My Wavewalk 700

By Scott Cargo


I have done a lot of research before deciding on this product, and I believe that my wife and I will enjoy fishing together in this amazing kayak.

I received my Wavewalk 700 this last Friday.
Over the weekend I put the 700 on top of my SUV and went to the nearest lake to try it out.
The kayak is all pros and no cons!
It was so stable that I was standing and paddling within the first 30 minutes!
I took the kayak into shallow water full of weeds (some were sticking up out of the water) and didn’t have any problems.
Finally I decided to do some fishing and I love the fact that there is a large table in the boat for me to use (of course I mean the saddle) while fishing. I plan to get a GPS/Fish Finder and an electric trolling motor soon. This boat is going to be perfect for my needs and I look forward to its use in the years to come. I will be spreading the word to all my friends and fishing buddies about this amazing Wavewalk kayak!
Just WOW!!!!

Here are some photos that were taken by my wife during my maiden voyage of my kayak.











Many thanks to many people

The Wavewalk® 700 as a concept, design and actual product is the result of inputs from many people over several years. These people have contributed both directly and indirectly to identifying the requirements for this unique product, refining and defining those initial requirements, and turning them into something tangible, useful and exciting.

We’ll try to name a few of them, mostly in a chronological order, and we’ll start with Sungjin Kim, who was the first to outfit his W500 with an outboard gas engine mounted at the rear of the cockpit. At first, Sungjin himself wasn’t particularly satisfied with that setup, but the videos showing him driving his motorized W500 were enough to set the W motorizing trend in motion, and this trend was key to the development of the W700 – the world’s best two-person, trailer-free fishing boat that one person can easily paddle and car-top by themselves, without help from a fishing partner.

At the initial phase, Gary Thorberg experimented with various outboard motors and motor mounts, and helped develop the motorized W500 as a product. After some hesitation, Rox Davis joined the R&D effort, and used her extensive experience in motorizing W kayaks with electric motors to motorize her W500 with 15″ outboards.

The next breakthrough came from from Kenny ‘One-Shot’ Tracy, who outfitted his W500 with a pair of DIY Styrofoam flotation modules and a 6hp outboard. Driving his W500 at 13 mph, Kenny broke the speed record for this little craft, and proved that high speed motorizing was within its performance envelope.

Kenny’s experiments led to the development of the W570 series, namely the W500 outfitted with a pair of large-size inflatable flotation modules attached to the back of the hulls, and a transparent spray shield attached to the front of its cockpit.

The offshore W fishing boat was born, but is had shortcomings, and the main one was its limited load capacity – It was still more of a motorized fishing kayak than a fishing boat.

Quite a few people contributed their requirements to have us develop a bigger kayak for tandem paddling and fishing, and Bernie Marsden, whom we helped build a wide, wooden DIY motorized kayak that serves him as a stable diving platform showed how well such a wider W kayak could work.

We held long discussions with Michael Chesloff, who’s been fishing out of a W500 kayak for several years, after having owned eight different small fishing boats, none of which he  particularly liked. Michael is an avid bass fisherman with a strong interest in small fishing craft, and he contributed his insight on the advantages and disadvantages of various types of boats that anglers use. Michael’s interest in marketing produced interesting observations as well as experiments.

Steve Lucas, a W500 flats fisherman offered his own insight on fishing kayaks and flats fishing boats, especially microskiff. Steve’s input complemented what we learned from Kevin Eastman, a motorized W500 flats fly fisherman.

At some point, we started looking for ways to merge all this knowledge and requirements into something that would work well in performance terms, and could be manufactured in a sensible manner. The latter requirement proved to be hard to answer due to various technical reasons having to do with the form of the W craft and the limitations of the molding technologies available to kayak and small boat manufacturers, which is why it took us two years to come up with the W700 product line.

Thank you!  🙂



How the Wavewalk 700 is produced

This picture was shot at the rotational molding plant, and for us it’s very exciting because it shows the first piece of plastic that came out of the W700 Twinhull mold.
Such object is dubbed ‘part’ in roto-molding lingo.

Our molders made a couple of ‘blank’ parts such as this to clean the new mold from dirt and residue from the Teflon coating, and for use in tests and measurements.


When a ‘part’ is roto-molded it comes out of the mold as one piece without any holes in it. Before a part is outfitted with deck rigging, it is laid in a wooden structure called ‘cooling fixture’, where it keeps cooling down while air is being pressurized in it, in order to prevent uncontrolled cooling that could lead to warping.

After the part is done cooling, the molders cut away its top side, which is the top side of the cockpit, to enable outfitting it with other parts (e.g. saddle, saddle brackets) and accessories, and to allow passengers to enter it. The part seen in this picture still features the top side of the cockpit, and it does not feature the W logo, which is molded into our kayaks.

The color of this blank part is called “natural” and it’s basically colorless. When the molders produce actual W700 kayaks or microskiffs they use polyethylene resin blended with dyes (pigments). The W700 hulls come in Yellow, Dark Green, Sand and White.

This photo doesn’t show the W700 and W500 next to each other, so it doesn’t provide much information on the main difference between these two series, which is size, but it does show the ends of the W700 cockpit’s spray deflector that are vertical and straight. This new design allows for attaching transom motor mounts a few inches closer to the driver. It makes driving easier, and offers the driver better access to the motor’s controls. It also adds a few extra inches the the cockpit’s usable length (92″), and since this boat is designed for two anglers to fish out of,  the bigger the distance between them the better.

And for those who missed the 3D animation movie that shows the basic structure of the W700, here it is again: