I bought a W500 and have been very happy with it so far.
We have a couple large power boats, several kayaks and some canoes, so I have a good basis to compare the W 500 with other boats.
Now you can show a 290 pound guy paddling around with no problem.
Not wet footing is nice – I really like he fact that I can step in and out of the kayak while at a dock, something that is impossible with my other fishing kayaks and relatively difficult with my various canoes.
I have been experimenting with paddling from different positions trying for optimum efficiency. I noticed that with my weight sitting back on the kayak causes a noisy wake to form behind the W500. Some of my kayaks leave a wake and others (the faster ones) barely disturb the water at all. I have read your kayak speed article and believe you have a good summary of variables involved in optimum hull design.
Michael of NY fishing Kayaks recommended that I make a pair of brackets before my 290 lbs causes damage to the W500.
We have a graphics and sign business so making the bracket was quite easy.
I have taken your bracket photo with rulers as a reference for cutting the MDO. Thank you for providing it. We use lots of Roseburg MDO in the sign business and all we do is a quick scuff with sandpaper and tack cloth then prime and paint as normal. We have never experienced any adhesion problems and have used everything from water borne, to oil based and even epoxy primers.
Malta, New York
Here are some pictures from a kayaking trip in a scenic waterway near Saratoga Lake, NY
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Photography: Diane Balch
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