Tag Archive: microskiff

A microskiff is a small to medium sized boat for fishing the flats, bays, and estuaries. Typically, a microskiff is propelled by an outboard motor, and it is sometimes propelled manually, with a push pole. This human powered mode of propulsion is called poling.
Most microskiff require transportation by trailer, which results in their owners losing considerable time on the way to boat ramps, waiting for other boaters to launch and beach, launching, and driving to the target fishing grounds.
At the end of the fishing trip, more time is lost driving the microskiff back to the boat ramp, waiting for others to beach and launch their boats, beaching the microskiff, and hauling it to the trailer. And then, the microskiff owner loses more time driving back from the boat ramp.
Another problem with microskiff is their limited mobility in shallow water and in water where aquatic vegetation abounds.
This problem is not negligible, since shallow water and areas with plenty of weeds are among the best fisheries.
The problem stems from the microskiff’s dependence on its outboard motor, and therefore on the propeller, which isn’t operational in such waters due to draft issues.
Poling is hard, and therefore cannot substitute for motorizing for any reasonable amount of time. This means that unlike kayaks, microskiff aren’t practical in no-motor-zones (NMZ), which are often high quality fisheries.

Both the transportation and the mobility problems described here are solved by a new type of microskiff that’s lightweight enough for one person to car top by themselves, without help, and thereby eliminate the need for using a trailer.
This new microskiff is also narrow enough for its users (one or two full-size fishermen) to propel it effectively and comfortably with either dual-blade paddles (kayak paddles), or single-blade (canoe) paddles across long distances, and in shallow water, as well as in weed-rich water. The same attribute allows the crew of two, or one, to launch and beach this new microskiff practically anywhere, including difficult spots, rocky beaches, and very shallow water.
Despite its being narrow enough to allow for paddling, the new microskiff is stable enough for two anglers to fish from it standing up, as they would from a traditional microskiff.
The new microskiff can be driven with an outboard as a two-person or a solo skiff, and it is called the Wavewalk 700. Currently, this series includes three models, and it is offered in four color combinations, including three dual-color combinations and all-white.

Price List

Price List and Purchasing Information

How to order from us

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Please include in your order your full street address, zip code, phone number and preferred email address, if possible.
We accept payments by personal check, cashier check, and direct wire transfer (ACH).
You’ll find our address and contact information at the bottom of this page.

This price list is designed to help you review our product offering, and prepare your factory-direct order from us. It is not an online ordering form –

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If you have any question, please contact us by phone / text (774) 315 6009 or by email »

CONTENT

1. KAYAKS and BOATS

More information about the 500 Series »

More information about the 700 Series »

More information about the new Series 4 »

Free shipping on all KAYAK AND BOAT models in the contiguous US (48 States)

Wavewalk® Kayaks

 

KAYAK SERIES AND MODEL 500 R700 R
Price$1,440.$2,180.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Total DimensionsL = 11’4″ W = 29″L = 12’10” W = 31″
Total Weight60 lbs80 lbs
Cockpit DimensionsL = 6 ft W = 29″L = 7’7″ W = 31″
Flush Mounted Rod Holder Installednono
Clamp Mount Rod Holdersnono
Detachable Flotation Modules
(Polyethylene Foam)
1 pairno. the saddle serves as flotation
Built-In Large-Size Saddle Flotationnoyes
MDO Saddle Bracket Installedyes, 1 unityes, 1 unit
Molded-In Saddle Reinforcementyes, gussetsyes, 7 pairs of Polyethylene brackets
CAPABILITIES
Max Payload: Passengers + Gear (More info below on crew size and other possibilities*)360 lbs500 lbs
Tandem Paddlinglight crewfull tandem + more
Tandem Fishinglimited tandemfull tandem
Suitable For Electric Trolling Motor (Requires installing a motor mount)yesyes
Compatible With Outboard Gas Motors Featuring a 20″ Long (L) Propeller Shaft (Requires installing a motor mount)yes, max 3 hpyes, max 4.5 hp
Compatible With Outboard Gas Motors Featuring
a 15″ Short (S) Propeller Shaft
nono

 

Motor mounts are shipped non-installed. Installation is easy and takes 5 minutes.

