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Motorized Wavewalk S4 for lobster fishing

By Jesse Stephenson

West Palm Beach, southeastern Florida

I got my Wavewalk S4 from capt Larry and love it.
I am a former Navy SEAL and have ridden many hours in inflatable boats, so I appreciate the stability and comfort of my S4, and I volunteered to be a local demo agent for it.
I rigged my Wavewalk for lobster fishing, and I am currently rigging it for diving.

 

 

Wavewalk S4 rigged for lobster fishing, with 4 HP Yamaha outboard motor

 

More Wavewalk S4 adventures with Jesse and Candy »

Wavewalk® 700 Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB)

The Wavewalk® 700 Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) is multipurpose portable boat that offers high performance in harsh environments ranging from whitewater to blue water.

For bigger crews, offshore and rough water, we recommend the Wavewalk Series 4 (S4) »

Payload
The 700 RIB can carry a payload of up to 580 lbs, including passengers, gear, and motor.

Flotation
The 700 RIB’s watertight Saddle offers 180 lbs of positive buoyancy, and each of its XL 27.5 gallon inflatable flotation tubes offers 200 lbs of positive buoyancy – a total of 580 lbs of positive buoyancy.

Features
The 700 RIB features a W700 Heavy Duty motor mount, a Spray Shield, a Joystick Steering System, and a pair of XL 12 ft long and 7.25″ diameter inflatable flotation tubes. All these components can be attached and detached within seconds, and without using tools.

Weight

  • W700: 80 lbs
  • Accessories: 17 lbs
  • Total: 97 lbs

Width

  • 31″ without inflatable tubes
  • 45.5″ total with tubes attached

Length
12’10” (391 cm)

Motor
Up to 6 HP

Pair of XL Flotation Price: $440

Applications

  • Search and rescue operations.
  • Tender and lifeboat for big boats and yachts.
  • Offshore work.
  • Motorized touring.
  • Diving and underwater fishing.
  • Net fishing, crabbing.

Transporting and Installing The Inflatable Tubes

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Transporting the full-length inflatable tubes is very easy – When partially deflated, they fit perfectly in the hulls of the W700.

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Each inflatable tube is attached to the boat by 4 carabiners: One at each end, and two in the middle. Inflating is easy through the wide-diameter mouth valve. No need to use a pump, and it takes just a couple of minutes.