By Capn’ Larry Jarboe
Yesterday, I launched the W700 with both motors installed to go to a secluded creek far into the mangroves.
This run included a trip through creeks, over the ocean, and across extremely shallow flats.
In past years, I could catch my recreational limit of six here in my secret spot, or at least dinner.
After using multiple power options including paddle pushing across shallow bottom with grass on the surface and powering with both engines in the ocean, I arrived and started putting on my gear. Then, I realized I forgot to put my lobster gloves in the Wavewalk. Aargh!!!
I had purchased a special camera holding mask for this event. Maybe, some GoPro footage might save the day?
Following entry into the creek and spotting quite a few undersized lobsters, but no real obvious legals, I did not feel so bad about leaving those gloves behind. While filming, I realized that the GoPro camera was going out of the water slapping the surface. That’s why there are light flashes in the video.
So, I set the angle down which definitely does not give a real view of the snorkeler’s perspective but the camera stayed submerged.
In 63 years on this planet, I never grabbed a lobster in its hole without gloves. Imagine trying to pull up a rose bush without hand protection. But, there is a first time for everything…
I only wish the video footage was better.
Today, I bought a GoPro camera extension arm to fix that angle issue.
Tomorrow, another Wavewalk adventure!
3 thoughts on “Wavewalk 700 skiff with 2 motors – first lobster grabbing trip”
Your W700 is beginning to look like an ‘all-terrain’ skiff, and it is one indeed.
I can’t wait to see how it will evolve in the near future 🙂
Great Editing! Yoav,
The W700 really is an “all-terrain” micro-skiff.
The bow mounted electric trolling motor locked in place and pulling at low speed uses minimal electricity and keeps spray down while the outboard is running. Also, with the extra forward weight, the operator can sit right in front of the outboard to facilitate steerage. I plan to make a backrest on the front of the Honda engine that fits in the small of my back. Why waste that wonderful vibration of a single cylinder engine?
Let’s not forget the W500 in our enthusiasm.
I just finished modifying the white W500 into a snorkel sea sled that pulls from the bow but is mechanically controlled by a snorkeler in the water at the stern.
When, the wind lays down, I am looking forward to trying out both the new sea sled and the design adjustments on the GoPro camera.
More pics and flicks to come…
A new type of watercraft is evolving.