Wavewalk 500 color options

 

 

White
Yellow
Green

 

 

More information about the 500 Series »

More information about the 700 Series »

Free shipping on all KAYAK AND BOAT models in the contiguous US (48 States)

 

Wavewalk® Boats

More information about the new Series 4 »

More information about the 700 Series »

 

Being extremely versatile, the W700 features both in the Kayaks and Boats section

SERIES AND MODEL700 RSeries 4
Price$2,180.$2,760.
AvailabilityDealerships & Direct OrderDealerships & Direct Order
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Total Length12’10”13′
Total Width (Beam)31″38″
Total Weight Without Accessories80 lbs98 lbs
Hull Width2 x 9″2 x 13″
Total Cockpit LengthL = 7’6″L = 8′
Total Cockpit WidthW = 31″W = 38″
Saddle-Seat Height14 3/8″15″
MDO Saddle Bracket Installedyes, 1 unityes, 2 units
Molded-In Polyethylene Saddle Bracketsyes, 7 unitsyes, 7 units
Tite-Lok Clamp mount rod holdersno. order item separatelyno. order item separately
Built-In Large-Size Saddle Flotationyesyes
Standard Detachable Inflatable Flotation Tubes, L = 6ft, Diam. = 6″no. order items separatelyno. order items separately
XL Detachable Inflatable Flotation Tubes, L = 12ft, Diam = 7 3/4″no. order items separatelyno. order items separately
Transom Motor Mount (TMM)no. order the TMM 700 HD separatelyPreparation for mounting plate. Order the S4 mounting plate separately
Transparent Spray Shieldno. order a spray shield separatelyno. order a spray shield separately
Joystick Steering Systemno. order joystick steering
system separately
no. order joystick steering system separately
CAPABILITIES
Max Payload = Passengers + Gear + Motor500 lbs650 lbs
Paddling2 adult paddlers in full comfort + child3 adult paddlers in full comfort
Fishing2 adult anglers in full comfort + outboard motor2 big and heavy anglers in full comfort + outboard motor
Motorizingoffshoreoffshore extended
Driving With Electric Trolling Motoryes, requires a motor mountyes, requires installing an S4 mounting plate
Driving With 20″ Long (L) Outboard Gas Motoryes, max 4.5 hp. TMM 700 HD
motor mount required
yes, max 6 hp. mounting plate required
Driving With 15″ Short (S) Outboard Gas Motornono
  • Motor mounts and mounting plates are shipped non-installed. Installation is easy and takes 5 minutes.
  • Spray shields are shipped non-attached.
  • Inflatable tubes can be easily inflated without a pump. Note that the presence of such tubes on the kayak’s sides makes paddling les effective.

The 700 RIB model ships with a pair of XL inflatable detachable flotation modules, which are not practical for angling or paddling. This model is designed to serve as a boat for offshore work, diving and rescue, and as a tender and lifeboat for big boats and yachts.

700 Series Color Combinations

Color Combination NameTwinhullSaddle
“Microskiff”
White
White
“Sunshine”
Yellow
Orange
“Combat”
Sand
Green
“Safari”
Green
Sand

 

Wavewalk Series 4 (S4) Colors

WhiteGator Drab GreenMud Brown

 

More information on the 700 Series »

More information about the new Series 4 »

All Wavewalk® 700 models feature 4 ergonomic carry handles

Free shipping on all KAYAK AND BOAT models in the contiguous US (48 States)


Note: All Wavewalk models can be purchased with extra clamp mount rod holders

Please don’t hesitate to call or email us for consultation.

