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6’7″ and 280 lbs, fishing and paddling standing in my WaveWalk, by Peter Aweeky

WaveWalk 1st and 2nd impressions

1st  impression

So I have to say from the start I was very excited to discover WaveWalk. I was very close to buying an inflatable pontoon boat to fish the local electric only lakes within 50 miles of NYC where I live. I had a great purchase experience with Joe Stauder out in Pennsylvania but what I didn’t do was sea trial the craft. This was my choice as I met Joe in a mutually agreeable spot halfway across the State.
Now let me say that I am no lightweight. I’m 6’7″ and 280lbs on a good day. The center of balance on me is not quite where most people are so my maiden voyage was not as easy as most people experience. The boat seemed a bit tippy and unsettled.
The tracking was amazing and the space I had was huge compared to the [12′ brand-name fishing kayak] I came from. The W seating position was awesome and the back pains I normally experience were nonexistent.
I was able to stay on the water much longer in the WaveWalk. I was even able to stand and cast but I have to admit I had some misgivings on the maiden voyage.
One of the mods I had done to my prior Yak was inflatable pop in pontoons and a standup bar. The light bulb went on and I went home and put the pontoon setup on my WaveWalk and it transformed my boat into the standup fishing platform I wanted!

Some of the things I learned along the way were to keep everything low and the C/G as close to the waterline as possible. I scrapped the early version of a milk crate with built in rod holders for sub surface mounted ones and I also upgraded the factory noodles for bigger ones. I’m writing this so that other customers who are of the heavier persuasion are aware of what they too can expect.

2nd impression

My second trip in the WaveWalk was a totally different experience and I found myself standing and casting very comfortably and even stand up paddling. I would not have attempted that the first time. Wind, waves, shallows all easily handled and I can’t wait to get back on the water.

Here are a few pics of my craft and right now I’m working on a dolly to move it around to and from the boat launch more easily.

Thanks WaveWalk.

Peter

New York

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70 years old, first trip in my W fishing kayak, first time standing, by Dennis Pritchard

This has been a long process for me. I have back problems and regular kayaks “Hurt” to say the least. And the cost is not something to sneeze at especially when one is on a fixed budget as I am.
I am 6’2″, 215 pounds and a mere 70 years young. I am in great shape for an elderly feller but elderly nevertheless.
However one of my main plans is to do a fair amount of stand up fly fishing from the W kayak, although I do all types of fishing, and I will be fishing in many different types of water from mountain streams to the Gulf Coast.

I have literally studied Wavewalk’s web site and YouTube for a solid year before deciding to take the plunge and just go ahead and order one. I hate to order something like this sight unseen but there is no reasonably close dealer near me so I can look them over and possibly take a test spin. But one thing was for sure and that was a standard yak was out of the question.

To say that I am impressed would be putting it mildly!!!
I have only had it on the water twice. Once on a river and once on a lake. Both fishing trips. I am still a bit awkward but getting much more confident. Even standing (a bit tentative). Not bad for an “elderly” codger of 70 years.

I have rigged up a very simple but effective cart for rolling it over our rocky terrain around here. I have added a couple additional items to the W with pop rivets.

Thanks for all the good advice and help in selecting my W.
I will send photos and a video or two when I get it rigged the way I want it.

Thanks so much. Your boat is one of a kind.

Dennis

Dennis Pritchard, Virginia

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First trip, first time standing. Not bad at all.

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First time in our new fishing kayaks! by Myron McDaniel

I love to fish and have several boats. I have been living and fishing in Long Island for over 22 years. I have never kayak fished before but as soon as I happened upon Wavewalk’s website, I have been hooked!
We took out the Wavewalks, one yellow and one green to test them yesterday. My sons loved them and did not want to get out of them!
I think the WaveWalk can beat any competition when it comes to a fishing machine as well the best choice as a personal watercraft for all ages.
Attached are some pics.
I will keep updating you soon.

Myron

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Liam and Connor testing their W fishing kayaks in a pond in Long Island

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Liam paddling

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Myron standing in his W fishing kayak


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Kayak crab fisherman from SF Bay reviews his Wavewalk, by Edwin Warner

I am an amateur fisherman and an ex UC Berkeley rower. I am a big guy (6’5″-260lbs) who wanted a versatile boat that I can fish and paddle my girls around.
-I owned two sit in kayaks. Both were uncomfortable and neither of them suited my needs. I do mostly beach launch crab fishing and my two-man [brand name] kayak weighed 100lbs and had a huge open cockpit that was subject to swamping. My other boat was an inherited [brand name sit in kayak] that has left me upside down so many times I am ashamed to say.

Well I have had the Wavewalk kayak out 5 times so far…what a boat. Wow impressed.

-I am amazed at how easy it is to move at a good cruising clip.
-The sitting/kneeling paddling position really affords a strong stroke with very little effort which doesn’t really help with the “workout” aspect of it 😉
-I have been averaging just over 6km/hr over a 7.5km distance in flat water with no real wind to speak of. While not blazing fast the effort required to do that would allow me to paddle all day. -Changing your position fore/aft really changes the behavior of the boat! I’ve found that for cruising neutral balance really speeds things up.
-Beach launching is a piece of cake as well as you just step in and weight forward until you float, then move back accordingly. Getting down to the beach isn’t hard either as I can just shoulder it and carry my paddle, necessitating only one trip. I like that.
-Mounting the boat to my roof racks is super easy and feels very secure. 75mph on the freeway, no noticeable noise or bouncing is noticed on just regular Yakima bars. That’s rad
Ok just to reiterate I really like the boat and will have no problem selling it to lake/river enthusiasts.

