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.
It has a 3.5 gallon tank that fits perfectly in the 9 inches wide gunnel, and a hand bilge pump. The maiden voyage was extremely lot of fun. Took it out by myself. The outboard had a 9 inch prop, and it went way too fast. I’m going to calm it down. I’ll put a smaller diameter propeller on it, so it doesn’t go as fast. I think it was going between 5 and 6 miles an hour at idle. It was pretty choppy but the boat handled it really well. A little scary at first, then I fine tuned it and brought the trim down. I just ordered a handle extension.
Wavewalk S4 with DIY mounting plate and an 8 HP Mercury outboard motor
Beautiful lines! It may be the Cadillac of kayaks but it looks like a seagoing Corvette. Is it a high performance motor yak or a portable runabout? Super stable. Because it looks so seaworthy, most other powerboats do not slow up when passing port to port. No problem. The S4 slides through wakes easily without leaving planing mode. It seems to run a little faster than the W700 with the same motor. I believe the wider hulls act like a pair of skis to help the boat skim across the water. Handling tiller, camera, and a GPS at one time is beyond my skill set. Tracking through turns while planing is wonderful. The boat’s stern does not slide like many skiffs do. The S4 is so easy to spin your body to face the outboard motor because the hulls are so wide. You can keep your feet inside the vessel. Also, the S4 is the perfect vessel for folks who are tired of maintaining their leaky inflatable tenders. Or, people who want a lifeboat that can be used for shade or transport, too. I still think the W700 is the boat that does it all, but the S4 is the boat that does it all, and more!
The video shows 15-20 knot wind close chop. No problem. Try paddling against this.
P.S. – This boat could make a run from South Florida to Bimini. But, for the time being, I will be staying in waters managed by our Country.
Wavewalk S4 in gray with 5 HP Nissan (Tohatsu) outboard motor. Photo shot on the mother ship.
Captain Larry Jarboe, of Key Largo, Florida, is Wavewalk’s authorized dealer for south Florida. He recently retired from his business in Maryland, and moved to live in Key Largo permanently, where he’s developing a diverse business that includes commercial fishing, reselling Wavewalk kayaks and boats, and guided fishing tours offshore, at the reef, in the mangroves, and in the nearby everglades.
Here is an ocean fishing video shot on board Larry’s mother ship –