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Wavewalk S4 with 2 HP Honda outboard in strong wind, lake Simcoe, Ontario, Canada

By Pyt Rotary

Ontario, Canada

Lake Simcoe is a 280 square mile lake in Ontario.

12km/h [7 mph] with Honda 2Hp against wind of 24km/h [15 mph]

Lots of fun except my rocky mistake to not have enough gas with me.
I got excited and let the boat run for 15km straight into the lake and realize I am out of gas.
I paddled back half the distance and got gas from shore.
Now I know… From now on I will carry enough gas with me.
Luckily I paid with just one blister on my hand.

I did come back at night and feel SUPER SAFE in it.
It is a great, fantastic boat.

 

(added comment) –

The S4 is SUPER, SUPER, SUPER stable. It does not sway at all.
I have been in bigger boats with V shape hulls.
Those boats don’t have the same stability on the water as the S4. The waves hammer them straight in the teeth.
The catamaran design cut the waves like a knife cuts through butter.
Definitely there is room for more HP on the S4.

It was my fist ever trip with a gas motor, I do use W500 with an electric motor but never played with gas before. Lots of fun. Now I can reach easily lots of my fishing spots.
Regards from Ontario, Canada.

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Wavewalk S4 first sea trial on windy day, with 5 HP outboard motor, Key Largo. Video and review

By Captain Larry Jarboe

Florida Fishing Kayaks

Some thoughts about the Wavewalk S4

 

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.

Larry J.

 

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.


Larry also offers guided fishing and diving trips in the Key Largo and the areas that surround it »

 

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Testing the Wavewalk S4

Wow!…

This boat is unbelievable.
It delivers everything that we planned (and said) it would, plus a little extra in the fact that it’s really nice to paddle. The slanted sides of the cockpit in combination with the higher saddle makes it easy to move the paddle, both in the seated and standing positions. This “kayak” moves even with a 6 HP Tohatsu outboard motor that weighs 60 lbs mounted on it.

 

 

It’s pretty much an idiot-proof boat.
The guy demonstrating it in this video is me (56 y/o, 6 ft, 214 lbs), and I can stand in one hull, paddle in this position, and even turn around and face the opposite direction without stepping out of the hull.

The stand-up casting platform feels good to stand on, but since the boat is so lightweight, we recommend using this platform with another passenger sitting in the back of the cockpit, driving or paddling.
Launching and beaching this craft is incredibly easy, thanks to its shallow draft.

The S4 does more than bridging the gap between kayaks and small boats – It surpasses most small boats in terms of performance. Try jumping in a Jon boat, or driving it standing up, and you’ll understand this concept through swimming.

Yoav

S4 update

The S4 tooling (cast aluminum rotational mold) arrived to the molding plant early last week.
Out molders opened it and inspected it, and concluded that (quote) “it’s a beautiful mold”  🙂
We think so too, but the difference is that they’re in place and they know what they’re talking about 😀

They want to add a couple of things to the tooling in order to meet our special technical requirements, and hopefully they’ll start producing boats later this week.
They apologized for the slow pace of getting the S4 into a production mode, but they are very busy people, and we’re happy for them, because they are also very nice people who do a great job for us molding our boats that very few others could.

We’re getting many inquiries about the S4, including compliments 🙂
So… we’ll have to try and keep being patient.
Nah, it’s impossible for a guy like me! I can’t wait to see the first S4 boats coming out of this tooling, and start shooting videos with the unit that we’ll get here.

And last but not least, we apologize to our S4 clients for this delay. You guys must be very impatient too!  🙂

Yoav

Some photos that our molders shot last week –