Tag Archives: motorized fishing kayak

Ocean

Ocean Kayak Fishing

The purpose of this article is to offer the reader information about ocean kayak fishing, starting from potential hazards and problems to recommended solutions.

Content

 

 

 

What is ocean kayak fishing?

Ocean kayak fishing means fishing offshore out of a kayak, be it a sit-in, sit-in-top (SOT) or a Wavewalk™ kayak. Since kayaks are small vessels and in most cases they’re human-powered (Read:  underpowered), and since kayaks expose their users to the elements, this kind of fishing typically involves some hazards and discomfort. Fishing in big lakes is similar to ocean kayak fishing in the sense that is presents similar challenges.

 

 

Hazards related to ocean kayak fishing

Fishing in the ocean is different from fishing in flat water in many ways. To begin with, the ocean is practically limitless, and unlike small bodies of water, it presents the danger of being lost at sea as a result of the action of ocean currents, tidal currents, wind and darkness, or a combination of these factors. In addition, the large distances facing the angler and their kayak could be more than it is practically possible for them to go.  Depending on circumstances, the angler paddling their kayak faces  the dangers of capsizing, dehydration, sun stroke, hypothermia, exhaustion and disorientation.

 

 

The surf – a challenging part of the ocean kayak fishing trip

Unless kayak anglers launch and beach at a dock in a protected harbor, the surf is where
they typically make the transition from land to sea, and vice versa.
The surf is characterized by various hazards related to the presence of waves – from water getting into your kayak while you’re launching or beaching, to capsizing, getting your fishing tackle sprayed with corrosive saltwater, losing fishing gear, and just getting soaked and uncomfortable during the rest of your trip. Strong waves can even pin your kayak in parallel to the shoreline, in a situation known as ‘broaching’, without you being able to either get to shore or go into the ocean.

Launching any kayak in the ocean surf isn’t easy, and launching a kayak loaded with fishing gear and tackle is likely to be harder. However, launching a W fishing kayak is considerably easier, and it can be fun:  You just get the kayak in the water and hop inside – as you can see in the demo movie below.
 

 

 

 

If you prefer to surf launch in a more relaxed way, you can just launch regularly from dry land, as shown in the first part of this video:
 

 

 

 

Tip for easier surf launching: When you ride in the rear of the cockpit, you raise your W kayak’s bow, and by doing so you make it easy for the kayak to go over the incoming waves instead of going through them. This can make a big difference as far as the efforts required,
the chances of succeeding, and the probability that you’ll get wet. This maneuver is possible only with a W fishing kayak, thanks to its long saddle, which offers its user to relocate fore and aft, and by that move the kayak’s center of gravity (CG) with them.
How to prevent your W kayak from broaching -

If the waves drive your kayak to a fixed position that’s parallel to the shoreline (a.k.a. ‘broaching’), and your kayak happens to be a regular one (I.E. sit-in or SOT), then you’re broached, and your best bet is to try to get out of your kayak without capsizing it, and depending on what your plans are, either drag it out to the beach, or drag it in the water so it would face the ocean. But if you’re lucky enough to be in a W kayak, you’re not broached, since you can slide to the  front of the cockpit, thus lowering the bow and making the stern go up.
The bow will act as a pivot while the waves hit the stern and make your kayak face the ocean again. When this happens, you can swiftly reposition yourself at the back of the cockpit, and paddle out to the ocean.
The reason why you want to do it from the cockpit’s rear is that it would make it easier for you to go over the incoming waves instead of having to go through them.

When this is done, you go back to paddling forward from a position in the middle of the
cockpit, and most importantly: in the Riding position.
Remember – the riding position is your position of choice in rough waters. Standing up is less stable, and sitting with your knees forward isn’t recommended at all in such conditions.

If you need to go pass big incoming waves, you should ride the saddle from the back of the cockpit. This makes your kayak’s bow go up, so you can go over the wave crests rather than have to go through them.
 

 

 

 

Watch more videos »

Important: Before entering the water make sure you’re wearing a PFD (Personal Flotation Device), and that all your fishing tackle and gear are secured to your kayak.

 

 

Kayak flotation

Every W fishing kayak comes with at least one pair of side flotation modules.
Outfitting your W kayak with at least one pair of these side flotation modules is highly recommended.

 

 

How to cope with lateral (side) waves?

Lateral waves can be a big problem if you’re paddling a sit-in or SOT kayak, but if you’re paddling a W kayak they can be a source of fun if you’re surf playing – You paddle your W kayak in parallel to the beach, and let the side waves roll under you.
You’d need to learn how to lean your kayak into the wave just enough to prevent it from being overturned, but don’t lean too strongly or else you might roll to the other side once the wave has passed under your kayak.

