Tag Archive: fishermen

Fishermen – the plural of fisherman. In the context of kayak fishing these are recreational anglers.

Cap’n Larry Jarboe: The Boat That Does It All

Quite a few years ago, back in the mid-1970’s, I was fortunate to work as a mate then captain of a large passenger carrying boat that took people snorkeling on the shallow coral reefs of John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo, Florida.

I promoted our business with the phrase “If you can swim, you can snorkel.” Twice a day, we hauled up to 61 passengers a trip on a wooden Harkers Island-built boat to witness the amazing coral reefs and tropical fish that are found right here in the United States.

Today, the State Park concession that I worked from has about 4 multi-passenger snorkel boats that have evolved from that one vessel.

Like snorkeling, there are many marine sports that have sprouted over my lifetime.

Obviously, canoes have been with us for many years. But, who figured out that you could sit on top of a kayak or stand up to paddle a fat surfboard? These are relatively recent innovations that have attracted a huge following.

Then, there are those Wave Runners. When I grew up in the Fifties, we never figured you could have a motorcycle that flew across the water.

All of those sports are fun for those of us who swim but owning all four: a canoe, kayak, paddle board and Wave Runner is expensive, space consuming, and a major maintenance hassle.

What if one vessel did all this, and more?

The Wavewalk catamaran style skiff is the stable and portable boat that literally, does it all. A visit to the company website at wavewalk.com will show you the W500 and W700 solo and tandem twin hull kayaks that are easy on your back because they are straddled like a Wave Runner. Fishermen are especially fond of the Wavewalk design because they are so easy to stand up in order to spot or cast to their prey.

These magic boats can be paddled with kayak or canoe paddles or outfitted for gas outboard or electric trolling motor or both! And, they are lightweight enough to carry on top of your car without a special carrying rack or trailer.

I discovered the Wavewalk design while I was searching the Internet for the perfect kayak to establish a retirement rental business in Key Largo. My first Wavewalk was purchased at retail price. That little W500 was so good that I used it in my commercial fishing business in the Chesapeake region to supply Blue Catfish fillets to Linda’s Cafe in downtown Lexington Park and the Victorian Candle Bed and Breakfast in historic Hollywood, Maryland.

At present, in addition to two commercial fishing work boats, I have a fleet of Wavewalk kayaks for weekend Wavewalk Adventures in the State Parks and National Sanctuaries that surround Key Largo.

And, I am fortunate to be the exclusive Wavewalk distributor for all of South Florida. Contact me if you are in the Chesapeake region and I can arrange for you to have your own Wavewalk kayak.

On a nearly daily basis, I motor my green W700 skiff through mangrove creeks or out in the ocean to make my own adventures exploring places that are almost impossible to reach by any other method of marine conveyance. This Wavewalk lifestyle is a most wonderful and unexpected retirement pastime that I am most happy to share.

So, if you are tired of being cold this winter and want an excuse to visit the Florida Keys, you have one (as if you really need an excuse to visit paradise).

A trip to my website at floridafishingkayaks.com. will provide all the info you need to schedule a free Wavewalk Wednesday demo of this vessel. Or, a weekend rental with included guide service might be a way to enjoy a complete kayak, canoe, stand-up paddle board package in a boat that “does it all.”

Who knows? You might drive home with one.

Welcome aboard.

Cap’n Larry Jarboe

 

 

More fishing adventures with Capn’ Larry »

 

Kayaks and Boats, Kayak vs. Boat

When two adults and a kid get into a small motorized aquatic vehicle, and drive it around at speeds exceeding 10 mph, their watercraft must be a boat. It can be a rigid or inflatable dinghy, a wide square-stern canoe, or a Wavewalk 700, but since it is used for boating, for this matter it is boat, and it makes sense to call it this way. Similarly, when two adult large size fishermen drive standing and fish standing in a small motorized aquatic vehicle, for them it is a fishing boat, even if from a technical-legal standpoint it belongs to a class of vessels labeled ‘Kayak’, as is the case with the Wavewalk 700, thanks to its slender dimensions.
Indeed, at Wavewalk we are thankful for this official classification, because it makes life easier for us, as manufacturers. Besides, this boat also happens to work as a super kayak in paddling terms, which makes things perfect for us. For people who use it for boating or fishing, the fact that it’s a super “kayak” adds to its functionality as a boat, by making it extremely lightweight, fully portable, and super mobile – beyond motorizing.
Versatility can be a great thing, and being able to paddle your boat effectively in case its outboard motor can no longer serve you for whatever reason, be it shallow water, rocks, or a technical problem, contributes a lot to your experience – It adds fun and functionality, confidence, and safety.

