fish 07/07/2017 3 Comments
fishing, fishing kayaks, kayak design, kayak outfitting, Motorized kayaks
5 hp outboard, catamaran, diving, motor boat, motorized kayak, multihull, reef, S4, skiff, snorkeling, tandem, Wavewalk 700, Wavewalk S4
Florida Fishing Kayaks
A Wavewalk 700 attached on each side of an S4 powered by a 5 HP outboard motor.
Larry offers guided fishing and diving trips in the Key Largo and the areas that surround it »
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Ha ha! 😀
This is the stuff that dreams are made of 🙂
Larry, if you keep adding Wavewalks to this platform, you’re going to need your 100 ton master’s captain license.
There’s a lot to say about this multi-boat multihull… It looks very stable and cozy, and obviously, there’s room for a couple more passengers on board. I think that adding long crossbeams to the structure would improve rigidity and overall performance, although it could make it a little trickier to disengage the kayaks from each other if and when the passengers want to switch to an autonomous mode. Adding boards would make it a super-stable fishing platform for a small group of anglers. It seems like 5 HP is the bare minimum for such a craft. Practically, the seaworthiness of this craft is likely to be comparable to that of a big boat, minus the problem of a deep draft. In other words, it’s hard to imagine this craft getting stuck on a reef or in the mud at low tide.
At present, quick clip SS snaps on size-cut lines with braided loops seems to be the best way to conveniently hitch and unhitch.
I had to keep the 5 hp 2 stroke down to 1/3 throttle. Probably, the 3.5 hp Tohatsu 4 stroke will have better bottom end torque for the towing application. And, far less fumes.
On the way back to the dock, I gave my crew a choice: We could disconnect and paddle home with the tide through a narrow creek. Or, stay hooked up and sail in on the Anchor Shade square rigged umbrella. They chose to sail.
It was a breeze coming home with the breeze.
Fumes? I thought that their purpose was to drive the mosquitoes away… 😀
Wonderful trip, and undoubtedly a unique experience, in a boat that can be turned into three kayaks / skiffs / catamarans… whatever.
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