I got my Wavewalk S4 from capt Larry and love it. I am a former Navy SEAL and have ridden many hours in inflatable boats, so I appreciate the stability and comfort of my S4, and I volunteered to be a local demo agent for it. I rigged my Wavewalk for lobster fishing, and I am currently rigging it for diving.
Wavewalk S4 rigged for lobster fishing, with 4 HP Yamaha outboard motor
I can walk up this DIY ladder with no one in the boat. The motor counterbalances the load. It works so well it is even spoiling me for getting on board regularly.
Remove the stainless hinge bolt and the ladder easily comes off. But, I am keeping it on because it provides enough weight in the bow (10 lbs. maybe) to eliminate the need for a tiller extension when running solo.
Will Akerstrom took this photo of the three explorers who ventured out of the depths of the mangrove forest. His wife, Margaret, is in the bow. My wife, Carlene, is the flag lady.
There is a rest of the story about our afternoon:
Will and Margaret come down to visit about 4 times a year. We had planned to take a trip out on the Line Dancer. Upon the routine engine check, I spotted a sheared motor mount on the port aft side of the engine. I delivered the bad news that the trip was cancelled but recommended a kayak adventure.
Will is not a small boat person but the ladies were game.
My S4 with the 4 stroke Tohatsu seemed like a good boat to do the job. Of course, it was.
Knowing the tide schedule, I chose the mangrove tunnel that I call Jurassic Park. The ladies were in awe (and, it takes a lot to impress my wife) of the strange animals and eerie quiet vibes in those narrow confines. I assured them that they need not be afraid of alligators and pythons as the crocodiles have eaten them all.
When the creek opened to the ocean, we saw thousands of fish and lots of lobsters in the shallows at the ocean opening.
We took pictures with my disposable flip phone but have yet to figure how to get them out.
My wife noted that the sun was going down soon and we would have to paddle fast to get back.
I said, “No problemo, senora.” One pull on the 3.5 Tohatsu, and we motored our way against the tide through and out of the tunnel.
Upon coming out of the main creek, we spotted Will at the public beach with his camera. He thought we were only going out for fifteen minutes not an hour and a half.
At least, it was not a three hour tour, a three hour tour with Ginger and Mary Ann and Gilligan…
Yesterday, I threw the white W500 set up as a sea sled on top of my engine box of the “Line Dancer” and pounded through a close sloppy chop to a pocket of calm water over 3 miles offshore of Key Largo. Though the wind was blowing 15-20 miles out of the Southeast, the water behind Grecian Rocks was flat calm. Low tide forces the coral bottom above the surface and creates a natural breakwater to find shelter behind. Here is a perfect place to enjoy an afternoon with my wife and experiment with the snorkel sea sled concept. This incarnation has the trolling motor in the bow which is much safer and easier to steer than the stern mount position. The on/off speed control extension is a length of PVC that clips on to the throttle handle. I took the sea sled away from the calm part of the reef to avoid the crowd and the protected “no catch” zone. Beyond the reef, in a foot and a half close chop and relatively murky water, the sea sled pulled well without shipping any water into the hulls. There were no lobsters in the holes that I checked which confirms reports from the early season. But Santiago my W500 worked very well and still has a special place on my boat, in my truck, and in my life. Santiago is not for sale…