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The W700 is very stable and easy to stand up in

By Darcy Paulin

British Columbia, Canada

I find that the W700 is far too easy to stand up in 😀

The W700 is great. It easily carries 2 people, even two 200 lb guys. It is for this purpose I bought it, and when I am paddling with another person, we would carry it by the straps. It is very stable. I was not kidding when I said it is too easy to stand up in. It is perfect for taking people out even when they are a little nervous about the water.


W kayak used in underwater robotics tests, by Darcy Paulin

OpenROV is a DIY community centered around open-source underwater robots for exploration, education and adventure.

Here are some pictures from my recent ‘Depth Test’ experiment.
My W Kayak was loaded up and performed admirably.
The picture at the top is from the successful trip and the second picture is from the first day out when my laptop battery died. That is part of why I bought the electric motor for the second trip.

That is a link to my blog post about what I was doing

Basically I put some e-tubes*, that I wanted to test the max depth of, into the cage. Then I lowered it until the failed. Happily my little OpenROV (the blue device on the cage) did not fail. There are a couple videos in the blog one shows the e-tubes* failing spectacularly. The other shows the cage going all the way to 230m (bottom of the lake where I was floating)
*e-tubes – the sealed cylinder housing that we put the electronics for the OpenROV.
Note, I do normally have the saddle at the back. But I had to adjust things. 🙂

British Columbia, Canada

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First offshore kayaking trips in my new W500, by Darcy Paulin

fishing kayak beached in Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Kayak Arrived safe and sound about 3 weeks ago, and I am enjoying it a lot.
I have taken the kayak out 3 times now.
The first time it was very windy and English Bay was pretty rough. I was far too eager to try it out so I put on my life jacket and went for it. The Kayak handled really well and was easy to adapt to. The Waves just off shore move perpendicular to the beach and so I tried catching them on my way to false creek. I never quite managed it but I had a lot of fun.
I was out for 3.5-4 hours and when I stepped out of the kayak at trips end I nearly fell over. I thought my legs must just be numb from cold. But for the next 2 days I could barely walk because the muscles in my legs were so sore. My arms an shoulders didn’t really hurt at all. I did not expect my leg muscles to be so affected and they still were 5 days later. 🙂

The second trip was a little less rough but still quite wavy. I Traveled across English Bay this time from Kitsilano to West Vancouver when I looked back I was surprised how far away Kits was. I beached for a bit, bought some pizza, took pictures of a Seal and then headed back. The next day I wasn’t sore at all which is bizarre. I assume it was the extra wave action that was responsible the first time.

Thanks again for the excellent Kayak. 🙂


Vancouver, British Columbia

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Importing a Wavewalk to Canada

For clients living in Canada who are interested in importing a Wavewalk® kayak or boat into the country, the process is simple: You can either pick up your W kayak at a location on the US side of the border, and drive back to Canada, or have us ship the kayak to your Canadian address.
In such case called a Self Cleared Shipment, we contract a bonded freight company to deliver the boxed kayak to your Canadian address. When they pickup your kayak at the factory, we provide them with copies of the documents and information they need.
We email copies of these documents to you as well, and you can clear the kayak at a local office of the Canada Borders Services Agency (CBSA) – There is no need for anyone to be present at the US border.

There are some 2,000 local offices of the Canada Borders Services Agency (CBSA) across Canada, and you’d just have to find the one nearest to you (see list of locations), go there, and get your kayak cleared within a few minutes.
You won’t be required to use a customs broker for this matter, and thanks to NAFTA there is no duty on 100% U.S. made kayaks such as Wavewalk’s. You can also clear customs through an online service clearit.ca

Next, you just have to notify the carriers that your kayak has been cleared, send copies of the documents to them, and schedule with them the delivery to your address.

Bonded shipments to Canada are more expensive than regular shipments in the continental U.S., and they require more paperwork from us. Therefore, we charge on them a $60 fee for a W500 kayak, a $80 fee for a W700 boat, and a $100 fee for an S4 boat..

We ship each Wavewalk® kayak in an individual cardboard box, and all our shipments are insured. The price of shipping includes tracking and call before delivery.

Please call us at 1-744 315-6009, or email us if you have any question.

Initial Review of W500 Kayak, by Jim Addison, Big Guy from British Columbia, Canada

I’m 6’-3”; 235 lbs. I have back and weak leg problems that will keep me from safely balancing in the standing position, let alone jumping up and down. Sitting, I can go all day! (at 70 yrs old that’s probably an hour or so)… The saddle and sitting positions it offers are the big appeal of the Wavewalk for me. Forget about the traditional L position – I couldn’t get up, even if I had managed to get down.
Once I saw the W500 I knew that was the boat for me, but, being me, and never having tried a W500, I kept thinking I could improve on the design here and there. During the acceptance process I learned a lot, and now I’m happy to accept the hull as it is.

I’m feeling a little guilty that I didn’t have any exciting adventures to relate.
The first time out, I went to a lake with a shallow beach where I figured I could walk back to shore if I dumped the boat. I started out cautiously, right from shore, without getting my feet wet. I paddled in the shallow area for less than a minute, then headed down the lake (how’s that for quickly gaining confidence?), then all the way up to the other end (a mile?), then back down the . . . oh, oh! The breeze has kicked up. This could be trouble. A couple of mental adjustments and I was paddling into the wind and doing OK. Remember, I’m not a paddler, not ever a rowboat. I rested a bit in the lee of the eastern lakeshore then headed back to the beach 1/2-way down the lake where I dis-embarked, without getting my feet wet.
So far, nothing out of the ordinary. I initially found the boat to be tender, but that was me, not the boat. Anything that only weighs 59 pounds is bound to be tender when it’s reacting to a 235 pound novice, and the more I use it, the more compatible we become. It took a bit of adjustment to handle the paddle, which I imagine every new paddler experiences. And even though I got a couple of scares out there on the lake by digging in too hard, I didn’t dump the boat.
I haven’t been chasing fish. I realized I’m not going to be an avid fisherman but the lure is still there, and watching Fisheries pour three tanker trucks of keeper size trout into the lake whets the appetite.

I’ve constructed a rack for my car using the trailer hitch and a roof rack on the 2 door coupe. The T-bar trailer hitch rack is connect to the roof rack by two 2 X 6 spruce(strong and light) boards. Because the car is low, it is an easy chore for me to lift one end of the kayak onto the back rack and then lift and slide the boat into place on the racks. I have the kayak, strapped to the roof rack ,hanging above the car in the garage. Just lower the whole setup onto the car, screw it down and voila!

When I’ve put a few more miles on the boat and had some experience with the different situations that I’m sure will pop up, I’ll pass them on to you.


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