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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

Wavewalk Demo Movies

Quick Review of W500 Fishing Kayak by John King, Ohio

I have only had the w500 out a couple of times, and so far I love it.
Fishing out of it is great and easier than I thought it would be.
My son uses a sot kayak for fishing and he tried the w500 and was impressed with the stability, and how well it tracks.
I hope to get some more time in it soon.
Our weather here (condition of the waterways) has not been great, and my work schedule has been a bit taxing but should slow down in a couple of weeks.
I hope to retire next year, and the w500 is going to be getting wet a whole lot.
Still planning out the rigging and should have some of it completed before I take it out the next time. I have noticed you have picked up some more distributors.
When anyone asks me about my w500, they definitely learn that I am very pleased with it.

John L. King

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Fishing Kayak Review by Bruce Parks, Ontario, Canada

I’ve had the W500 out for 3 short paddles. All 3 have been extremely enjoyable. No issues at all other than operator error. It paddles well, tracks well, launches and beaches well. Its stability is awesome!
All as advertised!
My only issue (minor!) was at first, when water dripped from the “up” paddle blade into the passenger compartment.
When I get another paddle it will be the longer one, this might help with drippage, and with the width of the W500 the added length will be useful for my style of paddling too.
On my last trip I noticed less water dripping into the cockpit, and I realized that on my first trip I was paddling like I was in a canoe – wrong!
I have a bad knee and can’t get my right leg bent for the riding position so have to use the sitting position. This has diminished with usage, maybe I’m learning the paddling technique.
The quiet and relaxing time spent in the ‘yak was really enjoyable. In our louder, faster, multi-tasking world the slower, quiet approach is truly therapeutic.

I haven’t had the fishing gear out in it yet, didn’t want to get side tracked. I quietly paddled up to several spawning carp, would have liked to have my bowfishing equipment with me but I don’t see that working out of a ‘yak!

I’m definitely not ready for standing yet. More practice needed, but yes, I did consider shooting the bow from the W500 would be possible. Would have to sit down if I got connected to a feisty 25 pound carp!!

Pictures will be forthcoming. I took videos with a GoPro camera mounted on my head, and as technically impressive as they are, they are not what I would want to see on your site. If I ever master standing, a GoPro bowfishing video might be in order.

Thanks for the experience, no regrets!

Bruce


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Short Review of W500 Fishing Kayak, by Anthony DeFusco, New Hampshire

Tony is an elderly gentleman from New Hampshire. Together with his daughter Lisa, he picked up his green W500 here, in Sharon, Massachusetts.
In most cases, our clients order by mail, or buy from our dealers, and I don’t meet them face to face, unfortunately. Since I actually got to meet Tony and Lisa, I felt like publishing Tony’s short review, although we normally don’t publish a review unless it’s accompanied by pictures:

The 500 is great. It only took a minimum amount of time of actual paddling to get used to the kayak.
The weather is still bad but I am planning to get out next week and see if I can catch a fish.
My daughter Lisa and I have spent many hours fishing out of the kayaks on the weekends but I have not slimed the 500 yet. Today we had to quit because our hands got so cold.
The 500 is very stable and easy to control. The stability is very important as I had a major surgery on my back last year and somehow it messed up my balance.
You have designed a great craft. Thanks to you I can enjoy fishing again.

Tony


First Impressions From W500 Fishing Kayak – Paul Harrison, Mississippi

I’m very satisfied so far.

First trip straight to the Gulf of Mexico beach near Biloxi, MS. Practiced in a protected cove for 30 minutes or so, no problems with launching, beaching, and seated paddling (of course I’ve read all the advice and observations of others). Very stable and secure and comfortable. Will need to practice tight radius turning. Then out past the rock jetty into 1 to 2 ft choppy waves. No problems there either, straight on or side on to the waves … with the wind and waves, or against, no big problems. On way back into the cove did a little standup paddling. Was successful but practice will be needed here too for secure fishing and paddling. Amazingly there were 100s of people at the beach but no other paddlers. Guess they didn’t want to get wet and cold (water still warming up). Not a problem for me.

Next took W500 about 4.5 hrs north of MS coast to a remote wildlife preserve lake filled with cypress trees and logs. Beautiful day. Launched across a pile of floating logs and limbs at the bank and slid right over them without wetting my feet. Did a little fishing with no luck due to muddy water conditions. Great paddling, will need to decide anchor scheme so I can stay on a promising spot with less trouble in wind or current. Can really see that the W500 is comfortable and fun to paddle, but it’s real strength is allowing the average person to do OTHER things on the water like fish, hunt, explore, wildlife & bird watching, camp, etc. It will be great for river and beach cleanup days that are held in our area, due to its mobility, stability, and payload. A lot of fun and scenic river float trips are in our area too that I look forward to.

Paddled the bayou behind my home for the first time today and was able to have a comfortable standup session of about 30 minutes with no problem. Nice to see what is going on out ahead, fish tailing, birds, etc. Great exercise too.

BTW, it’s not very cool but my first kayak paddle is two 5ft (cheap) wooden canoe paddles spliced together, overlapped about 1ft, with two hose clamps. I can adjust the length until I decide what length paddle I really need. Total cost about $6 (already had the two paddles).

thanks … Paul

fishing kayak at cypress grove, MississippiMy W500 fishing kayak at Cypress Grove


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