2. PADDLES

Wavewalk® PSP R  (9′ long)    Price: $190

Wavewalk® PSP L  (9’8″ long)    Price: $230

We don’t ship Wavewalk® paddles separately from Wavewalk® kayaks since all items that are over 8 ft long require shipping by freight truck.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PADDLES

Common kayak paddles are shorter than our paddles, and they won’t suit adults paddling our kayaks.
Other long paddles might be too ‘soft’ (flexible: slow, waste your energy ), or not sturdy enough.
Our composite paddles are extra rigid and durable, so that you can use them for launching and beaching in difficult spots, for stand up paddling, and even for poling in shallow water.
We don’t ship W paddles separately from W kayaks.
Learn more about the Wavewalk® paddles »

 

 

3. TRANSOM MOTOR MOUNTS

 

Transom-Motor-Mount-20-15Model TMM 20-A for 20″ long (L) propeller shafts only. For Wavewalk® 500 Series only.  Learn More »
Price: $160

 

 

TMM 700 120x800Model TMM 700 Heavy-Duty (HD) motor mount for Wavewalk® 700 Series.
Fits 20″ long (L) propeller shafts only.  Learn More »
Price: $190

 

Series 4 (S4) Heavy Duty (HD) Motor Mounting Plate: $130

1.5″ thick. Made from Medium Density Overlay (MDO) and coated with urethane.
Each mounting plate ships with a pair of 5/16″, 3″ long bolts, and self locking nuts.
Fits 20″ long (L) propeller shafts only.

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SHIPPING MOTOR MOUNTS AND S4 MOUNTING PLATE: If you order a motor mount separately from a Wavewalk® kayak or boat, please add $30 for shipping in the Contiguous US (48 states), and $40 for shipping to addresses in Canada.

 

4. ACCESSORIES

INF-20-motorized-kayak-with-spray-shieldSPRAY SHIELD FOR MOTORIZED KAYAK & BOAT    Learn more »
Price:  $140
We don’t ship this item separately from our kayaks.

 

W700-joystick-outboard-Motor-Steering-120x120W700 OUTBOARD MOTORS JOYSTICK STEERING SYSTEM  Learn more »
Price: $270.
SHIPPING: If you order a joystick steering system separately from a Wavewalk® 700, please add $30 for shipping in the Contiguous US (48 states), and $40 for shipping to addresses in Canada.

 

 

clamp mount rod holder for fishing kayakTITE-LOK CLAMP MOUNT FISHING ROD HOLDER     Learn More »
We don’t ship this item separately from our kayaks.
Price: $46

 

inflatable-flotation-tubes-standard-120PAIR OF STANDARD INFLATABLE DETACHABLE FLOTATION MODULES
NOTE:  Inflatable (INF) floats modules are much wider than ones made from Polyethylene foam, and they are not optimal for paddling.   More info »
Price: $230
SHIPPING: If you order standard inflatable flotation modules separately from a Wavewalk® kayak, please add $25 for shipping in the Contiguous US (48 states), and $30 for shipping to addresses in Canada.

PAIR OF XL INFLATABLE DETACHABLE FLOTATION MODULES More XL info »
Price: $440
SHIPPING: If you order XL inflatable flotation modules separately from a Wavewalk® kayak, please add $30 for shipping in the Contiguous  US (48 states), and $40 for shipping to addresses in Canada.

 

 

Bracket for fishing kayak

W500 SADDLE BRACKET
Note: Since November 2013 all W500 kayaks come outfitted with a saddle bracket, standard, and there’s neither a need to order one separately, nor to order a spare one. If you want to use saddle brackets for projects such as a dog platform, please refer to the dimensions and instructions in the Saddle Bracket page »  Feel free to contact us for technical support.


