The stability and closeness to the water make the Wavewalk S4 a perfect shrimping platform. We go out on our S4 boat, named “The Dub”, with 2 or 3 people. One person in the back to operate the Tohatsu 3.5 hp motor, the shrimper in the front standing up with the cast net, and maybe a shrimp processor/sorter in the middle. We recently harvested 40 lbs (heads off) of green-tail shrimp in 4 days of outings.
The S4 is very lightweight (just 98 lbs) for what it offers. This is not much even in comparison to many fishing kayaks, and it’s very little compared to skiffs. Which is why a fisherman standing on the casting platform at the bow of the S4 causes its stern to come up, and its bow to go down.
This is not that much of an issue for fishers who use their S4 as skiffs (namely motorized), or in tandem with a heavy paddler sitting at the rear, and in a full skiff capacity, namely with both another crew member and a good size outboard motor. With both a motor and a fishing buddy at the rear, the S4 front casting platform is perfectly level.
For those who fish alone from their S4 without motorizing it, and prefer to cast standing on top of the front platform, here is a simple, easy, and lightweight solution – Use 3/8″ plywood to extend the front casting platform backward, onto the front part of the cockpit. This can be done while having the board rest on top of the saddle, or on top of the coaming (spray deflector), as seen in these images:
Option 1: Board on top of the saddle and under the coaming (spray deflector)
Option 2: Board on top of the saddle and the coaming (spray deflector)
An angler standing on top of such platform extension will be stable, and the platform level.
The Wavewalk® Series 4 incorporates a number of design innovations, including the way its bow is bridged by a structure that can serve as a stand up casting platform.
The S4 bow structure features a pair of molded-in carry handles in its front tip, and four molded-in vertical walls that support the platform on which the angler stands.
This video offers an external view of this bow structure from the top, as well as from below:
But what would we see if we looked inside the bow? – The following image shows the space that’s inside the bow, between the top ‘ceiling’ and the bottom ‘floor’ – The angle of view is that of a person who’s inside the cockpit, and sticks their head in the entrance to the right hull at the bow –
At the right end of the image, we can perceive the inside of the tip of the bow, with one of the molded-in carry handles.
From there and looking to the left, we can see the four vertical walls that support the top of the stand-up casting platform. When standing next to the boat and looking over the bow, these walls’ top parts look like elongated pits (as seen in the video). The vertical wall that’s the closest to the cockpit’s front end serves as support to a wooden (MDO) wall that’s not seen here. This wooden wall is the top part of a structural element whose lower part is a front saddle bracket. The wooden wall’s top end is inserted into the coaming (spray deflector), and it is attached to the molded-in wall by means of extra-long aluminum rivets. Thus, the wooden wall adds its own support to the stand-up casting platform.
The top surface of the bow’s standing platform features grooves, and the above image shows these grooves as they would look to someone who was in the front end of the cockpit and peeked inside the right hull at the bow.
Readers who are familiar with the W700 saddle’s round ‘holes’, which are molded-in support columns for the saddle’s top, will recognize this function in the elongated ‘walls’ at the bow of the S4.
I think Wavewalk hit a home run! It’s hard to believe Wavewalk could improve on the stability of the 500 series, but you did! The new 700 series is the perfect size for two adults, & Zena (my dog), in fact my wife Susan would be along with us, but today she is behind the camera. You can see though Zena was moving around (as kids & dogs do) and there was no tipping issues at all. The fish-ability out of this craft will be unsurpassed especially in bigger rougher water catching larger fish. I was a little concerned about the weight of this new Wavewalk 700, however it seems to be a very manageable 80 lbs. due to the four carry handles & the slightly wider design.
Pictures from our first trip on the Susquehanna river in our new Sunshine W700 –