Tip: Never go through the surf alone, and don’t go fishing by yourself far from shore. Make sure the beach is safe for kayaks No underwater rocks, oyster bars etc.
You should practice with your W kayak in smaller waves before you tackle bigger ones.

 

 

Capsizing your ocean fishing kayak

Some people believe that SOT kayaks are watertight, which in fact they aren’t, and some believe these kayaks are self-bailing, which they aren’t either. The ‘scupper’ holes are in fact structural elements that were introduced in the SOT hull to prevent it from collapsing as passengers sit on its top side (a.k.a. ‘deck’). These holes do not drain water out of the hull (yes, water does get inside, and when it does you can’t see it..) – they drain water only from its top side – the deck.

There is ample evidence to suggest that SOT kayaks can be hazardous to fish out of in the ocean. Read more on this subject »
As for capsizing your W kayak (it is possible to do so!) – If you bail out swiftly enough the W kayak is likely to stay right.  In such case you can hop back in from the side (if you’re athletic enough) or slowly crawl inside from the back, with your legs balancing you and the kayak.
If the W kayak is just laying on its side, chances are the side flotation would prevent it from overturning, and with some luck the kayak may even right itself back.  Read more about side flotation ».
If your W Kayak gets overturned close to shore, the easiest and most sensible thing for you to do would be to let the waves wash it to shore. Once it’s there, pull it out to the beach, and drain it by simply overturning it. It’s easy and takes little time, and you can be
back paddling immediately after you’re done.
If your W Kayak is overturned far from shore, you can turn it back but when you do so one of the hulls will scoop some water in, and you’d want to pump or scoop it out (or at least part of it).
Keeping a hand bucket or small hand-operated bilge pump on board is highly recommended.

Important: Capsizing your ocean fishing kayak in deep water can be extremely hazardous, and therefore it is strongly recommended never to go fishing offshore by yourself. Always fish in the ocean in the company of other boaters or anglers that could help you in case of an emergency, well as call for help, if possible.

 

 

Protection I: How to keep the kayak’s cockpit dry?

Spray isn’t that much of a problem when you’re a W fishing kayak:  The W kayak features a real cockpit and higher free board, which other kayaks don’t have. When you launch or go back to sea you can “climb” even big waves by standing or riding in the back of the cockpit and leaning backward -This way you’re lifting your W kayak’s bow in a steep angle and the waves normally pass under you.
When paddling a W kayak in waves you get relatively little water in, and it is drained to the bottom of the hulls, where even a couple gallons might be unnoticed by you.
You can also outfit your W kayak with a cockpit cover that will protect you and your fishing gear from spray. All but one W kayak models come equipped with a preparation for such a cover. You can use a small tarp or any waterproof fabric or plastic sheet to cover your cockpit in full, or partially.

 

 

Protection II: Do you need a dry suit, or a wet suit?

Anglers who fish in warm waters and hot climates may scoff at this question -Why would they care about getting wet? But anglers who fish in colder regions should be aware of the dangers of hypothermia, which can result not just from falling overboard, but also from being exposed to the wind while wearing wet clothes.
This is to say that neither sit-in nor SOT kayak offer their users adequate protection from wetness, wind and cold, which is why people who fish from them in colder regions should wear either a dry suit or a wet suit. As for anglers who fish out of W kayaks, they are far better protected, and therefore their need to wear such protective clothing is reduced.
Remember that a kayak angler suffering from hypothermia is basically helpless, and may not even be able to call for help using their cell phone when they’re offshore. Read more to learn about the danger presented to kayakers by hypothermia

 

 

What makes the W Kayak so easy to maneuver?

  1. The W500 kayak is 136″ long (11’4″), which is shorter than most ocean fishing kayaks out there that can be 13, 14 and up to 16 ft long.
  2. The W kayak’s patented hulls and saddle enable you to create a powerful rudder effect by leaning into the turn, which is the natural thing to do.
  3. You can paddle the W kayak and fish from it from the cockpit front, middle or back part, according to your need. Just move along the kayak’s saddle to reposition yourself.
  4. The W500 weighs 60 lbs, and it’s 29″ wide. being lighter and narrower than the typical ‘barge’ fishing kayak also makes it nimble and easier to maneuver.

 

 

Surf Safety:  Watch for bathers and surfers

When paddling or surfing your W fishing kayak you may go overboard, especially while you’re in the initial, learning phase –
Before you catch a wave you need to check and make sure that in case you fall overboard and your kayak gets washed ashore it won’t hit anyone.
Possible solution: Have your paddle tethered to your kayak with a long bungee leash, and don’t let go of it if and when you’re in the water. This will help you stop the boat from hitting people in the surf zone.

