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A fisherman is a man who fishes. In a narrow sense, it’s a recreational angler.

Another Wavewalk Kayak Adventure – Pennekemp State Park

By Captain Larry Jarboe

 

Springtime may be a little chilly north of the Florida Line but we are having wonderful weather in Key Largo.
Anthony from Broward County and his friend, Tom from New York, joined me for a wonderful Wavewalk day exploring the heart of Pennekamp State Park.
Tom had previously capsized a conventional kayak and ruined his cell phone on another non-Wavewalk expedition with another outfitter.
But, he had no problem standing in his W700 while Anthony took a well deserved snooze.
We paddled over 3 miles exploring the flats, creeks, and sunken barge wreck.

Anthony will come back to share a future Wavewalk Adventure with his fiancee.  He is looking forward to putting a W700 in his garage as soon as he gets a house.
And, Tom will return to New York as a pro-yakker and apprentice commercial fisherman who has mastered the art of catching bait.

The  “Rest of the Story” can be found at  capnlarryjarboe.com

We are having so much fun and healthy exercise!

 

 

 

 

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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

Underwater scenery - coral reef

 

Wave walking in the Keys


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Wavewalk fishing kayaks and boats displayed at the Susquehanna Valley Mall in Selinsgrove, PA

By Joe Stauder

HBBCO Kayaks

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A motorized W700 boat outfitted with a pair of inflatable flotation tubes for extremely rough water conditions, and a multimedia stand

 

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General view of the display

 

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Multimedia stand, Wavewalk fishing kayaks, and a mannequin dressed as a kayak fisherman paddling standing

 

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Many thanks to many people

The Wavewalk™ 700 as a concept, design and actual product is the result of inputs from many people over several years. These people have contributed both directly and indirectly to identifying the requirements for this unique product, refining and defining those initial requirements, and turning them into something tangible, useful and exciting.

We’ll try to name a few of them, mostly in a chronological order, and we’ll start with Sungjin Kim, who was the first to outfit his W500 with an outboard gas engine mounted at the rear of the cockpit. At first, Sungjin himself wasn’t particularly satisfied with that setup, but the videos showing him driving his motorized W500 were enough to set the W motorizing trend in motion, and this trend was key to the development of the W700 – the world’s best two-person, trailer-free fishing boat that one person can easily paddle and car-top by themselves, without help from a fishing partner.

At the initial phase, Gary Thorberg experimented with various outboard motors and motor mounts, and helped develop the motorized W500 as a product. After some hesitation, Rox Davis joined the R&D effort, and used her extensive experience in motorizing W kayaks with electric motors to motorize her W500 with 15″ outboards.

The next breakthrough came from from Kenny ‘One-Shot’ Tracy, who outfitted his W500 with a pair of DIY Styrofoam flotation modules and a 6hp outboard. Driving his W500 at 13 mph, Kenny broke the speed record for this little craft, and proved that high speed motorizing was within its performance envelope.

Kenny’s experiments led to the development of the W570 series, namely the W500 outfitted with a pair of large-size inflatable flotation modules attached to the back of the hulls, and a transparent spray shield attached to the front of its cockpit.

The offshore W fishing boat was born, but is had shortcomings, and the main one was its limited load capacity – It was still more of a motorized fishing kayak than a fishing boat.

Quite a few people contributed their requirements to have us develop a bigger kayak for tandem paddling and fishing, and Bernie Marsden, whom we helped build a wide, wooden DIY motorized kayak that serves him as a stable diving platform showed how well such a wider W kayak could work.

We held long discussions with Michael Chesloff, who’s been fishing out of a W500 kayak for several years, after having owned eight different small fishing boats, none of which he  particularly liked. Michael is an avid bass fisherman with a strong interest in small fishing craft, and he contributed his insight on the advantages and disadvantages of various types of boats that anglers use. Michael’s interest in marketing produced interesting observations as well as experiments.

Steve Lucas, a W500 flats fisherman offered his own insight on fishing kayaks and flats fishing boats, especially microskiff. Steve’s input complemented what we learned from Kevin Eastman, a motorized W500 flats fly fisherman.

At some point, we started looking for ways to merge all this knowledge and requirements into something that would work well in performance terms, and could be manufactured in a sensible manner. The latter requirement proved to be hard to answer due to various technical reasons having to do with the form of the W craft and the limitations of the molding technologies available to kayak and small boat manufacturers, which is why it took us two years to come up with the W700 product line.

Thank you!  🙂

Yoav