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141 outings in 3 years. Best purchase of my life (almost)

Robbie Cairl

W. Massachusetts

I’m sorry I have not made any videos with my awesome Wavewalk 500. My buddy did take this snapshot of me yesterday. I’m about to land (and release) a nice 2 1/2 lb. smallmouth bass on the Connecticut River in Sunderland MA.
I love my W and keep track of my outings. Yesterday was my 141st adventure in 3 years. My back and all round fishing and kayaking experiences have been heavenly since I made the best purchase of my life. Well, second best, after my wedding license.

catching a 2.5 lb smallmouth bass on a fly

Me: Wavewalk 500 owner since spring 2013. I’m 60-ish soon to retire and use my W even more. I love to explore new bodies of water and fish (catch and release except for the rare stocked trout I may have to share with camping buddies). The Connecticut and Deerfield Rivers are my favorite haunts, I can put in the Conn just about a mile from home. My usual trip is a 3 mile paddle up stream for cardio and core workout, then crack a beer and float home while fishing, photographing, bird watching and observing whatever nature has to offer. The upright paddling position has allowed me to kayak more often for longer periods of time. The ample room, ability to stand, ease of handling while transporting were all added benefits I continue to enjoy.


Read Robbie’s initial Wavewalk 500 review from 2013 »

My initial observations on the Wavewalk 700

By Captain Larry Jarboe

Key Largo, Florida

A couple days ago, I launched my W700 for the first time. It has taken a couple weeks to get my stone crab traps set up and dropped overboard from my commercial fishing boat “Line Dancer”. This vessel, a 27′ Lindsey w/ a B-series Cummins diesel, will make a fine mother ship to transport the W700 and my W500 to the Everglades, wrecks, reefs, and Gulf Stream waters surrounding Key Largo.

My initial observations include:

The W700 is the ideal family or couples vessel for economy and ease of transport. Where will you find a tandem yak that combines the best qualities of a kayak, canoe, catamaran, stand-up paddle board, and micro-skiff in one boat?

The W700 really is a magic boat. Not only is the W700 more stable and roomy than the W500 (which was the most stable yak I had previously used), the air tight buoyancy straddle seat is a major safety improvement. The center holes in the separately molded flotation seat can be used as rod holders. I plan to install a removable PVC post in one to hold a waterproof GoPro camera for videos.

Though a double paddle works fine to propel the W700, I prefer to use a canoe paddle. The W700 and W500 Wavewalks actually solo paddle easier than a canoe but you should know the J-stroke, sweep stroke, and other canoe paddling techniques to use a canoe paddle effectively.

Presently, I do not intend to make major mods to the W700. But, in time, there will be fore and aft motor brackets for both gas and electric motors as well as an anchor bracket and rod holders.

It is obvious, that the W700 is a great addition to the Wavewalk series but the W500 will travel with me up and down the East Coast from the Chesapeake to the Keys by truck bed or car top. The W500 is more portable for a solo yakker. Thus, it still has an important place in the product line.

I know many of the Wavewalk owners have put away their vessels for the winter. But, the temperature in the Keys is in the 70 degree range and the skies are mostly blue and sunny. So, there is still great fishing and boating to be found here in the Caribbean of the U.S.

 

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Wavewalk 700 on mother ship

 

More fishing adventures with Capn’ Larry »

More reviews of the W700 and W500 »

Fishing standing in two fishing tournaments, and getting results

By Joe Stauder

HBBCO Kayaks

It took a couple of fishing tournaments for me to get into the swing of things. But the last two I finished 2nd & 3rd respectively.

Standing up to fish is almost an unfair advantage compared to the other guys on their sit on top kayaks.

They won’t admit it, but due to their sitting position they just can’t be as accurate when casting, and they sure can’t see their targets like I can, when I am standing in my Wavewalk. Sure once in a while some do stand up for short periods of time (when the water is glass calm), but not all day, like they’re in a bass boat. Like I can!

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16 inch bass in my Wavewalk 500

 

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3rd place in this eastern Pennsylvania fishing tournament on the Susquehanna River.

Here are some pics of Me in my Wavewalk working on a 2nd place finish on Fairview Lake –

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2nd place at the Fairview lake fishing tournament

 

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Read more about Joe’s fishing trips and rigging tips »

Finally, an instability-free kayak for fishing and paddling

Kayak stability redefined – again.

Back in 2009, the W500 redefined kayak stability, and set the bar so high that no other fishing kayak since then has challenged it.
Now, the new W700 redefines kayak stability again, and sets the bar even higher – in the world of boats:
Big fishing kayaks and small boats can be similar in length, but the main difference between kayaks and small boats is their width. Kayaks are narrow, much narrower then boats, and this feature allows their passengers to paddle them. But being considerably wider, a typical fishing boat enables its passengers to stand either along its center line, or on the sides of its deck, a thing that’s impossible to do in kayaks, since they are not stable enough, or at least weren’t stable enough until we created the W700…
The above movie shows that the 31″ wide W700 is stable enough to allow a 6′ 205 lbs guy to stand in one of its hulls, namely on one of its sides, off its center line. In other words, it’s the only “kayak” that features sides in the same sense that boats do, namely areas in the boat where the passenger/s can stand, and not merely directions towards which the passenger sitting along the center line can lean, to some extent.
In the world of fishing kayaks, 31″ is not even that wide, since many top-tier fishing kayaks are wider, and some even much wider than this. In fact, some of those heavy and cumbersome yaks dubbed ‘barges’ are almost 40″ wide, and a few are even wider than this, so wide that paddling them to a noticeable distance is quasi impossible.

The Wavewalk 700’s unique stability level makes it the absolute-stability kayak – the world’s only kayak-sized boat.