 

 

Surf Etiquette: Please be courteous

Beaches are sometime crowded. In many cases board surfers have no paddle, so they are both less protected and less mobile than you.
A collision between you and a surfer may be harmless to you but it could be painful to the surfer.
Always leave surfers enough space for surfing and maneuvering, even it means you’re losing a nice, big wave… -Don’t worry, there will be others, and you can always paddle around and do other fun stuff with your W kayak…

If you cross paths with surfers let them pass before you.

When launching make sure that no surfer is being thrown against your W kayak by an incoming wave.

 

 

Paddling your ocean fishing kayak in strong wind

Nearly all kayaks used for fishing in the ocean feature a rudder, since without it paddling in strong wind is practically impossible, as the wind deflects the kayak from its course. Sit-in and SOT kayaks track poorly to begin with, and they are prone to windage issues, but rudders are not necessary with W kayaks, which track remarkably well even in strong wind, due to their user’s ability to harness the wind as a factor that helps them track. This effect is achieved simply by the user relocating themselves fore or fat along the kayak’s saddle – By doing so they relocate the kayak’s center of gravity (CG), and direct it either into the wind or away from it, depending on the course they want to take and on the direction from which the wind blows.

More information on tracking in strong wind »

 

 

Paddling your ocean fishing kayak in strong current

 

Strong (fast) currents in are particularly dangerous, because they can carry you away from shore, into the ocean. Anglers whose kayaks aren’t outfitted with a motor are particularly exposed to this danger, because a current can be faster than the maximum speed they can achieve with their kayak just by paddling it, and because they may be exhausted after some time trying to paddle against the current.

 

 

Motorizing your ocean fishing kayak

A motorized fishing kayak is safer to use in the ocean since it offers the angler a chance to deal with strong wind, fast currents, and the long distances they may need to go in order to return safely to their launching spot, or to shore. Although motorized kayaks are heavier than non-motorized ones, driving a motorized kayak is certainly easier than paddling a non-motorized one. This is especially true after a long day of fishing and paddling, when the angler is tired, and it’s even more relevant for middle aged and elderly kayak anglers.

As far as deciding between an electric motor and an outboard gas engine, the latter is pretty much impossible to use with any type of fishing kayak except the W500. If you own a W kayak, you may want to read more about the advantages and disadvantages of electric motors and outboard gas engines in this article about motorized kayaks »

As for outboard motors, Wavewalk now offers the 570 series that’s ready for motorizing and offshore fishing:
 

 

 

 

 

 

Dry storage

 

Ocean kayak fishing trips can be long, and you’d need to take plenty of gear on board, as well as carry fish you caught back to shore. Therefore, having plenty of dry storage space is a real necessity, and needless to say that you should be able to easily access everything you store on board, anytime you need to.

Other fishing kayaks feature hatches, which are small and in many cases hard to reach while you’re sitting on board. Unless the ocean is perfectly calm, waves splashing on your kayak would get water into the hatches. In contrast, the W kayak offers over 8 cubic ft (60 gallons) of dry, protected storage space, and all of it is fully accessible to you when your out there on the water.

As for a crate, there is no need for you to attach one to your W kayak, since this kayak offers more storage space than you’d ever need:
 

 

 

 
Again: Always wear a PFD when using your W Kayak!

 

 
tandem motorized fishing kayak in ocean fishing trip - South KoreaTwo kayak fishermen from South Korea in an offshore fishing trip, including preparing a meal on board »

 

 

 

 

 

 

offshore tandem fishing kayak with electric motorOffshore tandem trip in motorized W kayak, Panama »

 

 

 

 

 

fisherman resting in his kayak on offshore fishing trip NZFisherman resting in his W kayak during an offshore fishing trip, New Zealand »

 

 

 

paddling standing in kayak during tropical storm IreneW500 kayak: Stand up surf launching in waves during tropical storm Irene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standing in kayak and paddling during storm IreneW500 kayak: Surf paddling in waves during tropical storm Irene. Watch the video »

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

launching a fishing kayak in the surf - at the beach

Surf launching standing in W300 kayak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing kayak in big breaking waveWhat’s next for this W300 kayak? Just more fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kayak surf launching in big ocean wave

Launching W kayak in big surf – The advantage of riding a high saddle and being protected by a real cockpit, and preferably by a cockpit cover too…

 

 

 

 

 

