This is Ken and Jane from Ibiza. We just wanted to give you some feedback and say how much we are enjoying our Wavewalk 700.
Ken made modifications to the roof rack – putting wood centres to keep the Wavewalk stable on top of the car. We use a normal kayak loader on the back window with a foam tube to ease the loading procedure. So all we do is lift one end up at the back and then simply slide it into position – easy!
After the delivery to Ibiza, Spain, we used the kayak a few times in the sea. But this year we have moved to France where there are some fabulous lakes where we can paddle without crowds or waves or gators – just ducks for company.
It is great. Thank you for your help sending the Wavewalk to Ibiza.
Finally getting around to tidying up my electronics. A pelican 1050 case fits thru the 6 inch hatch and makes a good waterproof fuse terminal case. I will be using a 15ah 12v battery at first and have installed the optional charging circuit to my Nissan outboard motor.
If battery capacity isn’t enough I’ll add a second battery. I was going to go with lithium batteries but I cant confirm that I could safely/successfully charge with the outboard’s 12vdc 5amp circuit, so I went with lead acid agm instead. The battery is fused at 20 amps and each circuit is appropriately fused as well.
I am adding fully sealed momentary toggles right in front of the seat which is tucked away under my legs, and am putting two small bilge pumps in the back so I can easily pump on the go in rough water or while washing down afterwards.
I’m looking at adding a USB charger and red/white mini LED’s to light up the hulls for loading/launching early in the mornings.
I’m pretty happy with the layout and will finish wiring it up this weekend, I intend to go fishing this Sunday.
I’ve been playing around with lots of ideas for accessories and how I want to mount them to the S4 but I haven’t yet been willing to drill holes into the boat. The other day I grabbed a 2×2 to see if it would fit in the seat holes. It turns out that a 2×2 (actual measurements 1.5 x 1.5) fits perfectly. Once I realized that it really opened the door for accessory options.
To start with. I made an accessory pole for the rear position (assuming two people are fishing). This pole allows you to quickly clip your paddle in safely and grab your fishing pole. I need to add some foam to the sides where the paddle crosses the boat to keep any noise down.
As you can see below, when not in use it easily stows in the stern out of the way.
The last picture is just a longer piece of 2×2 that can be used for the front fisherman for stability when standing and casting.
Wanted to share this with you and the others in case it helps. The flat mounting points of the 2×2’s really gives a lot of options.
A Washing Machine is a stretch of turbulent water, where waves come at you from different directions. This phenomenon is caused by capes and points, rocks, currents, etc.
Being a most seaworthy craft, the Wavewalk S4 performs very well in the washing machine next to Bullocks Point, in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, where we shot this video.
The driver stands behind the passenger, while shooting this video.
Lots of fun!
Engine: 6 HP Tohatsu outboard motor (going full throttle)
Total Payload: 600 lbs including passengers and motor.
Crew: Two passengers sitting and the driver is standing up.
Water condition: Choppy, and fit only for seaworthy boats
Accessories: The two seated passengers are riding a standard S4 saddle seat outfitted with a part that makes it 6″ higher, namely 21″ high. This higher saddle seat offers a sitting position that’s more like riding a horse than riding the saddle seat of a personal watercraft (PWC – “jet-ski”).
Everyone on board is perfectly stable and comfortable, having a great time, and wishing they had a more powerful motor…
In order to further protect the front passenger from spray generated when the boat smashes into waves, the crew raise the bow by sitting closer to the stern.