fish 08/26/2015 9 Comments
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Largemouth bass on board my Safari W700
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Nice fish. Now tell us about the boat in comparison to the W500! I would love to see some side by side pictures etc. Enquiring minds want to know!
First, the pics were taken with my phone and emailed from the W700 to Yoav just 1 minute later. It wasn’t intended to be a blog post but it’s very nice to see!
Before I comment on the new W700 let me inform new visitors that I am a Wavewalk dealer (in Hillsdale, NY) so they understand my deep, deep bias. 🙂 I also wish to apologize in advance for any excessive use of exclamation points.
The W700 is much better than even I expected.
Loading onto and unloading from the roof of my Jeep Cherokee was extremely easy. A bath mat was all it took. No special poles, wheels or other contraptions were needed.
Paddling was, if anything, easier than a W500, perhaps because with a 200 pound occupant (that, unfortunately, is not me) it drafts only 2.5 inches vs 4 inches for the W500.
The stability is hard to explain. I’m used to paying no attention when paddling. All W500 owners already know how stable that boat is. This boat was… amazing! I actually stood with only one foot planted in one hull and the other raised in the air. I had to reverse this and stand on the other foot to believe it myself!
Lastly was the room. It is hard to explain what it’s like to sit on a saddle that is seven-and-a-half feet long! I took a family of 6 out for a test paddle today. Well, for about 6 or 8 test paddles as the father took each child out, then the parents went out together, then the kids went out by themselves in groups of 2 and 3. It was startling to see the speed as they paddled in tandem even though they were all between the ages of 6 and 10!
That’s it for now. More testing, pics and videos in the coming days. And oh yes, they went home with a new W700 Safari and 2 paddles.
We live in historic times… Sounds like you had a good time today 😀
Thanks for the information. As a dealer I wanted a deeply biased report! The design is over the top so no need to look elsewhere, but the comparison to the W500 is what I have been waiting for. That info on the drafting has escaped my notice. That would indeed make it somewhat easier to paddle. We will be ordering soon!
There’s a photo on Scott Cargo’s review of his W700 that shows him sitting in it and waving – You can see in that photo how little his boat drafts. I was pleased to discover this visual info that pertains to our positioning the W700 as an all-terrain all-water microskiff.
Thank You Michael for sharing. Especially, that Whacky rigged Senko in the bass’s mouth. It is such a simple unconventional rig that works so well. Try breaking a Senko (that color is good) in half and Texas rigging a half Senko. Chuck it anywhere and you’ll get bass bites till the water chills. It must look like a grasshopper or cicada falling from the sky.
Thanks for the tip on using just half a worm. By the way, I don’t use Senkos. I like Yum Dingers as they are much less expensive and last much longer. Bass tell me they like them just as much! 🙂
The “halves” come free after I’ve caught 5 or 6 bass on one Dinger as they do eventually break.
Great job landing some nice Large Mouth Bass in the new W700.
I knew in my heart, and now I have proof, it would be even better then the W500, which in its self is Awesome. 🙂
Thanks for telling us just how wonderful this yak is.
Tight Lines and MoPaddle safe all. Rox
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