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My Wavewalk S4

By Mike Silva

Massachusetts

 

I’ve had many fishing boats, including a center console catamaran, a 17 ft [pedal drive fishing kayak], and even a W300. I still use my center console boat, but I fish mainly out of my S4 now. The 17 ft [pedal kayak] was stable but just too big and heavy, and I could hardly move it on land and in the water, even with my father helping me. The W300 was too small and it didn’t work for me.
I wanted to see the S4 before buying, but once I saw it I knew that was it.
I love my S4! This boat is so stable that I stood in one of its hulls as soon as I put in in the water for the first time, like you [Yoav] did in that video. This is not a kayak, it’s a boat.

I used it once with a 2 HP motor together with a fishing buddy, but it was under powered, so I bought a 6 HP Suzuki long shaft, and it’s perfect. It goes fast!

I took two of my friends in the boat, with the new motor, and we went fishing in a pond. Each one of us weighs about two hundred pounds. Two of us stood in the boat and fished, and the third guy stood on the front deck. I told him to get down from there, because I was afraid he’d capsize the boat, but he said that he feels okay, and he stayed there. We ended up standing, all three if us, and fishing. I couldn’t believe it. This boat is unbelievable.

I’m planning to take it to North Carolina, and fish the shallow water next to the intercoastal. It will work better there than my big boat.
I’m working on a cart for it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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White S4 arrived

By Jack Snapp

Texas

 

Took off from work early to get my S4 on the water the first time.
Arrived at boat launch and five minutes later was in the water. That’s at first! And without getting wet!   🙂
Easy to paddle seated or standing. Only minor issue was tracking in straight line up-river while coasting. Not an issue going down-river.
Shouldn’t be a problem with two people.
Can’t wait to motorize.
Woo Hoo!!!!!

Oh, love the storage. Can pack it at home and then straight in the water. Same when coming out of water. Not like a SOT kayak where you loading/unloading your gear to transport.
That’s a huge plus for me.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Update I

Spent 3 1/2 hours on Lake Dunlap this morning.
Beautiful day. Got lots of stares. Almost constant paddling, seated and standing.
So comfortable!
Could have gone much longer.

 


Update II

Had a blast on the water on Sunday. Just need to get used to steering behind me. S4 handled perfectly, even over the wakes from other boats and jet skis. Got a few stares and thumbs up. Plenty of power from the 6hp Tohatsu to get to my fishing spots quickly. Then, I can tilt the motor up and paddle/pole around the skinny water.


Update III

Got my S4 up to 13 mph, but it runs consistently at 11 mph at open throttle. Just me and light gear on board. Wonder if others are experiencing the same, or better. Love to jump the wakes of jet skis and other boats. But, normally not at top speed. It could easily handle a larger motor.
 

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 a Wavewalk S4 skiff transported on a trailer, Mississippi Review of a Wavewalk S4 traveling 1,800 miles on a trailer     By Matt Willis, Mississippi

 

 

Review of a Wavewalk S4 super-stable tandem fishing kayak with multiple passengers on boardFirst family fishing day for the Wavewalk S4: Five passengers on board     By Chris Henderson, Washington

 

 

Review of a motorized Wavewalk S4 fishing kayak skiff, MarylandFirst test for my motorized S4 in the back bays    By Lemuel (Lee) Houston, Maryland

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk S4, IndianaOur Wavewalk S4       By Glenn Smith, Indiana

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk S4 kayak, TexasFrom Wavewalk 500 kayak to Wavewalk S4 skiff     By Dan VanMetre, Texas

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk S4 kayak, GeorgiaBack from Florida vacation with a Wavewalk S4 on the roof rack      By David Peed, Georgia

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk S4, MontanaFirst river trip in my S4      By Noah P, Montana

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk S4 from North CarolinaMy motorized Wavewalk S4     By Alvin Jenkins, North Carolina

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk S4 skiffCruising and exploring with our S4 boat   By Jesse and Candy Stephenson

 

 

Motorized Wavewalk S4 rigged for lobster fishing    By Jesse Stephenson, southeastern Florida

 

 

Review of my Wavewalk S4   By its own designer

 

 

Testing the Wavewalk S4 in our maiden offshore voyage   By Magnus Chung, Northern California

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk S4 as a shrimping boat   By Fin Gold, North Carolina

 

 

Review of a Wavewalk S4 with a 3.5 HP motor, and paddlingGold’s S4 – pics and videos of first tests   By Fin Gold, North Carolina

 

 

Review of a Wavewalk S4 motor boat with a 6 HP outboard, and three anglers fishing standing in itMy Wavewalk S4   By Mike Silva, Massachusetts

 

 

Review of a Wavewalk S4 motor boat with an 8 HP outboard, Rhode IslandMaiden voyage with my Wavewalk S4 and an 8 HP Mercury outboard motor   By Paul Partridge, Rhode Island

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk S4, PennsylvaniaWavewalk S4 first impression   By Joe Stauder, Pennsylvania

 

 

Initial review of the Wavewalk S4 as a solo kayak for paddling, TexasWavewalk S4 for solo paddling, and updates on driving with an outboard motor    By Jack Snapp, Texas

 

 

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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Wavewalk® Series 4 (S4)

Top Performance Portable Boat, Car-Top Skiff, and Paddle Craft

 

 

1. DEMO VIDEOS

 

Captain Larry Jarboe driving his S4 at 17 mph, a world speed record for vessels designated as kayaks:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch more Wavewalk S4 movies on our YouTube channel »

2. ABOUT THE S4

 

The S4 is the world’s fastest kayak when motorized, as well as the world’s most stable kayak. The latter is the keys factor in enabling driving the S4 at high speed both on flat water and in rough water.

This is Wavewalk’s 4th boat series since 2004, following the 300 (Mark I and II), 500, and 700 series.
Like all other Wavewalk® products, this boat is 100% Made in USA.

The S4 delivers the highest performance in the field of small boats and skiffs, even before you’ve reached the water, starting from the fact that at 98 lbs it doesn’t require a trailer for transportation, and it’s easily portable even on rough terrain.
Its patented twin-hull design delivers more stability than any small boat out there, including much wider and heavier ones.  This allows for driving in fast currents and in choppy water.
In addition, being a true catamaran makes this boat track better than other boats.
The S4’s extra large cockpit (8′ long x 38″ wide) offers ample room for two anglers or hunters and their gear, or for up to three adult passengers – a total of up to 680 lbs.
The S4 features a long saddle seat similar to the saddle of other high performance vehicles, which offers maximal balancing capability as well as full comfort for going in choppy water and for long trips.
The S4 features a stand up casting platform at its bow, such as can be found in a typical skiff.
The cockpit’s slanted sides allow passengers to paddle with more ease and better control than what canoes and tandem fishing kayaks may offer them.
The S4 has an extremely shallow draft, and this fact in combination with its portability, load capacity and high performance as a paddle craft makes it the most practical solution for shallow water fishing.

Wavewalk S4 Reviews »

3. FEATURES

Structural Overview

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Wavewalk S4 structural details – Click image to enlarge

Dimensions

 

  • Length: 13 ft (396 cm)
  • Beam (Total Width): 38″ (97 cm)
  • Cockpit Length: 95″ (241 cm)
  • Cockpit Height: 17″ (43 cm)
  • Saddle Height: 15″ (38 cm)
  • Width of a single hull: 13″ (33 cm)
  • Total Weight: 98 lbs  (44.5 kg)

 

Structure Overview and Features

 

        • Patented twin-hull Wavewalk® catamaran hulls
        • Personal watercraft (a.k.a. ‘jet-ski’) style 7’6″ long Saddle seat featuring a series of seven molded-in brackets, and six vertical molded-in reinforcement columns
        • Integrated Skiff Style Stand-Up Casting Platform at the bow, with anti-skid surface. Read more »
        • The Cockpit’s Slanted Sides allow passengers to paddle with more ease and comfort than paddling a canoe or a common kayak of such width.
        • Preparation for a vertical mounting plate for outboard motor or rod rack at the stern
        • S4 Saddle Bracket - Click thumbnail to enlargeTwo Medium Density Overlay (MDO) 0.75″ thick Saddle Brackets – One bracket at each end of the saddle.
          The bracket in the front provides additional support for the stand up casting platform, and the rear bracket serves as extra support for a motor mount.
          Each bracket is attached to the vertical wall that’s adjacent to it by means of two rivets. The rivets are sealed with waterproof adhesive.  Click thumbnail to enlarge

