Tag Archive: reentry

Dive Ladder for the Wavewalk 700

By Captain Larry Jarboe

Wavewalk Adventures Key Largo

Well, the Northwest wind screamed through Key Largo dropping temperatures to the low 60’s. So, I put on my knit cap and wool insulated shirt and embarked upon putting a dive ladder on the bow of my electric W700.

Five Oceans Company sells an under platform mounted stainless steel dive ladder that fits perfectly between the hulls of the Wavewalk W700.

It is great when a plan comes together but I may not be able to test it till next summer.

Our water temp has dropped to 74 degrees F.




More diving, fishing and outfitting with Captain Larry »

My DIY W Kayak For Fishing and Diving, By Berny Marsden, UK

Berny lives in the United Kingdom (UK), and he likes to fish and dive. He needed a small boat that could be motorized, yet be lightweight and easy to transport, and most of all, as seaworthy as it gets, and extremely stable.
Berny chose the W kayak concept, contacted us with a few questions, and created his DIY version, which is spectacular, as you’ll see in the video below, in which Berny performs diving and deep water reentry from the side of his kayak…

Says Berny:
-“I have a 4 hp outboard on loan from my brother in law. Unfortunately, I have hit a few snags with it. Although it appears to be in good order, it does not run smoothly and needs to have the choke partially turned on to tick over.
Also, I think it may be a bit on the heavy side so I think I will look for a 2 hp motor instead.
As a result of these problems, I’ve not had a chance to test the kayak properly under power and now the winter has set in so I may put it on ice until the spring.
On the plus side, the tubular jointed construction is a great success and the craft is very rigid in the water.

South Korean Fisherman Paddling The W500 Kayak At Sea – Movie

Here’s a new movie that Sungjin Kim shot from the beach:

This member of a South Korean fishing club seen here paddling the W500 kayak standing up, found a new, interesting way to reenter the cockpit from deep water.

More kayak fishing reports and innovations from Sungjin Kim, Korea >

Reentering W500 Kayak From Deep Water – Tim Kerr, NY (Movie)

Tim Kerr, a W kayak paddler from Buffalo, New York, contributed this movie that shows him practicing deep water reentry with his W500, on the Niagara River, in upstate New York.

Tim is a member of the local kayaking club, and he knows that when it comes to paddling, it’s important to practice everything that’s related to capsize, recovery, reentry and safety in general.

Note how easy and smooth Tim’s getting back in the kayak is: Once he reaches the middle of the cockpit, his legs simply fall into the hulls, on both sides of the saddle, and Tim finds himself ‘back on the saddle’, literally – confidently riding his W500 kayak.

Right after Tim got his W500 kayak he contributed this kayak review ==>