I rigged the W500 to row or sail and can add my 30 pound trolling motor if the wind continues to quit too far away for an easy row back. A pair of smaller sealed batteries are perfect for twin hulls, and sitting a couple of inches forward balance it all. A cross bar gives the oarlocks a four-foot spread and removes with two hand knobs, so the boat passes through the back door. It goes in my Honda with the front seat folded and rolls on a pair of 9” tires from (something) tucked between the hulls on PVC pipe held up by bungee cords. A box like your motor mount is the base for a 45 square foot Snark lateen sail I had, and drops down about as far as the big foam noodles underneath. Those even match the ones around the coaming, which are smaller, so I can get my big feet between them and the seat!
A year ago today, Hurricane Irma blew through. Today, my wife and I took the Wavewalk fleet out to snorkel the wrecks of Garden Cove under a rather cloudy sky. Still, it was a wonderful peaceful day. Hopefully, the video will show so.
This sail rig works quite well if you have no place to go fast.
The electric motor used 15% of 915 watts = 137 watts. At 15 cents a KW/Hr…
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.
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.
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!