Wavewalk 570 INF 20-15 offshore, in the chop (movie)

This video shows the Wavewalk TM 570 INF 20-15 in action.
This model features the following new accessories –

  1. Inflatable Flotation Modules for easier recovery
  2. Detachable Transparent Spray Shield for motorized Wavewalk TM kayaks
  3. TMM 20-15 Transom Motor Mount for 20″ (long) and 15″ (short) outboard motors

 

Motorized kayak and personal microskiff

The W570 INF 20-15 is for anglers who want to go on long offshore fishing trips in the ocean as well as in big lakes and rivers. It offers you to launch anywhere, go anywhere, and beach almost anywhere.
If the water is too shallow for motorizing, you can put in with the outboard motor’s propeller lifted up, and paddle or pole until you reach water that’s deep enough to lower it, start it, and drive seated or standing up.
Similarly, when you approach shore, you can stop the engine, raise the propeller, and beach while paddling and/or poling.

The W570 INF 20-15 is also a great water toy that offers you to play in the waves both seated and standing while driving or paddling.

Without the motor and flotation attached to it, the W570 INF 20-15 weighs 60 lbs (27 kg), which makes it easy for anyone to car top, even if they’re by themselves. If your vehicle is big enough, you can transport this W kayak inside it.

This is not a solo skiff, it’s a personal rigid-inflatable (RIB) microskiff, which means you can take a passenger on board, providing they’re not heavy. With a 200 lbs driver, a lightweight outboard motor and not too much camping or fishing gear on board, the second passenger can weigh up to 100 lbs (45 kg). The new Spray Shield offers good enough protection to a passenger seated in the front, and before you start fishing you can easily detach in less than a minute and store it standing flat in one of the hull tips behind you.

Using a small outboard motor is convenient for multiple reasons:
It’s portable and almost maintenance free, and being a popular off-the-shelf item means that service stations for such products are ubiquitous and service fees can be expected to be reasonably low.
Another important advantage is that such motors are usually dependable and robust, and if the propeller hits something while you drive, it pops out of the water so that damage can be avoided. The same is true if you drive through grass or weeds that can snag the propeller – You can stop the motor, turn around in the cockpit so that you sit face the rear, and take care of the problem. Alternatively, you can stop the motor and paddle or pole to the nearest shore, beach the kayak, and clean the propeller on dry land.

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Some images extracted from the video footage –

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Driving standing

 

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Splash!

 

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Launch – paddling out of the ‘Rock Garden’ in the shallow water close to shore

 

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Motorized catamaran kayak with extra inflatable float between the hulls. The third float stays above waterline, like the two others on the sides.

 

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Whoa!

 

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Fun beyond belief!

20 Comments

  1. RoxCT

    Great video Yoav. 🙂

    Now this video shows how well the W acts and moves through the chop
    with ease. 🙂

    Tight Lines and MoPaddle Safe all.
    Rox

  2. fish kayak

    Thanks Rox,

    Shooting this video was a lot of fun, especially crashing into waves at full speed 😀
    I should have brought a little tarp on board to cover the cockpit… but at least I had a set of dry clothes and shoes in the car! 😀

    At some point I felt that I could have used more power than this 2 hp Honda offers…

    Yoav

  3. PackerYaker

    Awesome, Yoav………..looks like fun. Next, you’ll have to try mounting a sail between the rear hulls.

  4. fish kayak

    Thanks Gary,

    I had a lot of fun doing all sorts of goofy things, including zigzagging between underwater rocks. Too bad not everything shows well in video.

    I also found that paddling with the inflatable floats attached in the back wasn’t too bad for short distances: The motor adds weight to the stern, and this allows you to sit a little forward from the middle of the boat, so the floats are further behind you, and they don’t cause too many problems.
    I wouldn’t paddle long distances like that, but it works for launching and beaching.

    Yoav

  5. Pete

    Yoav, the new spray shield seems to be doing a good job stopping water from entering the cockpit through the front, so how did you get soaked? 🙂
    Pete

  6. fish kayak

    Pete,

    I got soaked by spray coming from the sides, as I was leaning the W into waves while driving through them in diagonal at full throttle.
    It’s a lot of fun, and I recommend it! 😀

    Attaching the inflatable floats’ front end a couple of inches higher could have reduced the side splash by a little, but realistically speaking, when you spend over an hour performing goofy tricks in the waves with such a fast little craft, you shouldn’t be surprised if you get wet.
    This movie shows ‘fantasy boating’ and not the way you normally drive to get from point A to point B.

    The total amount of water that accumulated at the bottom of the kayak’s hulls was small enough for me to deal with using just a big towel, after I got back to shore. I didn’t even have to use a hand bucket or overturn it.

