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My Wavewalk 500 fishing kayak with a 2.3 hp Honda outboard

By Claus Nielsen


My Wavewalk 500 outfitted with a DIY transom motor mount, and a 2.3 hp Honda outboard


And this is a video from my motorized, 29 km long fishing trip to Enebærodde, at the entrance to Odense Fjord



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Family camping, boating and fishing trip

By Sungjin Kim

Wavewalk Korea

We haven’t had family fun in a long time, so we decided to go on a trip to Cheongsando island. We took the ferry there.


When it rains the kayak upside down, to prevent the accumulation of rainwater.
Our camping van was renovated, and it featured all kinds of accessories and amenities, including a bed and and expandable table at the rear.











During the trip we used a charcoal grill and a regular grill. We had gamsaengyi snails, walleye and rockfish, and bone clear soup. Adding Black sea bream gave the food an awesome taste.


We visited Wando island and the birthplace of the artist Yun Du-seo .


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Rodney’s Wavewalk kayak rigged for fishing

By Joe Stauder

HBBCO Kayaks

This is Rodney’s New Rig. He Just Loves it!

This is how the guys up here are using the motor mounts. I coached him through rigging his fish finder up. He did a great job.




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A trailer-free fishing boat that you can paddle easily

Paddling is important for fishing, yet under-utilized

The overwhelming majority of people who don’t fish from shore fish out of a motorboat, and only a tiny fraction of anglers afloat fish out of paddle craft, be it a canoe or a kayak.
-Why is that?
This website features dozens of articles explaining the shortcomings of canoes and common fishing kayaks from every possible angle, including poor stability, poor tracking, limited range of travel and too small load capacity, dysfunctional storage, wetness and bad ergonomics. And let’s not forget the inability to go in shallow water that’s specific to another mode of human powered propulsion, namely pedal craft.

But paddling offers many advantages to anglers who fish from boats, due to various reasons –
What would you gain from fishing out of a motorboat that you can easily paddle?

Common fishing boats are too wide and heavy to allow for paddling to any meaningful distance, and this fact limits their use to deeper water than the shallow water accessible to craft that are typically propelled with paddles. In addition, the absolute reliance on the motor’s propeller inhibits movement in another type of productive fisheries characterized by the abundance of seaweed and grass.
If you could paddle your motorboat as easily as you paddle a canoe or a kayak, you’d gain a lot in fishing terms, a.k.a. fishability:
Being able to paddle your fishing boat would open new places for you to launch from and beach in. This would be no less than a strategic advantage, since it would reduce your dependence on boat ramps, and save your precious fishing time from being wasted in driving to boat ramps that are few and far between, waiting for other boaters to launch and beach there, and performing difficult and lengthy maneuvers with your own boat and trailer.
But all this discussion about launching a motorboat just anywhere you feel like is moot, of course, unless your motorboat is lightweight enough to eliminate to need for transportation by trailer.

Is paddling a motorboat even an option?

It isn’t an option when typical motorboats are concerned, since even the smallest and lightest ones are too heavy and too wide to allow for effective paddling. But the upcoming Wavewalk™ fishing boat from the 700 Series is different – It will weigh just 80 lbs, which is a fraction of the weight of a small boat, and in fact, it’s even less than the weight of most large-size SOT and sit-in kayaks out there (a.k.a. barges), some of which weigh around 200 lbs without a motor… Furthermore, the W700 will be just 31″ wide, which is not wide compared to canoes or typical fishing kayaks, some of which reach up to 41″ at their waistline, a fact that prohibits anything remotely close to effective paddling, while delivering mediocre stability.
Its patented twinhull form will make the W700 stable enough for motorizing with a powerful outboard and for stand up fishing in tandem, and yet, it will be narrow enough to allow for a good paddling experience. Without ever requiring the use of a rudder, the W700 will track better than traditional kayaks do, and better than canoes, which track even worse than kayaks.

As far as serving as a microskiff (shallow water, flats fishing boat) the W700 will outperform other small microskiff who offer just motorizing and poling as means of propulsion – Being able to paddle this new craft would greatly increase your mobility in every dimension, from launching to moving in shallow water over long distances, getting over underwater obstacles and going through thick vegetation, as well as dealing with low tides and swift currents.

The best of both worlds, and some more –

The upcoming W700 Series is not just about enjoying the best of both worlds, I.E. motorboats and paddle craft. It will allow you to benefit from the combination of the most important features of these two classes of watercraft while adding new benefits that only Wavewalk™ kayaks can deliver –
It will be the Best Of Breed in the world of kayak fishing, both as a solo and two-person fishing kayak, and it will distinguish itself as the only trailer-free fishing boat that you can paddle and car-top easily and effectively either solo or with a two person crew –
A trailer-free fishing boat that you can paddle and pole easily together with a fishing buddy or just by yourself.

Legal restrictions on motorizing

And let’s not forget that some of the most productive fisheries in your state may be Non Motor Zones (NMZ), namely restricted to non-motorized fishing – Yet another reason to appreciate a boat that you can easily car-top and paddle by yourself, and together with a fishing buddy.


More information on the upcoming Wavewalk™ 700 series »

A better two-person fishing boat

What’s a good two-person fishing boat?