Easy kayak surfing in large waves

Easy kayak surfing -Ride the waves

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kayak Surfing - big wave

Kayak surfing in the Riding position

 

 

 

 

 

Surf playing over waves with yellow fishing kayak

W300 kayak playing with lateral waves

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paddling over a side wave

Kayak surf fun in lateral waves

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing kayak playing in side ocean wavesSide waves can be fun with the W kayak

 

 

 

 

 

Beaching in a rocky ocean beach in big surf

Rocky surf beaching – it’s possible with a W fishing kayak

 

 

 

 

 

launching fishing kayak in the surf, at the beach

Stand up paddling your W kayak in the surf can be non-stop fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children kayak fishing User Manual: Launching, paddling, fishing, recovery

Movies

Demo Movies

This website features hundreds of movies produced by Wavewalk and contributed by its fans.
This page features a selection of 17 online videos that may take a few seconds to load – You won’t regret being patient.

1. Super Stability

This is not a catch phrase but a new reality enabled by our invention, for which the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted us utility patent No. 6871608.
This demo movie is guaranteed to change the way you think about kayak stability, stand up paddling, and stand up fishing from a kayak:


2. The 2015 W570 series for offshore motorizing and fishing

The new W570 outfitted with detachable, inflatable side flotation modules, a detachable and lightweight spray shield, and new lightweight transom mount that can fit both 20″ (long) and 15″ (short) shaft outboard motors.
Watch this new type of watercraft performing like a champ in the chop, and its user driving it standing…  More info »


3. Stand up fishing kayak with 2 hp outboard motor

Driving standing up in this kayak is so much fun, and not that hard, but don’t try this with another kayak…


4. Super Mobility

This demo video shows how you can go over obstacles with this kayak, and it will prove to you that super mobility is not a superlative but a real thing.


5. Paddling Standing in Strong Wind

Stand up kayak paddling on lake Massapoag in Massachusetts, during a tropical storm with 35-55 mph (55-90 kmh) frontal and side wind. Just for the heck of it…


6. Motorized W500 at the Beach

Launching in a rock garden, driving standing and with a lightweight passenger on board… Lots of fun!


7. Tandem paddling on Flat Water

Total load: 350 lbs, which is close to the maximum 360 lbs we recommend. Overloading reduces performance, and it is not recommended.


8. W500 Rigged for Fishing

Jeff McGovern shows how he rigged his Wavewalk™ kayak for fishing.


10. W500 as the Perfect Fly Fishing Boat

Craig Masterman, a lifelong fly fisherman explains what makes the W kayak perfect for fly fishing.


11. Power Stand-Up paddling…

Can you imagine a 6 ft, 200 lbs middle aged guy jumping up and down in a kayak while paddling it?…  Watch this video –


12. Easy and Dry Entry and Exit

You enter the cockpit of this kayak simply by walking in from its rear, and you exit it by walking out from its front, and your feet always stay dry.


 13. What It’s Like to Paddle Standing

This video was shot with a head camera, and it shows what it’s like to enter the cockpit, launch standing, paddle standing, and even jump up and down!…


14. sailing the W500 Without Outriggers

Jim Luckett demonstrates sailing the W500 standing, without outriggers. It’s fun to watch, but don’t try it yourself unless you’re an experienced small-boat sailor or a seasoned wind surfer…


15. Camouflaged W500 Rigged for Fishing and Hunting

John Fabina shows his camouflaged W kayak rigged for fishing and hunting.


16. The Riding Position – Extreme Stability Demo

The Riding position is the position favored by people who drive high performance vehicles such as dirt bikes, jet-skis, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles (ATV). It’s also the most powerful and stable paddling position, as shown in this slow-motion video.


17. W300 Surf Playing

Few kayakers practice surf playing. This old video shows a small, early Wavewalk kayak model called the W300 used for paddling in the surf, just for fun…


Watch more W fishing kayak movies on our YouTube channel »

Kayaks

Wavewalk™ 500 and 570 Series

2015 Models

Technical Information

CONTENT

Technical Overview
Dimensions
Maximal Recommended Load (MRL)
Operating Your W Kayak
Features and Accessories
Paddles
Performance Facts
Videos

 


TECHNICAL OVERVIEW

catamaran fishing kayak parts description
Wavewalk™ 500 F2 without the standard flotation modules
  1. Flush mount rod holders
  2. Saddle: 6 ft long, 14″ high, 12″ wide
  3. Cockpit: 6 ft long, 29″ wide, 17″ deep
  4. Prep for cockpit cover
  5. Four piece carry handle (x4)
  6. Molded-in saddle reinforcement element (x13)
  7. Hull tip for storage (x4)
  8. Hull: 11’4″ long, 14″ deep, 8″ wide (x2)
  9. 3″ high spray deflector

 

3D VIRTUAL TOUR ANIMATION


This animation video shows the W500 kayak in the basic configuration, without flotation.
The video shows the kayak’s twin-hull (‘catamaran’) structure, the reinforced saddle (seat) that the passengers ride ATV-style with a leg in each hull, the depth of the hulls and the vast storage space they offer in the spacious cockpit and hull tips, and the spray deflector around the cockpit.


