Tag Archive: motor boat
By Glenn Smith
We had the S4 out on the water and used the paddles. We were well pleased with everything.
We could not use the outboard because of restrictions on that lake. We will go to a lake that allows outboards, It will be the first time with a motor, and we are looking forward to it.
These are pics of the boat on the trailer that I’m working on. I built a dolly that has 13 inch pneumatic tires – 2 in the back and a swivel in the front. We will try it too.
Only an S4 is capable of negotiating these passages at this speed. But, I can take a wrong turn or two, too.
NOTE FROM THIS BLOG’S EDITOR
DON’T TRY THIS YOURSELF BECAUSE IT’S HAZARDOUS – THERE IS NO ROOM FOR ERROR IN THOSE TIGHT AND WINDING MANGROVE TUNNELS, AND BUMPING INTO A MANGROVE TREE OR BRANCH CAN RESULT IN SEVERE INJURIES, AND DROWNING.
Captain Larry Jarboe is a Master Captain and seasoned fishing guide who drives through mangrove tunnels on a daily basis. His professional skill level is the result of years of studies and practical experience, and a lot of caution. As much as the S4 is a very responsive skiff, where it goes depends on the driver, and the last thing you want to happen is a mangrove branch hitting you in the face, or poking you in the eye. Such accidents do happen in these places, unfortunately.
Please be watchful and very careful when driving through any kind of vegetation, and even near vegetation. A tree limb protruding from the river bank, and even a sunken tree trunk or a tree stump can be dangerous, and cause an accident.
Here are some images that show the S4 in the new Gator Drab Green color.
This color and similar ones are popular among Jon boat users, since it blends well with the surroundings in inland fisheries, and it serves as a good base for camouflage.
Duck hunters will be interested in it as well, for similar reasons.
On lakes and slow moving rivers, marshes and flats, and whether it is paddled with kayak or canoe paddles, or outfitted with outboard motors and mud motors, if you’re able to see this boat, it will look good anywhere.
Click on the images to enlarge –
Key Largo, Florida
This evening, at the edge of sunset, I was driving the White Knight, my Wavewalk S4 workhorse that’s powered by a 9.8 HP Tohatsu outboard motor, and I spotted a couple people two handed waving from a 24′ Grady White boat.
They were broken down, offshore, and two other much bigger boats had passed them by.
The Wavewalk S4 easily hip-towed them to safe harbor through the channel into the Garden Cove canal, for a safe landing.
They are now home, with cold beers.
This pic is none too good, as I am a better towboat operator than a photographer. But, bringing a Grady back to the dock with a kayak is a noteworthy accomplishment.
Soon, my motor will be flushed. The S4 stowed.
Maybe, a cold beer (or two) is in order.
A nice way to start another Wavewalk weekend!