Kayak_Fishing_Cap_KhakiTHE W CAP  Featuring Wavewalk’s embroidered logo
Price: $20

 

5. SHIPPING

  • We ship each Wavewalk® in a custom heavy duty cardboard box for maximum protection
  • No extra charge on paddles and accessories shipped together with the kayak or boat
  • All our shipments are insured
  • We ship paddles only together with kayaks – No separate shipment for paddles.
  • Upon special request, we can ship other accessories separately from kayaks, in the US and worldwide, but in such case we charge a shipping fee depending on the shipped accessory and the destination address. Please contact us for details »

Shipping Wavewalk® kayaks and boats in the Contiguous US (48 States) is free of charge

Shipping kayaks to addresses in the contiguous US is free of charge and it includes tracking and free call before delivery service.

Shipping to other countries, and overseas

Canada

Bonded shipping to addresses in Canada:
  • W500 models: $60 US for bonded shipment, including tracking and call before delivery.
  • W700 models: $80 US for bonded shipment, including tracking call before delivery.
  • S4 models: $100 US for bonded shipment, including tracking call before delivery.

Canadian clients are not required to have a customs agent in order to clear customs, and there’s no need for anyone to be present at the US border. Thanks to NAFTA, Canadian duty on US made products is negligible, and you can clear customs by yourself locally, easily, and within a few minutes at the local Canadian Customs office in your town. You can also do it online through clearit.ca. Meanwhile, the carriers keep the boxed Wavewalk kayak in bondage in their warehouse. After you contact our bonded carrier and inform them that you’ve cleared customs, they will deliver the box to your address by appointment.
More information about importing a Wavewalk® kayak from the US to Canada »

Clients Overseas

We have distributors in New Zealand and in Scandinavia »
Direct Sales: We ship Wavewalk® kayaks regularly, by ocean freight, to individual clients in Hawaii, Australia, and several countries in northern Europe. For such shipments we charge an ocean freight fee of $290 for a W500 kayak, $340 for a W700 kayak, and $370 for an S4 kayak.
This price covers shipping from the US factory to a major sea port in the destination country (or island, in Hawaii), and it includes insurance (CIF, US Factory to Destination Port). The client is responsible for all local expenses in their country, including customs clearing, duty and local taxes (if applicable), and local storage and transportation (if applicable). Shipping from the factory to the US port is free of charge.

Clients in Alaska prefer us to ship their orders to an Alaskan shipping company’s freight terminal in the US West Coast, and they deal directly with that company. Shipping from the factory to the US West Coast freight terminal is free of charge.

 

6. PAYMENT

We accept payments by check and by direct transfer (ACH).
Payment by personal check is fine, and there is no need to send us a cashier check.

You can send your check by regular mail. No need for registered mail.

Please make your check payable to WAVEWALK, INC. and mail to our address below

US checks and international checks in US dollars are cleared within 24 hours.
Checks from Canadian banks are accepted by US banks for payments in US dollars too, if you write US Funds twice on the check: next to the sum in digits, and next to the line that features the sum in words (known as the ‘Legal Line’).

Note:

  1. Paying by check won’t delay the execution of your order: Just send us an email or a text message telling us what you’re ordering, your address, and your phone number, and we’ll start processing your order without waiting for your check to arrive and clear.
  2. Banks don’t charge for payments by check, but they charge both payer and payee a ‘Wire Transfer’ fee for direct payments (ACH).

For more information email us to  support@wavewalk.com »

We do not accept credit cards, PayPal etc. due to the excessive merchant fees associated with these services.

When emailing us your order, please include the following information –

  • Your Full Name
  • Shipping Address including Zip Code
  • Telephone Number – For the carrier to call you in order to schedule the delivery time
  • Your Email Address -We need your email address to send you an order confirmation message and to contact you in case we have questions. We also need it for sending you the shipment’s tracking number, as well as your kayak’s manufacturer’s certificate of origin and bill of sale.

Our company does not share customer information, and does not spam.

