Tag Archive: ocean

Fishing in the ocean is practiced by some kayak anglers, although they rarely venture to distant fishing grounds, but prefer to fish in protected areas such as bays and estuaries. This is due mainly to the fact that human powered fishing vessels such as kayaks are no match for ocean currents, wind and waves, and neither are electric trolling motors.

More rigging and fishing offshore with my Wavewalk S4 kayak

night fishing with motor kayak - two stripers in the hulls

By Mike Silva

Massachusetts

I sold my 15 HP 4-cycle outboard and got a 9.9 HP modified instead. The old motor weighed 135 lbs, and it was too heavy. The new one weighs 108 lbs, and I outfitted it with a hydrofoil.

My friend tells me “You have a nice 24 ft boat, so why do you fish from that kayak?”… I like fishing with the S4 because it puts me on the fish – My big boat drifts too much with the wind because it has a big high deck, and it drifts too much with the current because it drafts 3 ft. No such problems with the S4, and since it drafts so little I can get much closer to shore without fear of hitting rocks.

The other day I was going with it through the Cape Cod canal, which can be a nasty place because of the currents there, especially when there’s a strong wind blowing. The water was rough, and you could see that even big boats had problems, but not the S4. We made it without any problem.

My dad and I caught many stripers out of my S4 this year, in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. I heard the tuna were biting now, so I think I’ll try going after them.

My next project will be adding a large size spray shield so we can go faster in big waves.

 

two stripers caught offshore in a Wavewalk S4 motor fishing kayak

couple stripers caught in one of our offshore fishing trips

Aluminum trailer for the Wavewalk S4 motor kayak

Built an aluminum tilt trailer for my S4

 

Wavewalk S4 motor fishing kayak transported on a trailer

My S4 on its tilt trailer. It’s very easy to launch, just slides down into the water

 

Another striper on board

 

More rigging and fishing with Mike »

Big wake coming? No big deal – Wakes are fun!

This movie illustrates the concept of Wake-Immunity, which is part of the broader concept of Super-Stability.

A Wavewalk S4 motor kayak skiff is going in choppy water, in the ocean. This portable boat is so stable and its driver so much in control that a series of big lateral waves from the wake of a fast motorboat passing nearby at full speed does not present a problem or even a challenge to the S4 driver – It is just a new opportunity to have some wake fun in the sun…

 

Wave walking around the neighborhood

Just a short video shot while driving my S4 around the corner…

 

Couple observations –
This 6 HP outboard is no 10 HP, and this 8″ pitch prop is no 9″ pitch 😀
Driving this little boat in the chop is super easy and fun, whether it’s against the wind, in lateral waves, or in a following sea.

Wavewalk S4 for spearfishing – enhanced

We went out on the jetty for a bit and I shot a couple nice snapper. Candy cooked up the fillets.

I made this spray shield from Lexan. Before I bend it around I wanted to see how it does out wide like this.

I also finished my two tank holder for scuba diving. It just slipped right in. I painted plastic dip on top and on the bottom to keep it from sliding around, and cut a groove for the saddle bracket. It fits right in.

We tested the spray shield today.

Candy: -“I’m near the front and this is my current view. Jesse did an amazing job on the spray shield. Pretty much dry!” –

 

I ended up bending it around, and it works really good –

More Wavewalk S4 adventures with Jesse  and Candy »

Four boaters in one Wavewalk S4 skiff on a trip to Peanut Island

By Jesse Stephenson

West Palm Beach, Florida

Candy and I had friends visit from North Carolina, and we took them over to Peanut Island, and hung out for the day.
What a blast!
We went all four of us in the boat. We had to go slow but it works fine. It was only about a half mile ride over.
We had probably a little over 700 lbs of payload on board.

 

Skiff, sun, fun…

This 100 lbs Wavewalk S4 skiff carried over 700 lbs of payload…

Wavewalk S4 skiff side by side with a conventional skiff

Shooting an aerial view of the S4 boat and its crew of four

 

More Wavewalk S4 adventures with Jesse and Candy »