The Wavewalk S4 is the most stable kayak that anglers can fish from.
Like all Wavewalk kayaks, the S4 features a patented catamaran twin-hull. The S4 can carry up to three full size anglers on board, and its unrivaled stability enables all of them to fish standing.
As a motor kayak, the S4 can be powered by any electric motor, and by outboard motors up to 10 HP.
Next in size comes the Wavewalk 700, a most stable tandem fishing kayak that works as a motor kayak with outboard up to 4.5 HP
The Wavewalk 500 is extremely lightweight, and the most stable for its size. All Wavewalk kayaks are back pain free.
I’ve been playing around with lots of ideas for accessories and how I want to mount them to the S4 but I haven’t yet been willing to drill holes into the boat. The other day I grabbed a 2×2 to see if it would fit in the seat holes. It turns out that a 2×2 (actual measurements 1.5 x 1.5) fits perfectly. Once I realized that it really opened the door for accessory options.
To start with. I made an accessory pole for the rear position (assuming two people are fishing). This pole allows you to quickly clip your paddle in safely and grab your fishing pole. I need to add some foam to the sides where the paddle crosses the boat to keep any noise down.
As you can see below, when not in use it easily stows in the stern out of the way.
The last picture is just a longer piece of 2×2 that can be used for the front fisherman for stability when standing and casting.
Wanted to share this with you and the others in case it helps. The flat mounting points of the 2×2’s really gives a lot of options.
A Washing Machine is a stretch of turbulent water, where waves come at you from different directions. This phenomenon is caused by capes and points, rocks, currents, etc.
Being a most seaworthy craft, the Wavewalk S4 performs very well in the washing machine next to Bullocks Point, in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, where we shot this video.
The driver stands behind the passenger, while shooting this video.
Lots of fun!
Engine: 6 HP Tohatsu outboard motor (going full throttle)
Total Payload: 600 lbs including passengers and motor.
Crew: Two passengers sitting and the driver is standing up.
Water condition: Choppy, and fit only for seaworthy boats
Accessories: The two seated passengers are riding a standard S4 saddle seat outfitted with a part that makes it 6″ higher, namely 21″ high. This higher saddle seat offers a sitting position that’s more like riding a horse than riding the saddle seat of a personal watercraft (PWC – “jet-ski”).
Everyone on board is perfectly stable and comfortable, having a great time, and wishing they had a more powerful motor…
In order to further protect the front passenger from spray generated when the boat smashes into waves, the crew raise the bow by sitting closer to the stern.
Our manufacturing contractors sent us a couple of new photos from the production floor – The image above shows a Wavewalk S4 before the saddle was attached to it, and the image below shows an S4 and several kayaks from other series. In the background, behind the kayaks, it’s possible to see their new, huge rotational molding machine, with two Wavewalk molds mounted on each arm: The bigger S4 and W700 molds on one arm, and the smaller W500 and saddle molds on the other arm.
I watched Wavewalk’s latest S4 stand-up driving video. It’s a good Video! I alternate between standing and sitting. My swivel seat’s profile is small enough that it doesn’t keep me from enjoying the benefit of the Wavewalk Kayak PWC style of seating, it really just adds a backrest. I have damage in my T6 and T7 vertebra from the past 12 years of deploying to the Arabian gulf conducting anti piracy and drug ops in RHIBs at high speed. They are incredibly capable craft but you take a beating. I really enjoy the S4’s comfort and handling.
Speaking of which I went out today for 10 hours! The fish are around but they are finicky and what works is changing day by day. I went out 5 miles to a buoy and found bait and huge schools of skipjack tuna. I caught perfect small sized skip jack and rigged him up on my big rod. He was very energetic and some very large fish ate him within 5 minutes. Unfortunately it cut three 150lb fluoro, probably a Galapagos shark which are common. I was able to make bait easy but it was small in comparison to what I normally get so I had to redo my rigs. With the moon phase the currents are running upwards of a full knot which makes bump trolling live bait very challenging. I caught one very small yellowfin, maybe 5lb. And missed several other bites trying to figure it out. Most excitingly was I had ANOTHER Marlin come and circle my S4, a striped marlin probably 150lb or so. He almost got my live bait which I did not want to deal with! This boat is lucky!
I’ve got my new loading procedure down now. I’m using a cheap truck bed extender from amazon and abs pipe as rollers. In the bed I’ve put a u bolt in the front of the bed with two pulleys to give me a little advantage. I can back down and slide straight to the water and load back up without getting wet and no lifting! I will try to get a video at some point and some better pictures. I’m jotting notes too as at some point I want to have an improved version of the extender built (a little longer) right now my back brakes are still getting wet with saltwater….
I’ve attached a few pictures. It was a beautiful day with scenes straight out of a national geographic movie. Thanks for designing the S4 so I could enjoy it! Oh and by the way my 10hour day on the water cost me only 35 dollars. 2 gallons gas, 2 stroke oil, 40lbs ice, 2 liters of water a couple canned coffees and breakfast. Judging based on economy and capability no other craft that I know of comes close to what the S4 provides! The only problem is I. spending to much time fishing for my wife’s liking!