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My Wavewalk 500 outfitted for sailing and rowing

Wavewalk 500 kayak review - sailing and rowing

By Barefoot


I rigged the W500 to row or sail and can add my 30 pound trolling motor if the wind continues to quit too far away for an easy row back. A pair of smaller sealed batteries are perfect for twin hulls, and sitting a couple of inches forward balance it all.
A cross bar gives the oarlocks a four-foot spread and removes with two hand knobs, so the boat passes through the back door. It goes in my Honda with the front seat folded and rolls on a pair of 9” tires from (something) tucked between the hulls on PVC pipe held up by bungee cords.
A box like your motor mount is the base for a 45 square foot Snark lateen sail I had, and drops down about as far as the big foam noodles underneath. Those even match the ones around the coaming, which are smaller, so I can get my big feet between them and the seat!

New Rowing Rig

By Billy Boughner

I found certain issues with my first rowing saddle concept, and I build a new style which allows me to install oarlocks to be more accurately positioned.
The basic design is a frame that extends the length of the cockpit and anchored in the two end slots of the tunnel.
My seat separates and I’m able to accurately position two sets of oarlocks for the different seat positions for pushing or pulling the oars.
The other asset of this design is that there is no beam directly across the oarlock thus allowing to lift the oars higher in rough water.
This design required that I replace the plywood insert [saddle bracket] with one that is a little higher to attach the frame at one end, and an identical one at the opposite end.
This design also allows me to do some experimentation with the seat position and height.

Boat is now on a trailer.
Only a 12 minute drive to the lake. If I decide to go only takes me 13 minutes to load and be there now.





Rowing Wavewalk 500 fishing kayak with oars and 5 rod holders

Wavewalk 500 with rowing oars, for trolling

By Billy Boughner

South Carolina

I am prevented from paddling due to a problem with my thumbs, so I outfitted my W500 with this rowing rig, and I use it to move around wherever I want. I used saddle brackets as a base for the seat and the rowing rig.
It rows really well, and I’m going out rowing a lot, 2 to 3 times a week. I can row for two hours without any problem.
I use this kayak for trolling, and it’s easy to catch fish with this setup.
My only complaint about this kayak is that it rows too easily… I’m thinking about getting a bigger boat so I could take another person with me.


Wavewalk 500 outfitted with fishing rod holders and rowing oars



Rope and pulley system for indoor storage of W500 kayak, by Al Arioli

This article was contributed by Michael Chesloff.

While Al is still doing some research for his project to outfit his W kayak with forward-rowing oars, he designed this simple and easy rope and pulley system for storing it in his garage – as close as possible to the ceiling.


Al’s kayak suspended and stored below the garage ceiling


The dowels are simply inserted in the kayak’s carry handles


The separate ropes and pulleys lift and lower the kayak’s bow and stern simultaneously

W kayak attached on top of Toyota Prius, by Michael Chesloff

Here’s a new picture sent by Al Arioli, who uses his W500 for touring.
Al plans to outfit his W kayak with oarlocks and forward rowing oars.
The car rack is inflatable and low-cost, and Al recommends it. Says Al -“We decided we needed front tie downs only to stop the front of the boat lifting up about 10 degrees or so as you went up to highway speeds”.


Photo: Al Arioli, New York

More from the cockpit of Michael’s fishing kayak >