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Paddling and sailing the Great Lakes with my Wavewalk 700

By Forrest Henry


Everything is fine. Only been able to use the kayak for a few hours, but love it.
I also sailed the kayak for a while using the Wind Paddle sail. Looking forward to spring!!

I finished the spray skirt this morning. The driveway marker was too stiff, so I used a fiberglass flat strip that was part of a canopy for my rope hammock. The canvas lays on my lap when I sit in the center of the kayak.
I also attached a piece of lexan with velcro to the back of the kayak to use as a table.





And for a cart I am using a modified Magnus cart from paddlelogic. When the off-the-shelf Magnus did not fit, Dave, the owner, was very accommodating and made arms that are 3 inches longer and a wider axle.

No sailing pictures yet.

An Umbrella Sailing Assist, by Gary Rankel

For some time, I’ve been exploring ways to ease or reduce paddling in reaching some of my farther off fishing sites. I’ve researched motorizing my Wavewalk with both gas and electric models but, in the end, don’t want to add even a minimum of 30-40 pounds of weight, or put up with the added hassle of keeping gas, charging batteries, related maintenance, and anything other than a totally quiet experience on the water.
I’ve also taken a few umbrellas out with me exploring whether any might ease my journeys and save me a bit of paddling, but most were not practical, did not stay securely in place or allow me to paddle and steer when deployed. Not that I’m lazy, mind you; I still enjoy getting my exercise, but at age 72, I could use a bit of relief on my 8-10 mile paddles.

While looking at umbrellas online a few weeks ago, I stumbled across one from Radio Flyer that looked interesting. It’s specifically for children’s wagons.
I ordered one, and I’m glad I did. I’ve had it out twice and it works well.

The umbrella is 31 inches high and 26 inches in diameter when extended which is large enough to catch the wind yet small enough to not totally obliterate my view going forward. It has a bendable, tilt handle which can be rotated 360 degrees, and stays in place when set. The powerful clamp (you need to use both hands to open it) attaches securely to the W’s cockpit rim via a groove that is intended to attach to the lip of a wagon, but looks made for the W. These features allow for a secure, hands-free operation, allowing me to paddle and steer at the same time that the umbrella propels me forward.

The clamp can easily be slid or moved to any portion of the cockpit lip, but works best for me when positioned directly in front. When not being deployed, the umbrella, still attached to the cockpit rim, folds down and totally out of the way for fishing. When positioned on the side of the W and pointed downward so that a small portion of the umbrella touches the water, it might even serve somewhat as a makeshift sea anchor or outrigger (however, I’ll have to experiment more to determine related usefulness). And, of course, it can provide a bit of shade.

While the umbrella is an option only when the wind is blowing roughly in the direction you want to go, if you’re like me, and plan your trips to take advantage of the tide and wind, it can provide a nice boost.

I won’t be setting any speed records with my umbrella and won’t be challenging Yoav to a race in his souped up W, but I think the Radio Flyer may just make a few of my longer paddles a little more relaxing.

I’ll be ordering a couple more for backups, or maybe to deploy two at once.


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Umbrella rig for downwind sailing while trolling, by Chris Henderson

Just a note to show you my umbrella rig. I was needing some forward momentum while I deployed the downrigger. So I figured that if I turned down wind that should solve the problem. However, when you deploy the downrigger you necessarily have to be in the front of the kayak which causes it to turn into the wind, thus defeating my purpose.

I saw someone on here that regularly used an umbrella but I needed mine to be hands free.

So this umbrella rig fixes that, with the added bonus of being able to troll down wind without paddling. I will be looking for a clear golf umbrella for the final rig.

Having used it in very light winds, I can actually see how it can actually be used to make some great progress if the wind is right.

Just thought I would share as part of the ongoing conversation about the unique ways to equip and use a Wavewalk kayak!

Loving the Wavewalk!

Fishing Kayaks of Gig Harbor


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W500 Sailing Kayak, Rafael Francke

I do enjoy the W kayak I got, it is really fun to use, and it sails very well without a need for rudder – Shifting my weight forward or aft will guide the boat up or down the wind.

You may find the mast mount interesting for you. I am using the top part of windsurfing mast and sail – The sail in the picture was changed to a 40% larger one.

Rafael Francke

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Rafi sailing his big catamaran:

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Sailing The W500 Kayak With Outriggers

Jim Luckett, turned the Wavewalk™ 500 into an upwind, stable, swift, easy to use, versatile and portable sailing craft for 1-2 persons. The W500 under sail is a personal, mini sailing catamaran, a cartop high performance sailing boat.

You can carry the W500 kayak on top of any car, and the sailing kit would fit in your trunk.

As previously shown, it’s possible to sail the W500 kayak standing, and without outriggers, but this is not for everyone, obviously, so adding outriggers to such a large size sailing rig is a good idea, or else the kayak might be overpowered.

In addition, we’ve come up with a clamp mounted transom mount for an electric trolling motor, which turns the W500 into a compact, car top, high performance motor sailing boat.

More information: How effective are outriggers for your fishing kayak’s stability?


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