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My motorized Wavewalk 700 with 2.3 hp Honda outboard

By Caleb Jenkins

Washington state

Next Level Rigging/Outfitting

I started my W700 rigging project with lots of thought and brainstorming. From the start, my goal was to design as good of a 2 person, all water fishing vessel as I could while still being able to car top it.

One of the accessories I decided I wanted was a downrigger. Luckily, I found a good deal on a used pair of Scotty 1080 downriggers and bought them. At this point I started test placing them on the 700 and was worried about how much the hull flexed. To alleviate that, I chose to plate the top of the hull with aluminum.

Being that I’m a guy and like cool looking gear, I went out and bought a sheet of 1/8″ diamond plate aluminum from my local welding supply store. From there I made lots of measurements and multiple cardboard templates in order to get it right. During the templating, I thought it would be an added good measure of support to have a 4″ connecting strip integrated in the plating to keep the front hulls from even thinking about splaying out. This worked out perfectly as a mounting point in front of the cockpit for my Scotty triple rod mount. The plating is bolted down on the 4 corners with 1/4-20 stainless bolts, washers, and nylocked nuts. Then I used marine rubberized aluminum rivets spaced out along the edges of the plate to keep it well attached to the hull. All holes were sealed using marine GOOP.

After the plating was done, I started on the motor mount for my Honda 2.3 hp air cooled outboard. I searched everywhere I could for ideas on the motor mount and found a few pictures to base my design off of and improve upon. The finished motor mount is 1/4″ 4×4 aluminum angle, 24″ wide, welded to 2 legs made out of 3″ C channel aluminum split in half.

During final fit up of the motor mount on the kayak, I ran into the issue of having the motor clamp screws too close to edge of the cockpit, making it impossible to install and remove at will. Luckily I had some thick, very dense rubber on hand and cut strips to fit under the legs of the motor mount. This brought the height of the clamp screws up enough to clear the rear cockpit edge. The motor clamps also clamp into a bolted on block of that same rubber to keep it from shifting or loosening during use.

To ensure I stay legal on my outings, in Washington, any motorized vessel operating on federally patrolled water must be registered, hence the registration numbers on the sides. And while I was putting stickers on, I added the strip of fluorescent orange tape to the sides to aid safety by ensuring other boaters see me.

As for accessories I’ve added, here is the incomplete list:

Scotty Triple Rod Mount
Scotty Gear Head Extender Arms X3
Scotty Baitcaster Rod Holders X2
Scotty Rocket Launchers X2
Scotty Crab Pot Davit
Scotty 360 degree Downrigger Pedestal X2
Scotty Bait Board
Scotty Track Gear Head Mount (to mount the Garmin on the bait board)
Garmin echoMap 44dv with DownVu and CHIRP
Complete battery box package

My transponder is mounted the tried and true way as shown to me by Chris Henderson, of Fishing Kayaks of Gig Harbor, using a duct seal boat with a thin layer of water inside, mounted in the front right hull just in front of the forward edge of the cockpit.

I will post updates as I get more use in the upcoming months.

My first outing in the Puget Sound while motorized will be for crab and to search and jig for herring.

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Update:

I had the opportunity to take the 700 out on a test run at a local lake. The 700 handles awesome but had some motor hiccups. The lake was windy and therefore had some light chop. There was some splashing into the 700 from the front and sides but it was light and not much of a bother. I may add a piece of plexiglass between the hulls in the front but have not decided yet. Unfortunately the ground wire came out of the marine plug so I didn’t get to test out the Garmin yet. But I shall be taking more trips over the weekend and we’ll see how it goes.

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How to use a downrigger for fishing in a Wavewalk kayak

By Chris Henderson

Fishing Kayaks of Gig Harbor, WA

One of the most important aspects of fishing is delivering your lure or bait to the exact spot where the fish are. This is a considerable challenge when the fish are suspended at a certain depth in the middle of the water column. Mostly this occurs because fish are cuing in on water temperature. If your fishing method involves trolling then there is no better tool for getting the lure to that precise depth than a downrigger. Basically it is a heavy weight on a pulley with a reel with either or depth counter (or like mine one turn is one foot) to determine how deep you are deploying your weight. You attach your mainline to this weight via a clip. The clip releases your line when you have a fish on, or when you pull it out of the clip. Since the mainline is released it is just your fish on the line, the weight is reeled up later when you reel up the downrigger.