Please mail your check to our address:

WAVEWALK, INC.
115 Terrace Avenue
Riverside, RI 02915

Tip: Once you’re ready to mail your check, please give us a call, email us or text us, and let us know about it as soon as possible. Doing so would enable us to save time by starting to process your order in advance, before we receive your payment, and thus have your order ready for shipping earlier. Normally, we ship within a week from receipt of order and payment.
Transit time in the contiguous US is between two to five business days – The longer the distance the more time it takes. Typically, freight companies serve metropolitan areas faster than rural areas.

Documents and other information

Upon request, we’ll provide you with a Manufacturer’s Certificate Of Origin (MCO) and Original Bill Of Sale (BOS) for your Wavewalk®, free of charge.

If you have any question please email us , call (774) 315-6009 or text (774) 315-6009

For additional information on delivery, cancellation of order, product warranty, return policies, and after sale service, please visit our website’s Service and Warranty Policies section »

 

 

Buy

Our clients can buy kayaks, car-top boats, microskiffs and accessories directly from us, or from our local dealers –

1. Direct Order

You can buy a Wavewalk® kayak and accessories by ordering factory-direct from us, and we’ll ship your order to any address in the US and Canada. We also ship to clients overseas. We’ve been doing this since 2004, and most of our clients have gotten got their W kayaks this way.

Price List and Ordering Info »

  • We ship every W kayak in a custom heavy duty, custom cardboard box
  • All our shipments are insured
  • No extra charge on accessories shipped with the kayak
  • No tax on orders from outside Massachusetts
  • Free shipping in the Contiguous US (48 States)
  • Free call before delivery service for shipments in the US and Canada
  • Canada – We charge a bonded shipment fee for shipping to addresses in Canada: $70 for a W500, $100 for a W700, $150 for an S4
  • We ship worldwide by ocean freight to major ports and freight terminals

2. Buy From a Local Authorized Wavewalk® Dealer

You can buy a Wavewalk® kayak locally, at a Wavewalk authorized dealership, if there is one in your area.
Each Wavewalk® dealership is exclusive for its area, which means it doesn’t sell other kayaks, and we don’t sell through other dealers in that area.
We have dealers in the US and Canada, and in several other countries.

Authorized Wavewalk® Dealers List »

A white fishing kayak?

Wavewalk is now offering its W500 and W570 boats in white too.
This is an unusual color for a fishing kayak, since most of these products are rotationally molded from Polyethylene, and roto-molding in white is harder than in other colors.
However, white is the typical color of other types of small watercraft including the following:

  • Microskiffs, which are small FRP motorboats used for fishing mostly in the flats and other protected areas. Anglers looking to buy a microskiff expect to be able to get one in white.
  • High-end touring kayaks that are usually molded from fiber reinforced plastics (FRP), sometimes referred to as ‘Composite’ materials. Such plastics can be reinforced with glass fiber, carbon fiber, and Kevlar.  In many cases, the bottom part of such kayaks is white and the top part is of another color.
  • Dinghies, both roto-molded and FRP, that serve as tenders (service and rescue boats) for large boats and  yachts.  People who own a large boat or a yacht and consider buying a dinghy to serve as a tender for their boat expect to be able to get one in white.
  • Sailboats are often white, and people who plan to sail their W may prefer to get it in white.

My W570 with 3.5 hp Tohatsu outboard

By Warren Thomas

California

 

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Launching at the beach. I took a SUP board and SUP paddle with me…

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On the way to the beach

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View of the California coast

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Another picture shot from my boat

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That red kill-switch lanyard had to be attached to me, of course…

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My w570 next to the van

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At the beach

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Still in the box

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My van packed with SUP gear, a W570, my new Tohatsu 3.5 hp outboard motor, and the wheel cart

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W570 20-15 with 3.5 Tohatsu outboard.

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The Wavewalk TMM 20-15 motor mount model is not rated for such horsepower. This motor has so much torque that we’re not taking any chance…

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We reinforced this TMM 20-15 motor mount in multiple points, including doubling the  thickness of its vertical mounting plate.

