Paddling is important for fishing, yet under-utilized
The overwhelming majority of people who don’t fish from shore fish out of a motorboat, and only a tiny fraction of anglers afloat fish out of paddle craft, be it a canoe or a kayak.
-Why is that?
This website features dozens of articles explaining the shortcomings of canoes and common fishing kayaks from every possible angle, including poor stability, poor tracking, limited range of travel and too small load capacity, dysfunctional storage, wetness and bad ergonomics. And let’s not forget the inability to go in shallow water that’s specific to another mode of human powered propulsion, namely pedal craft.
But paddling offers many advantages to anglers who fish from boats, due to various reasons –
What would you gain from fishing out of a motorboat that you can easily paddle?
Common fishing boats are too wide and heavy to allow for paddling to any meaningful distance, and this fact limits their use to deeper water than the shallow water accessible to craft that are typically propelled with paddles. In addition, the absolute reliance on the motor’s propeller inhibits movement in another type of productive fisheries characterized by the abundance of seaweed and grass.
If you could paddle your motorboat as easily as you paddle a canoe or a kayak, you’d gain a lot in fishing terms, a.k.a. fishability:
Being able to paddle your fishing boat would open new places for you to launch from and beach in. This would be no less than a strategic advantage, since it would reduce your dependence on boat ramps, and save your precious fishing time from being wasted in driving to boat ramps that are few and far between, waiting for other boaters to launch and beach there, and performing difficult and lengthy maneuvers with your own boat and trailer.
But all this discussion about launching a motorboat just anywhere you feel like is moot, of course, unless your motorboat is lightweight enough to eliminate to need for transportation by trailer.
Is paddling a motorboat even an option?
It isn’t an option when typical motorboats are concerned, since even the smallest and lightest ones are too heavy and too wide to allow for effective paddling. But the upcoming Wavewalk™ fishing boat from the 700 Series is different – It will weigh just 80 lbs, which is a fraction of the weight of a small boat, and in fact, it’s even less than the weight of most large-size SOT and sit-in kayaks out there (a.k.a. barges), some of which weigh around 200 lbs without a motor… Furthermore, the W700 will be just 31″ wide, which is not wide compared to canoes or typical fishing kayaks, some of which reach up to 41″ at their waistline, a fact that prohibits anything remotely close to effective paddling, while delivering mediocre stability.
Its patented twinhull form will make the W700 stable enough for motorizing with a powerful outboard and for stand up fishing in tandem, and yet, it will be narrow enough to allow for a good paddling experience. Without ever requiring the use of a rudder, the W700 will track better than traditional kayaks do, and better than canoes, which track even worse than kayaks.
As far as serving as a microskiff (shallow water, flats fishing boat) the W700 will outperform other small microskiff who offer just motorizing and poling as means of propulsion – Being able to paddle this new craft would greatly increase your mobility in every dimension, from launching to moving in shallow water over long distances, getting over underwater obstacles and going through thick vegetation, as well as dealing with low tides and swift currents.
The best of both worlds, and some more –
The upcoming W700 Series is not just about enjoying the best of both worlds, I.E. motorboats and paddle craft. It will allow you to benefit from the combination of the most important features of these two classes of watercraft while adding new benefits that only Wavewalk™ kayaks can deliver –
It will be the Best Of Breed in the world of kayak fishing, both as a solo and two-person fishing kayak, and it will distinguish itself as the only trailer-free fishing boat that you can paddle and car-top easily and effectively either solo or with a two person crew –
A trailer-free fishing boat that you can paddle and pole easily together with a fishing buddy or just by yourself.
Legal restrictions on motorizing
And let’s not forget that some of the most productive fisheries in your state may be Non Motor Zones (NMZ), namely restricted to non-motorized fishing – Yet another reason to appreciate a boat that you can easily car-top and paddle by yourself, and together with a fishing buddy.