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New Record Number of Daily Visitors to Wavewalk Kayaks’ Website

Yesterday we saw the record number of visitors to our website on a single day shattered: Wavewalk Kayaks’ website got 793 visits, according to a report produced by Google, and 1,028 visits according to a report produced by the company that hosts our website.

The difference from the normal came from many visits sent to us from Duckworks Magazine, the leading small boat site, who’s regularly interested in what we’re doing (thanks Chuck!…) This time it was our motorized kayak research project that caught Chuck’s attention.

The previous record for daily visitors to our website was 754, and it was set on July 6, 2009.



Small, Outboard Gas Motors Suitable For Fishing Kayaks

Electric trolling motors work well for trolling on flat water, but when it comes to going in choppy water and in the ocean, another type of propulsion comes to mind, and that is small, lightweight, portable outboard gas engines.
This is because electric trolling motors have a low effective power output relatively to the combined weight of their engine and battery, or batteries. They offer a reduced effective activity time, and that could be a problem in long trips, or in adverse weather.

Another advantage that gas (fuel) motors have is the fact that refueling them is easy, so their range is not as unlimited as the range of electric motors is.

An overpowered boat, or kayak, is unsafe, and keeping safety in mind, most outboard boat motors are too big and powerful for kayaks – even for the stablest kayak, which is the W500.
However, smaller outboard gas motors would work well with the W500.

We do not recommend using big and powerful engines, simply because going too fast in such a small boat (or any boat, or vehicle) can be dangerous, as both directional stability (tracking) and lateral stability are reduced at high speed that can be reached with such motors. Also, the more powerful the engine, the heavier it is, which could lead to steering problems.

 

More on motors for kayaks: http://wavewalk.com/blog/2008/07/14/thrust-in-electric-trolling-motors-for-fishing-kayaks/ »

Read more about motorizing fishing kayaks »

Small, Outboard Gas Motors Suitable For Fishing Kayaks

Clamp Mounted Side Mount For Fishing Kayak Electric Trolling Motor

 

DIY Clamp Mounted Mount For Electric Trolling Motor

Here is a schematic description of an easy to make Do It Yourself (DIY) clamp mount for an electric trolling motor for your W500 fishing kayak:clamp mounted mount for electric trolling motor for a fishing kayak

Motor Mount Safety Device:

You can mount the vertical part of the motor mount on a hinge (see figure below), so that in case the motor hits an underwater obstacle, it would bounce up, thus reducing or altogether avoiding possible damage to it –mount for fishing kayak electric motor

Here is an example of an electric trolling motor mounted on such a mount:

electric trolling motor setup for fishing kayak

For more info, see full article »

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More options: Transom motor mount for electric and gas outboard motors

Wavewalk offers three standard transom motor mounts for its W500 kayak series – The TMM 20 for long shaft motors (20″), the TMM 15 for short shaft (15″) motors, and the TMM 20-15 that fits both sizes. These transom mounts are easy to install, and since they’re attached in the center of the kayak they can support heavier and more powerful engines. Steering is done conveniently from the middle of the cockpit, by using a long tiller extension outfitted with a U joint (articulated tiller extension). Keep reading »

Wavewalk

Wavewalk, Inc. Background and Timeline

Wavewalk, Inc. was founded in 2001, in Massachusetts, by Yoav Rosen.
The company develops and manufactures small watercraft and related accessories.

In 2004, the company began selling its products factory direct, mainly in the US and Canada, and since then our products have been serving paddlers, anglers, hunters, divers, scientists and engineering companies worldwide.

In 2005, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted Wavewalk utility patent number 6871608 for our invention enabling the creation of a new class of small, personal watercraft, or super kayaks called Wavewalk® kayaks, also dubbed W kayaks and boats.

In 2018, we moved our office to Rhode Island, The Ocean State.

About Wavewalk® kayaks

Wavewalk introduced improvements in paddling, fishing and motorizing by offering  the world’s most stable product in the category of personal, small-size boats. Our patented kayaks are stabler than the biggest and widest fishing kayaks, as well as canoes and kayaks equipped for outriggers (external stabilizers).
Wavewalk® kayaks have completely eliminated back pain, leg numbness and other physical discomfort commonly experienced by people who paddle sit-in and sit-on-top (SOT) kayaks, and fish from them.
When compared to canoes and other kayaks, Wavewalk® kayaks offer enhanced speed, control and tracking capabilities, as well as unrivaled mobility.
Wavewalk® kayaks offer by far more storage space than any other kayak, as well as better protection from the elements.
Some of our customers motorize their Wavewalk® kayaks, thus effectively turning them into personal, car-top motorboats that are comfortable and stable, and offer sufficient storage for touring, as well as for long camping and fishing trips, in fresh water as well as in the ocean.