 

 

W570 with a 6 hp Tohatsu outboard motor

Why overpower this fishing kayak with a 6 hp outboard motor?

Earlier this year, Kenny One-Shot Tracy outfitted his W500 kayak with side flotation and a 6 hp Tohatsu outboard motor, and showed it going at 13 mph. This was intriguing, and several months later, after we came up with the W570 series for offshore fishing, we wanted to test it with a similar motor.
A W kayak weigh 60 lbs and it’s rated for 2-3 hp motors, so it goes without saying that using it with a 6 hp motor means overpowering it, since these motors are rated for moving boats up to 3,000 lbs, that is 50 times heavier.
However, testing and experimenting are part of any Research and Development (R&D) process, and we try as much as we can to test our products under various conditions in order to better understand possibilities, problems, and hazards, and inform our clients about them, so they have more options to choose from, and can make better decisions.

Tohatsu America showed interested in this project and cooperated with us through their dealer Steve’s Marine in Rhode Island, and we got the 6 hp Tohatsu motor (20″ shaft) in late October.

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Wavewalk 570 beached.

 

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Watch the movie –

Motor weight and handling considerations

Although the 6 hp (20″ long shaft) Tohatsu is a sophisticated outboard motor, it is relatively lightweight for its class. However, at 59 lbs it still weighs twice more than the 2-2.3 hp Honda outboard that we’ve routinely used so far.  This additional weight was our first concern, and we wanted to experience what it means for a W kayak angler who uses such a motor.
We found the weight difference to be noticeable, but not a major issue – It’s possible to carry such a motor over short distances, whether on its own or mounted on the kayak. Dragging the kayak on a sandy beach was considerably more difficult, but not a big problem over a short distance.
Lifting the motor into the car wasn’t too hard either.

Transporting the boat in the car

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The boat on the beach and at the dock

Launching is easy both from the beach and from a dock, and the same is true for beaching.

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The motor mount

Kenny reported that his 6 hp Tohatsu outboard had broken a DIY motor mount. Such accidents can be dangerous, so we knew that we had to consider both weight and power. Kenny later reported that his 6 hp motor worked with the TMM 20 motor mount that we had sent him, but we preferred to beef up a TMM 20-15 motor mount with an additional 3/4″ board for its vertical mounting plate, making it 1.5″ thick.

The boat itself

Another concern we had about the 6 hp motor’s weight was how our W570 would take it.
The following pictures show that we had no reason to be concerned, as the boat is pretty much level, and the side flotation modules rest several inches above waterline –

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Rear view of a docked Wavewalk 570 INF 20-15 outfitted with both a spray shield and cockpit cover, and an extra inflatable flotation module attached between its hulls.

Driving the boat

Driving the boat with the 6 hp Tohatsu / 20″ shaft was easy and convenient.
This outboard motor features a 3 position gear system (Forward-Neutral-Reverse) that’s safer than a centrifugal clutch, and makes it easy to start any time. The fact that this motor is water cooled makes it relatively quiet in comparison with the air cooled 2-2.3 hp Honda.
Access to the motor’s controls is easy and convenient once you slide backward on the saddle all the way to the back of the cockpit.
The inflatable flotation modules stayed above waterline and did not cause splashing.

Load and additional passengers

Although a W kayak can carry heavier loads, we rate these kayaks for a total load of 360 lbs, for both safety and performance reasons. This number includes everything that the boat may carry, from passengers and their personal belongings to fishing gear, an anchor, and last but not least – a motor. With a 60 lbs motor and all the extra accessories that come with the Wavewalk 570, and considering the high speed in which you’re likely to drive, it would be safer to consider the W570 as a one-person motorized kayak, or a solo skiff, if you prefer. This is unless the user is not heavy, and they take a lightweight passenger on board. For example: A driver that weighs less than 200 lbs could take on board a small child weighing 60 lbs, plus some lightweight fishing tackle.

