kayak design

Kayak Design is the process of designing a kayak for a specific application (e.g. Touring kayaks, Fishing kayaks, etc.), and other parameters such as the user’s size, proficiency in paddling, the overall load capacity required from the kayak, speed, stability, etc.
Other kayak design factors are materials (e.g. Polyethylene resin, fiberglass, etc.), manufacturing technology (e.g. rotational molding, thermo forming, cold molding, etc.).

Kayak design is a term also used to refer to the kayak’s form (type), such as sit-in, sit-on-top (SOT), hybrid and twin-hull kayaks.

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 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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Extension to Wavewalk S4 casting platform

The S4 is very lightweight (just 98 lbs) for what it offers.
This is not much even in comparison to many fishing kayaks, and it’s very little compared to skiffs. Which is why a fisherman standing on the casting platform at the bow of the S4 causes its stern to come up, and its bow to go down.

This is not that much of an issue for fishers who use their S4 as skiffs (namely motorized), or in tandem with a heavy paddler sitting at the rear, and in a full skiff capacity, namely with both another crew member and a good size outboard motor.
With both a motor and a fishing buddy at the rear, the S4 front casting platform is perfectly level.

For those who fish alone from their S4 without motorizing it, and prefer to cast standing on top of the front platform, here is a simple, easy, and lightweight solution –
Use 3/8″ plywood to extend the front casting platform backward, onto the front part of the cockpit.
This can be done while having the board rest on top of the saddle, or on top of the coaming (spray deflector), as seen in these images:

 

Option 1: Board on top of the saddle and under the coaming (spray deflector)

 

Option 2: Board on top of the saddle and the coaming (spray deflector)

 

 

An angler standing on top of such platform extension will be stable, and the platform level.

Review of the Wavewalk S4 – first impression

By Rafael Francke

California

Background

Rafael owns a catamaran yacht that he and his wife Heidi designed. For the past six years Rafael and his family have used a Wavewalk 500 as a tender boat for it, as well as a versatile fun boat, which they sailed with a DIY outrigger.
Rafael was looking to replace his Wavewalk 500 with a bigger Wavewalk 700, but he decided to order an S4 as soon as he heard that we were planning to offer such a boat. Rafael and his family waited patiently for several months for the S4 project to materialize, and they were among the first to receive their order. This is Rafael’s “first impression” review of his Wavewalk S4-

Outboard motor: I had no problem at all.

Sailing by wind: I tested the W S4 in light wind, and it handles very nice. Sailing without a rudder, and without a dagger board, I can control the direction by moving my location in the W S4 front and aft.

Very easy seating on the saddle.

Paddle: Too bad I didn’t order an extra long paddle, because I found that my common 8 ft kayak paddle was too short.

The W S4 is more stable than I expected. It’s a real pleasure.

One of our friends likes the S4 and he’s thinking of getting one too.

 

 

 

 

Read how a few weeks later, Rafael’s S4 survived a car accident, and how he repaired it »