W720 Kayak Skiff
The W720 Kayak Skiff is a microskiff version of the basic W700 catamaran kayak.
W720 Price: $2,180
This price is for factory pickups, and it does not include shipping.
The W720 Kayak Skiff features the same HDPE catamaran twin-hull and saddle-seat as the W700 base model, and similarly, it comes outfitted with 4 carry handles located at each of its 4 hull tips. However, the W720 ships with a lightweight transom motor mount for outboard motors up to 3 HP.
W720 Weight: 85 lbs including its motor mount
advantages of the W720 kayak skiff
The W720 allows its users to attach an electric motor or a lightweight outboard gas motor up to 3 HP directly to the transom, for use as backup and/or auxiliary propulsion on top of paddling, as well as for trolling and traveling in calm water and choppy water.
This kayak-skiff’s extreme light weight allows for easy car-topping and transportation, as well as easy carrying (portaging) over difficult terrain, sand, rocks, etc.
Users of the W720 can launch and beach it practically anywhere. Unlike other motorized kayaks, driving the W720 kayak-skiff is easy, intuitive, and effective, including launching, starting, changing gears, refueling on the water, driving standing, driving in choppy water, and driving with a passenger on board. None of these things works well with other motorized kayaks, where accessing the motor from the cockpit is very hard or even impossible, and stability is poor.
We do not recommend driving the W720 in rough water
The reason – better safe than sorry.
Do not outfit your W720 with a motor that’s over 3 HP
W720 vs S4
The two are comparable, but very different –
- W720 Advantages: The main advantages of the W720 over the S4 are its lower weight and the fact that it’s easier for one person to paddle. A typical 2.5 HP outboard weighs 30 lbs, and a typical 6 HP motor weighs 60 lbs. This means that when motorized, the 85 lbs W720 weighs 115 lbs, while a 100 lbs S4 outfitted with a 6 HP outboard weighs up to 160 lbs. It’s a noticeable difference, especially if only one user has to carry it.
- S4 Advantages: The S4 is much faster, much more stable, and much more seaworthy than the W720, and its higher volume and load capacity offer more onboard storage, as well as more room for passengers.
- In sum, the S4 is a high performance multi-hull cartop boat that you can paddle effectively, while the W720 is a catamaran kayak that you can drive effectively, as a kayak-skiff.
Components of the W720 transom motor mount
- 3/4″ thick MDO (Medium Density Overlay) saddle bracket that includes a supporting plate for the mounting plate.
- 3/4″ thick MDO mounting plate that the user installs by means of two 5/16″ diameter bolts and two screws, and to which the motor is attached.
Installation Instructions for the W720 Mounting Plate
The plate comes with two 5/16″ carriage bolts, two self-locking nuts, and two 1.5″ screws.
- Place the mounting plate as shown in the above picture, with the side that features the screw marks facing outward (i.e. backward).
- Use a 5/16 drill bit to drill through the 5/16 holes all the way to the other side of the support plate, inside the cockpit.
- Push the carriage bolts in (forcefully), and secure tightly with the self-locking nuts.
- Install the two screws sightly in the two marks below the bolts.
- You can apply some Goop watertight adhesive over the heads of the bolts and nuts.
- Attach your motor to the mounting plate.
- Drive carefully, especially in shallow water, where contact with the bottom could damage the propeller, the propeller shaft, and the motor mount.