Candy and I had friends visit from North Carolina, and we took them over to Peanut Island, and hung out for the day. What a blast! We went all four of us in the boat. We had to go slow but it works fine. It was only about a half mile ride over. We had probably a little over 700 lbs of payload on board.
Skiff, sun, fun…
This 100 lbs Wavewalk S4 skiff carried over 700 lbs of payload…
Wavewalk S4 skiff side by side with a conventional skiff
Shooting an aerial view of the S4 boat and its crew of four
Well I haven’t sent in a report lately because I have been deer hunting and the Wavewalks were not involved. But now it is on to ducks and the Wavewalks are an essential part of our arsenal. We have long paddles in strong currents and in rough weather and the Wavewalk handles it just fine! The W700 is particularly good as a duck boat. Two hunters can carry their gear and tandem paddling makes the currents no big deal.
On this trip we were able to use the outgoing tide as well as the current from a river to make the trip back home easy. According to the GPS we were doing 7-8 mph paddling with the current.
I have designed a blind for the boat but have yet to finish building it.
Most of the time the Wavewalks are only used as transportation. We are also able to transport 3 dozen deeks, two hunters, shooting boxes, guns, camo nets, all in the W700!
Enjoying the stability and versatility of the these kayaks.
Here are a few pictures from our latest duck hunt.
Not long ago I bought a W500. The 500 lived up to its billing. I could get in it with dry feet, I could paddle upright without back pain, and it was more stable than any canoe or kayak I’d ever been in. What a great “platform” for fishing and touring. The Wavewalk 700 is everything the 500 is, and more.
I took the W700 out last week for my first trip and was amazed at how stable it was. The W700 is such a pleasure to paddle, easy to get into, easy to launch, and so incredibly stable. So I really put it to the test….my wife Kathy wanted to give it a try. Kathy is 60 yoa and hasn’t been on the water in 20 years. See the video of my wife coming to shore and getting out of my W700 for the first time. She’s now picked out a yellow one so it was an expensive test!
I’m 63 yoa and am no lightweight. I now have a kayak I can paddle with confidence. In the W500 or the W700 I can stand up!, move forward or back, lean forward or back, and change leg position. I simply can’t use other kayaks or canoes due to my lower back issues and my size. For me it is the Wavewalk or nothing.
I’ve got fishing and exploring to do. I look forward to having my wife enjoy the water with me and to have grand children explore and fish with me in the 700 or alongside in their own 500.
See the pictures of me getting into and out of the W700:
Launching the Wavewalk 700
1. Just step in
2. Walk to the middle of the cockpit
3. Sit down comfortably, with nothing pushing against your lower back…
4. Push the kayak in with your paddle, and start paddling
Paddle sitting or standing, it’s easy even for a big guy like me
Beaching the Wavewalk 700
1. Slide backward to the rear end of the cockpit – the bow goes up! Paddle directly to the beach…
2. A few paddle strokes and a push, and the kayak’s bow slides up the bank
3. Get up (it’s easy!), stand up, and wave to your fans…
We haven’t had family fun in a long time, so we decided to go on a trip to Cheongsando island. We took the ferry there.
When it rains the kayak upside down, to prevent the accumulation of rainwater. Our camping van was renovated, and it featured all kinds of accessories and amenities, including a bed and and expandable table at the rear.
During the trip we used a charcoal grill and a regular grill. We had gamsaengyi snails, walleye and rockfish, and bone clear soup. Adding Black sea bream gave the food an awesome taste.
We visited Wando island and the birthplace of the artist Yun Du-seo .