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Wavewalk® RHIB

Wavewalk no longer offers this configuration as shown here.
Since we now offer 12 ft long (7.25″ diameter) detachable inflatable flotation tubes as part of the W700 RIB , we offer only boats with one pair of regular size tubes (5 ft long / 6.5″ diameter) or one pair of the XL tubes (12 ft long / 7.25″ diameter).
We left this page and the RHIB configuration here in order to show yet another configuration that’s possible.

 

Wavewalk® RHIB – Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat

Before we go any further, the answer to your question is: -“Yes! This boat is great for fishing, for one or two anglers, once you detach the front pair of inflatable tubes, or both pairs, which takes less an a minute.”
In other words, the RHIB is simply a Wavewalk® 700 Z model that features an additional pair of inflatable tubes attached in the front.
And now that things are a bit clearer, let’s watch this video –
Tip: For best quality set your YouTube viewer to 1080 p HD

Why two pairs of inflatable tubes?

Good question! In this video, the front inflatable tubes touch the water on rare occasions, and when they do, they don’t seem to do much. This is because their purpose is to serve as secondary flotation, in addition to the saddle and the rear inflatable tubes.
In extreme cases, if the boat tilts very strongly on its side, these extra tubes could help prevent it from flipping. They can also help when the boat goes in bigger waves, since they add buoyancy to the bow, which allows the boat to go over the wave instead of through it. This can help prevent spray from getting into the boat, and make the ride less bumpy.
Extra flotation on both sides of the bow can be useful in other cases, such as when the boat is used for work or rescue, when divers climb on board from the water, and when heavy crab traps are hauled in.

What if I don’t want to use these extra inflatable tubes?

Each tube is attached to the boat with two carabiners, and it takes just seconds to detach it. It can be easily stored in the boat while still inflated, and both inflating and deflating it takes seconds, thanks to a user-friendly, wide (1.25″ diameter) inflation valve that saves you the need for a pump.

And what about that transparent spray shield?

The spray shield is attached to the boat with a bungee cord and two hooks. It takes a few seconds to attach or detach it, and once it’s not attached it’s just a flat, lightweight, flexible sheet of plastic that hardly takes any space, and can be easily stored inside one of the boat’s hulls.

What’s a RHIB?

RHIB is the acronym for Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat, also known as RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat).
These motorboats are designed for extra stability and speed, and they come in various sizes. The smaller ones are motorized dinghies that can take a small number of passengers through rough water.
RHIB are very popular, and used in a wide range of applications, such as rescue, offshore work, tending bigger boats, diving, etc.
Anglers prefer not to fish out of inflatable boats because of the fishing hooks… but this is not an issue with Wavewalk’s RHIB, since its inflatable tubes can be removed instantly.

What’s special about the Wavewalk® RHIB?

Compared to rigid-inflatable dinghies of its size the Wavewalk® is –

  1. More stable: It features a catamaran hull, and a saddle that makes it easier for the driver and passenger/s to balance themselves.
  2. Easier to car-top: Its rigid hull weighs just 80 lbs, and it’s 12’10” (391 cm) long, which makes it easy to lean on the vehicle’s roof before sliding the boat upward.
  3. More versatile: Without the front pair of inflatable tubes it’s a Wavewalk® 700 Z model, which is a great fishing boat for one or two anglers. Without inflatable tubes it’s a nifty motorboat that paddles well, and without the motor it’s hands down the world’s best fishing and touring kayak.
  4. Faster: Videos of this RHIB and other W700 configurations show the unique Wavewalk ‘signature’ in the water – Practically no wake in the front, and a very slender wake at the stern. In this sense, this wake reminds a torpedo moving in the water, and not a boat, especially not a RHIB. Being typically wide and designed to plane, RHIBs leave a huge wake behind them, a sign of the great amount of power used to propel them.
  5. More comfortable: Some luxury small RHIBs feature forward facing seats or benches, and their driver can steer by means of a steering wheel or a joystick. But most small RHIBs offer just basic amenities, and their driver sits on their side, or on the side of the motor, next to the tiller, or on a bench in front of it. All these locations are sub-optimal in ergonomic terms and as far as driving is concerned, since they demand from the driver to face sideways, or drive with their arm stretched backward. Food for thought – Does any other vehicle require from its driver to sit in any of these awkward postures?… In contrast, Wavewalk’s RHIB offers its driver to ride a comfortable saddle and face forward, as they would in a personal watercraft (PWC) a.k.a.  jet-ski, an all terrain vehicle (ATV), or a snowmobile, which are vehicles designed for high performance in both tough conditions and at high speeds. Wavewalk’s RHIB is steered with a supersized joystick that’s intuitive to use and works perfectly when the driver sits or stands, without any adaptation required. This plug-in joystick and steering system require no installation, and it takes a few seconds to attach or detach it. The driver or the W-RHIB can start the motor in the most comfortable position, namely while facing backward, and once the motor is running, they can easily and swiftly turn around and face forward, as demonstrated in the video.