Products – OVERVIEW

  • Our first kayak series was the 300 (2004-2010). It included the original version (2004-2007), and the redesigned version (2007-2008). 2004 was also the year in which we introduced our paddles, which we haven’t changed at all since then.
  • We introduced the 500 series in 2009, and it became a classic almost overnight. Anglers who use a W500 consider it to be the world’s best fishing kayak, mostly because it is back pain free, and much stabler than all other fishing kayaks, regardless of their size.
  • In the fall of 2014, following the success in motorizing Wavewalk® 500 kayaks, we introduced a version of the 500 series named the 570 model for offshore fishing.
  • In August of 2015, we introduced the 700 series that offers a level of stability that only full size boats (e.g. Jon boats) can offer, and allows for two anglers to fish out of it as well as motorize as they would in a boat. For these reasons we describe this new series as a two-person fishing boat that’s lightweight enough for one person to easily car-top. Needless to say that the 700 is unsurpassed as a paddle craft.
  • In the fall of 2015, we introduced a joystick steering system for motorized 700 boats that makes driving safer, easier and more fun, both seated and standing.
  • May 2017 – Our new Series 4 (S4) of portable boats / ultralight skiffs / paddle craft is breaking stability, payload, and speed records.

Trademarks

  • In February 2014, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) registered the stylized letter W as our trademark, based on our use of it in commerce since 2009.
  • In December of 2015, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) registered the word Wavewalk as our trademark, based on our use of it in commerce since 2007.
  • In 2016, the USPTO extended the registration of the Wavewalk trademark to a range of additional products and accessories.

Our company is dedicated to creating the world’s best kayaks for paddling and fishing, and the world’s best portable boats. We support our clients in a broad range of applications and regions. As far as one can judge from our customers’ testimonials, we’ve been successful in that.

About our website

In order to provide our customers with as much information as they need about our Wavewalk® kayaks, we created a website that features dozens of technical articles, dozens of demo movies, hundreds of full-featured kayak reviews contributed by customers, hundreds of trip reports, and more. Currently, our website features 1,800 pages, and it keeps growing…

We’re always happy to provide answers to your questions by phone, text, and email, or through your comments on this blog.

Special thanks to a large group of people who’ve contributed stories, pictures, videos, rigging ideas, fishing tips, and a lot of talent, experience and good will. The list of these people is long, and this website’s Contributors page honors those of them who’ve contributed the most.

CONTACT US

 

Call or text us: 774 315-6009

Email us to support@wavewalk.com »

Our address
WAVEWALK, INC.
115 Terrace Avenue
Riverside, RI 02915
United States

Contact: Yoav Rosen

 


 

Address for factory pickups only:

Wavewalk c/o Rotational Molding Technologies
67742 County Road 23
New Paris, Indiana 46553
Phone: (574) 831-6450
Contact: Jimmy Rogers, Josephine Steele
Please call in advance to schedule pickup

Brian’s Folding Outriggers for Motorized Kayak

Brian Vickery, from California, is a fisherman and photographer who has special reasons to look for absolute, no-nonsense stability in his kayak, as well as total comfort.

Those of you who’ve visited our blog before already know that Brian has a genius and a passion for kayak outfitting and rigging projects-

Says Brian:

-“I have been away having left shoulder surgery, total replacement, so I am presently thinking of no more paddling for me at all. Dr says “mild” shoulder work in a few months PT time.

I put my W kayak in the water this morning and tried-out the folding amas. Wow!, when I tried my hardest to make it tip , I could not. Just like standing on a concrete floor. Solid, solid as I never thought it would be. That is saying a dickens of a lot, coming from me. I could not budge it at all.

I did find it was a tad hard to keep course though. Once the turn was made tho it kept good tracking. I think that with the two batteries and motor gone, it will sail well with a Genoa jib, and NO mainsail.

Cheers,, Brian”

Folding outriggers for motorized fishing kayak

Folding outriggers - stabilizers for motorized kayak

Sailing rig for kayak, California, 2010

Brian's sailing W500 Kayak

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