 

        • Built-In Flotation – The S4 Saddle is a watertight compartment that offers 180 lbs of positive buoyancy.Two pairs of integrated, molded-in heavy duty Carry Handles – A pair at the bow, and a pair at the stern.
        • Average Wall Thickness: 0.150″ (3.8 mm)
        • Colors:
WhiteGator Drab GreenMud Brown

 

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Capacity

 

        • Max Total Payload:  650 lbs (295 kg)
        • Max Number of Passengers: 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children
        • Internal Space for Dry Storage : 34.7 cubic ft (0.98 cubic meter), namely 260 gallons
        • Draft –

Empty: 0.75″ (1.7 cm)
With 200 lbs Payload (90.7 kg) : 2.5″ (64 mm)
With 400 lbs Payload (181.5 kg): 4.25″ (108 mm)
With 600 lbs Payload (272 kg): 6″ (152 mm)

        • Max Outboard Motor Power Recommended for Regular Use: 6 HP
        • Outboard Motor Compatibility: 20″ Long (L) Propeller Shaft

Read more: How much HP for my S4 skiff’s outboard motor? »

Materials

 

Recyclable kayakHull: Rotationally Molded High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
Saddle: Rotationally Molded High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
Heavy Duty (HD) Saddle Bracket: Medium Density Overlay (MDO).

Our boats are made from 100% recyclable materials

Country of Origin

 

US flag 46Our kayaks, paddles and accessories are 100% Made in USA

 

 

4. PRICE    $2,760.

 

This price includes shipping in the US to land addresses in the contiguous 48 states, with insurance and call before delivery service.
This price does not include the S4 mounting plate, whose cost is $130.

 

5. ACCESSORIES

 

S4 Heavy Duty (HD) Motor Mounting Plate: $130

 

1.5″ thick. Made from Medium Density Overlay (MDO) and coated with urethane.
Each mounting plate ships with a pair of 5/16″, 3″ long bolts, and self locking nuts.
It takes a couple of minutes to attach this mounting plate to the boat: Just insert it into the molded-in stand for transom motor mount, drill two 5/16″ holes, and secure in place with the two bolts provided.

Fits 20″ long (L) propeller shafts.

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Wavewalk® 9 ft long dual blade (‘Kayak’) paddle: $190

Common dual blade (‘kayak’) paddles are neither long nor sturdy or rigid enough for paddling this paddle craft, pole it in shallow water, and paddle standing.

 

Wavewalk® 9’8″ extra long dual blade (‘Kayak’) paddle: $230

For very tall people, or people who plan on paddling standing and poling most of the time.

 

Wavewalk® Detachable Spray Shield: $140

For high speed motorizing in choppy water.

 

Wavewalk® Joystick Steering System: $270

For easy and fun steering seated and standing.

 

6. BENEFITS

 

Best Stability in Small Boats

 

        • Initial (Primary) Stability: The S4 is more stable than any kayak, canoe, Jon boat and small skiff, including Wavewalk’s W700.  A 200 lbs person standing with both feet in one of the S4 hulls will make it draft barely 1″ lower than it would if that person stood with one foot in each hull – hardly a noticeable difference.
        • Secondary Stability and Balancing Capability: The unique combination of a saddle seat (such as ATVs, PWC and snowmobiles feature) with high-volume twin hulls enables the passengers to balance themselves easily, intuitively, and more effectively than in any other boat, including kayaks, canoes, Jon boats, dinghies, skiffs, and personal watercraft (PWC / ‘jet-ski’).

The S4 is unrivaled in Stability terms.

