important point by not mentioning the unique motorizing options offered only by the W500. The magazine’s editors are entitled to believe that kayak fishing is a sport meant only for young and athletic dudes who don’t care about getting wet, and for whom human-powered propulsion works over long distances. However, the fact of the matter is that many kayak anglers are no longer young or physically fit for paddling or pedaling long distances, and these people need to go places without the hassle of owning and operating a full size motorboat and the trailer that comes with it. Furthermore, we know anglers who own large size motorboats who won’t fish with them on weekends because they hate wasting time waiting at crowded boat ramps. We take it for granted that OTW magazine is aware of this problem.
What’s a revolutionary fishing kayak?
A motorized Wavewalk kayak offers a perfect solution for a growing number of anglers who for good reasons abhor sit-on-top and other conventional fishing kayaks, and want to enjoy the freedom to travel long distances while being dry, stable and comfortable.
A motorized W kayak not only offers its users a combination of the advantages found in other fishing kayaks and small motorboats – it surpasses both these categories of watercraft, which makes it revolutionary in the true and full sense of the word.
In sum, in their fishing kayak review, On The Water magazine did a fairly decent job compared to other fishing magazines out there, who completely fail to inform their readers about things that matter to their readers.
We understand the constraints that all magazine publishers face these days within a business model based mainly on advertising revenues, and we only wish some magazine editors showed more interest in real innovations for real-life anglers who fish in real-world conditions.