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Crabbing is fishing for crabs, usually by means of traps.

Wavewalk 700 Lobster Scout Sea Sled

By Capn’ Larry Jarboe

Key Largo Fishing Kayaks and Skiffs

With the advent of Spiny Lobster season coming, I decided to convert my W700 into a search sled to hunt those crafty crustaceans.

A conventional tow sled that is used to drag a snorkeler behind a boat costs about a hundred bucks. The hapless free diver has no control over boat direction and has to breathe the fumes from the boat engine or engines. If the vessel has one or more two cycle outboards spewing exhaust upwind of the towed snorkel diver, there will be a lot of poisonous gasses inhaled.

This incarnation of the Wavewalk design as a lobster search sea sled allows the critter gitter to control direction and speed while breathing clean air. Electric trolling motors produce no air pollution and operate for pennies a day. It is easy to fly a dive flag planted in a support hole of the W700 support bracket.

This first test run worked very well but remember to cinch up your bathing suit real snug. I nearly lost mine a couple times…


Camera: Mrs. Jarboe

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Electric Wavewalk 700 attached to the mother ship

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Back in the Keys, wavewalking, snorkeling, and catching fish for dinner

By Captain Larry Jarboe

Yesterday, My wife, son, and I spent the afternoon snorkeling and Wavewalking behind Grecian Dry Rocks. This shallow reef in the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary does a pretty good job of acting as a breakwater on low tide.
The water is perfectly comfortable and crystal clear.
The W700 is a fine snorkel tender and will make a great lobster scout skiff when the season begins in August.

I am looking forward to combining swimming with Wavewalking to burn off the calories I gained during the commercial fishing season. It is pretty hard for a commercial fisherman not to eat up the profit.

On the way home, we stopped at a patch reef and caught dinner in a few minutes.

As much as I enjoy catching those Blue Cats in Maryland, it is nice to be home.

Please, feel free to visit. The fleet of Wavewalks is ready to transport you to grand adventures.

 

Mother ship with Wavewalk diving and fishing kayaks

Mother ship with Wavewalk fishing kayaks

Underwater scenery – coral reef

Underwater scenery – coral reef and shark

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Wave walking in the Keys


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My initial observations on the Wavewalk 700

By Captain Larry Jarboe

Key Largo, Florida

A couple days ago, I launched my W700 for the first time. It has taken a couple weeks to get my stone crab traps set up and dropped overboard from my commercial fishing boat “Line Dancer”. This vessel, a 27′ Lindsey w/ a B-series Cummins diesel, will make a fine mother ship to transport the W700 and my W500 to the Everglades, wrecks, reefs, and Gulf Stream waters surrounding Key Largo.

My initial observations include:

The W700 is the ideal family or couples vessel for economy and ease of transport. Where will you find a tandem yak that combines the best qualities of a kayak, canoe, catamaran, stand-up paddle board, and micro-skiff in one boat?

The W700 really is a magic boat. Not only is the W700 more stable and roomy than the W500 (which was the most stable yak I had previously used), the air tight buoyancy straddle seat is a major safety improvement. The center holes in the separately molded flotation seat can be used as rod holders. I plan to install a removable PVC post in one to hold a waterproof GoPro camera for videos.

Though a double paddle works fine to propel the W700, I prefer to use a canoe paddle. The W700 and W500 Wavewalks actually solo paddle easier than a canoe but you should know the J-stroke, sweep stroke, and other canoe paddling techniques to use a canoe paddle effectively.

Presently, I do not intend to make major mods to the W700. But, in time, there will be fore and aft motor brackets for both gas and electric motors as well as an anchor bracket and rod holders.

It is obvious, that the W700 is a great addition to the Wavewalk series but the W500 will travel with me up and down the East Coast from the Chesapeake to the Keys by truck bed or car top. The W500 is more portable for a solo yakker. Thus, it still has an important place in the product line.

I know many of the Wavewalk owners have put away their vessels for the winter. But, the temperature in the Keys is in the 70 degree range and the skies are mostly blue and sunny. So, there is still great fishing and boating to be found here in the Caribbean of the U.S.

 

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Wavewalk 700 on mother ship

 

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Wavewalk outfitted for crabbing, fishing and hunting

By Scott Harbinson

Virginia

I bought my Wavewalk from someone who sold his in Upstate NY. I certainly appreciated how easy it was to car top on the 320 mile trip back home.

The previous owner fabricated a sturdy aluminum motor mount for a long shaft motor. I have a 4 hp two stroke short shaft motor from a duck boat I own, and am wondering if it’ll work. It’s 49 lbs and I realize it’s a bit overpowered and probably a couple of inches too short for this mount.

