Big (heavy) people sometimes have problems kayaking and fishing out of kayaks. These problems can be related to balancing the kayak, paddling it, and operating it. Big and heavy kayakers often suffer from ergonomic problems such as back pain and leg numbness when the paddle kayaks or fish from them.
Wavewalk did it again! I thought the 700 was the best there could be, until we got our first S4, what a great craft to motorize.
In my opinion, this craft is the Ultimate in small craft versatility. It lends itself to any kind of propulsion, paddles, electric trolling motor, and especially a small gas outboard. This thing handles like a dream. She wants to track nice and straight until you turn her, then she can turn on a dime. Now I truly didn’t get a lot of time on the water with her, because we sold her already. Bob wanted her so bad he drove up to PA. from West Virginia to get her. He is in love with his new craft, and the custom rigging we did for him.
Another example that shows how stable and comfortable the S4 is. This 330 lbs client enjoys driving the S4 in the regular position, then side-saddle with both feet in one of the boat’s hulls. After that, he fishes the mangroves in this position, facing the side of the boat.
I added bridles to the front and rear of each boat to ease launching. I bring the Wavewalk to the ladder, hold the rope around the ladder and climb down. The boat is so stable that it’s very easy for me to get in and out without any fear of tipping. I had my son and son in law in the boat, both close to 240lbs each.
Attached are photos of how I set up my dock. I purchased the roller which is about 5′ long from a dock roller company called Ryano. The hardware is all galvanized and the roller is 6″ diameter. I got 20′ long Python locks (made by Master Lock) and screwed a stainless eye hook into each pole which are 8′ on center apart. The cable lock secures the Wavewalk so it can’t move in the wind and is theft resistant.
Tim is a 275 lbs fly fisherman who suffers from back problems. He showed the Wavewalk website to his chiropractor, who told him -“This is the boat you need!”, so he came over to test the W700. Since he had watched all the demo and instruction videos before, everything was easy for him – From launching to paddling standing, performing stability tests, beaching, and uploading the boat onto his pickup truck bed.
Not long ago I bought a W500. The 500 lived up to its billing. I could get in it with dry feet, I could paddle upright without back pain, and it was more stable than any canoe or kayak I’d ever been in. What a great “platform” for fishing and touring. The Wavewalk 700 is everything the 500 is, and more.
I took the W700 out last week for my first trip and was amazed at how stable it was. The W700 is such a pleasure to paddle, easy to get into, easy to launch, and so incredibly stable. So I really put it to the test….my wife Kathy wanted to give it a try. Kathy is 60 yoa and hasn’t been on the water in 20 years. See the video of my wife coming to shore and getting out of my W700 for the first time. She’s now picked out a yellow one so it was an expensive test!
I’m 63 yoa and am no lightweight. I now have a kayak I can paddle with confidence. In the W500 or the W700 I can stand up!, move forward or back, lean forward or back, and change leg position. I simply can’t use other kayaks or canoes due to my lower back issues and my size. For me it is the Wavewalk or nothing.
I’ve got fishing and exploring to do. I look forward to having my wife enjoy the water with me and to have grand children explore and fish with me in the 700 or alongside in their own 500.
See the pictures of me getting into and out of the W700:
Launching the Wavewalk 700
1. Just step in
2. Walk to the middle of the cockpit
3. Sit down comfortably, with nothing pushing against your lower back…
4. Push the kayak in with your paddle, and start paddling
Paddle sitting or standing, it’s easy even for a big guy like me
Beaching the Wavewalk 700
1. Slide backward to the rear end of the cockpit – the bow goes up! Paddle directly to the beach…
2. A few paddle strokes and a push, and the kayak’s bow slides up the bank
3. Get up (it’s easy!), stand up, and wave to your fans…