What’s a W Kayak?

Cross-section-of-W500-fishing-kayak
“W” cross section of a W Kayak

W is a name given to a patented invention recognized as a new type of watercraft.
Since it is lightweight and narrow enough for its passengers to propel with kayak paddles, the US Coast Guard (USCG) classifies the W as a kayak. The W features two full twin hulls joined by a central structure dubbed Saddle, which is similar to the saddle of personal watercraft (PWC), also known as jet-skis. Unlike common catamarans, the W’s cockpit offers passengers to sit or stand with a leg in each hull.

 

 

Paddling_positions - Riding 256Unlike common kayaks, the W does not force its users to sit in the non-ergonomic L-position, with their legs stretched in front of them. Instead, the W offers to ride its saddle in a naturally comfortable, stable and powerful posture shown here (1 & 2)

 

Paddling_positions_Sitting_256W passengers can also stand up anytime they want, lay down on the saddle and stretch their back, or sit in a more relaxed posture, as shown here (3 & 4)

 

The W kayak’s unique combination of improved stability, ergonomics and hydrodynamics offers its users unrivaled performance when they paddle with either kayak or canoe paddles, as well as when they motorize it with electric motors or with powerful outboard gas engines.
Models from the new W570 series come ready for offshore motorizing, which gives them an advantage over small microskiff and other car-top motorboats.

↑ Back to top of page


DIMENSIONS

  • Total Length: 136″ (345 cm).
  • Total Width: 29″ (73 cm).
  • Hull Width: 8″ (20 cm) in the cockpit area.
  • Saddle Width at the Bottom: 12.5″ (32 cm)
  • Internal Hull Length: 136″ (345 cm) available for storage.
  • Cockpit-Opening Length: 72″ (183 cm). Internal cockpit is longer in the hull tips.
  • Cockpit Height: 17″ (43 cm) from the bottom of the hulls.
  • Saddle Height: 14.5″ (37 cm) from the bottom of the hulls.
  • Weight: 60 lbs (27 kg) without added accessories.
  • Storage Space: 8.8 cubic ft (66 gallons / 250 liters) of internal, dry, always accessible storage space, inside the cockpit, two hulls, and 4 hull tips.
  • Internal Volume: 117 gallons (15.7 cubic feet / 444 liters). This doesn’t mean all this space is available for storage, and it certainly doesn’t mean the kayak can carry the equivalent load – See Storage and Maximal Recommended Load (MRL)

 

Structure:

Patented, deep twin hulls attached by a long and high saddle. US utility patent number 6871608.
The W kayak is symmetrical both left-right and front-rear: Bow and stern are interchangeable.
The entire internal space of the hulls is empty and protected, and serves for storing camping and fishing gear. Passengers in the cockpit can conveniently access this 66 gallon (250 liters) dry storage space at all times.
This new type of watercraft is a catamaran in a hydrodynamic sense, since it features two full-featured hulls.
The passengers’ feet reach all the way down to the bottom of the hulls, which also serve to store gear on board, and therefore, the use of the term ‘pontoons’ (floats) to describe this kayak’s hulls is technically incorrect.

Draft:

  • at 200 lb Load: 4″ (10 cm draft at 91 kg load).
  • at 360 lb Load: 6.5″ (16 cm draft at 163 kg load).

Materials:

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

Our W kayaks are made from 100% recyclable materials

Country of Origin:

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

 

Storage:

Our W kayaks offer several times more storage space than any other kayak. The amount of storage available is equal to the kayak’s internal volume minus the space used by the passenger/s. The storage space includes the kayak’s two hulls and its cockpit. The passengers can easily access their gear anytime, and the gear stays dry under normal conditions. The cockpit can be partially or entirely covered by a cockpit cover.

Maximal Recommended Load (MRL):

360 lbs (163 kg) in total, including passengers and all the gear they carry, store inside the hulls or attach to the kayak.
Like any other vehicle, an overloaded kayak becomes slower, less stable, and less maneuverable.

