Cap’n Larry Jarboe: The Boat That Does It All

Quite a few years ago, back in the mid-1970’s, I was fortunate to work as a mate then captain of a large passenger carrying boat that took people snorkeling on the shallow coral reefs of John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo, Florida.

I promoted our business with the phrase “If you can swim, you can snorkel.” Twice a day, we hauled up to 61 passengers a trip on a wooden Harkers Island-built boat to witness the amazing coral reefs and tropical fish that are found right here in the United States.

Today, the State Park concession that I worked from has about 4 multi-passenger snorkel boats that have evolved from that one vessel.

Like snorkeling, there are many marine sports that have sprouted over my lifetime.

Obviously, canoes have been with us for many years. But, who figured out that you could sit on top of a kayak or stand up to paddle a fat surfboard? These are relatively recent innovations that have attracted a huge following.

Then, there are those Wave Runners. When I grew up in the Fifties, we never figured you could have a motorcycle that flew across the water.

All of those sports are fun for those of us who swim but owning all four: a canoe, kayak, paddle board and Wave Runner is expensive, space consuming, and a major maintenance hassle.

What if one vessel did all this, and more?

The Wavewalk catamaran style skiff is the stable and portable boat that literally, does it all. A visit to the company website at wavewalk.com will show you the W500 and W700 solo and tandem twin hull kayaks that are easy on your back because they are straddled like a Wave Runner. Fishermen are especially fond of the Wavewalk design because they are so easy to stand up in order to spot or cast to their prey.

These magic boats can be paddled with kayak or canoe paddles or outfitted for gas outboard or electric trolling motor or both! And, they are lightweight enough to carry on top of your car without a special carrying rack or trailer.

I discovered the Wavewalk design while I was searching the Internet for the perfect kayak to establish a retirement rental business in Key Largo. My first Wavewalk was purchased at retail price. That little W500 was so good that I used it in my commercial fishing business in the Chesapeake region to supply Blue Catfish fillets to Linda’s Cafe in downtown Lexington Park and the Victorian Candle Bed and Breakfast in historic Hollywood, Maryland.

At present, in addition to two commercial fishing work boats, I have a fleet of Wavewalk kayaks for weekend Wavewalk Adventures in the State Parks and National Sanctuaries that surround Key Largo.

And, I am fortunate to be the exclusive Wavewalk distributor for all of South Florida. Contact me if you are in the Chesapeake region and I can arrange for you to have your own Wavewalk kayak.

On a nearly daily basis, I motor my green W700 skiff through mangrove creeks or out in the ocean to make my own adventures exploring places that are almost impossible to reach by any other method of marine conveyance. This Wavewalk lifestyle is a most wonderful and unexpected retirement pastime that I am most happy to share.

So, if you are tired of being cold this winter and want an excuse to visit the Florida Keys, you have one (as if you really need an excuse to visit paradise).

A trip to my website at floridafishingkayaks.com. will provide all the info you need to schedule a free Wavewalk Wednesday demo of this vessel. Or, a weekend rental with included guide service might be a way to enjoy a complete kayak, canoe, stand-up paddle board package in a boat that “does it all.”

Who knows? You might drive home with one.

Welcome aboard.

Cap’n Larry Jarboe

 

 

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5 Comments

  1. fish

    Thanks Larry,

    Speaking of a boat that does it all, this is an opportunity to mention the fact that on your frequent Wavewalk 700 trips, you collect plastic bottles and other objects that are caught in the mangrove roots, and this way you help keep Florida clean.

    Yoav

  2. Bassman

    Yes Yoav,

    Lately, one fishing trip a week provides fillets for friends, neighbors, and my family for the rest of the week.

    But, what about the other six days?

    So, I spend time exploring places that are virtually inaccessible to over 99% of the watercraft that ply the Keys waters. As beautiful as our ocean might be, we have discarded a lot of plastic that will never degrade. Much of that waste ends up along the shoreline or tangled in the tangle of mangrove roots that line the creeks.

    The Wavewalk portable skiffs have exceptional storage capacity that can be put to good use beyond stacking hundreds of pounds in fish.

    Plastic bottles, cut-off lobster buoys and line, shredded plastic tarps, anchor mooring balls, and dead plastic traps, are just part of the booty I bring back to the dock to be recycled. My neighbor, Smitty, who lives across the canal gets such a kick out of seeing the heap of stuff loaded far over the gunnels of my green W700

    Living the “Wavewalk Lifestyle” should include making this world a better place to live in.

    Doing my part. Have a wonderful Wavewalk Day!

    Larry J.

  3. fish

    Larry,

    I wonder, could this evolve one day into a new eco-tourism trend? 🙂

    I know there are many kayaking clubs around the country that engage in such “cleanup days”. It’s a good thing. Too bad their kayaks can’t carry that much stuff on board.

    Yoav

  4. Bassman

    I took a couple hours this evening to check out a Tarpon hole about 5 miles north of me. The Tarpon are still there and I pulled a 20 gallon plastic barrel out of the mangroves.

    My reward, a nice sunset. Priceless…

    Larry J.

  5. fish

    5 miles in each direction, in the evening?
    Sounds like you didn’t exactly paddle there…

    “Kayak Fishing Unlimited”

    Yoav

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