Tag Archive: choppy water

Fast moving water, or water with large eddies and waves (‘chop’). Choppy water makes it harder for kayakers to navigate, and people who use sit-in, hybrid or sit-on-top (SOT) kayaks in choppy water get wet, since they’re not protected.

Full size spray shield for motorized Wavewalk S4

The challenge: Keeping the front passenger dry when driving your S4 at full speed in choppy water.
The solution: Outfitting your S4 with a spray shield that’s big enough.

Wavewalk S4 outfitted with a full size spray shield and carrying a wheel cart on its deck. This wheel cart has an extension that can fit into the second slot in the S4’s front deck.

We used a 48″ x 24″ x 0.093″ Makrolon (Polycarbonate) sheet cut into three sections to create a 90″ long, 16″ high spray shield. This material is available at Home Depot.
We assembled the sections using Goop adhesive and rivets.
We attached the spray shield to the S4 deck using eyelets and short bungees.

This full size spray shield effectively protects from spray the passenger sitting in the front of the cockpit, and it further enhances the seaworthiness of your S4.

Warning: Stay away from Acrylic sheets because this material is too rigid for this kind of application, and it will develop cracks as soon as you start cutting it.

Big wake coming? No big deal – Wakes are fun!

This movie illustrates the concept of Wake-Immunity, which is part of the broader concept of Super-Stability.

A Wavewalk S4 motor kayak skiff is going in choppy water, in the ocean. This portable boat is so stable and its driver so much in control that a series of big lateral waves from the wake of a fast motorboat passing nearby at full speed does not present a problem or even a challenge to the S4 driver – It is just a new opportunity to have some wake fun in the sun…

 

Wave walking around the neighborhood

Just a short video shot while driving my S4 around the corner…

 

Couple observations –
This 6 HP outboard is no 10 HP, and this 8″ pitch prop is no 9″ pitch 😀
Driving this little boat in the chop is super easy and fun, whether it’s against the wind, in lateral waves, or in a following sea.

Tandem kayak ocean rescue with the Wavewalk S4

By Captain Larry Jarboe

Wavewalk Adventures Key Largo

 

This afternoon, I took my workhorse S4, the White Knight, through the Key Largo Cut to get some video from Blackwater Sound and the Southern Everglades. Prior to reaching the IntraCoastal Waterway, I spotted a couple in a SOT kayak trying to paddle their yak into a stiff wind and close 2 ft. chop.

The planned video can be recorded another day. I volunteered to tow them back to the Marriott from where they had launched. They gratefully accepted.

We had a grand time beating our way home against the wind and the waves. Christina and Zach got a Wavewalk S4 real world demo and a motorized tour of Key Largo.

And, we all enjoyed another Wavewalk Adventure.

The S4 really is the boat that does it all!

 


More adventures with Capn’ Larry »

Four people having fun in three Wavewalk S4 skiffs, Key Largo

This is a video that shows people driving their S4 skiffs standing, riding the saddle seat, and sitting side-saddle, with and without a passenger on board, on flat water, in the chop, and in the ocean, in 2 ft waves. No problem whatsoever – Just fun, fun, fun!

 

 

Stability is non-issue in the S4 – It’s neither a problem in the physical sense, namely how the boat reacts to external forces, or in the ergonomic and psychological sense, namely balancing oneself as a driver or a passenger.
Driving is easy and intuitive, with or without a tiller extension, and the boat does what you want it to do, and feels almost like an extension of yourself.
Driving standing feels like skiing, except for the fact that you fully control both speed and direction.
Unlike standing in a Jon boat or on the flat deck of a common skiff, you stand in the S4 with a foot at the bottom of each hull and the saddle serves you as extra support and balancing enabler. In this sense, it’s more like riding a big personal watercraft, a.k.a. jet-ski, waverunner, etc.
A person who had never driven a boat before can drive an S4 standing within a short time on their first trip in it.

Many thanks to Captain Larry Jarboe, who made this possible and so enjoyable 🙂

Starring in this movie are (alphabetically) Dave, Larry, Orit and Yoav.