Weight Limitations for Passengers:

Solo – The combined weight of passenger and gear should not exceed the 360 lbs MRL.
A person who weighs more than 240 lb (109 kg) should outfit their W kayak with a saddle bracket.
Tandem – The combined weight of both passengers and their gear should not exceed the 360 lbs MRL.
A person weighing over 200 lbs (91 kg) should outfit their kayak with a saddle bracket for tandem paddling.

All 2015 models come outfitted with a saddle bracket – standard.

Always operate your W kayak within the above load limitations – Even if your W kayak feels perfectly stable and comfortable. Failing to comply with our recommendations could damage it, and might even be hazardous. More info »

New_Kayak_Handle_01All our kayaks come equipped with 4 ergonomic, 4-piece carry handles – standard

 

Fisherman_carrying_lightweight_kayak_on_his_shoulder_256The W500 is nimble and lightweight. The W500 T model weighs just 60lbs.

 

 

 

 

 


 

OPERATING YOUR W KAYAK

  • For your maiden voyage as a W kayaker, we recommend the Riding posture and not the Sitting posture.
  • Practice operating your W kayak on flat water before taking it in moving water.
  • Remember that your experience in paddling canoes or common kayaks is irrelevant to the W kayak, which offers a much broader performance envelope. Take your time learning how to operate your W kayak, so that you can benefit in full from what it has to offer you.
  • You can enter the W kayak’s cockpit from its rear, and exit it from the front – Keep your feet dry!
  • Paddling and motorizing your W kayak from the middle of its cockpit makes it both stabler and faster. You can easily move along your W kayak’s saddle and relocate fore and aft in the 6 ft long cockpit, but remember that normally you operate a W kayak from the middle of its cockpit, and not from its rear.
  • Surf launching and beaching: Operating your W kayak from the cockpit’s rear end makes its bow rise. This is an advantage when you launch your W kayak in the surf, or beach it anywhere.
  • You can make your W kayak go over obstacles sticking out of shallow water – See article and video »
  • Tracking in strong wind: You can operate your W kayak from a point that’s closer to cockpit’s rear, if adding weight to the stern helps you track under strong wind. Similarly, you can also move forward, in case relocating your weight towards the bow helps you track and steer under strong wind blowing from a different direction. You’d never need a rudder to help you track or steer your W kayak. For more information, see full article and video »
  • Tandem paddling is a more advanced application than solo paddling. Therefore, both passengers should first paddle a W kayak solo and get used to operating it, before they start practicing as a tandem crew.
  • Motorizing – Get used to paddling your W kayak before you motorize it. Driving a motorized W kayak is done from its middle, and not from the cockpit’s rear end. You’d need to outfit your motor with a long articulated (jointed) tiller extension.

More information and links in our User Manual »

 ↑ Back to top of page


 

OUR KAYAK PRICES INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING IN THE CONTINENTAL U.S. (48 STATES)

2015 Models

The W500 Series

500 R – Roaming

Main Features: Basic Flotation, No Rod Holders, Reinforced Saddle.
The 500 R kayak comes with one pair of standard detachable flotation modules. It features eyelets for attaching these flotation modules either below the saddle or on the sides of the cockpit.
It comes with 4 standard ergonomic carry handles.
The 500 R features a saddle bracket.
This model features no fishing rod holders, which can be ordered separately.
Price: $1,369

500 T – Touring

Main Features: Preparation for Cockpit Cover, Full Flotation, No Rod holders, Reinforced Saddle.
The 500 T kayak comes equipped with two pairs of standard detachable flotation modules for easier recovery, full deck rigging, a preparation for a cockpit cover, and 4 standard ergonomic carry handles.
It features no fishing rod holders, which can be ordered separately.
The 500 T features a saddle bracket.
Price: $1,480.

500 F2 – Fishing

Main Features: 2 Flush Mounted Rod Holders, Preparation for Cockpit Cover, Full Flotation, Reinforced Saddle
The 500 F2 is a fishing kayak featuring 2 flush mounted rod holders.
It comes equipped with 2 pairs of standard detachable side flotation modules, full deck rigging, a preparation for a cockpit cover, and 4 standard ergonomic carry handles.
The 500 F2 features a saddle bracket.
Price: $1,549.

