My wife and I went out to Clear Lake (pierce co) and had a nice little fish.
We got on the water around 8 and left by noonish to be able to get home for the Seahawks’ game.
Kept 4 Kokanee (landlocked sockeye salmon), did a couple of long distance releases (kokanee are crazy fighters), and threw back some dinkers (next years fish).
Fish were in the 12 inch range and still in great condition.
Wavewalk with a downrigger is a great combination. They are stable enough that you do not feel uncomfortable when you have to mess with them to deploy or retrieve the downrigger.
We used a little flasher and a wedding ring creation on the business end, and were trolling with our downriggers at about 30 feet.
The other thing I love about the wavewalk is that you can troll at 1.5 -2 mph forever with very little effort on a calm lake.
For 2015, Wavewalk introduces the new 570 series for offshore motorized fishing.
The 570 is a new type of small watercraft in which Wavewalk merged its patented W Kayak invention with the Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) technology.
RHIBs are known for their stability, high performance and seaworthiness in demanding applications such as lifeboats, rescue, and military operations. They also serve as tenders for large boats and ships, and as work boats in offshore facilities.
Unlike in regular RHIBs, the inflatable tubes that come with the W570 are easily detachable, for storage during transport, or in case they’re not needed, such as when you paddle or motorize on flat water.
And unlike RHIBs, the standard W570 comes outfitted with flotation tubes only in its rear part, so they don’t interfere much with fishing or paddling.
In addition, the weight of the outboard motor at the stern offers the W570 user to sit or stand closer to the bow while keeping the boat level. This slightly forward position further increases the range of motion when they fish, or paddle while launching or beaching in water that’s too shallow for motorizing, or in water with abundant aquatic vegetation.
The W570 can serve as a small, lightweight, car-top, durable microskiff with enhanced offshore capabilities.
The W570 user can drive it in the powerful and stable Riding posture, similarly to a personal watercraft (PWC, jet-ski), as well as standing up. Both types of boat feature a similar longitudinal, high saddle, although the W570’s saddle is longer, and allows the user to drive or paddle from different locations fore and aft of the middle of the cockpit.
Since motorizing at high speed in choppy water involves bumping into waves and generating spray, the W570 is offered with a lightweight, detachable spray shield that can be removed within seconds and stored flat and upright in one of the hulls, behind the user. The reason we made this accessory detachable is in order to enable the user to get it out of their way when they fish, store it on board, and re-attach it only when it’s needed.
Launching: Almost anywhere, including sandy and rocky beaches, steep banks that require seal-launching, remote beaches that require portaging and won’t allow for wheel carts, shallow water where only poling and paddling works, water with seaweed and/or grass, etc.
Beaching: Same as above, except less steep banks.
Mobility: Being a triple propulsion craft (motorizing, paddling, poling) the W570 can get anywhere a W kayak can, which means in seaweed, grass, reeds, over obstacles, in shallow water, in fast tidal currents, in strong wide, offshore in the chop, etc.
Speed: 8.5 mph with a 210 lbs passenger on board and running a small, 2 HP Honda air-cooled outboard motor.
Range: Typically, when using a 2 HP outboard motor, 1 quart of gasoline (0.9 liter) would suffice for 1 hour at full throttle.
Maximum recommended load for passengers and their gear: 320 lbs (145 kg) when motorized.
All three models in Wavewalk’s new 570 series (W570) come ready for offshore motorizing.
They include these standard features:
A transom motor mount (TMM 15, TMM 20 or TMM 20-15). The mount requires installation that takes up to 5 minutes of easy work. The new TMM 20-15 transom mount fits both 20″ (long) and 15″ (short) propeller shafts, and it’s lighter than the other two.
A pair of high-capacity, detachable, inflatable side flotation modules (INF). Color: Black. Attaching and detaching these modules takes seconds. Inflating them is easy and does not require a pump.
A transparent, easily detachable and easily stored spray shield.
A set of 4 additional tie-downs (eyelets) on each side of the boat (total of 8 extra eyelets) enabling attaching the side flotation modules to it, as well as attaching an extra pair of flotation modules for extreme conditions.
A preparation for cockpit cover that also enables attaching the spray shield to the front of the cockpit.
A pair of clamp mounted Tite-Lok fishing rod holders.
A saddle bracket – standard. Starting from 2014 all W models feature a saddle bracket – standard.
A additional set of 4 standard (foam) flotation modules for paddling-only (100% non-motorized) mode, if the boat is not outfitted with a motor.
This video demonstrates the W570 INF 20-15 offshore, in choppy water:
Total length: 11’4″ (136″) 345 cm
Width: 29″ (73 cm) without the inflatable flotation modules
Weight: 60 lbs (27 kg) without accessories
Total width outfitted with 2 inflatable flotation modules: 29″ / front, 41″ / rear
Total weight when outfitted with accessories and no motor: 67 to 70 lbs, depending on motor mount model
Hull material: Rotationally molded High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
Inflatable floats material: Heavy Duty PVC, 30 MIL (0.03″, 0.763 mm)
So I have to say from the start I was very excited to discover WaveWalk. I was very close to buying an inflatable pontoon boat to fish the local electric only lakes within 50 miles of NYC where I live. I had a great purchase experience with Joe Stauder out in Pennsylvania but what I didn’t do was sea trial the craft. This was my choice as I met Joe in a mutually agreeable spot halfway across the State.
Now let me say that I am no lightweight. I’m 6’7″ and 280lbs on a good day. The center of balance on me is not quite where most people are so my maiden voyage was not as easy as most people experience. The boat seemed a bit tippy and unsettled.
The tracking was amazing and the space I had was huge compared to the [12' brand-name fishing kayak] I came from. The W seating position was awesome and the back pains I normally experience were nonexistent.
I was able to stay on the water much longer in the WaveWalk. I was even able to stand and cast but I have to admit I had some misgivings on the maiden voyage.
One of the mods I had done to my prior Yak was inflatable pop in pontoons and a standup bar. The light bulb went on and I went home and put the pontoon setup on my WaveWalk and it transformed my boat into the standup fishing platform I wanted!
Some of the things I learned along the way were to keep everything low and the C/G as close to the waterline as possible. I scrapped the early version of a milk crate with built in rod holders for sub surface mounted ones and I also upgraded the factory noodles for bigger ones. I’m writing this so that other customers who are of the heavier persuasion are aware of what they too can expect.
My second trip in the WaveWalk was a totally different experience and I found myself standing and casting very comfortably and even stand up paddling. I would not have attempted that the first time. Wind, waves, shallows all easily handled and I can’t wait to get back on the water.
Here are a few pics of my craft and right now I’m working on a dolly to move it around to and from the boat launch more easily.