The saddle of a Wavewalk kayak offers maximal balancing capabilities to the users who ride it. Some people, especially tall ones, may prefer to ride a higher saddle, in a posture that gives their legs a more active job.
These people can simply add a few inches to the height of their Wavewalk kayak’s saddle.
The above picture shows a motorized S4 with an 8″ high saddle add-on for two passengers. It’s very comfortable, and riding it in choppy water with the motor at full throttle is exhilarating. It’s not less stable than riding in a lower posture.
After fishing from a Wavewalk 500 for six years I can say it is a fantastic toy. What I do now to rest after 1-2 hours of trolling is to lay back, and I thought that a back rest/support could add to my comfort.
I looked at different seats, including canoe seats, and found this detachable kayak seat for $50. Very comfortable and portable.
I am not a paddle fan I use the trolling motor around 90% of the time. Instant electric torque is pure adrenaline.
The new generation of batteries (Lithium) are not accessible yet but soon / few years – Lots of fun to ride!
I have now:
* 70Lb Minnkota (24V)
* 101Lb thrust Minnkota (36V)
* 2Hp Honda 4 stroke
I choose the motor depending on the water I fish in.
There is no such flexibility in a boat.
The W500 & W700 bridge the gap between kayaks and boats. Good choice in having 2 categories: kayak and boat.
Still planning to get my combat W700 in next spring. I need both sizes.
The seat swivels. You can do this with any el cheapo, plastic boat seat.
This is still a prototype but it works pretty well. The objective should be tho have the bottom of the seat flush against the saddle while still being able to swivel. This way you don’t raise your center of gravity much and it eliminates the need for drilling holes in the boat and metal or plastic swivel bases.
Thought I would share an idea I am working on. I became intrigued with having a “standup” pedestal/swivel seat similar to what I have used in bass boats. Some call these leaning posts or butt seats. You are in more of an upright posture for fishing, and for paddling in the case of a Wavewalk kayak.
1st prototype of bass-boat style standup swivel seat for W kayak
I developed a prototype of this idea as shown in the attached photos. I am testing different mounting locations and heights more than the perfect attachment/mounting scheme. This is pretty satisfactory as is with the center of the pedestal 7 inches behind midships and the height of the seat 24 inches above the hull bottom. This works well although I might shim and raise it a few inches when I finalize. Fore/aft balance seemed about right and I can still sit on the saddle in front of it if needed. The various parts are all from Ba$$ Pro except of course the saddle bracket. The fixed pedestal unit has a 7″ rise and a swivel is bolted to the top of it with the butt seat on top of that (need to attend to something at the stern or paddle out backwards? just spin around). There are all sorts of stainless adjustable pedestals and pedestal sockets but this turns into more than I wanted to spend!
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Foundation for the seat
Top view of the setup
The attachment scheme doesn’t require any holes in the kayak and can be broken down to two major components with a couple of bolts and maybe wing nuts in the final form. It is very secure when installed which was an important goal for me. An advantage is that it doesn’t require altering my saddle bracket or permanently tying it up with this application. I could allow the seat to be moved forward and aft with some more holes in the board that is running down the saddle.
Most importantly I was very pleased with paddling and sitting in this position. Having the seat pedestal to brace against provides great leverage when paddling from this position. Also, it extends the time I can standup paddle due to less need to balance and make adjustments with my feet, which can get tiring after a while (granted, a long while). And the ability to sit and relax at this height while fishing or sightseeing is a big plus. Stability was very good at this seat height and with my 5’10” height. You can use the different sitting positions as you would use on the saddle alone, although feet forward is very comfortable. One would obviously want to stick with more calm waters with this setup but you can always “just sit” on the saddle if things get squirrelly.
I would be interested in ideas to improve this. An obvious choice would be mounting the seat base between two saddle brackets as some have done with lower seats. This might require some additional bracing or a couple bolts in the saddle due to this height (don’t want to hinge the whole assembly off the saddle if applying a lot of pressure). I like not having to permanently use the saddle bracket for this setup though. It just boxes the system in so that it won’t slide forward. It is available to me then for tandem paddling or heavy loads.
I live in Italy, and the Mediterranean sun can be harsh on small children, so I designed this combination of seat and awning for my son, when he comes with me on my W500 kayak paddling and fishing trips.