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W700, because of the versatility

By Brandon Hall

Raleigh, North Carolina

Everything is great; built a deck for the pup and try to get out as much as possible.

To be honest I have had a [hybrid fishing kayak equipped with a rotational pedal drive] and a [extra-wide canoe-kayak hybrid].

To this day I now only have the 700 because of the versatility.

I have installed the motor mount but have yet to add one.
Will likely invest in an electric trolling motor this summer, since most of the waterways I frequent are anti gas motors.

Attached is a recent picture at the local reservoir.

Thanks!

Brandon and Huckleberry

 

 

Duck boat for two hunters – Wavewalk 700

By Chris Henderson

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.

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Double

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Drake crush

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Ducks in the deeks

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Wigeon down

 

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My Wavewalk fishing kayak with a 2.5 Suzuki outboard motor, by Robert Buck

I have had the kayak out twice so far. The first time was for about an hour and did not go too far. I went out on Friday to a lake and was on the water for about 4 hours and went about 4 1/2 miles. It was a beautiful day on the lake.

It does not take long to get used to using the kayak. This is going to be great for what I bought it for and that is fishing. I can carry all my equipment and move around and change hooks and lures easily.
Had to paddle into a little wind on the way back on Friday. No problem as the kayak cut through the waves and no bouncing over the waves.
I am happy with my purchase and plan on getting out even more now.

When I first had the Kayak in the van, I could not see out the right hand window so when I arrived at my friends I strapped it to the roof. I was worried that I would not be able to see vehicles coming onto the highway from entrance ramps. I have now got it down pat to strap to the roof. The eye hooks on the motor mount work great for strapping down one end of the kayak.

I had the motor on the Kayak for the first time today. Must say it takes a little getting used to but did great.

Just one point though, the mount for the short shaft motor should be placed to the rear a little more as the motor will not tilt up and lock in place. I think the tension screw will be enough to hold it up so it does not fall back into the water. I had no problem with it staying in place.

I do have a video from yesterday as this was my first time with the motor:
I was impressed with the way the kayak cut though the waves. There was no bouncing around going through the waves.

It takes a little getting used to using the motor. I like the fact that I have the option of using a motor. It just makes the kayak more versatile.
I do like it better without the motor, but the motor will have its time and place when using the kayak.

Thanks.

Robert Buck
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

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My Wavewalk fishing kayak and tackle box

 

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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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24″ red drum on my second outing in my W kayak, by Richard Davis

My second outing, beautiful 24′ red drum, totally awesome experience!
I can not tell you how much I like my kayak. NO back pain, very stable creating a secure feeling, versatility, and the list of positives goes on and on.
I can’t wait to get back in my Wavewalk!!! Thanks

Richard

Virginia

24 inch red drum caught in kayak, Virginia

(Later):
The more I am in my kayak the more I like it. This past weekend I toured and fished both days, but my most enjoyable time was pulling into the marsh after a good workout against the wind and tide (still no problem making head way) and stretching out for a nap. The tranquility was incredible. My kayak has truly opened new doors for me, it is awesome!

Richard