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S4 wheel cart to carry on board

Wavewalk’s motto Launch, Go, Fish and Beach Anywhere is a reality for many Wavewalk owners.

Carrying a Wavewalk 500 or 700 just by dragging it on the ground anywhere is easy, and it’s feasible even with a 6 HP outboard motor attached to the kayak, as we demonstrated in this movie »

However, the S4 being heavier than the W500 and W700, we thought it would be nice to have a wheel cart for it, for when we have the 59 lbs 6 HP outboard motor attached to it, and we want to launch and beach in difficult spots, namely beaches that require carrying the boat over asphalt or on difficult terrain, especially steep and rocky slopes. The heavier the fishing, diving or camping gear carried on board the S4 skiff kayak, the more justified is the use of a wheel cart to carry it.

While most 38″ wide canoe trolleys would have fit this requirement, we wanted a wheel cart that we could store on board, inside one of the hulls, so we designed one –

 

Wheel cart stored on board the S4, in the bow

 

We outfitted the wheel cart with a folding leg that assures that the cart will be in the right angle to receive the boat.

 

The wheel cart is positioned to receive the S4

 

S4 wheel cart with its leg deployed, ready to have the kayak loaded onto it

 

Underside of the wheel cart, with the positioning leg folded in

 

Loading the boat is done simply by pulling it onto the wheel cart. The user can decide where they prefer to have the wheel cart located relatively to the boat. A boat with a heavy motor attached to it would require the wheel cart to be located further towards the stern.

It’s possible to upload the boat on this wheel cart from the bow or from the stern, depending on circumstances. Uploading from the stern makes it easier to place the close to the stern, which puts the boat in a good position for mounting the motor on it, as well as for carrying it with the motor attached to it.

 

S4 kayak loaded on the wheel cart and secured with two straps

 

When stored on board, this wheel cart protrudes into the front part of the cockpit, and this could restrict the space available for a second passenger. In such case, this wheel cart can be attached on top of the front deck, and stored under it if one of the passengers wants to stand on the deck and use it as a casting platform.

This wheel cart is not a product that we offer for sale

 

Some tech specs –

The 38″ long and 6″ wide horizontal main board is made from 3/4″ plywood, and so is the narrow reinforcement beam under it.
All wooden parts are coated with urethane.
We covered with Goop all the screws in the L brackets that could come in contact with the underside of the hulls.
The vertical side boards are made from 1/2″ plywood.
The wheels are 7″ in diameter.
The axles are made from a standard 3 ft long 1/2″ diameter steel tube cut in two.

 


Modifications

1.   Front lower corners cut away to enable better performance over rugged terrain, such as rocks, roots, etc.

 

 

 

 

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 »

Lightweight fishing kayak that’s easy to carry and car top

Here’s a picture that Joe Stauder from Stand Up Fishing Kayaks shot (thanks Joe!):

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A picture is worth a thousand words, and words are unnecessary in this case. However, it’s worth noting that the smiling teenager in this picture is carrying on his shoulder a Wavewalk 500 F2 (fishing model) with a paddle attached to it.

This doesn’t mean that you won’t benefit from a trolley or some sort of wheels setup to help transport your kayak and fishing gear from the car to the water, and back, but if anyone asks you how easy is it to carry the W500, you know the answer is “couldn’t be easier!” 🙂

And the W500 is not just easy to carry, it’s also easy to car-top:

 

On the gulf many times fishing in heavy seas, by David Miller (Crappie Dave)

Had tip over feelings at first couple of times while on my lake fearing wave actions. Now have been on the gulf many times in heavy seas fishing.
Copied your wood cut out form to make a support for a folding chair mount. Cut off chair legs at seat level. Rear of chair seat fits into wavewalk kayak groove and screwed down front side ridge of chair to wood cut out form I made. Chair folds down level with top of boat. Use a small seat cushion for more comfort.
Bolted a pivoted type of rod holder (thick plastic tube) to your installed wood form, front of boat.
Purchased larger diameter noodles. Had people ask wanting to get this boat.
My wife calls it KNOODLE.
Also made a strap on two wheel dolly for transport in and out of van.

David Miller (Crappie Dave)
Inverness, Florida

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At a kayak fishing event hosted by Gary Rankel at Ozello

 

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Launching the kayak from the van directly into the water

 

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Folding seat down

 

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Folding seat up

 

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Strap on two-wheel dolly for transportation

 

Photos: Gary Rankel

More fishing kayak reviews »

 

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 »