I got busy designing a compact wheel set-up for the S4. The cool thing is that’s it’s designed to work on the front or the back of the S4, depending on the owner’s preference. And it packs up and fits into one of the tunnel hulls, so it goes along for the ride.
Just a short video shot while driving my S4 around the corner…
Couple observations – This 6 HP outboard is no 10 HP, and this 8″ pitch prop is no 9″ pitch 😀 Driving this little boat in the chop is super easy and fun, whether it’s against the wind, in lateral waves, or in a following sea.
I wish this was a report on the first trip down the river with the S4 but its not. I had planned to take it out today but we had a pretty strong wind heading upriver most of the day. I have seen people have trouble going down the river with regular kayaks when the headwind was strong, so I figured that I should wait for a later time for my first trip.
I have a 5hp long shaft Honda on order. I was going to go with a Tohatsu but the Honda dealer is local and the Tohatsu dealer is 90 miles away.
I’m attaching a few pictures of what I have been working on as far as a dolly and storage. I bought a C-Tug kayak dolly not knowing if it would work or not but the S4 fits just fine and hauls well. I attached a couple pulleys to hoist the S4 to the top of the storage cover. I left the C-Tug wheels attached so when I lower it I can just tighten the strap on the dolly and its ready to go. Finally I put a tarp over the opening to keep the wasps and other critters from setting up a home on the inside.
I am enjoying the boat very much. I am very happy with it. I modified a cart to fit his boat and easily take the boat from the garage to my trailer then to the lakes pretty easily. I am experimenting with a trolling motor mount that will allow me to place the trolling motor to the side. I registered the boat to keep the state happy.
The grand kids have been out with me a few times, but don’t want to stay out as long as I wish. This should improve as they age and want to fish as much as play. It has proven to be a great boat to use on my own as well. I have lots of room for what I use to fish. Very comfortable for a good long day on the lake.
In all I enjoy using the boat very much and also the planning of ways to make it my own.
The motor mount is not fully tested. The cart is just 1inch pvc 31 inches long with 7 inches of a pool noodle at each end. This is tie strapped to a kayak cart I had already.
Wavewalk’s motto Launch, Go, Fish and Beach Anywhere is a reality for many Wavewalk owners.
Carrying a Wavewalk 500 or 700 just by dragging it on the ground anywhere is easy, and it’s feasible even with a 6 HP outboard motor attached to the kayak, as we demonstrated in this movie »
However, the S4 being heavier than the W500 and W700, we thought it would be nice to have a wheel cart for it, for when we have the 59 lbs 6 HP outboard motor attached to it, and we want to launch and beach in difficult spots, namely beaches that require carrying the boat over asphalt or on difficult terrain, especially steep and rocky slopes. The heavier the fishing, diving or camping gear carried on board the S4 skiff kayak, the more justified is the use of a wheel cart to carry it.
While most 38″ wide canoe trolleys would have fit this requirement, we wanted a wheel cart that we could store on board, inside one of the hulls, so we designed one –
Wheel cart stored on board the S4, in the bow
We outfitted the wheel cart with a folding leg that assures that the cart will be in the right angle to receive the boat.
The wheel cart is positioned to receive the S4
S4 wheel cart with its leg deployed, ready to have the kayak loaded onto it
Underside of the wheel cart, with the positioning leg folded in
Loading the boat is done simply by pulling it onto the wheel cart. The user can decide where they prefer to have the wheel cart located relatively to the boat. A boat with a heavy motor attached to it would require the wheel cart to be located further towards the stern.
It’s possible to upload the boat on this wheel cart from the bow or from the stern, depending on circumstances. Uploading from the stern makes it easier to place the close to the stern, which puts the boat in a good position for mounting the motor on it, as well as for carrying it with the motor attached to it.
S4 kayak loaded on the wheel cart and secured with two straps
When stored on board, this wheel cart protrudes into the front part of the cockpit, and this could restrict the space available for a second passenger. In such case, this wheel cart can be attached on top of the front deck, and stored under it if one of the passengers wants to stand on the deck and use it as a casting platform.
This wheel cart is not a product that we offer for sale
Some tech specs –
The 38″ long and 6″ wide horizontal main board is made from 3/4″ plywood, and so is the narrow reinforcement beam under it. All wooden parts are coated with urethane. We covered with Goop all the screws in the L brackets that could come in contact with the underside of the hulls. The vertical side boards are made from 1/2″ plywood. The wheels are 7″ in diameter. The axles are made from a standard 3 ft long 1/2″ diameter steel tube cut in two.
1. Front lower corners cut away to enable better performance over rugged terrain, such as rocks, roots, etc.