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Testing the Wavewalk S4 in our maiden offshore voyage

By Magnus Chung

San Francisco Bay Area, California

I finally got a chance to take the S4 out and test it on the water. It’s working beautifully with the Honda 2.3 engine. We actually have 3 people seat in it comfortably and both paddling and using the motor works quite well.

We launched the S4 at a rocky beach, and dragging the S4 over the sharp rocks caused some scratches on the bottom of the S4. This is a minor issue, and I’ve decided not to worry about it 🙂

Overall, I am very satisfied with the S4. Great Kayak and I can’t wait to show it off to my friends on the next fishing trip!

I was too busy with the S4. There aren’t any pics while the S4 is cruising in the water since all three of us were in the S4 and didn’t have anyone to take pictures from the shore.
Here are some of the pics my friend took on the beach –

 

 

DIY custom Kevlar / carbon fiber cockpit cover for my offshore W fishing kayak, by Edwin Warner

I’ve really been using my W kayak a lot recently and have been out in the open ocean and determined exactly how big of waves I can beach and launch with.
Yeah , I got tossed in the surf. Flipped on my head. Hard. End over end. Recovered, and got back out.
These things are actually great to paddle out in but coming back to shore in big surf requires practice, skill and timing.

Crabbing has been amazing and I have garnered lots of beach interest.

Here are some photos of my custom Kevlar/carbon fiber cockpit cover.

Cheers

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View of the San Francisco bay and my kayak’s cockpit cover

Edwin
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Kayak crab fisherman from SF Bay reviews his Wavewalk, by Edwin Warner

I am an amateur fisherman and an ex UC Berkeley rower. I am a big guy (6’5″-260lbs) who wanted a versatile boat that I can fish and paddle my girls around.
-I owned two sit in kayaks. Both were uncomfortable and neither of them suited my needs. I do mostly beach launch crab fishing and my two-man [brand name] kayak weighed 100lbs and had a huge open cockpit that was subject to swamping. My other boat was an inherited [brand name sit in kayak] that has left me upside down so many times I am ashamed to say.

Well I have had the Wavewalk kayak out 5 times so far…what a boat. Wow impressed.

-I am amazed at how easy it is to move at a good cruising clip.
-The sitting/kneeling paddling position really affords a strong stroke with very little effort which doesn’t really help with the “workout” aspect of it 😉
-I have been averaging just over 6km/hr over a 7.5km distance in flat water with no real wind to speak of. While not blazing fast the effort required to do that would allow me to paddle all day. -Changing your position fore/aft really changes the behavior of the boat! I’ve found that for cruising neutral balance really speeds things up.
-Beach launching is a piece of cake as well as you just step in and weight forward until you float, then move back accordingly. Getting down to the beach isn’t hard either as I can just shoulder it and carry my paddle, necessitating only one trip. I like that.
-Mounting the boat to my roof racks is super easy and feels very secure. 75mph on the freeway, no noticeable noise or bouncing is noticed on just regular Yakima bars. That’s rad
Ok just to reiterate I really like the boat and will have no problem selling it to lake/river enthusiasts.

But now the bad-
-Definitely a learning curve, being so high out of the water magnifies the lateral motion experienced in your ears, even though this boat is probably rolling less than a monohull. Comfort was achieved immediately on second shot out.

-The noodles. Yes I get that they are inexpensive, easily replaced, and very functional. Again in my opinion not an elegant solution for a very cool, technical boat. And since what I do is crabbing, when attached on the sides the noodles get in the way, crab pots get caught in them so I should attach the noodles under the saddle, between the hulls. Now for fishermen the foam noodles actually could be a selling point as you could array your different lures very easily by simply embedding them and hanging the leaders over the side, but for me they get in the way.

This boat is amazing and one of my favorite things about it is its versatility. You literally can do just about anything with this boat. It gets so many creative juices flowing for me! As a designer/fabricator it’s really exciting and inspiring, though I realize I have to dial it back and just get some boats sold… 🙂
Thanks so much for making this boat and giving the opportunity you have. I intend to make the most of it. Also I have been grabbing a photo here and there so far. Looking for a good one to put up on the web page.
Cheers
Edwin

 

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Another Day Kayak Fishing in the California Delta, By George Brewster


Took the ole W500 for another adventure on the California Delta.
Woke up early and then after getting all ready to go I was off for my launch site. After arriving I got unloaded and set to go and it was about 5am when I started out paddling.
Seeing as it was still dark I usually head across to the first rock bank as I can use the light from the marina to assist me.
Fishing a stretch and having no luck I headed for spot two. I was throwing a rat and had a couple of blowups but the fish were missing the rat.
Next I headed for spot three and started throwing with a couple of more misses and now it was getting light.
As I headed down the bank I made a long cast to the bank and as I was working the Rat back I had something suck it under and after waiting a second to feel weight I reared back and set the hook. Fish on! and a short fight ensued before I had the bass next to the yak and was able to lip him. He really wanted the rat as he had the thing fully engulfed.
After a few pictures I released him to grow bigger, and continued on down the bank. The top water bite slowed so I pulled out my spinnerbait rod and started to chuck and wind. Going down this one bank I had caught fish before on I felt good about my chances of getting hit, and like clock work in this one corner as I was bringing the bait back to the boat something pulls back on it and I quickly set the hook and the first spinnerbait fish was on. Once I got him to the yak and in my grasp I some took pictures before releasing him and then continued on down the bank.
Getting to the end of the stretch of rock bank being fished, I turned around and drifted with the wind back down the other way and half way back hooked into the second spinnerbait fish.
Caught several other small ones and then after a little more time on the water decided to call it a day before the heat, wake boarders, jet skiers, and water skiers hit the water.
When I got back to the dock several people commented on how they liked the yak and setup and one of them inquired about the price and where I got it. Answered his questions and then advised him how it is a great fishing kayak as I showed him how easy it was to stand up in and the stability if the W500. Told him how I like to stand when casting and fighting the fish and this kayak is a perfect fit for me and my fishing style.

George

Northern California

fish caught on Rat lure - side view

fish caught on Rat lure - kayak fishing trip

fish caught on Spinner bait - kayak fishing trip

fish caught on Spinner bait - kayak fishing trip

W Fishing Kayaks in Mammoth Lakes, California. By Mike Hancock


Went to Mammoth Lakes CA last few days. Took Electric Motor…but found out the small lakes I fished don’t allow motors. Will test out down here locally. I used Kayak and caught fish out of it. Forgot Camera the day I caught most of the fish…but got some nice shots of bow out on the water and snow covered mountains. No problem with the kayak at on waters 8892 feet elevation.
Mike Hancock

Lake Mamie at 8898 feet elevation in Mammoth Lakes CA. Beautiful day!

fishing kayak in Mammoth lakes, N. California

fish caught in kayak fishing trip in Mammoth lakes

fishing kayak in Mammoth lakes, N. California

fishing kayak in Mammoth lakes, N. California

fishing kayak in Mammoth lakes, N. California

fishing kayak in Mammoth lakes, N. California