By Mike Silva
Took the W500 out yesterday for the first time since I’ve gotten the W700.
I Didn’t have the truck, so the Kia was it.
It was a windy day, water temps still at 67 degrees.
Lots of small fish, then a couple of good Large Mouths to save the day.
I made a video, and you will laugh when you hear what happens.
Tight Lines and MoPaddle Safe all.
After all the excitement of the S4 introduction, it is great to see people posting their W500 and W700 pics and modifications.
The narrow twin hulls make these the ideal stable paddle vessels. Also, the W500 and W700 kayaks are easy to convert to electric power with a simple bolt on transom mount available from Wavewalk..
However, most batteries are too wide for the W500 (and some extent, the W700) to fit down into the hulls.
My solution is to put two 35 AH 12 volt U1 deep cycle batteries end to end in a custom made tapered housing that slips down into the hull. These are batteries that are often used to power electric wheelchairs.
70 amps of 12 volt power will run a 30 lb. thrust Minnkota electric trolling motor at top speed setting (4-5 kts.) for a couple hours. Or, troll at half speed all day. Figure about $160 cost for the under 40 lb. battery pack. Compare with the weight and cost of any other 70 Amp Hour battery that will not fit into the streamlined hulls.
I made my battery box from a plastic planter tray and some PVC decking material. It fits perfectly and works wonderfully in my white W500 that was my original Wavewalk investment.
The only issue was the conducting material at the battery terminals. Stainless steel does not transfer electricity very well. It was hard to find anyone in the Upper Keys on a Sunday afternoon who had a pair of brass nuts.
Try asking for that commodity, anywhere.
Yes, I scored on the 5/16×18 nuts.
And, the 70 AH battery box combo carried me offshore for a post-hurricane exploration of the Atlantic Ocean.
But, that is another story…
I took the W700 to Rainbow res in Windsor Ct.
I wanted to really run the one of the motors for a good test.
Of course I had to fish too.
I got a great shot of this gray heron flying by me.
My next outing I’ll be testing another motor, and of course some more fishing.
Here’s a couple of pictures of the yak trip, then the next day I went out in my buddies bass boat and caught my Biggest Large Mouth Bass this season, 5.3lbs of fighting fury. 🙂
Funny thing, I ran into Gary Rankel’s fishing buddy (I think his name was Art) at the boat launch when I was leaving.
I was stunned to say the least, up from Florida with friends.
Small world. 🙂
I put the W700 together on how I’d like to set it up for fishing.
Not sure if I’ll leave the windshield on, but I’ll know better after my next outing.
One thing I know for sure, if anyone wants those flush rod holders, don’t do it, if they plan on adding a motor, they get in the way of the mounts.
I cut mine down and capped them so they won’t leak, and they’re are out of my way for storage.
I have a couple of showings with some friends who want to see the W700, hopefully it will bring in some sales.