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Dive Ladder for the Wavewalk 700

By Captain Larry Jarboe

Wavewalk Adventures Key Largo

Well, the Northwest wind screamed through Key Largo dropping temperatures to the low 60’s. So, I put on my knit cap and wool insulated shirt and embarked upon putting a dive ladder on the bow of my electric W700.

Five Oceans Company sells an under platform mounted stainless steel dive ladder that fits perfectly between the hulls of the Wavewalk W700.

It is great when a plan comes together but I may not be able to test it till next summer.

Our water temp has dropped to 74 degrees F.

Brrr!!!

 

 


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Tarpon in my Wavewalk 700 kayak

By Dave Hernandez

St. Augustine Paddle Sports

Living the Wavewalk life 🙂

I love fishing from Wavewalks here in the St. Augustine area of Florida. Depending where or how I plan to fish is how I decide which Wavewalk I use. I was targeting sheepshead on this outing so took out my W700.

Slow day on the sheepsheads bite but tarpon where rolling all around us. Will Niemann cast netted some mullet so we were able to fish for them. We each were able to catch one so we were pleased to say the least. I was happier because it was my first tarpon. Go to St Augustine Paddle Sports to check out the Wavewalk’s and rent one to get your catch of a lifetime.

 

 


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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!

 


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Wavewalk 500 Battery Pack

By Captain Larry Jarboe

Florida Fishing Kayaks

After all the excitement of the S4 introduction, it is great to see people posting their W500 and W700 pics and modifications.

The narrow twin hulls make these the ideal stable paddle vessels. Also, the W500 and W700 kayaks are easy to convert to electric power with a simple bolt on transom mount available from Wavewalk..

However, most batteries are too wide for the W500 (and some extent, the W700) to fit down into the hulls.

My solution is to put two 35 AH 12 volt U1 deep cycle batteries end to end in a custom made tapered housing that slips down into the hull. These are batteries that are often used to power electric wheelchairs.

70 amps of 12 volt power will run a 30 lb. thrust Minnkota electric trolling motor at top speed setting (4-5 kts.) for a couple hours. Or, troll at half speed all day. Figure about $160 cost for the under 40 lb. battery pack. Compare with the weight and cost of any other 70 Amp Hour battery that will not fit into the streamlined hulls.

I made my battery box from a plastic planter tray and some PVC decking material. It fits perfectly and works wonderfully in my white W500 that was my original Wavewalk investment.

The only issue was the conducting material at the battery terminals. Stainless steel does not transfer electricity very well. It was hard to find anyone in the Upper Keys on a Sunday afternoon who had a pair of brass nuts.

Try asking for that commodity, anywhere.

Yes, I scored on the 5/16×18 nuts.

And, the 70 AH battery box combo carried me offshore for a post-hurricane exploration of the Atlantic Ocean.

But, that is another story…