 

The W 570 Series

Ready for offshore motorizing

570 INF 15

Main Features: 1 Pair of Inflatable INF Side Flotation plus Full Standard Flotation, 2 Clamp Mount Rod Holders, Reinforced Saddle, Ships with a TMM 15 Transom Motor Mount (not installed), Spray Shield.
The 570 INF 15 model ships with a TMM 15 transom motor mount for 15″ (short) propeller shaft – not installed. Installation is easy and takes 5 minutes.
The 570 INF 15 model features 4 Nylon eyelets (tie-downs) on each side, enabling attaching 2 flotation modules to each side.
The 570 INF 15 model comes with 2 (INF) inflatable flotation modules (1 pair). It is recommended for sailing and motorizing. It also ships with 4 standard flotation modules that can serve as enhancement, and for using in the paddling-only mode.
The 570 INF 15 comes equipped with full deck rigging, a preparation for a cockpit cover, and 4 ergonomic carry handles.
This model ships with 2 clamp mounted rod holders.
The 570 INF 15 is outfitted with a saddle bracket.
The 570 INF 15 is shipped with a spray shield.
Price: $2,147.

570 INF 20

Main Features: 1 Pair of Inflatable INF Side Flotation plus Full Standard Flotation, 2 Clamp Mount Rod Holders, Reinforced Saddle, Ships with a TMM 20 Transom Motor Mount (not installed), Spray Shield.
The 570 INF 20 model ships with a TMM 15 transom motor mount for 20″ (long) propeller shaft – not installed. Installation is easy and takes 5 minutes.
The 570 INF 20 model features 4 Nylon eyelets (tie-downs) on each side, enabling attaching 2 flotation modules to each side.
The 570 INF 20 model comes with 2 (INF) inflatable flotation modules (1 pair). It is recommended for sailing and motorizing. It also ships with 4 standard flotation modules that can serve as enhancement, and for using in the paddling-only mode.
The 570 INF 20 comes equipped with full deck rigging, a preparation for a cockpit cover, and 4 ergonomic carry handles.
This model ships with 2 clamp mounted rod holders.
The 570 INF 20 is outfitted with a saddle bracket.
The 570 INF 20 is shipped with a spray shield.
Price: $2,147.

570 INF 20-15

Main Features: 1 Pair of Inflatable INF Side Flotation plus Full Standard Flotation, 2 Clamp Mount Rod Holders, Reinforced Saddle, Ships with a TMM 20-15 Transom Motor Mount (not installed), Spray Shield.
The 570 INF 20 model ships with a dual-fit TMM 15 transom motor mount that’s compatible with both 20″ (long) and 15″ (short) propeller shafts – not installed. Installation is easy and takes 5 minutes.
The 570 INF 20-15 model features 4 Nylon eyelets (tie-downs) on each side, enabling attaching 2 flotation modules to each side.
The 570 INF 20-15 model comes with 2 (INF) inflatable flotation modules (1 pair). It is recommended for sailing and motorizing. It also ships with 4 standard flotation modules that can serve as enhancement, and for using in the paddling-only mode.
The 570 INF 20-15 comes equipped with full deck rigging, a preparation for a cockpit cover, and 4 ergonomic carry handles.
This model ships with 2 clamp mounted rod holders.
The 570 INF 20-15 is outfitted with a saddle bracket.
The 570 INF 20-15 is shipped with a spray shield.
Price: $2,166.

 

OUR KAYAK PRICES INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING IN THE CONTINENTAL U.S. (48 STATES)

Full Price List of All Wavewalk Products »


3 fishing kayak colors - yellow, green, sand 256The W500 R viewed in several colors

 

 

 

 

 

Side_Flotation_For_Fishing_Kayak_mediumLearn more about our W kayak detachable flotation modules system, and what it offers to do for you »

 

 

inflatable-side-flotation-modules-motorized-kayak-256For illustration purpose – A pair of INF Inflatable Flotation Modules attached to a motorized Wavewalk TM 570 INF 20.

Note: The actual Wavewalk™ 570 models do not feature a motor, and they ship with the motor mount not installed. Installing a Wavewalk™ motor mount takes 5 minutes, and it’s easy.

 

INF-20-motorized-kayak-with-spray-shield-front-view-256Spray Shield for motorized W kayak »

 

 

 

Tite-Lok%20clamp%20mount%20rod%20holder%20for%20fishing%20kayakTite-Lok clamp mount rod holder.

We recommend using clamp mount or deck mount rod holders for motorized fishing kayaks, rather than flush mount rod holders.

 

 

driving-standing-in-microskiff-256Learn more about our kayak models that are ready for offshore motorizing and fishing »

 

 

 

↑ Back to top of page


 

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT PADDLES

Common kayak paddles are neither long and rigid nor durable enough for W Kayakers:
The W design requires using a longer paddle even in the seated (Riding) position, and when you use a long paddle you can achieve more both in tracking terms as well as in maneuvering, and you gain additional mobility »
Paddling standing requires a paddle that’s both longer and more rigid than other kayak paddles. A ‘soft’ paddle wastes your energy and slows you down.
Launching and beaching in difficult spots, and poling in shallow water require a paddle that’s longer, more rigid, and more durable than most paddles.
When all above requirements are concerned, our composite paddles are unmatched, which is why we haven’t changed their design in over a decade.
To learn more about our extra long, multi-purpose, extra-rigid, durable, composite paddles, please visit our website’s paddles section »


SHIPPING INFO

For all our kayaks:

  • We ship every W kayak in a custom cardboard box
  • No extra charge on accessories shipped with the kayak
  • No tax on orders from outside Massachusetts
  • Free shipping in the Continental US (48 States)
  • Free call before delivery service for shipments in the US and Canada
  • $90 bonded shipping charge for shipments to addresses in Canada
  • We ship worldwide by ocean freight to major ports and freight terminals

 

OUR KAYAK PRICES INCLUDE FREE SHIPPING IN THE CONTINENTAL U.S. (48 STATES)

Full Price List of All Wavewalk Products »


 

What Makes The Wavewalk™ The World’s Best Performing Fishing Kayak, And The One That’s Best For You?

Some Important Facts You Can Check:

  1. It’s the world’s most stable kayak by far, even stabler than kayaks equipped with outriggers.
  2. It’s the most comfortable kayak that does not force you to sit with your legs stretched forward, and offers you to switch anytime between various positions, so you can avoid fatigue, leg pain, sore back and a wet butt.
  3. It’s the easiest kayak to paddle, since it tracks better in strong wind, and requires no rudder, except when you’re using a large-size sailing rig.
  4. It’s the only kayak offering true stand-up paddling and fishing in safety and confidence, with a 14.5″ high seat ready for you lose balance, so you don’t have to swim.
  5. It’s the most mobile kayak, enabling launching, paddling, fishing and beaching where other kayaks simply can’t go.
  6. It’s the roomiest kayak, offering several times more storage space than any other kayak, and room for a second passenger.
  7. It’s the most versatile kayak, for any weather and water condition you need, including cold water, shallow water and the ocean surf – even in tandem
  8. It’s the kayak that offers you both the best performance and best value, since you save a lot by not having to purchase a special car-rack, a rudder, a seat, and outriggers.
  9. The Wavewalk™ the easiest kayak to motorize, and as a motorized kayak it performs far better than any other kayak.
  10. Being lightweight and featuring twin hulls, it’s easy to car top this kayak on any car rack, without needing a special kayak rack »

For additional information on delivery, cancellation of order, product warranty and return policies please visit our website’s Product and Service Policies section.

Learn more about operating this kayak from our User Manual »

 


 

 

Two eye-opening demo movies:

1. Kayak Stability Redefined –

 

2. Motorized W570 Fishing Kayaks at the Beach, in the Chop –

 More demo videos »

 

↑ Back to top of page

Wavewalk kayaks at the Early Bird outdoor show in Bloomsburg, PA

By Joe Stauder

Hawg Buster Stand Up Fishing Kayaks

overview-of-HBBCO-booth-at-the-Early-Bird-show
General view of HBBCO booth at the show

 

article-in-the-local-newspaper-
Favorable coverage in the local press

 

fishing-kayak-outfitted-with-electronics-and-safety-light

green-kayak-rigged-for-fishing-Early-Bird-outdoors-show

hunting-kayak-with-camo-cover-sand-colored
Hunting Wavewalk

 

kayak-rigged-for-fishing-and-wheel-for-easy-transportation
Fishing kayak outfitted with a transportation wheel

 

sand-colored-kayak-with-electric-trolling-motor-and-fishing-electronics-fish-nets
Electric fishing kayak

 

twin-hull-kayak-with-two-swivel-seats-and-camera-tripod
Our version of a Wavewalk kayak for touring and photography in tandem

 

two-kayaks-at-the-outdoors-show

 

Hawg Buster Stand Up Fishing Kayaks trade show schedule

By Joe Stauder

The Hawg Buster Stand Up Fishing Kayaks team will be showing Wavewalk kayaks outfitted for fishing and hunting, both motorized and non-motorized, at the following trade shows –

  • The Early Bird Outdoor Sports Show, Bloomsburg, PA.  Jan. 22nd-25th
  • The Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Expo, Oaks, PA.  Feb. 26th-Mar. 1st

Live demos will be available at the Philly show.

Come visit us, we look forward to seeing you!

joe-standing-in-his-fishing-kayak-with-all-his-tackle

paddling-a-w500-fishing-kayak-pennsylvania-1-1-2015

joe's-demo-fishing-kayak-beached

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