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DIRECTORY SECTIONS

CHOOSING A KAYAK | STABILITY | MOTORIZING | FISHING | PADDLING | ERGONOMICS | DESIGN | OUTFITTING

Choosing a kayak

  1. Fishing Kayak Reviews
  2. SOT kayak stability, or lack thereof
  3. A decade later – Review of the Wavewalk 500 (W500) kayak
  4. Wavewalk S4 review by its own designer
  5. Happy Birthday W700!
  6. Pedal drive for my fishing kayak?
  7. Review of my Wavewalk 700
  8. Why I became a Wavewalk kayak owner By Michael Chesloff
  9. A Fair-Weather Fishing Kayak…
  10. How to Save Money When Buying a Fishing Kayak
  11. Are SOT Kayaks Safe For Offshore Fishing?
  12. How to Choose a Fishing Kayak That’s Best For You
  13. What Color and Form for My Fishing Kayak?
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Stability

  1. Fishing Kayak Stability
  2. SOT kayak stability, or lack thereof
  3. Outriggers
  4. Boat stability in a kayak
  5. A stable kayak for photography
  6. How effective are outriggers for your fishing kayak’s stability?
  7. Do Not Overload Your Fishing Kayak
  8. How Effective Can Fishing Kayaks’ Outriggers Be?
  9. What Makes The Wavewalk 500 The Stablest Fishing Kayak
  10. Kayak Fishing Standing – And What If? (Stuff Happens)
  11. Stability in Fishing Kayaks – Problems and Solutions

Motorizing

  1. Motorizing Your Kayak – Why, How, What Etc…
  2. Microskiff
  3. Seaworthy portable microskiff
  4. The perfect boat tender: Wavewalk S4 in a dinghy role By Captain Larry Jarboe
  5. Full size spray shield for motorized Wavewalk S4
  6. Boat for waterfront property
  7. The world’s fastest motor kayak
  8. 10 good reasons to motorize your kayak
  9. Portable boats
  10. The smallest and greatest skiff
  11. Developments in Motorized Kayaks
  12. Wakes are fun?
  13. How much HP for my S4 skiff’s outboard motor?
  14. Jon Boat Stability vs. Wavewalk® S4
  15. Testing 15″ short (S) shaft outboard motor performance with Wavewalk kayaks and boats By Captain Larry Jarboe
  16. How to measure an outboard motor’s propeller shaft length?
  17. Choosing an outboard motor for your Wavewalk® 700 skiff
  18. Outboard motor propeller shaft length for Wavewalk® fishing kayaks and boats
  19. Kayaks and Boats, Kayak vs. Boat
  20. Keeping the cockpit of your Wavewalk dry at sea
  21. Flats boat or bass boat, or something else?
  22. Steering motorized fishing kayaks and small boats
  23. A better two-person fishing boat
  24. Your boat trailer, the abominable fishing-time guzzler
  25. Motorize your fishing kayak?
  26. Thrust in Electric Trolling Motors for Fishing Kayak

Fishing

  1. Bass fishing in Ontario By Boyd Smith
  2. Fishing offshore – the next frontier
  3. More is less in your fishing kayak’s cockpit – Too much stuff and too little fishability
  4. Smarter electric motors and Lithium-Ion batteries – A winning combination for kayak fishing By Gary Thorberg
  5. Ocean Kayak Fishing
  6. Kayak fishing with disabilities
  7. Storage: How Much Gear Can You Store Inside a Wavewalk 500 Fishing Kayak?
  8. A Brief History Of Kayak Fishing – Past, Present, and Foreseeable Future
  9. About Kayak Fishing In Tandem…
  10. More About Dangers To Kayakers and Kayak Anglers in Warm, Fresh Water
  11. Kayak Fishing As An Extreme Sport
  12. Too Much Storage In A Fishing Kayak…
  13. More Storage Than Any Other Kayak: The W500
  14. Stand Up Kayak Fishing and Paddling – For Real
  15. Fishability – How Fishable Are Kayaks?
  16. Lures for Bass Kayak Fishing By Roxanne Davis
  17. Saltwater Fishing Gear Maintenance By Jeff McGovern
  18. Kayak Fishing With Children
  19. The Wavewalk Kayak Combat Position For Fighting a Big Fish
  20. Fishing Standing in a Kayak
  21. Kayak Fishing in Shallow Water
  22. Common Kayak Fishing Myths, Tales and Hype
  23. What To Carry On Board Your Fishing Kayak By Jeff McGovern
  24. Southern Kayak Fishermen’s Complaints
  25. Clamp Mounted Side Mount For Fishing Kayak Electric Trolling Motor

Paddling

  1. Paddling in Strong Wind
  2. KAYAK TOURING
  3. Paddling 340 Miles in a W500 Kayak By Clint Harlan
  4. Wavewalk kayak tracking a plus in strong tidal current By Art Myjak
  5. What makes the Wavewalk 500 faster and easier to paddle than other fishing kayaks?
  6. How to Keep Your W500 Fishing Kayak Cockpit Dry
  7. About Rudders and Fishing Kayaks
  8. Paddling and Kayak Fishing in Cold Water and Weather
  9. Headwind and Side Wind – Paddling in Strong Wind Without a Rudder
  10. Getting Trapped Inside a Kayak
  11. Are Sea Kayaks Seaworthy?