Fuel consumption

The 6 hp Tohatsu outboard model that we’ve tested features an integral fuel tank that allows it to go for 45 minutes full throttle, but as long as you drive a W570 with it you won’t go over 1/3 throttle since doing so is likely to increase your speed dangerously, unless you’re towing a bigger boat or several kayaks and canoes.

Accident

In one occasion, while the boat was going pretty fast, the propeller hit a rock on the bottom of the lake, and got ejected out of the water, as it’s designed to do in such cases. Lowering it back into the water presented no problem. The reinforced TMM 20-15 transom mount didn’t budge, and the inflatable side flotation proved that it’s useful in helping to prevent the boat from rolling (flipping) if it’s tilting strongly as it did following the impact and momentary loss of control that resulted from it.
The role that the inflatable flotation played in that accident emphasizes its importance.

Power and speed

A W kayak outfitted with a 2-2.3 hp outboard can go at 8.5 mph, full throttle, while the same kayak outfitted with a 6 hp Tohatsu motor can reach 13 mph at 1/3 throttle, a speed that for most people makes it too much of a challenge to drive safely. This is where we found that a 6 hp motor wasn’t the best fit for the Wavewalk 570. In other words, overpowering the W570 with such a powerful motor can be hazardous and cause accidents if you drive too fast relatively to your boating skills and/or to water conditions, or if you accidentally accelerate abruptly or even just too quickly for you to safely maintain control over the vessel.
This lightweight craft is no match for the power and torque of such a big engine, and that makes it too ‘nervous’ compared to when it’s outfitted with a smaller and less powerful motor that tks longer to accelerate.

Why you might want to overpower

Having said that, you might like this overpowered configuration if you’re a risk-loving speed fan who enjoys the feeling of danger. It’s your choice, as long as you’re aware of the safety hazards, and you know that the W570 isn’t rated for motors that are more powerful than 2-3 hp.

A more productive way to make use of such a disproportionally powerful motor could be for towing other boats. For example, if you use the W570 as tender (auxiliary service boat) for a bigger leisure craft such as a sailboat, it could tow the mother ship, if necessary, or tow another tender with several passengers and provisions on board (e.g. an inflatable dinghy).
If indeed you’re thinking about such use, make sure the towed craft are properly attached to your W570, and don’t use its handles or eyelets for this purpose.
Similarly, if you go on a camping and fishing trip in which several people take part, your W570 on steroids could tow several kayaks and canoes over long distances, and make life easier for the other members of your expedition.

If you’re thinking about driving up fast rivers, such as in springtime, or on fast tidal rivers, more power and torque may be justified, although it’s hard to imagine cases where a 2-3 hp motor would not suffice for your W kayak. Just remember that fast moving rivers are hazardous, and we recommend neither paddling nor motorizing in them.

Another case in which you could be interested to use a 6 hp outboard motor with your W570 is if you already own a larger boat that you propel with such a motor, and you want to alternate between your W570 and that bigger boat. For example, you may prefer to go fishing on your own in the W570, and take the bigger boat when you fish with your family and friends. If you don’t like to purchase a smaller outboard for your W570, you could try using your 6 hp outboard with it, and see how it works for you. If it does, it could save you the additional expense on a small motor. Just remember to be very cautious with the throttle when the motor is mounted on your W570.

Rating

All the above said does not imply that we rate the W570 for use with an outboard motor that’s more powerful than 2-3 hp, because we don’t. We think that using a W kayak with motors that are more powerful than 2-3 hp could be hazardous.
Again, the purpose of this article is to inform people about what using much stronger motors implies, and warn them about problems and dangers associated with such practice.

More reading

Motorized kayaks »

Driving the W570 in the ocean »

The New Wavewalk 570 Series (W570) 2015 Models »