This is going to be a hunting rig and I need a modular platform for my dog so I can have him in front when I’m under way and behind me (so I don’t shoot him) when I’m using it as a blind.

I mad a modular U-shaped gripping post like I have on my Go Devil duck hunting boat that will also serve as a mount for my GPS, floodlight and bilge pump switch.

I also made a front deck out of aluminum tubing and expanded metal screen (to keep weight down) which will be used to haul decoys.

I’m going to do the rigging here and sea trials in the Spring in a non-hunting environment. I don’t want my maiden voyage to be in pitch black darkness in freezing cold water. I realize there’s a learning curve and want to do it right. I can fish/crab this summer and put it into service next hunting season.

Modular grab bar and dog platform

The grab bar is mounted on a saddle bracket cut to the height of the top of the cockpit. It sits on that and the edges of the cockpit. It’s held in place by blocking attached underneath.
When I motor out the dog will sit in the position shown.
When I use it for a blind I can put it at the opposite end after removing the grab bar and inserting another saddle bracket cut to cockpit height.
I also installed 1/4″ by 3/4 diamond galvanized metal sheeting to serve as decking to carry a bag of decoys.
All-in-all it’s been a lot of fun rigging this out.

The grab bar is attached by the saddle bracket by four split rings, two per leg. There’s a 3/8’s bolt that attaches through the bracket. It should provide a bit more security for a standing operator. It doesn’t have the same tolerances as Wavewalk’s CNC fabricated bracket. If it did it’d provide a higher degree of stability.

As much as stability I was looking for a place to mount my GPS and Spotlight since I head into the marsh before it is light.

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The motor mount was fabricated by the previous owner and is too high. The anti-cavitation plate rides 2″ above the bottom plane of the boat instead of being flush. It has a plate on the underside.
I may play around with it and see how it works and either buy a Wavewalk mount or a Honda 2.3.

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The expanded metal sheeting was dirt simple. Unfortunately, my Home Depot only had 24×18″ pieces so I had to use two. I later found an eBay seller offering 24×36 sheets for $25. The one change I’d make is to cut it 1/2 inch inside of outline of the hull. I cut it flush and left edges that snag.
I used 1/4″ x 1″ bolts with fender washers and Nylok nuts. Very easy and very strong…. and lightweight as well.

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The platform was easy and the blocking holds it very tight. You could easily mount it to a bracket with a hinge to secure it on all four sides. My grab bar locks it in but for those not using a grab bar the hinge mount to a bracket would allow for easy folding and storage.
The grab bar certainly won’t do much by itself to keep you from losing your balance. However, it will provide something of an additional balance point (as opposed to thin air) with the tiller extension being the primary point. The principal purpose is to mount the spotlight and GPS. It’d never be stable enough to serve as a primary balance point I suspect.
I have a grab bar on my Riverhawk that I use with a 9 hp Go Devil. It’s mounted to the bait well and is rock solid. Though in all the years of use, it has never had to serve as more than an additional balance point and mount for my accessories. The nice thing about the bracket mount is its modularity. I can take it off and stow it in seconds, something I can’t do with my Riverhawk.

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Back to the grating: Next time around, I’d find a source for aluminum grating- preferably powder coated. Much lighter weight and resistant to corrosion.

Also added a Rotopak gas can which works perfectly. It is simply AWESOME for this application. The mounting bracket holes align perfectly to the 3/4″ diamond mesh, it looks cool as hell and solves a real problem of safely transporting fuel while keeping it well away from potential ignition sources (the motor).

That additional storage up front would also serve to counter the weight of the engine. The mesh provides tons of points to attach bungee cords to secure decoys, camping and fishing gear, your picnic basket or whatever.

For crabbings, I’d rig this boat with a mesh deck, bushel basket, crab line, cooler and bait.
For fishing, rod holders, fish finder and bait buckets.
For clamming I’d take buckets and rakes and a cooler.
I’d keep the mesh deck and the grab bar with a GPS at all times.

Scott

Kayak crabbing in Bodega Bay, by Edwin Warner

Been super busy crab fishing with my W kayak.

Edwin

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My crabbing kayak attached on top of my car, at the beach, Bodega bay

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View of the beach, Bodega bay, CA

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Sea lions that really scared me

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The Kevlar and carbon fiber cockpit cover I made for my crabbing kayak

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First trap pulled out of the water with crab and bait in it

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Crab trap on my kayak deck ready to be lowered into the water. San Francisco Bay

And some more crab traps…
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Plastic cooler with crabs on ice – yummy!

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Preparing the crabs for cooking!

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