    In hindsight, I should have known that I’d get sprayed this way, and I should have brought a plastic sheet or small tarp on board to keep me dry.

    Yoav

  7. Fish Wiz

    Ha ha Yoav, looks like you’ve joined the ranks of the soggy bottom yakkers, if only for a brief moment 😀
    Fantastic clip! Makes me feel like hopping on waves in this futuristic watercraft! … Nothing wrong with dreaming, right?
    FW

  8. fish kayak

    Thanks FW,

    This experience reinforced my conviction that being dry is better than being wet 🙂
    There’s no doubt about it.
    I wasn’t cold or anything like it – It’s just that after an hour or so I felt I wanted to slip into something dry, and I promised myself that next time I’ll remember to protect myself.

    BTW,I think you should try this – it’s not that hard, really.

    Yoav

  9. Hasdrubal

    I like this video, it’s very exciting!
    With the kayak’s strong up and down motion, didn’t you have problems keeping the spray shield in place?

  10. fish kayak

    Thanks Hasdrubal,

    No problem at all, it didn’t budge.

    Yoav

  11. Marco

    Yoav now that you’ve shown that you actually know what a wet ride feels like, I guess people would no longer say that you don’t know what you’re talking about! 😀 😀
    Marco

  12. fish kayak

    They’ll say it anyhow 😉

  13. PackerYaker

    One-Shot will be jealous.

  14. fish kayak

    At some point while I was out there in the boat I felt like having a more powerful motor. Not a 6 hp like the one that Kenny uses, but something that would allow me to go faster

  15. April L

    The video clip is fun to watch. Too bad the still photos came out blurry.
    April

  16. fish kayak

    Thanks April,

    These are not exactly photos 🙂 They are images ‘grabbed’ from the video footage that we shot at a 1,280 x 720 resolution, which looks good in motion, but it’s not high enough for cropping quality still images that are 640 pixels wide, which is the size we normally use on this blog.

    Yoav

  17. PaulZ

    Well, you’ve come a long way! I don’t think I’d use such a setup myself… but it looks cool.

  18. One-Shot

    One-Shot IS jealous PackerYacker, :-). Yoav’s boat looks good!!!! But now that the season is coming to an end, I’m dreaming up other ways to stop the spray from coming in, in the chop. I have thoroughly enjoyed my 6-hp micro-skiff this year. I’m still toying with the idea of putting the remote steering and throttle on my baby. I plan on smoothing the shape(s) and fiberglassing over the foam parts, installing my alternator wiring, radio(s), and lights, and finally painting everything one color.

    Yoav, there is STILL, no substitute for horsepower! 🙂 My gas mileage is not that much different from the 3 hp Honda’s, so besides my cosmetic taskings, I plan on breaking the 20 mph barrier next year. My original goal or desire to purchase an inexpensive, lightweight, and car-toppable (sp?) boat that would quickly go out beyond the area where me and my buddies could cast our 12 and 15 foot surf rods to has been achieved and then some. I cannot begin to describe how much fun I’ve had modifying and then fishing in my “W”. Hopefully my exploits and adventures have educated as well as entertained folk.

    The latest generation Wavewalk you have developed is incredible! The amazing thing is, I’m sure you’re not close to being finished with your innovations/upgrades. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

    One-Shot

  19. fish kayak

    Thanks Kenny,

    You bet! The way you successfully outfitted your W500 with 6 HP Tohatsu outboard and broke the speed record for this type of boat was inspiring, to say the least. So, being inspired and encouraged as we were, we developed the W570 series 🙂

    As I’ve already reported, the last time I played with this watercraft in the chop I felt that I could use an outboard motor that’s significantly more powerful than my 2 HP Honda, not just for the speed, but simply for fun.

    I also noticed, again, how easy it was to launch this thing and beach it in places where other small boats have no access, and I am convinced that many more people will adopt this solution for long trips to places that are hard to access by other motorboats and by human powered boats such as kayaks and canoes.

    Year after year, we keep developing new solutions that offer anglers and campers to launch, go and beach anywhere (well, almost…).
    The down side of using faster, motorized kayaks is that places you used to go to and enjoy paddling in now seem much smaller 🙂

    Yoav

  20. fish kayak

    This is a follow-up response on the little problem of side-splashing that we had –
    This solution is now a standard feature in the W570 models.

    We simply relocated upward by 2 inches the eyelets to which the front end of the floats are attached:

    New attachment point for motor kayak flotation modules

    This eliminates the potential of the float’s front end touching the surface of the water or generating spray as a result of the kayak bumping into waves at a sharp angle.

    In hindsight, we should have thought about this before 🙂

    Yoav

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