Wavewalk® RHIB

Wavewalk no longer offers this configuration as shown here.
Since we now offer 12 ft long (7.25″ diameter) detachable inflatable flotation tubes as part of the W700 RIB , we offer only boats with one pair of regular size tubes (5 ft long / 6.5″ diameter) or one pair of the XL tubes (12 ft long / 7.25″ diameter).
We left this page and the RHIB configuration here in order to show yet another configuration that’s possible.

 

Wavewalk® RHIB – Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat

Before we go any further, the answer to your question is: -“Yes! This boat is great for fishing, for one or two anglers, once you detach the front pair of inflatable tubes, or both pairs, which takes less an a minute.”
In other words, the RHIB is simply a Wavewalk® 700 Z model that features an additional pair of inflatable tubes attached in the front.
And now that things are a bit clearer, let’s watch this video –
Tip: For best quality set your YouTube viewer to 1080 p HD

Why two pairs of inflatable tubes?

Good question! In this video, the front inflatable tubes touch the water on rare occasions, and when they do, they don’t seem to do much. This is because their purpose is to serve as secondary flotation, in addition to the saddle and the rear inflatable tubes.
In extreme cases, if the boat tilts very strongly on its side, these extra tubes could help prevent it from flipping. They can also help when the boat goes in bigger waves, since they add buoyancy to the bow, which allows the boat to go over the wave instead of through it. This can help prevent spray from getting into the boat, and make the ride less bumpy.
Extra flotation on both sides of the bow can be useful in other cases, such as when the boat is used for work or rescue, when divers climb on board from the water, and when heavy crab traps are hauled in.

What if I don’t want to use these extra inflatable tubes?

Each tube is attached to the boat with two carabiners, and it takes just seconds to detach it. It can be easily stored in the boat while still inflated, and both inflating and deflating it takes seconds, thanks to a user-friendly, wide (1.25″ diameter) inflation valve that saves you the need for a pump.

And what about that transparent spray shield?

The spray shield is attached to the boat with a bungee cord and two hooks. It takes a few seconds to attach or detach it, and once it’s not attached it’s just a flat, lightweight, flexible sheet of plastic that hardly takes any space, and can be easily stored inside one of the boat’s hulls.

What’s a RHIB?

RHIB is the acronym for Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat, also known as RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat).
These motorboats are designed for extra stability and speed, and they come in various sizes. The smaller ones are motorized dinghies that can take a small number of passengers through rough water.
RHIB are very popular, and used in a wide range of applications, such as rescue, offshore work, tending bigger boats, diving, etc.
Anglers prefer not to fish out of inflatable boats because of the fishing hooks… but this is not an issue with Wavewalk’s RHIB, since its inflatable tubes can be removed instantly.

What’s special about the Wavewalk® RHIB?

