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Compact wheel set for transporting the Wavewalk S4

By Joe Stauder

HBBCO Stand Up Fishing Kayaks, PA

I got busy designing a compact wheel set-up for the S4.
The cool thing is that’s it’s designed to work on the front or the back of the S4, depending on the owner’s preference.
And it packs up and fits into one of the tunnel hulls, so it goes along for the ride.

Wide wheels for Wavewalk S4 motor kayak skiff

I live close to the water, and I need to transport my motorized Wavewalk S4 over mildly rough terrain, and a sandy beach. The outboard motor I use is a 6 HP Tohatsu that weighs close to 60 lbs, so carrying it by hand is not easy.
Therefore, I had to make a trolley that features wheels that are bother high and wide. The trolley also needed to be transported on board the S4 without taking too much space.

I made a simple wheel cart from a pair of 13″ high and 6.5″ wide flat-free (non inflatable) wheels, and 3/4″ stainless steel tube mounted on a 1/2″ thick plywood board. This structure is attached to the S4 by means of straps.
The plywood board features a small wooden extension in its center. This extension fits in the first, widest slot in the S4’s front deck, and it allows to easily attach the wheel cart vertically, by means of a single shock cord (bungee).

Launching with this trolley is easy, and so is getting the wheels under the kayak after beaching.

 

The plywood is coated with two layers of urethane that protect it from the water.

 

Pulling is done either by holding one of the two molded-in front carry handles, or a strap attached to them.

 

Since these wheels are, big, another thing that this wheel cart offers is to run the outboard motor in a bin filled with freshwater, in order to rinse the salt out of it. This way, the motor can stay attached to the boat, and be clean of the salt.

This setup is enough to let the motor run in freshwater for a few minutes

I guess some readers may ask if this wheel cart offers the front passenger some protection from spray when the S4 moves in waves, and the answer is that it does offer a little protection compared to having nothing there.

Wheels For Transporting Your Fishing Kayak

You Don’t Always Need Wheels

This article presents different approaches to transporting your kayak on land. In many cases, you won’t need wheels for your Wavewalk™ kayak, as you’ll just drag it from your vehicle to your launching spot, and back. It’s not that hard, and it doesn’t necessarily damage the kayak, as you can see in this article and video »   
But if you must carry your kayak over long stretches of asphalt or concrete pavement, you may want to consider shielding its hulls from excessive abrasion by attaching the lid of a plastic bin to the part of its hulls that come in contact with the pavement. It’s an inexpensive, easy, and lightweight solution, and the lid can fold easily, so you can store it in one of the hull tips when you’re fishing and paddling.
The drawback of dragging a kayak over long distances is that it’s not always as easy as transporting it on wheels.

Kayak anglers have different fishing styles, and they fish in different environments. This fact, as well as logistic issues, affects the way they rig their fishing kayak with wheels (or a single wheel), a kayak trolley, cart or a simple mat.

These are the things you should require from your fishing kayak wheels –

Portability

We put this benefit first, because kayak anglers are often enthusiastic about making a perfect kayak trolley, and they tend to overlook the fact that once they reach the water, they’ll have to take it with them on board their kayak. Kayak wheels should be lightweight and preferably small in size, so you could easily tuck them in one of the storage compartments in the hull tips, or on top of them.

Solid Construction

You definitely don’t want your wheel cart to fall apart while you’re on your way from your car to the water, or back.

All-Terrain Capability

Wheels that are too small or too narrow could sink in sand, or in mud.  Large diameter wheels perform better on rugged terrain.  Wider wheels perform better on soft terrain, such as sand and mud.

Maneuverability

Sometimes you may need to pass with your fishing kayak in tight spaces. For example, in the space between two cars in a parking lot, or between big rocks, tree stumps, etc. In such cases, being able to control your fishing kayak on wheels is important.

Easy and Effective Attachment

Attaching the wheels to your fishing kayak, as well as detaching them should be quick and easy, and the attachment system should hold the kayak in place without letting it slide or twist. You definitely don’t want to waste time and energy on complicated systems for attaching your kayak to your wheel cart, and you don’t want to have to reattach the kayak on your way to the beach or from it.

Stability and Control

Unlike other kayaks, Wavewalk™ kayaks feature two handles on each end. Each pair of handles allow you to drive the kayak as a wheelbarrow, and benefit from good stability and control over it even if it’s outfitted with a single wheels attached between the hulls. having said that, the more fishing and camping gear you carry in your kayak, the more it becomes heavy, and this could make it harder to stabilize and control. This is when a two-wheel solution is better than one wheel.

Examples of Wheels for Kayak Transportation »

Hawg Buster Stand Up Fishing Kayaks at the fundraiser for Colyer lake dam, by Joe Stauder

We took part in the fundraiser for the Colyer lake dam. We were headquartered in a comfortable tent, and we gave dozens of test rides in the demo kayaks we had brought with us. Some people paddled in tandem, and others paddled standing up.
We had a lot of fun, and the fundraiser was a success.

Joe,

Hawg Buster Stand Up Fishing Kayaks, PA

Standing out from the crowd…

A aerial view of our gathering

The Hawg Buster team in its headquarters

The stand up fishing kayak displayed, outfitted with our special wheel cart. In the background you can see a rare red W500…

A couple testing the W500 as a tandem kayak

An elderly big guy paddling our main demo kayak – super easy!

More stand up kayak fishing with Joe »

Simple and easy wheel for kayak transportation, by Joe Stauder

Here’s a simple and easy wheel for transporting the W kayak. It was very useful to us last Sunday when we had to transport four W kayaks to the Colyer lake dam fundraiser.

It doesn’t get easier than that

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There’s plenty of storage room on board, and this wheel assembly is lightweight and doesn’t take much space, so once you’re done using it you just drop it in one of your W kayak’s hull tips, and forget about its existence for the whole fishing trip.
The materials for it are cheap and available in most hardware stores.

Joe

Hawg Buster Stand Up Fishing Kayaks, PA

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