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Wavewalk® Series 4

High Performance Portable Boat – Skiff, Paddle Craft

This is Wavewalk’s 4th boat series since 2004, following the 300 (Mark I and II), 500, and 700 series.
Like all other Wavewalk® products, this boat is 100% Made in USA.

The S4 delivers the highest performance in the field of small boats and skiffs, even before you’ve reached the water, starting from the fact that at 98 lbs it doesn’t require a trailer for transportation, and it’s easily portable even on rough terrain.
Its patented twin-hull design delivers more stability than any small boat out there, including much wider and heavier ones.  This allows for driving in fast currents and in choppy water.
In addition, being a true catamaran makes this boat track better than other boats.
The S4’s extra large cockpit (8′ long x 38″ wide) offers ample room for two anglers or hunters and their gear, or for up to three adult passengers – a total of up to 680 lbs.
The S4 features a long saddle seat similar to the saddle of other high performance vehicles, which offers maximal balancing capability as well as full comfort for going in choppy water and for long trips.
The S4 features a stand up casting platform at its bow, such as can be found in a typical skiff.
The cockpit’s slanted sides allow passengers to paddle with more ease and better control than what canoes and tandem fishing kayaks may offer them.
The S4 has an extremely shallow draft, and this fact in combination with its portability, load capacity and high performance as a paddle craft makes it the most practical solution for shallow water fishing.

Availability: April 2017   See latest progress report »

Features

Dimensions

  • Length: 13 ft (396 cm)
  • Beam (Total Width): 38″ (97 cm)
  • Cockpit Length: 95″ (241 cm)
  • Cockpit Height: 17″ (43 cm)
  • Saddle Height: 15″ (38 cm)
  • Width of a single hull: 13″ (33 cm)
  • Total Weight: 98 lbs  (44.5 kg)

Structure Overview and Features

  • Patented twin-hull Wavewalk® catamaran hulls
  • Personal watercraft (a.k.a. ‘jet-ski’) style 7’6″ long Saddle featuring a series of seven molded-in brackets, and six vertical molded-in reinforcement columns
  • Integrated Skiff Style Stand-Up Casting Platform at the bow, with anti-skid surface. Read more »
  • Preparation for a vertical mounting plate for outboard motor or rod rack at the stern
  • The Cockpit’s Slanted Sides allow passengers to paddle with more ease and comfort than paddling a canoe or a common kayak of such width.
  • The two Medium Density Overlay (MDO) 0.75″ thick Saddle Brackets, one at each end of the saddle. The one in the front provides additional support for the stand up casting platform, and the rear one serves as extra support for a motor mount.
  • Built-In Flotation – The S4 saddle is a watertight compartment that offers 180 lbs of positive buoyancy.
  • Two pairs of integrated, molded-in heavy duty Carry Handles – A pair at the bow, and a pair at the stern.
  • Average Wall Thickness: 0.150″ (3.8 mm)
  • Colors:
WhiteLight GrayMud Brown

White ColorClick images to enlarge

 

Light Gray ColorClick images to enlarge

 

Mud Brown ColorClick images to enlarge

 

Capacity

  • Max Total Payload:  680 lbs (308 kg)
  • Max Number of Passengers: 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children
  • Internal Space for Dry Storage : 34.7 cubic ft (0.98 cubic meter), namely 260 gallons
  • Draft –

Empty: 0.75″ (1.7 cm)
With 200 lbs Payload (90.7 kg) : 2.5″ (64 mm)
With 400 lbs Payload (181.5 kg): 4.25″ (108 mm)
With 600 lbs Payload (272 kg): 6″ (152 mm)

  • Max Outboard Motor Power: 6 HP
  • Outboard Motor Compatibility: 20″ Long (L) Propeller Shaft

Materials:

Recyclable kayakHull: Rotationally Molded High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
Saddle: Rotationally Molded High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
Heavy Duty (HD) Saddle Bracket: Medium Density Overlay (MDO).

Our boats are made from 100% recyclable materials

Country of Origin:

US flag 46Our kayaks, paddles and accessories are 100% Made in USA

 

Price

$2,505

This price includes shipping in the US to land addresses in the contiguous 48 states, with insurance and call before delivery service.
This price does include the S4 Motor Mount, whose cost is $94.

Accessories

S4 Motor Mounting Plate: $94

Takes a couple of minutes to attach: Just insert it into the molded-in stand for transom motor mount, and attach by means of two bolts.

Wavewalk® 9 ft long dual blade (‘Kayak’) paddle: $186

Common dual blade (‘kayak’) paddles are neither long nor sturdy or rigid enough for paddling this paddle craft, pole it in shallow water, and paddle standing.

Wavewalk® 9’8″ extra long dual blade (‘Kayak’) paddle: $220

For very tall people, or people who plan on paddling standing and poling most of the time.

Wavewalk® Detachable Spray Shield: $136

For high speed motorizing in choppy water.

Wavewalk® Joystick Steering System: $255

For easy and fun steering seated and standing.