Read more: Jon Boat Stability vs. Wavewalk® S4 »

Best Boat Ergonomics

 

The 15″ high saddle featuring in the S4 is similar to the saddle featuring in other high performance land and water vehicles, such as All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV), Personal Watercraft (PWC / ‘jet-ski’), and Snowmobiles, as well as certain Rigid-Inflatable Boats (RIB) designed for high speed motorizing offshore.
Passengers riding this saddle can travel for long hours, including in choppy water, without suffering from back pain or fatigue. This is due to the fact that while seated in the Riding position, with a leg on each side of the saddle, the passenger’s legs support them in the most effective way, and no horizontal pressure from a backrest is being applied on their lower back.
In addition, the S4 passengers can stand up any time they want, and keep driving and paddling while standing up. They can even lay down with their back on the saddle, and relax. Switching between positions assures that no extreme fatigue or tension would build up in any part of the passenger’s body.

Easy Transportation and Full Portability

 

The S4 weighs 98 lbs without a motor attached to it. This means that it does not require a trailer for transportation, since it can be car-topped. The S4 can be dragged or carried over rough terrain, and launched practically anywhere, whether it’s a rocky beach, shallow water, and other difficult spots that are not accessible to other boats.

Mobility and Range of Travel

 

The S4 can go anywhere, thanks to a number of special features –
No other boat offers such a combination of shallow draft and total multi-modal propulsion, namely the ability to keep going in an effective paddling and poling mode even if the water is too shallow and/or infested with weeds to allow for motorizing.
No other small boat works so well both on flat water and in the chop.

On Board Storage

 

The space available for dry storage on board the S4 is equivalent to the storage offered by a good size Jon-boat, or a regular skiff.

Speed

So far, the speed record for the S4 is 17 mph. This record was set with a 9.8 HP Tohatsu outboard motor by Captain Larry Jarboe, and documented in video. Based on the boat’s perfect performance at this speed, it could go faster with a more powerful motor. Please note that Wavewalk does not recommend using motors that are over 6 HP with the S4.

7. S4 vs. W700

 

        • W700 advantages over the S4:  Solo kayaking, tandem kayaking, solo canoeing, portability.
        • S4 advantages over the W700: Motorizing, tandem motorizing, tandem fishing, stability, offshore trips, load capacity.
        • Shallow water – The S4 drafts less than the W700, and it features a skiff stand up casting platform, but the W700 paddles better, generally.
        • Offshore – Being more of a boat than the W700, the S4 offers a clear advantage in the chop.

 

MORE READING

Wavewalk® 700 Reviews

Wavewalk launched the 700 series at the end of the 2015 season (in late August of 2015).
Currently, there are 19 full featured Wavewalk® 700 reviews listed on this page.
Per our company policy, each Wavewalk® 700 review includes the full name and state of the person who contributed it, as well as pictures. We consider anonymous kayak reviews and reviews posted under an alias to be worthless, and we disapprove of reviews authored by people who get paid to write them, such as journalists and website owners who depend on paid advertising.
We think a review is meaningful only if its author paid for the kayak they review, and they fully identify themselves as a regular client, or a reseller.
We accept reviews contributed by any Wavewalk reseller who bought a Wavewalk® 700 from us for their own, personal use, and does not resell other kayaks. Whether such person uses their W700 for paddling, fishing, hunting or motorized boating, as its user, they certainly have an interesting insight to share with us and with other users, and we are grateful to them for it, and for being a Wavewalk fan.

List of Wavewalk® 700 Reviews

 

Wavewalk 700 kayak review from DelawareGetting ready to motorize my Wavewalk 700
By Cliff Robbins, Delaware

 

Wavewalk 700 kayak review with a DIY dog platformW700, because of the versatility
By Brandon Hall, North Carolina

 

Wavewalk 700 review from British Columbia, CanadaThe W700 is very stable and easy to stand up in
By Darcy Paulin, British Columbia, Canada

 

Wavewalk 700 review from Cohasset, MassachusettsEnjoying our W700 the old fashioned way
By Katherine McCarthy, Massachusetts

 

Wavewalk 700 review from MassachusettsMy Wavewalk 700
By Joanne Campbell, Massachusetts

 

Review of a motorized Wavewalk 700, ConnecticutWavewalk 700 Test ride 2017
By Rox Davis, Connecticut

 

Review of Wavewalk 700 from MichiganVery comfortable for a good long day on the lake
By Jim Gifford, Michigan

 

Review of my Wavewalk 700 rigged fishing kayakFirst snook and review of my Wavewalk 700 rigged fishing kayak
By David Hernandez, Florida

