Electric catamaran snorkel sea sled with my Wavewalk 500

By Capn’ Larry Jarboe

Yesterday, I threw the white W500 set up as a sea sled on top of my engine box of the “Line Dancer” and pounded through a close sloppy chop to a pocket of calm water over 3 miles offshore of Key Largo.
Though the wind was blowing 15-20 miles out of the Southeast, the water behind Grecian Rocks was flat calm. Low tide forces the coral bottom above the surface and creates a natural breakwater to find shelter behind.
Here is a perfect place to enjoy an afternoon with my wife and experiment with the snorkel sea sled concept.
This incarnation has the trolling motor in the bow which is much safer and easier to steer than the stern mount position. The on/off speed control extension is a length of PVC that clips on to the throttle handle.
I took the sea sled away from the calm part of the reef to avoid the crowd and the protected “no catch” zone.
Beyond the reef, in a foot and a half close chop and relatively murky water, the sea sled pulled well without shipping any water into the hulls. There were no lobsters in the holes that I checked which confirms reports from the early season.
But Santiago my W500 worked very well and still has a special place on my boat, in my truck, and in my life.
Santiago is not for sale…

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17 thoughts on “Electric catamaran snorkel sea sled with my Wavewalk 500”

  1. Amazing!
    The cat’s meow.

    Thanks Larry, you’ve created a new type of watercraft 😀

    Yoav

  2. And, discovered how to get sunburn on the back of my knees (knee pits?).

    Thank You for the excellent editing of the videos.

    Larry J.

  3. Hey, Larry….can you send some of that clear water up this way. The recent heavy rains have really clouded up the water. The folks diving for scallops are having a tough time coming up with a bucket full. At least, in the meantime, my splashy topwater lures are still managing to attract a few nice reds and snook.

  4. Hi Gary,

    That pocket of clear water is only behind the lee side of the reef. Notice how green the water is in the deeper areas beyond the shallow rocks.

    I believe that murky water benefits fishermen who use artificial lures. The water is so clear in the Keys that the fish see the line and the terminal hardware. I have said that they can even tell you what size hook you are using. Very few fish in the Keys are caught on lures (except for trolling where the fish has to make an impulse decision) because of the predominance of clear water.

    So, enjoy casting those artificial lures and hooking up.

    A little turbidity may not be so bad…

    Larry J.

  5. Thanks, Larry……I’ll get lots of use out of my splashy topwaters, but won’t try any of that snorkeling behind my 500.

  6. Gary has a good point. In murky water, a W500 dragging a snorkeler might look like a jointed surface plug…

    In the eyes of a very large shark!

    In the ocean, we are not at the very top of the food chain.

    Larry J.

  7. Looks neat but I think I’d want some type of kill switch on the rope handle that shuts the motor down if you let go so the W doesn’t wander off on it’s own if for some reason you loose your grip.

  8. Thanks Kevin,

    I totally agree with you.
    Some kind of tether for the user could be useful too, just in case…

    Knowing Larry, I believe he must have given thought to these things, and has planned to add them after this initial ‘proof of concept’ test run.

    Yoav

  9. Kevin,

    Years ago, I used a motorized aqua bug that returned to the snorkeler if released. The rotation of the encased prop forced the little vehicle to boomerang back to the user. I think the same principle might apply to the sea sled but I haven’t had the courage to try it out.

    Mainly, I don’t motor further than I can swim back to the big boat or home.

    But, a kill switch line mounted to a flip-out fuse bolted to the battery terminal would not be hard to fabricate…

    Larry J.

  10. Larry,

    You could combine the idea of a kill switch and a boomerang by having an anchor ready to drop into the water if you pull on a tether attached to your wrist.
    If dropped, the anchor would force the sea sled to turn in circles close to where you left it, regardless of external factors such as wind and current.

    My 2 cents,

    Yoav

  11. Yoav,

    Elsewhere, maybe. But, down here: coral reef + anchor = major penalty.

    Much more than 2 cents.

    Larry J.

  12. Larry,

    You’ll find something, I’m sure.
    That long PVC tube looks ideal for getting a cord or an electric wire through it.

    Yoav

  13. In the meantime, if all else fails and I see an unattended 700 cruising by Crystal River, I’ll know whose it is!

  14. Make the tube do double duty…

    Now, that’s a very good idea!

    Thanks!

    Larry J.

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