Compared to rigid-inflatable dinghies of its size the Wavewalk® is –

  1. More stable: It features a catamaran hull, and a saddle that makes it easier for the driver and passenger/s to balance themselves.
  2. Easier to car-top: Its rigid hull weighs just 80 lbs, and it’s 12’10” (391 cm) long, which makes it easy to lean on the vehicle’s roof before sliding the boat upward.
  3. More versatile: Without the front pair of inflatable tubes it’s a Wavewalk® 700 Z model, which is a great fishing boat for one or two anglers. Without inflatable tubes it’s a nifty motorboat that paddles well, and without the motor it’s hands down the world’s best fishing and touring kayak.
  4. Faster: Videos of this RHIB and other W700 configurations show the unique Wavewalk ‘signature’ in the water – Practically no wake in the front, and a very slender wake at the stern. In this sense, this wake reminds a torpedo moving in the water, and not a boat, especially not a RHIB. Being typically wide and designed to plane, RHIBs leave a huge wake behind them, a sign of the great amount of power used to propel them.
  5. More comfortable: Some luxury small RHIBs feature forward facing seats or benches, and their driver can steer by means of a steering wheel or a joystick. But most small RHIBs offer just basic amenities, and their driver sits on their side, or on the side of the motor, next to the tiller, or on a bench in front of it. All these locations are sub-optimal in ergonomic terms and as far as driving is concerned, since they demand from the driver to face sideways, or drive with their arm stretched backward. Food for thought – Does any other vehicle require from its driver to sit in any of these awkward postures?… In contrast, Wavewalk’s RHIB offers its driver to ride a comfortable saddle and face forward, as they would in a personal watercraft (PWC) a.k.a.  jet-ski, an all terrain vehicle (ATV), or a snowmobile, which are vehicles designed for high performance in both tough conditions and at high speeds. Wavewalk’s RHIB is steered with a supersized joystick that’s intuitive to use and works perfectly when the driver sits or stands, without any adaptation required. This plug-in joystick and steering system require no installation, and it takes a few seconds to attach or detach it. The driver or the W-RHIB can start the motor in the most comfortable position, namely while facing backward, and once the motor is running, they can easily and swiftly turn around and face forward, as demonstrated in the video.

 

16 Comments

  1. PackerYaker

    What will Yoav think of next – a hovering model? Looks like he’s ready to take on One-Shot.

  2. Bassman

    Looks like you are having TMF (Too Much Fun) with the RHIB.

    That said, those air filled sponsons provide extra buoyancy to safely put the W700 to work. Looks like the Wavewalk RHIB would make a fine rescue/tow boat as well.

    A car toppable tow boat can go places Boat US or SeaTow would not consider.

    IMHO…

    Larry J.

  3. fish

    I’m sorry Gary, No speed records were broken during this video shooting session.
    I was going at speeds up to 11 mph seated and 9 mph standing.
    One reason for not wanting to go faster was that the water was a bit too choppy, and this time of year it’s still a too cold for taking such risks.
    The second, and probably more important reason has to do with my being extra cautious due to the fact that’s I’m not such a great driver 😀
    The motor, a Tohatsu 6 HP, performed flawlessly, and the throttle never went beyond 1/2, which is ridiculous.
    This outboard model, which was recommended by Kenny (One-Shot) Tracy, comes with an alternator, which means that in theory, it could power a small electric bilge pump, which is yet another step towards making this little craft more of a full fledged boat.
    6 HP is by for too much for this 80 lbs cat, but the good news is that Tohatsu’s 4 HP outboard is offered with an alternator too, and this is already a more sensible HP for this boat.

  4. fish

    It was FBB (Fun Beyond Belief)… which is why I’m seen in a couple of shots with this silly grin on my face 😀
    I totally agree with your assessment about the potential of the RHIB for various rescue missions, especially in the north, in winter, when rivers, ponds and lakes are partly covered with ice.

  5. Michael Chesloff

    Yoav-

    Quite remarkable. Many of the advantages were unclear when I first saw the video on YouTube. After reading the text I understand the logic and am quite impressed. This not only opens new markets for Wavewalk but creates new possibilities for many would-be boaters who don’t have the luxury of their own dock and have to transport their boat for each use.

    -Michael

  6. PackerYaker

    How about creating another RHIB (Rigid Hull Ice Boat) for rescues on ice???

    Enough comedy for one day – I’m off in search of tailing reds in my plain old paddling 500.

  7. fish

    Thanks Michael,

    Indeed, it opens some more markets, and it addresses a new “application”: Fun of just driving around and doing goofy things, solo and with a passenger on board.

    Yoav

  8. fish

    Gary,

    This is not about comedy –
    Fourteen years ago, I visited a company that specialized in selling ice rescue products to firefighters and rescue teams. They showed me real-life videos of people, including kids, trapped in frigid water covered with ice that was too thin to walk on while being too thick to paddle or motorize through, and rescue teams unable to reach them, and even worse – rescuers reaching the victims and falling into the water themselves… I will never forget those low-res black and white videos.
    Various version of the W700, paddled and/or motorized can be useful in such situations.