But now the bad-
-Definitely a learning curve, being so high out of the water magnifies the lateral motion experienced in your ears, even though this boat is probably rolling less than a monohull. Comfort was achieved immediately on second shot out.

-The noodles. Yes I get that they are inexpensive, easily replaced, and very functional. Again in my opinion not an elegant solution for a very cool, technical boat. And since what I do is crabbing, when attached on the sides the noodles get in the way, crab pots get caught in them so I should attach the noodles under the saddle, between the hulls. Now for fishermen the foam noodles actually could be a selling point as you could array your different lures very easily by simply embedding them and hanging the leaders over the side, but for me they get in the way.

This boat is amazing and one of my favorite things about it is its versatility. You literally can do just about anything with this boat. It gets so many creative juices flowing for me! As a designer/fabricator it’s really exciting and inspiring, though I realize I have to dial it back and just get some boats sold… 🙂
Thanks so much for making this boat and giving the opportunity you have. I intend to make the most of it. Also I have been grabbing a photo here and there so far. Looking for a good one to put up on the web page.
Cheers
Edwin

 

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The new 13.75″ wide saddle bracket a.k.a. ‘Relaxed Fit’

About the ‘Classic’ saddle bracket

Kayaks from the W500 series are designed to have their twin hulls located at a 12.5″ distance from each other.
The ‘Classic’ saddle bracket that we’ve been offering until now is designed to keep the kayak’s twin hulls exactly at this distance, which is why the bracket’s two legs are 12.75 inches apart from each each other.
We’re now introducing a second, wider bracket –

The new ‘Relaxed Fit’ broader saddle bracket

The new type of saddle bracket is nicknamed ‘Relaxed Fit’ and its two legs are located at a 13.75″ distance from each other.
This slightly wider bracket takes advantage of the natural flex offered by the Polyethylene resin from which most kayaks today including the W500 are molded.
The ‘Relaxed Fit’ bracket allows the W kayak’s twin hulls to splay about 1/2″ more to each side, and by that have the user gain from a slight increase in the kayak’s lateral stability, as the kayak’s bottom width increases by one inch, from 29″ to 30″.

What does the difference mean, practically?

The following list summarizes the differences the kayak’s users experience with the new ‘Relaxed Fit’ saddle bracket is applied instead of the ‘Classic’ bracket:

1. Stability – When outfitted with the classic saddle bracket, the W500 is already the world’s stablest kayak, and the new bracket makes it more stable by about 6%, which is a noticeable but not a huge amount.

2. Comfort – With the ‘Relaxed Fit’ bracket on, the saddle’s bottom becomes wider by an inch, so some small-size passengers might feel slightly less comfortable in the riding and standing positions, but such passengers don’t need the new bracket in the first place.

3. Paddling Speed – Because the kayak’s twin hulls are no longer totally vertical, their wetted beam (width at waterline) increases by a few percent. As a result, some paddlers might might feel a very slight decrease in speed as they paddle, although this effect is theoretical as the increased distance between the hulls also works to reduce turbulence and possible drag, and by that increase the kayak’s speed.

4. Motorizing Speed – The extra stability gained by the application of the ‘Relaxed Fit’ bracket makes it easier to drive the kayak at higher speed with a powerful outboard gas engine or a powerful electric motor.

5. Storage – Being broader than the classic saddle bracket, the new ‘Relaxed Fit’ bracket takes more space at the entrance of the rear hull tips. This makes it harder to store there objects that are both big and rigid, such as a plastic cooler.

6. Load Capacity – The recommended maximal load for the kayak is the same (360 lbs). However, due to the increase in its stability with the ‘Relaxed Fit’ bracket on, the kayak is easier to paddle for tandem crews, and when loaded with a single heavy passenger and/or with heavy fishing and camping gear.

7. Tandem – W kayakers who plan to paddle or motorize in tandem would benefit from outfitting their W kayak with a ‘Relaxed Fit’ bracket rather than a ‘Classic’ bracket.

8. Paddling and Fishing Standing – For most people, the W500 outfitted with a Classic bracket offers all the stability they need for both stand up paddling and stand up fishing. Users who are very tall (over 6’2″) and heavy (over 250 lbs), and/or suffer from an impaired sense of stability due to old age, inner ear problems, knee or hip replacement etc., could benefit from installing the ‘Relaxed Fit’ saddle bracket in their W kayak.

9. Sailing – Any amount of added stability is beneficial to sailors, which is why they would prefer to have their W kayak outfitted with a ‘Relaxed Fit’ bracket rather than a ‘Classic’ bracket.

10. Outfitting – Like the classic saddle bracket, the new saddle bracket can serve as a structural element in building bases for poling platforms, dog platforms, tables, high seats, etc.
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