Camping means traveling outdoors and staying in an improvised camp. Kayak camping requires taking extra gear on board, which makes storage space more important.
All Wavewalk kayaks offer plenty of on board storage space – Much more than any other kayak does. More on storing camping gear on board your Wavewalk kayak
I am building my Suburban into an Overlander. My first step was to build the roof rack so I can take either two S4s, an S4 and a W700 or of course 2 W700s. The rack is not complete until it gets a floor (perforated steel) and ladders (one on each side). We will have a roof top tent.
My church does an annual church campout. This year we went to Alta Lake which is on the East side of the state. I was able to sneak out in the mornings and in-between activities to do a bit of fishing. The wind was a constant and irregular companion. One moment it would be dead calm and the next moment whipping 15 mph through the canyon. But that is no problem for the ole W700. Kokanee were quality fish 15-16 inches. Now I need to go back for just a fishing trip!
Wavewalk’s motto Launch, Go, Fish and Beach Anywhere is a reality for many Wavewalk owners.
Carrying a Wavewalk 500 or 700 just by dragging it on the ground anywhere is easy, and it’s feasible even with a 6 HP outboard motor attached to the kayak, as we demonstrated in this movie »
However, the S4 being heavier than the W500 and W700, we thought it would be nice to have a wheel cart for it, for when we have the 59 lbs 6 HP outboard motor attached to it, and we want to launch and beach in difficult spots, namely beaches that require carrying the boat over asphalt or on difficult terrain, especially steep and rocky slopes. The heavier the fishing, diving or camping gear carried on board the S4 skiff kayak, the more justified is the use of a wheel cart to carry it.
While most 38″ wide canoe trolleys would have fit this requirement, we wanted a wheel cart that we could store on board, inside one of the hulls, so we designed one –
Wheel cart stored on board the S4, in the bow
We outfitted the wheel cart with a folding leg that assures that the cart will be in the right angle to receive the boat.
The wheel cart is positioned to receive the S4
S4 wheel cart with its leg deployed, ready to have the kayak loaded onto it
Underside of the wheel cart, with the positioning leg folded in
Loading the boat is done simply by pulling it onto the wheel cart. The user can decide where they prefer to have the wheel cart located relatively to the boat. A boat with a heavy motor attached to it would require the wheel cart to be located further towards the stern.
It’s possible to upload the boat on this wheel cart from the bow or from the stern, depending on circumstances. Uploading from the stern makes it easier to place the close to the stern, which puts the boat in a good position for mounting the motor on it, as well as for carrying it with the motor attached to it.
S4 kayak loaded on the wheel cart and secured with two straps
When stored on board, this wheel cart protrudes into the front part of the cockpit, and this could restrict the space available for a second passenger. In such case, this wheel cart can be attached on top of the front deck, and stored under it if one of the passengers wants to stand on the deck and use it as a casting platform.
This wheel cart is not a product that we offer for sale
Some tech specs –
The 38″ long and 6″ wide horizontal main board is made from 3/4″ plywood, and so is the narrow reinforcement beam under it.
All wooden parts are coated with urethane.
We covered with Goop all the screws in the L brackets that could come in contact with the underside of the hulls.
The vertical side boards are made from 1/2″ plywood.
The wheels are 7″ in diameter.
The axles are made from a standard 3 ft long 1/2″ diameter steel tube cut in two.
1. Front lower corners cut away to enable better performance over rugged terrain, such as rocks, roots, etc.
The kayak was beyond all expectations!
On the very first time we used it to get to our camp site, loaded with all the gear we got into a strong rain storm with wind, so strong, that it was difficult to see on a mile paddle.
Not for a moment I had any doubt in the fact the kayak just doesn’t care. It was easy to handle, incredibly stable and just a pleasure to operate.
We actually loaded it on top, front and back, and between us – it was still stable.
I did have some trouble to get out when the gear was around. But this is a fishing boat, not a camping canoe, maybe I am asking too much.
I think for the next trip we will make some kind of harness to attach to the front and back, and load our most light dry bags on top connected with harness for security. That will free leg space. We do not have that many pictures though – just two worth to show – one right before the rain and one on our way back – beautiful Vermont summer day!
Before the rain storm – Wavewalk 700 Tandem kayak loaded with camping gear, Vermont
On the way back – Wavewalk 700 Tandem kayak loaded with camping gear, Vermont
The answer is yes – It all fits inside the boat’s hulls. No need to attach large size bags on top.
How much gear can you store in a Wavewalk® 500?
Thom and Julie Martin from Michigan love to go on long camping and fishing trips, and they always take their Wavewalk kayaks with them. They wanted to check how much camping and fishing gear they could fit in a W kayak, and they documented their findings. Says Julie: -“Plenty! This is clothing and linens for the both of us for two weeks, charcoal, chairs, umbrella, hammock, personal flotation devices, snorkel masks with flippers, and of course the fishing rods! With 8.8 cubic feet available, I got it all in the boat, except for three large bags that I will strap to the top. It will all be tarp covered, as we are expecting rain tomorrow during our drive up north.”
SUGGESTED VIDEO OF WAVEWALK 500 RIGGED FOR FISHING WITH INSIGHT ON STORAGE:
We haven’t had family fun in a long time, so we decided to go on a trip to Cheongsando island. We took the ferry there.
When it rains the kayak upside down, to prevent the accumulation of rainwater.
Our camping van was renovated, and it featured all kinds of accessories and amenities, including a bed and and expandable table at the rear.
During the trip we used a charcoal grill and a regular grill. We had gamsaengyi snails, walleye and rockfish, and bone clear soup. Adding Black sea bream gave the food an awesome taste.
We visited Wando island and the birthplace of the artist Yun Du-seo .