Wavewalk S4 with 2 HP Honda outboard in strong wind, lake Simcoe, Ontario, Canada

By Pyt Rotary

Ontario, Canada

Lake Simcoe is a 280 square mile lake in Ontario.

12km/h [7 mph] with Honda 2Hp against wind of 24km/h [15 mph]

Lots of fun except my rocky mistake to not have enough gas with me.
I got excited and let the boat run for 15km straight into the lake and realize I am out of gas.
I paddled back half the distance and got gas from shore.
Now I know… From now on I will carry enough gas with me.
Luckily I paid with just one blister on my hand.

I did come back at night and feel SUPER SAFE in it.
It is a great, fantastic boat.

 

(added comment) –

The S4 is SUPER, SUPER, SUPER stable. It does not sway at all.
I have been in bigger boats with V shape hulls.
Those boats don’t have the same stability on the water as the S4. The waves hammer them straight in the teeth.
The catamaran design cut the waves like a knife cuts through butter.
Definitely there is room for more HP on the S4.

It was my fist ever trip with a gas motor, I do use W500 with an electric motor but never played with gas before. Lots of fun. Now I can reach easily lots of my fishing spots.
Regards from Ontario, Canada.


(added later) –

After 7 years of tests I think I found the best way to store the rods on Wavewalk, at least for me.

The challenge was in S4 where drilling on the back side where the gas engine reside is not much appealing to me.
So what I did was to buy 2 Homer Tool boxes from Home depot $10 each and use the box to store dry different items at the tip of the S4.
The end of the fishing rod where the reel is, rests on the box and the tip is secured on the upper side of the kayak with sticking Velcro (same Home Depot).

I had some exist on water testing and I can carry easily 4,5 fishing rods in S4.
Since I like the concept I start to think how I can fit that in W500.

I got 2 plastic rings from dollar stores (shower curtains rings) and secure them with a round screw inside the tips on back side under the transom. The handle of the rods rest inside the rings, the tip of the rods is secured by same sticking Velcro in front of W500. 2 rods can be stored easily inside a W500 this way.

Now I am still in doubt to install the same rings in S4 as well since the setup is so successful for me in W500. I will still used the Tool boxes as storage (2L of gas, gloves, tackle, ropes, anchor).

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5 Comments

  1. fish

    Nice!!! 🙂

    Cool video!

    Thanks Pyt.

    This is pretty choppy water, and not a drop of water can be seen on the front part of the seat 😮

    The Honda 2 HP (or 2.3 HP) is a nice little motor. I own one too, and I’d say that such speed is pretty much the limit of this motor under these conditions.

    Yoav

  2. Pyt Rotary

    The S4 is SUPER, SUPER, SUPER stable. It does not sway at all.
    I have been in bigger boats with V shape hulls.
    Those boats don’t have the same stability on water as the S4. The waves hammer them straight in the teeth.
    The catamaran design cut the waves like a knife cuts through butter.
    Definitely there is room for more HP on the S4.

    It was my fist ever trip with a gas motor, I do use W500 with an electric motor but never played with gas before. Lots of fun. Now I can reach easily lots of my fishing spots.
    Regards from Ontario, Canada.

  3. fish

    Yep,

    Room for more HP, more passengers… 😀

    Yoav

  4. Boyd Smith

    Congratulations on your new boat Pyt. Pretty sweet with a Honda outboard to boot.
    The fish population in Lake Simcoe is destined to take a beating. Leave some for me.

  5. fish

    Hey Boyd,

    It’s good to hear from you! 🙂

    Yoav

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