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Gold’s S4 – pics and videos of first tests

By Fin Gold

North Carolina

Fin lives next to the ocean, and he loves fishing in shallow water. He’s been fishing out of an 18 ft skiff, but being a big boat with a heavy motor, that skiff drafts 18″, which is less than optimal for shallow water, especially at low tide, when the risk of getting stranded increases. Fin and his family also didn’t like how their big skiff felt in choppy water, and how it reacted to other boats’ wakes. Fin ordered an S4 with the intention of having it replace his 18 ft skiff. After he and his wife tested their S4, they decided to sell their skiff. The S4 will also replaces their tandem kayak. Says Fin: –

The video where I slide it down the ramp is the very first time trying it out.
The young guy on the boat is my youngest son Adam. He is a student and he was excited beforehand. Then he loved testing it out.

The videos are all at less than 1/2 throttle as we follow the 3.5 hp Tohatsu engine break-in procedure.

The S4 also lets us explore all the coastal islands where previously we could only take a kayak.

One question​ we had was the best position for the engine tilt. It looks like it has 5 holes for tilt and it came in the center hole. Any advice for that?

Here are the first pictures and videos. All unedited happiness.


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Light trailer for my Wavewalk S4, and sunset ride video

By Fin Gold

North Carolina

I usually keep my Wavewalk S4 on my dock so I can use it right there. But sometimes, we like to explore other areas. I don’t have a truck to transport it, so I decided to convert an old sailboat trailer into a Wavewalk S4 trailer.

All it took was some treated 2×6 and 2×4 boards, some U-bolts, and some ceramic deck screws.
I started with the trailer for a [brand name] sailing catamaran that I don’t use.
I’ve never trailered that boat.
The first step was to attach two 2×6 boards each with a U-bolt on the front and the back. On top of those, I screwed five 2×6 cross-boards so they support the boat from underneath all the way from front to back. Then I added 2×4 boards on both of the outside edges to provide an outer groove for the S4 to sit inside. A set of rollers from the sailboat trailer act as guides to align the inner hull of the S4.

The result? A very light but stable platform to pull my Wavewalk S4. When we get to the boat ramp we just back it down the ramp and the S4 slides off the trailer with an easy push. You should have seen the faces of the big boat owners at the ramp when I launched my boat with one finger!

The key to trailering the boat is to make sure it is tied down securely in the front and the back so that it doesn’t slide forward or backwards. I also have two lines over the top of the boat to hold it down, but be
careful not to over-tighten these and compress the hull. Also, remember to tilt the motor up if you have one so it doesn’t hit the ground as you trailer it.

Having a homemade trailer can extend the range of your Wavewalk adventures and save the hassle of loading it in or on top of your vehicle. All it takes is a used trailer and some treated boards!

 

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Shelling in the barrier islands with our Wavewalk S4

By Fin Gold

North Carolina

I created a custom trailer for “The Dub” [Wavewalk S4] out of an old sailboat trailer. We took it to a local boat ramp and motored about an hour through the marshes to a barrier island to go shelling. Made it there and back in fine style.

We got some funny looks from people watching us go by and watching me launch the boat with one finger!

Loving our Wavewalk!

 


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Review of the Wavewalk S4 as a shrimping boat

By Fin Gold

North Carolina

The stability and closeness to the water make the Wavewalk S4 a perfect shrimping platform.
We go out on our S4 boat, named “The Dub”, with 2 or 3 people. One person in the back to operate the Tohatsu 3.5 hp motor, the shrimper in the front standing up with the cast net, and maybe a shrimp processor/sorter in the middle.
We recently harvested 40 lbs (heads off) of green-tail shrimp in 4 days of outings.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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WAVEWALK® S4 REVIEWS

We launched the Wavewalk® Series 4 dubbed S4 in May of 2017. So far, it has been acclaimed by its users as a very comfortable and easy to paddle kayak, and a high performance motorboat in terms of fishability, versatility, comfort, load capacity, stability, and seaworthiness.
We publish a Wavewalk review only if it features its author’s full name and state, and pictures (or videos).
We publish reviews contributed by Wavewalk dealers as long as they use our kayaks and boats themselves for paddling, fishing, touring, hunting etc. We listen attentively to what they have to tell us because we think such people know what they’re talking about. We also recommend that our clients consult with them.