 

Wavewalk 700 review by Canadian fishing & hunting guideWavewalk 700 review by Canadian fishing & hunting guide
By Russ Popp, Manitoba, Canada

 

Review of a Wavewalk 700 skiff with outboard motor and electric trolling motor, FLWavewalk 700 skiff with 5 HP Tohatsu outboard motor and electric trolling motor
By Captain Larry Jarboe, Florida

 

Review of the Wavewalk 700 from MichiganPaddling and sailing the Great Lakes with my Wavewalk 700
By Forrest Henry, Michigan

 

Review of the Wavewalk 700 with an outboard gas motor, and with an electric trolling motorWavewalk 700 with outboard gas motor, and with an electric trolling motor  By Joe Stauder, Pennsylvania

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk 700 for cod fishing in the fjords of NorwayWavewalk 700 for fishing cod in Norway’s fjords   By Roine Ankarstrom, Sweden (and Norway)

 

 

Review of the tandem Wavewalk 700 on a Vermont camping tripReview of the Wavewalk 700 as tandem kayak for long camping trips   By Galina Slastenko, Massachusetts

 

 

Review of electric Wavewalk 700 in Key Largo snorkeling tourReview of electric Wavewalk 700 in Key Largo snorkeling tour   By Capn’ Larry Jarboe, Key Largo, Florida

 

 

Review of Wavewalk 700 with 2.3 hp Honda outboard motorMy motorized Wavewalk 700 with 2.3 hp Honda outboard   By Caleb Jenkins, Washington state

 

 

Review of electric Wavewalk 700 for two fishermen (video)Outstanding! Two fishermen motorizing standing in a Wavewalk 700 boat     Gene Andrews, Florida

 

 

Review of Wavewalk 700 and launching dockWavewalk 700 review and dock launching system     Jeff Goldstein, New York

 

 

Review of Wavewalk 700 as a fishing boat and tandem kayak for the family and children Family fishing day with the W700 serving various crews     Chris Henderson, Washington

 

 

Review of Wavewalk 700 fishing kayak from Melbourne, Australia One step at a time – initial review     Dario Lazaric, Australia

 

 

review of Wavewalk 700 kayak from Swedish angler The 700 – More than a surprise     Kent Johnsen, Sweden

 

 

review of Wavewalk 700 as tandem fishing kayak First impression from our Wavewalk 700     Jon Cohen, Massachusetts

 

 

First trip in my new Wavewalk 700 Wavewalk 700 paddling trip in Hilo bay, Hawaii      Jerry Wheeler, Hawaii

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk 700 as a fishing kayak for a big and heavy fisherman For me it is the Wavewalk 700 or nothing        John Sealy, North Carolina

 

 

Review of the Wavewalk 700 as a fishing and crabbing boat My initial observations on the Wavewalk 700      Captain Larry Jarboe, Florida

 

 

Review of Wavewalk 700 as a duck hunting boat Great duck hunting boat!        Chris Henderson, Washington

 

 

Review of Wavewalk 700 as tandem kayak A day on Lake Ouachita in our tandem W700      Scot and Mary Alice VanHorn, Arkansas

 

 

Review of W700 fishing and family kayak Wavewalk 700 fishing and family kayak     Jinsub Chung, New Hampshire

 

 

Review of W700 fishing kayak motorized with electric motor “Bonefish”, my customized, motorized Wavewalk 700     Rem Seil, Florida

 

 

Review of fly fishing kayak for heavy paddler Maiden voyage for my Wavewalk 700 fly fishing kayak    Jill Toler, North Carolina

 

 

Dog platform? I don’t think it’s necessary with the 700 Dog platform? I don’t think it’s necessary with the 700   Joe Stauder, Pennsylvania

 

 

300 lbs big guy paddling and fishing standing in a W700 300 lbs big guy paddling and fishing standing in a Wavewalk 700    Ernie Balch, New York

 

 

bass-caught-in-W700-08-26-2015 First fish caught in my new Wavewalk 700     Michael Chesloff, New York

 

 

elderly fisherman paddling standing in his W700 fishing kayak My Wavewalk 700    Scott Cargo, Colorado

 

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