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
I am enjoying the boat very much. I am very happy with it. I modified a cart to fit his boat and easily take the boat from the garage to my trailer then to the lakes pretty easily. I am experimenting with a trolling motor mount that will allow me to place the trolling motor to the side. I registered the boat to keep the state happy.
The grand kids have been out with me a few times, but don’t want to stay out as long as I wish. This should improve as they age and want to fish as much as play. It has proven to be a great boat to use on my own as well. I have lots of room for what I use to fish. Very comfortable for a good long day on the lake.
In all I enjoy using the boat very much and also the planning of ways to make it my own.
The motor mount is not fully tested. The cart is just 1inch pvc 31 inches long with 7 inches of a pool noodle at each end. This is tie strapped to a kayak cart I had already.
Wavewalk did it again! I thought the 700 was the best there could be, until we got our first S4, what a great craft to motorize.
In my opinion, this craft is the Ultimate in small craft versatility. It lends itself to any kind of propulsion, paddles, electric trolling motor, and especially a small gas outboard. This thing handles like a dream. She wants to track nice and straight until you turn her, then she can turn on a dime. Now I truly didn’t get a lot of time on the water with her, because we sold her already. Bob wanted her so bad he drove up to PA. from West Virginia to get her. He is in love with his new craft, and the custom rigging we did for him.
A few years ago, not knowing any better, I submitted a short piece showing how to install an anchor trolley on my Wavewalk 500. Having had 10 years experience and hundreds of fishing trips in my Wavewalk fishing machines, I’ve come up with a number of ideas to simplify rigging the W for fishing, one of which makes the anchor trolley idea obsolete. While anchor trolleys are useful additions on mono hull yaks, the twin hull design of the W offers a much easier alternative.
All that is required are 2 holes drilled into the fore and aft cockpit rims (ignore the third middle hole in the photo used for another purpose), through which cords, knotted on each end, are attached. Simply attach a plastic snap clip onto both the cord and anchor rope and “anchors away”. Deploy the anchor to the front or rear depending on which way the current is flowing. This is about as simple as it gets, with no banging of hardware on the W to spook fish.
This arrangement works with the W700 as well, however, the deck mount will prevent it from working on the front of the new S4.
Hope this helps Wavewalk users looking for a simple anchoring fix.