 

Review of a Wavewalk S4 super-stable tandem fishing kayak with multiple passengers on boardFirst family fishing day for the Wavewalk S4: Five passengers on board     By Chris Henderson, Washington

 

 

Review of a motorized Wavewalk S4 fishing kayak skiff, MarylandFirst test for my motorized S4 in the back bays    By Lemuel (Lee) Houston, Maryland

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk S4, IndianaOur Wavewalk S4       By Glenn Smith, Indiana

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk S4 kayak, TexasFrom Wavewalk 500 kayak to Wavewalk S4 skiff     By Dan VanMetre, Texas

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk S4 kayak, GeorgiaBack from Florida vacation with a Wavewalk S4 on the roof rack      By David Peed, Georgia

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk S4, MontanaFirst river trip in my S4      By Noah P, Montana

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk S4 from North CarolinaMy motorized Wavewalk S4     By Alvin Jenkins, North Carolina

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk S4 skiffCruising and exploring with our S4 boat   By Jesse and Candy Stephenson

 

 

Motorized Wavewalk S4 rigged for lobster fishing    By Jesse Stephenson, southeastern Florida

 

 

Review of my Wavewalk S4   By its own designer

 

 

Testing the Wavewalk S4 in our maiden offshore voyage   By Magnus Chung, Northern California

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk S4 as a shrimping boat   By Fin Gold, North Carolina

 

 

Review of a Wavewalk S4 with a 3.5 HP motor, and paddlingGold’s S4 – pics and videos of first tests   By Fin Gold, North Carolina

 

 

Review of a Wavewalk S4 motor boat with a 6 HP outboard, and three anglers fishing standing in itMy Wavewalk S4   By Mike Silva, Massachusetts

 

 

Review of a Wavewalk S4 motor boat with an 8 HP outboard, Rhode IslandMaiden voyage with my Wavewalk S4 and an 8 HP Mercury outboard motor   By Paul Partridge, Rhode Island

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk S4, PennsylvaniaWavewalk S4 first impression   By Joe Stauder, Pennsylvania

 

 

Initial review of the Wavewalk S4 as a solo kayak for paddling, TexasWavewalk S4 for solo paddling, and updates on driving with an outboard motor    By Jack Snapp, Texas

 

 

Review of motorized Wavewalk S4 on Lake Simcoe, OntarioWavewalk S4 with 2 HP Honda outboard in strong wind, lake Simcoe, Ontario, Canada   By Pyt Rotary, Ontario, Canada

 

 

Review Our Wavewalk S4 tandem kayakOur Wavewalk S4 tandem kayak    By Carl & Nichole Rodgers, Florida

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk S4 skiff with 3 passengers on board, and a new Tohatsu outboard motorWavewalk S4 skiff with 3 passengers on board, and a new Tohatsu outboard motor
By Captain Larry Jarboe, Key Largo, Florida

 

 

Review of My Wavewalk S4 in brownMy Wavewalk S4 in brown    By Lee Trolan, Virginia

 

 

Wavewalk Series 4 review and testing, St. Augustine, FloridaWavewalk Series 4 review and testing, St. Augustine, Florida   By David Hernandez, Florida

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk S4 – first impressionReview of the Wavewalk S4 – first impression   By Rafael Francke, California

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk S4 driving in ocean waves – first impressionSeaworthiness: Driving the Wavewalk S4 in 3-5 ft waves   By Captain Larry Jarboe, Key Largo, Florida

 

 

Wavewalk S4 first sea trial on windy day, with 5 HP outboard motor. Review and video.Wavewalk S4 first sea trial on windy day, with 5 HP outboard motor. Review and video.
By Captain Larry Jarboe, Key Largo, Florida

 

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