Benefits

Best Stability in Small Boats

  • Initial (Primary) Stability: The S4 is more stable than any kayak, canoe, Jon boat and small skiff, including Wavewalk’s W700.  A 200 lbs person standing with both feet in one of the S4 hulls will make it draft barely 1″ lower than it would if that person stood with one foot in each hull – hardly a noticeable difference.
  • Secondary Stability and Balancing Capability: The unique combination of a saddle seat (such as ATVs, PWC and snowmobiles feature) with high-volume twin hulls enables the passengers to balance themselves easily, intuitively, and more effectively than in any other boat, including kayaks, canoes, Jon boats, dinghies, skiffs, and personal watercraft (PWC / ‘jet-ski’).

The S4 is unrivaled in Stability terms.

Best Boat Ergonomics

The 15″ high saddle featuring in the S4 is similar to the saddle featuring in other high performance land and water vehicles, such as All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV), Personal Watercraft (PWC / ‘jet-ski’), and Snowmobiles, as well as certain Rigid-Inflatable Boats (RIB) designed for high speed motorizing offshore.
Passengers riding this saddle can travel for long hours, including in choppy water, without suffering from back pain or fatigue. This is due to the fact that while seated in the Riding position, with a leg on each side of the saddle, the passenger’s legs support them in the most effective way, and no horizontal pressure from a backrest is being applied on their lower back.
In addition, the S4 passengers can stand up any time they want, and keep driving and paddling while standing up. They can even lay down with their back on the saddle, and relax. Switching between positions assures that no extreme fatigue or tension would build up in any part of the passenger’s body.

Easy Transportation and Full Portability

The S4 weighs 98 lbs without a motor attached to it. This means that it does not require a trailer for transportation, since it can be car-topped. The S4 can be dragged or carried over rough terrain, and launched practically anywhere, whether it’s a rocky beach, shallow water, and other difficult spots that are not accessible to other boats.

Mobility and Range of Travel

The S4 can go anywhere, thanks to a number of special features –
No other boat offers such a combination of shallow draft and total multi-modal propulsion, namely the ability to keep going in an effective paddling and poling mode even if the water is too shallow and/or infested with weeds to allow for motorizing.
No other small boat works so well both on flat water and in the chop.

On Board Storage

The space available for dry storage on board the S4 is equivalent to the storage offered by a good size Jon-boat, or a regular skiff.

S4 vs. W700

  • W700 advantages over the S4:  Solo kayaking, solo fishing, tandem kayaking, solo canoeing, tandem canoeing, portability.
  • S4 advantages over the W700: Motorizing, tandem motorizing, tandem fishing, stability, offshore trips, load capacity.
  • Shallow water – The S4 drafts less than the W700, and it features a skiff stand up casting platform, but the W700 paddles better, generally.
  • Offshore – Being more of a boat than the W700, the S4 offers a clear advantage in the chop.

 

Wavewalk 700 skiff with 5 HP Tohatsu outboard motor and electric trolling motor

By Captain Larry Jarboe

 

I think the yakkers I passed yesterday weren’t very happy to see me…

Here’s a couple quick pics of my DIY motor bracket and 5 hp long shaft 2 stroke Nissan (really a Tohatsu) outboard motor. I got the refurbished motor from Brandon Kurz at BMK Enterprises near Deerfield Beach. Brandon runs an outboard and small boat repair shop near I-95. He is a great source for affordable long shaft motors for our Wavewalk adventures.

The motor bracket is mostly HDPE decking material with some Azek board. It is glued and screwed with PVC cement and Torx head self tapping stainless screws.

This rock solid bracket is relatively removable with only four thru bolts passing through the upper rear deck. I really don’t like drilling holes in my Wavewalks but I don’t want my Nissan passing my W700.

I estimate that this rig planes at 12 knots. It is a blast to go fast in a USCG designated kayak.

Obviously, a lot more sea trials have to occur. The kayak and stand-up board purists may have a hard time identifying with a cracker yakker zipping past to parts far beyond the reach of paddlers, pole pushers, and pedalers. But, although it may defy convention, having the fastest yak in South Florida does rate bragging rights.

And, I have not yet begun to flout and tout my magic boat!

W700 skiff with 5HP outboard and electric trolling motor

13 ft skiff with 5HP outboard and electric trolling motor

Portable skiff with 5HP outboard and electric trolling motor, FL

 

Video added a few days later:

More fishing adventures with Capn’ Larry »

 

Some more Wavewalk 500 fall paddling and fishing in Idaho

By Sid Perry

 

 

More fishing with Sid »

 

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Best trout of the fall

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Pillar Falls area on the Snake. It is a favorite paddling destination here, and the fishing is good too.

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Spring fed lake.

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This lake closes to fishing November 30. Getting my last paddle strokes in.

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Unusually warm fall. The Alpine lakes are still open.

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Alpine lake.

Wavewalk 700 with an outboard gas motor, and with an electric trolling motor

By Joe Stauder

HBBCO Stand Up Fishing Kayaks

 

We took our W700 Demo unit out and had a blast running our little Honda 2hp (gas) & our 36lb thrust electric around.
This is the only kayak I know of that has the ability to be used with a paddle, or an electric trolling motor, or a gas out board for propulsion.

 

My son just loves to paddle, and as we all get older a little help getting back to the launch with an electric or gas outboard sure comes in handy.

 

 

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

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.