After this somehow lengthy explanation, we hope it’s clearer why Wavewalk offers its products in two lines – Kayaks and Boats. The main point here is what comes first for the user, and how they perceive the product. A boat comes ready for an outboard engine, and a kayak may feature an electric trolling motor, or a small outboard, but overall, it’s basically a paddle craft.

At this point, Wavewalk offers three W500 models and one W700 model in its Kayak product line, and four W700 models in its Boat product line.
The W700 R model, which we offer as a kayak alongside the three W500 models in this product line, comes with no accessories, while all four W700 models offered as boats ship together with a Spray Shield and a TMM 700 HD motor mount.

The bottom line is that Wavewalk classifies and offers its products according to the way people intend to use them.

Pink Salmon in Puget Sound

By Chris Henderson

Fishing Kayaks of Gig Harbor

One of the great fisheries we have here in Washington State is the pink salmon. They run every two years (so every odd year). They are plentiful and aggressive on anything that is pink. They also have a habit of migrating close to shore. This makes them very accessible to shore fishermen and they are a lot of fun. They are not as desirable on the table as some of the other salmon, but they do better than most fish (it is just that we are spoiled out here on the West Coast). Because of their numbers there is healthy limit (4 salmon) and so a lot of people pursue them. This creates the situation known as “combat fishing.” Fishing elbow to elbow on the rivers. NO THANKS!
That is where the Wavewalk comes in. We are able to launch at a park in the City of Tacoma and hit the mouth of the Puyallup River (where the fish are headed) and fish without all the crowds. There are still quite a few boats that come by but it is nothing like the river. Great having a boat that can get you where the fish are and away from the crowds!

Having a great fishing season this year!

Tight lines,

Chris

 

 

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More kayak rigging, fishing and bow duck hunting with Chris »

Shipping the Wavewalk 700

We’re starting to ship the W700, and this is a good opportunity to thank our clients and dealers again for their patience – Thank You!  🙂

And here are some more pictures showing a finished, Safari-colored Wavewalk™ 700, with deck rigging etc.

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Front top view of a W700 in the Safari color combination – Forest Green Twinhull and Sand colored Saddle.

 

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A closer view at the 7’8″ (234 cm) long cockpit of this unique boat. It can easily accommodate two large size fishermen and their gear. The Saddle features seven molded-in brackets, six vertical reinforcement columns and six molded-in reinforcement ‘gussets’  (arches). The Saddle is sealed and watertight, and it can serve as flotation in case the boat is capsized.

 

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The forest-green Twinhull of a Safari colored W700 overturned on the ground. It’s possible to see the 12 waterproofed rivets that attach the Saddle part to the Twinhull, and the 2 waterproofed screws that attach the wooden bracket to it.

 

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Closeup on the rear end of the cockpit. The wooden (MDO) bracket is visible in the space behind the molded-in plastic bracket at the end of the Saddle. The Saddle’s texture is similar to the grainy texture of the deck.

 

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A Safari colored W700 in a box, with paddles, accessories, and deck rigging. More (green and yellow) W700 boats can be seen in the background.

 

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A boxed W700 at the end of the assembly, ready to ship.

How the Wavewalk 700 is produced

This picture was shot at the rotational molding plant, and for us it’s very exciting because it shows the first piece of plastic that came out of the W700 Twinhull mold.
Such object is dubbed ‘part’ in roto-molding lingo.

Our molders made a couple of ‘blank’ parts such as this to clean the new mold from dirt and residue from the Teflon coating, and for use in tests and measurements.

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When a ‘part’ is roto-molded it comes out of the mold as one piece without any holes in it. Before a part is outfitted with deck rigging, it is laid in a wooden structure called ‘cooling fixture’, where it keeps cooling down while air is being pressurized in it, in order to prevent uncontrolled cooling that could lead to warping.

After the part is done cooling, the molders cut away its top side, which is the top side of the cockpit, to enable outfitting it with other parts (e.g. saddle, saddle brackets) and accessories, and to allow passengers to enter it. The part seen in this picture still features the top side of the cockpit, and it does not feature the W logo, which is molded into our kayaks.

The color of this blank part is called “natural” and it’s basically colorless. When the molders produce actual W700 kayaks or microskiffs they use polyethylene resin blended with dyes (pigments). The W700 hulls come in Yellow, Dark Green, Sand and White.

This photo doesn’t show the W700 and W500 next to each other, so it doesn’t provide much information on the main difference between these two series, which is size, but it does show the ends of the W700 cockpit’s spray deflector that are vertical and straight. This new design allows for attaching transom motor mounts a few inches closer to the driver. It makes driving easier, and offers the driver better access to the motor’s controls. It also adds a few extra inches the the cockpit’s usable length (92″), and since this boat is designed for two anglers to fish out of,  the bigger the distance between them the better.

And for those who missed the 3D animation movie that shows the basic structure of the W700, here it is again: