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Wide wheels for Wavewalk S4 motor kayak skiff

I live close to the water, and I need to transport my motorized Wavewalk S4 over mildly rough terrain, and a sandy beach. The outboard motor I use is a 6 HP Tohatsu that weighs close to 60 lbs, so carrying it by hand is not easy.
Therefore, I had to make a trolley that features wheels that are bother high and wide. The trolley also needed to be transported on board the S4 without taking too much space.

I made a simple wheel cart from a pair of 13″ high and 6.5″ wide flat-free (non inflatable) wheels, and 3/4″ stainless steel tube mounted on a 1/2″ thick plywood board. This structure is attached to the S4 by means of straps.
The plywood board features a small wooden extension in its center. This extension fits in the first, widest slot in the S4’s front deck, and it allows to easily attach the wheel cart vertically, by means of a single shock cord (bungee).

Launching with this trolley is easy, and so is getting the wheels under the kayak after beaching.

 

The plywood is coated with two layers of urethane that protect it from the water.

 

Pulling is done either by holding one of the two molded-in front carry handles, or a strap attached to them.

 

Since these wheels are, big, another thing that this wheel cart offers is to run the outboard motor in a bin filled with freshwater, in order to rinse the salt out of it. This way, the motor can stay attached to the boat, and be clean of the salt.

This setup is enough to let the motor run in freshwater for a few minutes

I guess some readers may ask if this wheel cart offers the front passenger some protection from spray when the S4 moves in waves, and the answer is that it does offer a little protection compared to having nothing there.

Very comfortable for a good long day on the lake

By Jim Gifford

Michigan

I am enjoying the boat very much. I am very happy with it.
I modified a cart to fit his boat and easily take the boat from the garage to my trailer then to the lakes pretty easily. I am experimenting with a trolling motor mount that will allow me to place the trolling motor to the side. I registered the boat to keep the state happy.

The grand kids have been out with me a few times, but don’t want to stay out as long as I wish. This should improve as they age and want to fish as much as play. It has proven to be a great boat to use on my own as well. I have lots of room for what I use to fish. Very comfortable for a good long day on the lake.

In all I enjoy using the boat very much and also the planning of ways to make it my own.

The motor mount is not fully tested. The cart is just 1inch pvc 31 inches long with 7 inches of a pool noodle at each end. This is tie strapped to a kayak cart I had already.

 

Wavewalk 700 with DIY motor mount

 

 

Wavewalk 700 attached to wheel cart

 

W700 on wheel cart

 

Paddling and sailing the Great Lakes with my Wavewalk 700

By Forrest Henry

Michigan

Everything is fine. Only been able to use the kayak for a few hours, but love it.
I also sailed the kayak for a while using the Wind Paddle sail. Looking forward to spring!!

I finished the spray skirt this morning. The driveway marker was too stiff, so I used a fiberglass flat strip that was part of a canopy for my rope hammock. The canvas lays on my lap when I sit in the center of the kayak.
I also attached a piece of lexan with velcro to the back of the kayak to use as a table.

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And for a cart I am using a modified Magnus cart from paddlelogic. When the off-the-shelf Magnus did not fit, Dave, the owner, was very accommodating and made arms that are 3 inches longer and a wider axle.

No sailing pictures yet.

Wheels For Transporting Your Fishing Kayak

You Don’t Always Need Wheels

This article presents different approaches to transporting your kayak on land. In many cases, you won’t need wheels for your Wavewalk™ kayak, as you’ll just drag it from your vehicle to your launching spot, and back. It’s not that hard, and it doesn’t necessarily damage the kayak, as you can see in this article and video »   
But if you must carry your kayak over long stretches of asphalt or concrete pavement, you may want to consider shielding its hulls from excessive abrasion by attaching the lid of a plastic bin to the part of its hulls that come in contact with the pavement. It’s an inexpensive, easy, and lightweight solution, and the lid can fold easily, so you can store it in one of the hull tips when you’re fishing and paddling.
The drawback of dragging a kayak over long distances is that it’s not always as easy as transporting it on wheels.

Kayak anglers have different fishing styles, and they fish in different environments. This fact, as well as logistic issues, affects the way they rig their fishing kayak with wheels (or a single wheel), a kayak trolley, cart or a simple mat.

These are the things you should require from your fishing kayak wheels –

Portability

We put this benefit first, because kayak anglers are often enthusiastic about making a perfect kayak trolley, and they tend to overlook the fact that once they reach the water, they’ll have to take it with them on board their kayak. Kayak wheels should be lightweight and preferably small in size, so you could easily tuck them in one of the storage compartments in the hull tips, or on top of them.

Solid Construction

You definitely don’t want your wheel cart to fall apart while you’re on your way from your car to the water, or back.

All-Terrain Capability

Wheels that are too small or too narrow could sink in sand, or in mud.  Large diameter wheels perform better on rugged terrain.  Wider wheels perform better on soft terrain, such as sand and mud.

Maneuverability

Sometimes you may need to pass with your fishing kayak in tight spaces. For example, in the space between two cars in a parking lot, or between big rocks, tree stumps, etc. In such cases, being able to control your fishing kayak on wheels is important.

Easy and Effective Attachment

Attaching the wheels to your fishing kayak, as well as detaching them should be quick and easy, and the attachment system should hold the kayak in place without letting it slide or twist. You definitely don’t want to waste time and energy on complicated systems for attaching your kayak to your wheel cart, and you don’t want to have to reattach the kayak on your way to the beach or from it.

Stability and Control

Unlike other kayaks, Wavewalk™ kayaks feature two handles on each end. Each pair of handles allow you to drive the kayak as a wheelbarrow, and benefit from good stability and control over it even if it’s outfitted with a single wheels attached between the hulls. having said that, the more fishing and camping gear you carry in your kayak, the more it becomes heavy, and this could make it harder to stabilize and control. This is when a two-wheel solution is better than one wheel.

Examples of Wheels for Kayak Transportation »