A good two-person fishing boat is one that allows for two large size fishermen to fish from it in full comfort, for long hours. According to this basic definition, most boats out there are suitable as two-person fishing boats, except sit-in and sit-on-top (SOT) tandem fishing kayaks, which are neither comfortable nor stable enough for average people to fish from. So this preliminary definition is too inclusive, and we need to refine it by asking the following question –

What’s a better two-person fishing boat?

This is where the actual discussion begins –

1. More than two anglers on board – Not that important

One requirement that comes to mind is the ability to accommodate a crew of more than two full-size anglers, and in fact, most motorboats out there fulfill this requirement, although on a typical trip they don’t take more than two anglers on a board. In fact, most anglers fish either alone or with one fishing buddy on board, which is to say that being able to take a third and a fourth passenger is a feature that may be nice to have, but it’s not essential for a two person fishing boat. In other words, size may matter in this case, but only to marginal extent.

2. Less than two anglers on board – Very important!

Typically, recreational fishermen fish by themselves or in pairs. This implies that a good two-person fishing boat should also be practical and even easy to use for one angler who wishes to use it alone, without a fishing buddy – but most fishing boats aren’t.  This failure to accommodate one angler is the result of the boat’s large size, and consequently, the need to transport it with a trailer, launch it from a trailer, and take it out onto a trailer… And while this may sometime be possible for one experienced and strong fisherman to perform, it’s not given to everyone. This is to say that a really good two-person fishing boat must also be a good one-person fishing boat – by definition.

3. Mobility is key

A typical two-person fishing boat is fairly large, and requires transportation on a trailer, which limits the number of launching and beaching spots for its users, makes them lose precious time at boat ramps and on the way to them, and limits the areas where they can go and fish. Such boats may be comfortable to fish from, but this comfort comes at a price that you wouldn’t necessarily want to pay, if you were offered a better alternative. And indeed, some two-person fishing boats such as lightweight dinghies and Jon boats can be car topped by two strong men, or transported in a pickup truck bed, and they can be launched and beached regardless of boat ramps.  The problem with this class of small boats is that you can’t paddle them effectively, and you still need a fishing partner to handle them on land, both when carrying them from and to your vehicle, and for car-topping and unloading them.

4. The shallow water challenge

Unless you’re a blue-water fisherman, sooner or later you’d want to fish in shallow water, because these waters offer some of the best fisheries. But shallow waters are not just shallow, they’re often infested with vegetation and underwater obstacles, and we use the word ‘infested’ because although vegetation and underwater structures make great habitats for fish, they’re not that great for boating, to say the least, and they can cause you serious trouble with your motor’s propeller. This means that even a boat with a very shallow draft, such as some microskiff have, may not perform well in shallow water due to your inability to propel it effectively, meaning that it’s not comfortable to paddle, and it requires too much effort to push-pole.
Shallow water as a type of fishery that demands particular things from a boat, one of which is the ability to propel it manually (seriously, forget about pedal drives 😀 ) by using either double blade (kayak) or single blade (canoe) paddles. If you’re serious about shallow water, think paddling too, or get either a mud motor or an air-jet motor for your boat.

5. Launching and beaching issues

Good launching and beaching spots are not always available, and you may need to launch your boat and beach it in less than perfect conditions such as we described in the previous ‘Shallow Water’ section of this article, or in places called ‘Rock Gardens’. In both cases, the ability to propel your boat with an alternative, human-powered means is critical. By this we mean that a really good two-person fishing boat is one that offers its crew, be it two anglers or a single one, to paddle and push-pole easily and effectively, over long distances and in problematic water and weather conditions.

6. No-Motor Zones (NMZ)

These fisheries where no motor boats are allowed grow in number every year, and some of them are just too good to be left for others to fish in. NMZ are yet another reason why versatility in propulsion is important when you think about your next fishing boat.

7. Canoe?

No. A canoe is unlikely to fit your requirements for a good two-person fishing boat for a number of reasons, which are:
Although some canoes are wide, they’re not particularly stable, especially when powered by an outboard motor.
For the same reason (stability issues), canoes aren’t ideal for fishing standing, especially for average and above-average size fishermen, as well as elderly ones, and we all know that without the ability to stand up and fish, no boat can be labeled a good fishing boat.
Typically, canoes don’t offer much as far as comfort goes, and unless you’re super fit, that’s a problem when long fishing trips are concerned.
If you try to paddle a canoe by yourself on a windy day, chances are that you won’t try again… This is because canoes track poorly under wind, and they’re too hard for most solo paddlers to handle under such conditions.

But does such a two-person fishing boat even exist?

This article seems to raise the bar a little too high in realistic terms, doesn’t it? It describes a craft that’s lightweight enough for one guy to car top, yet can take two large-size fishermen in full comfort on a long fishing trip, and be motorized with a powerful outboard motor.  The same boat is required to be very stable, naturally, and still be narrow enough for comfortable paddling… These contradicting requirements exclude even the Wavewalk™ 500, since with its 360 lbs recommended load capacity this unique watercraft cannot accommodate more than one large-size fishermen, but they don’t exclude to new Wavewalk™ 700 , which has a 580 lbs load capacity, and was designed to do just that, without giving up the solo abilities in launching, paddling, standing, poling, fishing, motorizing, beaching, and car-topping.