    Yoav

  9. PackerYaker

    Roger that, Yoav……….I hadn’t really thought about W’s being used as part of a coordinated rescue preparation strategy by first responder organizations.

  10. fish

    Well, I guess you don’t to see much ice down there, in your subtropical paradise 🙂

  11. PackerYaker

    FYI, I was born and raised in Wisconsin, spent many a day ice fishing and even participated in an ice rescue while in high school. My comedic post in no way reflects a lack of caring about rescue operations as implied in your response. Instead, it simply represents a suggestion that the RHIB offers no more in the way of a rescue vehicle than the thousands of available row boats, motor boats or other small craft. If I’m mistaken, please advise.

  12. RoxCT

    Another great video Yoav,

    And yes, I thought many times of making my Wavewalk and Ice boat of sorts.
    Not with a sail kind of boat, but a big Ice sled to hold my ice shelter, rods, coolers.
    I always worry if and when I ice fish that the ice could be weak in any given spot
    and fall in.
    It would slide easy enough across the ice, but I’ve seen a video of a small jon boat
    using a small rototiller to pull it across the ice…….so still the skies the limit for
    the Wave Walk yaks. 🙂

    Thanks for you do Yoav,
    Tight Lines and MoPaddle safe all.
    Rox

  13. fish

    Gary,

    How could anyone forget that you’re a cheese head? 🙂

    Indeed, there are many small boats used in such missions.
    From what I remember, ice rescue crews face multiple challenges, starting from access to the (frozen, or partly frozen) water. Sometimes they have to transport the rescue boats over rough terrain, through woods, shrubs, snow, etc. For this matter, pulling a lightweight W-RHIB is easier than dragging or portaging a bigger, heavier and much wider typical rigid-inflatable dinghy.
    This video may give you an idea how easy it is to move fast over difficult terrain when you do it with a W:

    The second problem is getting close to the drowning / trapped victim/s, and rowing is not that effective when you have to go over ice or through thin ice. Paddling works better.
    We shot the following video almost ten years ago, with the small, 25″ wide W300, which was much less stable than the W-RHIB, and had half its load capacity. The video’s visual quality isn’t very good, and the editing leaves much to be desired… but if you watch all of it I think it could give you an idea of what paddling and using a W in and over various types icy water could look like –

    Yoav

  14. fish

    Thanks Rox,

    Sounds like a plan, except for the fact that it could be really dangerous 😉

    Yoav

  15. fish

    Here’s a comment that Rich Phillips emailed me. Rich is from Kayak Fishing and Exploring Group, our dealer in southern New Jersey.

    You may want to clarify for readers that think of the non hard bottom craft out there (which is approx 65% of the products sold ) that they are not Rhib’s.
    Whereas your product does in fact have a hard bottom.

    I have had a soft bottom one for about ten years, 12′ and I have a 15hp on it.
    We use it for search/rescue. You are right. sitting on the side of the craft just kills my back. While it has a seat, not very good at holding on to the motor.
    The biggest problem was the soft floor, either rubber or wood slats.
    It was hard to move around, unlike the saddle bench on the Wavewalk, which is very comfortable.
    That 12′ soft bottom inflatable also required two people to lift on the vehicle. Forget about
    trying to put the hard bottom on the vehicle.
    I could never get all the air out and roll up like they say, so that was a bust.
    I also had a lot of punctures from people and objects jumping/climbing in while scared.
    The steering was a problem too. They have after market products like a center consul steering which had to mold to the floor, but it always pulled out and created a dangerous situation.
    A good hard bottom Rhib cost a lot more than the W, at least triple.

    Richard

  16. PackerYaker

    Thanks, Yoav……here’s to successful rescue operations wherever they occur and whatever watercraft is employed.

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