Tag Archive: heavy paddler

A heavy (‘big’) kayak paddler typically experiences problem that lighter paddlers don’t. These problems can be related to stability (balance) and speed, as well as ergonomic problems related to being seated in the L kayaking posture. The latter problems range from leg numbness to discomfort and back pain.

First impression of the S4

By Joe Stauder

HBBCO Fishing Kayaks, PA

 

Wavewalk did it again! I thought the 700 was the best there could be, until we got our first S4, what a great craft to motorize.

In my opinion, this craft is the Ultimate in small craft versatility. It lends itself to any kind of propulsion, paddles, electric trolling motor, and especially a small gas outboard. This thing handles like a dream. She wants to track nice and straight until you turn her, then she can turn on a dime. Now I truly didn’t get a lot of time on the water with her, because we sold her already. Bob wanted her so bad he drove up to PA. from West Virginia to get her. He is in love with his new craft, and the custom rigging we did for him.

 

 

Don Burress from West Virginia

Joe from HBBCO, PA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Read more about Joe’s fishing trips and rigging tips »

Wavewalk 700 review and dock launching system

By Jeff Goldstein

New York

I added bridles to the front and rear of each boat to ease launching.
I bring the Wavewalk to the ladder, hold the rope around the ladder and climb down. The boat is so stable that it’s very easy for me to get in and out without any fear of tipping.
I had my son and son in law in the boat, both close to 240lbs each.

Attached are photos of how I set up my dock.
I purchased the roller which is about 5′ long from a dock roller company called Ryano. The hardware is all galvanized and the roller is 6″ diameter. I got 20′ long Python locks (made by Master Lock) and screwed a stainless eye hook into each pole which are 8′ on center apart.
The cable lock secures the Wavewalk so it can’t move in the wind and is theft resistant.

 

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“Combat” and “Sunshine” W700 on the dock

 

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Tim Fish Tests the 700

By Michael Chesloff

Tim is a 275 lbs fly fisherman who suffers from back problems. He showed the Wavewalk website to his chiropractor, who told him -“This is the boat you need!”, so he came over to test the W700.
Since he had watched all the demo and instruction videos before, everything was easy for him – From launching to paddling standing, performing stability tests, beaching, and uploading the boat onto his pickup truck bed.

 

For me it is the Wavewalk or nothing

By John Sealy

North Carolina

Not long ago I bought a W500. The 500 lived up to its billing. I could get in it with dry feet, I could paddle upright without back pain, and it was more stable than any canoe or kayak I’d ever been in. What a great “platform” for fishing and touring.
The Wavewalk 700 is everything the 500 is, and more.

I took the W700 out last week for my first trip and was amazed at how stable it was. The W700 is such a pleasure to paddle, easy to get into, easy to launch, and so incredibly stable. So I really put it to the test….my wife Kathy wanted to give it a try. Kathy is 60 yoa and hasn’t been on the water in 20 years. See the video of my wife coming to shore and getting out of my W700 for the first time. She’s now picked out a yellow one so it was an expensive test!

 

 

I’m 63 yoa and am no lightweight. I now have a kayak I can paddle with confidence. In the W500 or the W700 I can stand up!, move forward or back, lean forward or back, and change leg position.
I simply can’t use other kayaks or canoes due to my lower back issues and my size. For me it is the Wavewalk or nothing.

I’ve got fishing and exploring to do. I look forward to having my wife enjoy the water with me and to have grand children explore and fish with me in the 700 or alongside in their own 500.

See the pictures of me getting into and out of the W700:

Launching the Wavewalk 700

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1. Just step in

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2. Walk to the middle of the cockpit

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3. Sit down comfortably, with nothing pushing against your lower back…

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4. Push the kayak in with your paddle, and start paddling

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Paddle sitting or standing, it’s easy even for a big guy like me

Beaching the Wavewalk 700

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1. Slide backward to the rear end of the cockpit – the bow goes up! Paddle directly to the beach…

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2. A few paddle strokes and a push, and the kayak’s bow slides up the bank

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3. Get up (it’s easy!), stand up, and wave to your fans…

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4. Just walk out of the kayak. Feet always dry!

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Pedal drive for my fishing kayak?

Again?!..

Wavewalk hasn’t offered a pedal drive with its fishing kayaks because of two reasons, which are that we found neither demand for such accessory among our clients, nor any real advantage in offering such a device to them, regardless of the increased price we would have to charge for it.

Years ago, we published the results of our research on this subject in a 4,000 word Paddle vs Pedal Drive in Fishing Kayaks article, which hasn’t gotten much interest from our clients.

The reason we now publish this new, shorter article on this subject is to make sure that our clients are exposed to all ideas and possibilities, and have a chance to express their views on this subject, as well as their wishes, if any.

Recent developments

Our new 700 series offers to incorporate a pedal drive more easily than the 500 design did. On the other hand, two out of the three pedal driven fishing kayaks manufacturers mentioned in our first article have suffered serious setbacks in recent years, while some of the pro-staffers affiliated with the third manufacturer express themselves with so much zeal that it makes them look like members of a cult, and this is not a good sign, in our opinion. A fourth kayak company recently announced that it was planning to add a pedal drive to its line of SOT fishing kayaks, but a video they released revealed nothing more than a ‘me too’ version of the two existing rotational drives.

Summary of pros and cons

The following tables include some of the main points that we find relevant to this discussion:

1. Functionality

-What can I do?

 Push Pedals & Flaps Drive
Rotational Pedals & Propeller Drive
Paddle
1
Balancing
NoNoYes
2
Tracking
NoNoYes
3
TurningNoNoYes
4
PolingNoNoYes
5
Backward Thrust
NoYesYes
6
Forward Thrust
YesYesYes

Practically speaking, none of the kayak pedal drives on the market can be used without a rudder system, and no pedal kayak fisherman goes on a fishing trip without taking a paddle with them.

2. Mobility

-Where can I go without restrictions?

  Push-Pedals & Flaps Drive
Rotational Pedals & Propeller Drive
Paddle
1
Skinny Water
NoNoYes
2
Weeds & Vegetation
NoNoYes
3
Fast Streams
NoNoYes
4
Deep Water
YesYesYes

Again, using a kayak outfitted with a pedal drive automatically means that you need to use a rudder system, as well as take a paddle with you, just in case.

3. Ergonomics

-Who can use it?

  Push-Pedals & Flaps Drive
Rotational Pedals & Propeller Drive
Paddle & Ordinary Kayak
Paddle & Wavewalk® Kayak
1
Young & Physically FitYesYesYesYes
2
Middle Aged
LimitedYesYesYes
3
Elderly
NoNoLimitedYes
4
Heavy
NoNoLimitedYes
5
Balance Disabilities
NoNoLimitedYes
6
Sensitive Back
NoNoNoYes

This table refers to typical, several hour long fishing trips, and it does not show the fact that the W700 offers full tandem capabilities standard, at any time.

End of story?

So far, the data presented in this article seems to lead to the conclusion that the reader should stop wasting their time reading it, especially in view of the fact that Wavewalk leads in motorized solutions, which are so practical, fast and ergonomic. But what if we could come up with a better pedal drive? –

 A better pedal drive?

Yes, we can design a pedal drive for the W700 that would be considerably more functional than the existing kayak pedal drives in terms of turning and tracking, and therefore it won’t require the use of a rudder. Such pedal drive would offer some advantages in terms of mobility, although it won’t match paddling, and it would be somehow easier and more comfortable to operate than ordinary pedal drives are, although not as easy as paddling. Such pedal drive would require installing a seat with a backrest, which many of our fans are unlikely to appreciate, and it would limit the usability of the boat for tandem crews. And last but not least, such pedal drive would add an estimated $1,500 to the W700 retail price, a point which cannot be ignored, especially since such sum is enough to equip a W700 with both a powerful gas outboard motor mounted at the stern, and a small, lightweight, front mounted electric trolling motor. Did we mention the fact that the 6 HP Tohatsu outboard can be outfitted with an alternator that would charge the battery of such a trolling motor?…

So, this time we managed to keep our article under 800 words, and we hope it would serve the visitors of our website as food for thought, or at least as entertainment…