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Roxanne Launching and Paddling Her W500 Fishing Kayak Stading Up

Well here is an update with me launching and standing and paddling. I did this for a fellow in Georgia, on another site, he is very interested in the W300 and W500.
The Traffic noise was at its peek today, sorry its hard to hear me, well maybe not.  😀
You’ll see in the video just how smooth it paddles while I’m standing.
And when I land, I just paddle full steam ahead, and shift my weight to the rear as I hit the shore line where I launched, and remember, it was steep.  But the landing is not on the Video, I ran out of room!
The hulls just glide up the bank, I move forward, stand up, and walk out. Again, never getting my feet wet. 😀

Launching the W500:

Voila!

Standing and paddling in the W500:

Happy Paddling All,

Rox

More kayak fishing stories from Roxanne

Rox’ Battle With A 20.5″ Large Mouth Bass



Roger Sacla’s 1st Time Review of his W500 Kayak, Michigan

Roger Sacla, from Michigan, sent us his ‘first time review’ of his new W500 kayak, and some beautiful pictures: -“I finally able to test drive my new W kayak. This is my first time to buy and even try using kayak and it was awesome…”

Roger and his brother standing by their new kayak, Lake Huron, Michigan

-“It took me half an hour to get used to it and get my balance and after that, I was standing and even racing with my brother who has a regular kayak. My daugther who is 11 years old used it and able to maneuver easily like a pro.”

Roger's daughter standing by the new kayak kayak, Lake Huron, Michigan

-“The whole family had a great time using the WW kayak and intend of using it for many many years.

The photos were taken at lake Huron, Oscoda, Michigan.  Roger”

Roger standing by his new kayak kayak, Lake Huron, Michigan

In this movie Roger and his brother are paddling the W500 in tandem:


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Rod Ratzlaff’s W500 ‘First Impression’ Kayak Review, Colorado

-“For me, the initial learning curve was pretty short, the “Ride” style felt quite natural, perhaps my years on motorcycles, snowmobiles, bicycles, skibikes, atv’s helped that along. I’ve played around with all the positions, standing up, tandem etc. I’m experimenting with paddling technique, weight shift etc. It’s a different kind of horse… Quick quips: stable, versatile, comfortable…
Speed: 3.5mph cruise, 5.0mph sprint, basically comparable with my 13′ day touring yak.
A guy on your forum called it a “kayakanoe”, pretty accurate.
I’ll send a comprehensive report after I’ve had more familiarization, done some customization, and have taken some photos.”

Rod in his W500 fishing kayak, Lake George, Colorado

-“I discovered your micronautical.com site, very interesting… I especially like the solo sea/touring designs.

Suggestion: Add a loop at the 4 corners inside of the cockpit as leash points. This could be accomplished using the existing j-hook mount(s) used for the cockpit cover rigging.

Cheers,
Rod Ratzlaff
Lake George, CO”

(October 2009) NEW updated and comprehensive review (article) >>


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Gary Rankel’s New, Rigged W500 Fishing Kayak, Florida

Back in 2006, Gary Rankel was one of the first to write a review of his rigged W fishing kayak.

Now Gary upgraded to a 2009 W500 GF4 model:

2006 and 2009 fishing kayaks on pickup truckbed

Gary plans to keep his 2006 W kayak for guests.

-“Had a few hours without rain this a.m. so snapped a few more pictures which pretty much cover my rigging and techniques, and show how simple and economical it can be to rig the W500:”

foam noodles around fishing kayak cockpit

“Noodles along the W rim serve (1) as extra flotation, (2) as head, arm and foot rests, (3) as a fish ruler, and (4) as soundproof cushions for my radio, as well as for rods and paddle which are repeatedly picked up and laid down.  Regular noodles don’t fit the W500 rim very well so I use the “monster” model (4-inch diameter with a 1 1/4 – inch hole, and a smooth, not rippled, outer surface).”

protective surface for dragging fishing kayak on rocks

“A steel reinforced outdoor mat with bungee cords serves as a cheap and easy way to minimize scratching the hulls when moving the W from Point A to Point B.”

large size collapsibe cooler for fishing kayak

“Large collapsible fish cooler bag packed with flexible ice packets tucks neatly into the hull.”

collapsibe cooler inside fishing kayak hull

“Anchor set-up with rope attached to a large clip which, in turn, clips onto the anchor or heavy duty plastic grabber (for clamping onto mangroves, oyster bars, etc.).  It can also clip onto the rope that comes with the “anchor pin” or “stick-it pin” (not shown, but a 6-foot rod pushed into a soft bottom to hold the W in place).”

Fishing kayak anchor and clamp

And this is a nice redfish that Gary caught in August:

Redfish caught in stand up fishing kayak

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Roxanne’s Motorized W500 Fishing Kayak Project

-“Here is an update on my newest Wave walk yak, the W500:
I am making a prototype out of wood for the console. I may change it to a diamond plate later.”

W500 fishing kayak with console for electric motor

-“I want it to be removable, so when I don’t want to use the trolling motor, I can remove the power head.

I didn’t want to add a Dry box/tackle box to the W500, like I did on my W300’s set up, after removing the power board from the head of the trolling motor. I didn’t want the box up there in my way, it makes for easier dismounts.”

W500 fishing kayak console for electric motor

-“This time I’m leaving the power head together, just cutting the shaft, and wiring the motor (bottom half) with a quick connect connector, so I can unplug the power head and remove it for just paddling.

Again, this will be a foot controlled steering, leaving my hands free to battle my fish.

I’ll send you and update after I mount my plate for the trolling motor.

Take care.

Rox”

W500 fishing kayak with console for electric motor

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