Ergonomics

  1. Ergonomics and Biomechanics in Kayaks
  2. What Is kayak Back Pain, And What Does It Mean For You?
  3. Resting in Your Fishing Kayak – Don’t Fall Asleep!
  4. Lumbar Spine and Kayak Back Pain: Facts
  5. Kayak Fishing Safety: Is It safe To Paddle An Uncomfortable Kayak And Fish From It?
  6. Stretching in Your Kayak to Relieve Fatigue and Pain, and Improve Circulation
  7. Kayaking Back Pains and Leg Numbness
  8. Range of Motion and Protection From the Fish – Kayak Comparison By Jeff McGovern
  9. Casting From A W Fishing Kayak Compared To Casting From Sit-In and SOT Fishing Kayaks By Jeff McGovern
  10. Whether paddling or fishing in your kayak, try to stay dry
  11. Kayak Fishing From the Mounted (Riding) Position
  12. The Yak Back – What Your Fishing Kayak Shouldn’t Do To You
  13. Common Kayak Injuries

Design

  1. Personal Catamaran
  2. The secrets of the SOT kayak’s underside
  3. About fishing kayak design, innovation, upgrades, accessories, etc.
  4. The Hybrid Fishing Kayak – Facts, Hype and Plain Nonsense
  5. THE BARGE – A NEW CLASS OF FISHING KAYAKS
  6. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Aesthetics and Performance in Fishing Kayak Design
  7. Paddle vs. Pedal Drive in Fishing Kayaks
  8. Back Pain, Good Posture and Kayak Fishing
  9. Kayak Side Flotation- How it Works and Why Use it
  10. Kayak Hydrodynamics, Hydrostatics and Biomechanics As Speed Factors
  11. The Evolution of the Kayak
  12. Versatility: From Specialized Kayaks to Broad Range, High Performance Kayaks
  13. Mobility: The New Dimension in Kayak Design

Outfitting

  1. Full size spray shield for motorized Wavewalk S4
  2. Watertight riveting in kayaks and boats
  3. Aluminum rivets in fishing kayaks and boats
  4. Whatever floats your boat – flotation for fishing kayaks
  5. Dog on board
  6. Some Practical Advice About Rigging Your Fishing Kayak
  7. Rigging Your Wavewalk Kayak With a Milk Crate – Is it Necessary?
  8. How to Avoid and Repair Scratches in Your Kayak
  9. Wheels For Fishing Kayak Transportation
  10. Detachable Flotation For Fishing Kayak

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Resting in Your Fishing Kayak

Spending long hours paddling and fishing can make you tired. Stretching while standing up or lying down on the saddle of your W500 fishing kayak can be invigorating or relaxing, and will help keep you fresh.
As far as resting while lying down, although it may be tempting because of the stability and comfort the W500 fishing kayak offers, we do not recommend it because you could fall asleep, which is hazardous.

If there’s a slight chance that you might fall asleep in your kayak, you’d better be anchored in water that’s very shallow, that is enough for you stand in safely and comfortably in case you go overboard. By shallow we mean not more than knee deep. Remember: stuff happens is not just a phrase – it’s real life, which can be cruel. Deep water is dangerous enough even when you’re fully awake, and believe it or not – it’s possible to drown in water that you can stand in.

Falling asleep in your kayak involves taking the risk of being exposed to predators, such as alligators or sharks in the water, and bears and other large size land predators on the nearby shore. Statistics can be composed of improbable events.

Sleeping in a kayak that’s not solidly anchored in place is particularly hazardous, because you might drift too far from shore, or into deep or turbulent water, or to an area that can be otherwise dangerous to you.

Taking a nap in your kayak is extremely perilous when the water is cold, because falling in such water while you’re asleep might cause a shock, quickly followed by hypothermia, which can lead to the inability to move, and thus be lethal.

If your paddle is not properly secured in case you fall asleep in your kayak, the result could be more than awkward, since losing it would prevent you from paddling back to shore in time before darkness, or before a storm.

Sleeping in a kayak with hooks and bait around could cause you to hook yourself, or attract some unwanted visitors…

Always, and in all circumstances, leave your PFD on. Wearing your PFD is your best policy against drowning.

Avoid falling asleep in your kayak especially if there’s even a slight chance of a fast motorboat going by. Even if the driver can see you and avoid a collision with your fishing kayak, the wake their motorboat leaves could make you lose balance and fall overboard, and even capsize your kayak if you panic.

Although some irresponsible kayak anglers say that wearing waders is OK when you’re kayak fishing, it is not. It’s one thing to plan testing a concept in a controlled environment such as in one’s swimming pool, and a totally different thing to have to deal with a problem in real life, which tends to catch you by surprise. Therefore, falling asleep in your kayak while you’re wearing waders is much more dangerous.

Never drink alcohol on board a fishing kayak (or any other small watercraft for that matter), and don’t use mind altering substances or drugs. Remember – drowning is easier than you think. Being drowsy while operating a small watercraft can be enough to cause a fatal accident, and many deaths by drowning are related to substance abuse.

Don’t take the risk of falling asleep in direct sun on a hot and bright day. Being asleep won’t prevent you from getting a sun stroke, and paddling while you’re sun stricken and dehydrated can be very hard, and might even prevent you from making it back to shore.

Falling asleep in your kayak while there’s no one else around is more dangerous. Generally, it’s highly recommended to go kayak fishing and paddling in a group, because it’s safer.

Kayak angler lying down in his W500 fishing kayak

The reader should remember this list of recommendations is partial, as the author cannot possibly cover all potential risks involved in taking a nap in your kayak, as those risks are multiple and varied.

Bottom line: Do whatever you can to avoid falling asleep in your kayak.