In addition to using the counter your downrigger ball shows up on your fish finder, so you can see exactly where your lure is in relation to the fish on the screen. The Wavewalk’s unique catamaran design allows me to mount the downrigger so that it goes down the middle. This makes it easy to stack, which is putting two mainlines on a single downrigger at two different depths. Of course if you motorize your kayak you will want to have it mounted so that it goes over the side.

I hope that this video helps explain how we use the downrigger on a Wavewalk and lets you determine how you might use it too!

Happy fishing.


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My Wavewalk 700

By Scott Cargo

Colorado

I have done a lot of research before deciding on this product, and I believe that my wife and I will enjoy fishing together in this amazing kayak.

I received my Wavewalk 700 this last Friday.
Over the weekend I put the 700 on top of my SUV and went to the nearest lake to try it out.
The kayak is all pros and no cons!
It was so stable that I was standing and paddling within the first 30 minutes!
I took the kayak into shallow water full of weeds (some were sticking up out of the water) and didn’t have any problems.
Finally I decided to do some fishing and I love the fact that there is a large table in the boat for me to use (of course I mean the saddle) while fishing. I plan to get a GPS/Fish Finder and an electric trolling motor soon. This boat is going to be perfect for my needs and I look forward to its use in the years to come. I will be spreading the word to all my friends and fishing buddies about this amazing Wavewalk kayak!
Just WOW!!!!

Here are some photos that were taken by my wife during my maiden voyage of my kayak.

 

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Rodney’s Wavewalk kayak rigged for fishing

By Joe Stauder

HBBCO Kayaks

This is Rodney’s New Rig. He Just Loves it!

This is how the guys up here are using the motor mounts. I coached him through rigging his fish finder up. He did a great job.

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New rigging and fish pics

By Ray Schwertner

Here are some rigging pictures (latest) of my boat. Note how the console with the seat can be easily lifted out and replaced in one of three forward or rearward positions. You can mount your stuff on it. The “u” brackets made this possible.

I show the pivot up and down transducer in the rear and the screen on the front motor console/step combination.

The PVC rod holders work great especially for bass fishing where you need them handy, but not in the way. A lot easier to reach than the rear mount standard holders..which are still used on occasion to hold the anchor or a rod. (When you put a rod in it, it can get hung on tree limbs or sometimes it would hit it with my casting rod.

I discarded the anchor trolley from my early days. You can see a wind up cleat on the console that goes to a pulley. If I need to adjust for wind direction, I just hang the rope over a cleat on the from, or back or side.

I think you could offer a drop in console with a seat option and maybe place to mount other items the user may want.

The trolley really works great… as you can see it fits inside the saddle space. You just raise up the W, push it under to catch the first or second rib, then raise it a little more an push it forward to get the second upright positioned on a rib further to the front. I tried to use a flexible design that you could fold, but to hard and too unstable. As you can see my trolley is fixed and strong enough to support the weight of the W and it accessories.

I think a customized trolley similar to this design would be a great accessory for you to sell, in addition to the console and maybe and electric motor mount. I just don’t get the folks who are powered up with gas outboard. But to each his own…

Finally the rope I am holding just comes out of a hole I drilled to keep it off the deck… My hooks have a way of finding the ropes that are nearby. That causes a lot of lost fishing time.

This fish are two black crappie. One other one got off before I got him welcomed aboard. Caught them on a 3/8 oz lipless crank bait called “Diamond Dust” from Academy spots. Usually a good bass lure but I have been catching crappie like these recently.

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Black Crappie

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DIY horizontal rod holder

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DIY horizontal rod holder

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Seat backrest in upward position

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Seat backrest folded down

 

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Front mount for trolling motor

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Rigged fishing kayak with front mounted trolling motor – top front view

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Front mounted trolling motor

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Tackle box on deck

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Fish finder transducer in high position

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Fish finder transducer in low position

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