 

Microskiff

Wavewalk S4 micro skiff with front deck for casting, Maryland

Wavewalk offers two microskiffs – The W700 and the Series 4 (S4)

The W700 and S4 offer the following advantages over other microskiff:

  1. Transportation – Both W700 and S4 are easy for one person to car top and neither requires a trailer for transportation.
  2. Comfort and Balancing – Both skiffs feature a personal watercraft (jet-ski) saddle seat that offers optimal ergonomics and the ability to change positions while enjoying the best balancing capability. Both can be outfitted with swivel seats.
  3. Paddling – The W700 performs better as a fishing paddle craft than any tandem kayak or canoe, both solo or tandem, and the S4 is a remarkable paddle craft for up to three paddlers, and it works perfectly even for one paddler. This means that their users can access shallow water and no-motor zones without any problems.
  4. Stability – The W700 is more stable than any large size fishing kayak and the S4 is more stable than skiffs that are considerably bigger.
  5. Seaworthiness – Both W700 and S4 perform very well in choppy water and waves, and protect their passengers from other boats’ wakes. The S4 can be driven at full speed offshore and in choppy water.
  6. Load capacity – The W700 can accommodate two big anglers and their fishing gear, and the S4 can accommodate three. All people who fish out of these skiffs can fish standing.
  7. Light Weight and Portability – The W700 weighs 80 lbs without motor and accessories, and the S4 weighs 98 lbs without motor and accessories. This makes both of them easy to carry over long distance and rough terrain, and launch practically anywhere their owners want to do so.
  8. Shallow Draft – Both W700 and S4 draft far less than other skiffs, who are heavier.
  9. Modularity and Versatility – A W700 and S4 skiff can be easily attached to other W700 and S4 skiffs, and thus form motorized multi-boat platforms that are extremely stable and seaworthy. An S4x3 multi boat can take up to nine full size fishermen and their fishing gear on board. Disconnecting the skiffs from each other is easy, and once they’re no longer attached, they because autonomous again, for paddling as well as motorizing.
  10. Casting Front Deck – The S4 microskiff features a front deck that serves as a stand-up casting platform for one angler.

1. The Wavewalk® S4 micro skiff

 

The S4 is Wavewalk’s newest microskiff, and it was introduced in the spring of 2017

The S4 is a most seaworthy microskiff –

 

High speed motor kayak in the ocean chop with a 9.8 HP motor:

 

Speed comparison of S4 microskiff powered by a 5 HP vs 9.8 HP outboard motor:

 

Wavewalk S4 Microskiff in blue water (under powered with a 3.5 HP outboard)-

 

S4 micro skiff driven behind a big boat, regardless of the chop generated by its wake –

Wavewalk S4 basic tech specs

Total Length: 13 ft, Beam (Total Width): 38″, Height: 17″, Payload (Total Carrying Capacity): 650 lbs, Recommended Outboard Motor: 6 HP, Total Number of Passengers: 3 adults, sitting or standing, Construction (Material): Rotationally Molded High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

 

The Wavewalk® 700 microskiff –

 


This YouTube video is best viewed in high-quality HD 720p on a wide screen

Microskiff definition

What is a microskiff? We found several definitions, but typically, a microskiff is a small, lightweight, flat bottomed motorboat used for flats fishing as well as in protected bays, estuaries, lakes and slow moving rivers. The typical microskiff crew consists of two anglers, and sometimes one angler. The microskiff is said to have evolved from dinghies.
Small and lightweight in the case of typical microskiff means a boat that requires transportation by trailer, and therefore must be launched and beached at a boat ramp.

The Microskiff propulsion problem

Microskiff are made to be propelled primarily by outboard motors, and they are too wide and heavy to allow for paddling. This is problematic for a number of reasons –
To begin with, an outboard motor can run out of gas or stall due to a technical problem, and an electric trolling motor that a microskiff may have on board isn’t enough for effective traveling over longer distances.
More importantly, both outboard gas motors and electric trolling motors use propellers that must be completely immersed in water a couple of inches below the surface. The result is that the effective draft of a microskiff is not particularly shallow, and often too high for very shallow water, a.k.a “skinny water”.
This problem also limits the typical microskiff in terms of potential launching and beaching locations, and this means that you must perform these operations at a boat ramp, which is a major source of frustration over a lot of wasted fishing time.
To add insult to injury, propellers don’t do well in the presence of aquatic vegetation, be it seaweed, grass, etc. This is particularly frustrating for anglers who know that such waters are among the best fisheries.

Human powered propulsion – Poling, anyone?

Microskiff manufacturers often show pictures of people who use a long push-pole to propel their microskiff through shallow water. This human powered mode of propulsion is indeed possible, but it’s not very practical –
To begin with, poling involves long intervals between each pole push, so the big effort invested in each push that accelerates the boat goes to waste when the boat decelerates while you are busy lifting the pole and sticking it back into the water. Acceleration is particularly demanding in energy terms, and in other words, the fact that microskiff are wide and heavy makes them lose speed quickly, and thereby drain your energy in a short time.
Few people can push a typical microskiff over a distance of more than several hundred yards, and this is not enough in terms of real-world fishing.
On top of this, the hull of a typical microskiff is not designed for effective tracking – It’s neither very long nor narrow, and it lacks elements such as fins, skegs or tunnels that may improve its directional stability. The result is that poling such a boat in a straight line becomes harder, which means you waste an additional and considerable amount of energy and time because your microskiff zigzags instead of going forward in a straight line.
Poling is far from being on par with more effective means of human powered propulsion such paddling and even rowing.

Conclusion –

A better microskiff must allow its crew to go in shallow water and vegetation-rich water in a human-powered propulsion mode other than poling and preferably not rowing, since effective rowing requires good technique that can be acquired only through much practice. This leaves paddling as the human-powered propulsion of choice, and therefore, a truly versatile and functional microskiff is required to offer its crew to use it easily and comfortably as a paddle craft.

The microskiff redefined for optimal performance in real-world fishing: The W700

Ideally, a microskiff should allow for either a crew of two fishermen or a solo fisherman to launch, beach, motorize, fish and paddle in any type of water, whether standing up or seated. This means that such a fishing boat should be highly stable yet narrow enough for effective paddling. Only the patented, catamaran-style Wavewalk® from the new 700 series offers to work as a both a full tandem and solo skiff in the sense that it works perfectly well for one person too, when the second crew member is not present. The fact that the W700 features two long and narrow catamaran-style hulls helps it track better than other craft of similar size, and that helps poling as well as paddling it, with either dual-blade (kayak) paddles or single-blade paddles – canoeing style. The hulls and cockpit opening of the W700 are long enough to allow for dropping extra-long paddles in them.

The optimal microskiff must be lightweight enough to allow for trailer-free transportation, and car-topping by one person, in case no fishing buddy is present. Here too, the only two-person microskiff that offers such advantage is the new Wavewalk™ 700, which weighs just 80 lbs without a motor and accessories. In fact, this weight is lower than the weight of most high-end fishing kayaks out there, including sit-on-top (SOT) and sit-in models, especially tandem fishing kayaks, which are heavier than regular ones in in some cases heavier than jon boats…

Wavewalk 700: A trailer-free microskiff with triple propulsion capability

The W700 microskiff is trailer-free I.E. easy to car top even for one person, suitable for choppy water, skinny water and vegetation-rich water, and it accommodates two full size fishermen who can fish standing in comfort. It can be easily and comfortably driven with a powerful outboard 4.5 HP motor, as well as with electric motors.
One or two people can easily paddle this microskiff either in a kayak-style (with dual-blade paddles) or in the traditional canoeing style, and it lends itself to poling more easily and effectively than any other microskiff do, including small microskiff (solo skiffs), I.E. microskiff for just one person.
Such is the Wavewalk® 700, and it comes in various colors including all white, which is the traditional color for this class of small fishing boats.

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The W700 Microskiff from Wavewalk

More Wavewalk® Series 4 (S4) Info »

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More Wavewalk® 700 (W700) Info »

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Gar fishing on the Potomac

By Capn’ Larry Jarboe

Back up in Maryland.
The Wavewalk is down South.
We shot these photos from my Smoker Craft w/ nite lights.
Gar are very hard to clean but taste like a cross between alligator and lobster.  Come to think of it, they look like that, too.
I think the new Wavewalk 700 will be a hot bow fishing combo as well as a super stable boat.  I’m looking forward to some more night trips (between rain squalls) before heading south.
Living the dream!

Daddy Cat, Momma Mono-hull, & Baby Cat, family photo.  Happy Father’s Day, Dudes.

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TMM 700 heavy duty transom motor mount

The W700 Heavy Duty (HD) Transom Motor Mount (TMM) fits 20″ long (L) outboard motor shafts.

 

IMPORTANT: We recommend using 20″ (long) shaft motors, since they can be mounted at the rear end of the cockpit, and not a few inches behind it. When the motor is closer to you, it’s easier for you to start it and access its controls, and it makes steering easier. Only 20″ long (L) outboard motors fit outboard manufacturers’ requirements for the depth of the anti-ventilation plate below the boat’s lowest point. Do not use 15″ short (S) outboard motors with this motor mount.

  • Price:  $190.
  • Shipping:

No extra charge when shipped together with a Wavewalk® 700.
We do not ship this item separately.

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W700 HD Transom Motor Mount (TMM)

Design, Materials, and Construction

In order to provide this motor mount with extra strength, we use a ‘caisson’ design in combination with the traditional tab-and-slot technique.

The TMM 700 HD is made from 3/4″ thick Medium Density Overlay (MDO), and coated with urethane.
MDO is a composite product made from wood and polymer resin (plastic). We’ve been using MDO successfully since 2012 in saddle brackets, and since 2014 in motor mounts.

The bolts, washers and nuts used in this motor mount are made from zinc plated steel.

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W700 HD Production batch – Click image to enlarge

The parts from which the TMM 700 HD is made are cut with a computerized router for maximal precision, best fit, and optimal strength.
Each part is individually coated with urethane, in order to waterproof it.

We assemble each W700 HD motor mount by hand, using waterproof adhesive.

Dimensions and Technical Specifications

  • Width:  23.5″ (60 cm)
  • Total Height:  6″ (14 cm)
  • Mounting Plate Height: 5″ (12.7 cm)
  • Depth:  6.5″ (16.5 cm)
  • Weight:  4 lbs (1.8 kg)
  • Horsepower Compliance:   We do not recommended using the TMM 700 motor mount with outboard motors stronger than 6 hp.

Installation

Installation is easy and should take less than five minutes:

Where to install?
W700 MDO heavy duty saddle bracket

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The rear end of the cockpit is where the Heavy Duty (HD) Medium Density Overlay (MDO) bracket a.k.a. “Wooden Bracket” is installed.
Every W700 comes with such a bracket, standard.

 

 

Position the TMM 700 HD motor mount on the hull tips, exactly where you want to attach it – The closer to the cockpit’s rear the better.
Mark the two spots where you need to drill holes for the eye bolts, and drill them with a 3/8″ drill bit.

Attach the motor mount very tightly using the wooden knobs, and make sure they are positioned with the tee nuts facing down.

Tip: Using a 5/16″ nut to help lock the the wooden knob in place can reduce the need to check its tightness, although we recommend to keep checking it.

W700 HD motor mount position

The W700 HD motor mount ready for a 20″ (long) shaft outboard motor, which is the only type of motor that we recommend.

Safety and Operation

Important:

Before going on a motorized trip, verify that the wide wooden bolt knobs that secure the motor mount to the boat are safely tightened to the maximum. Failing to tighten the bolt knobs could result in unwanted vibrations and noise. If you feel such unusual vibrations and/or hear unusual noise, stop the motor, turn around, and tighten the bolt knobs to the max.
Driving with loose bolt knobs is hazardous, similarly to driving with the motor’s clamp screws loose, and it could result in an accident.

Do not operate the motor without the motor’s stop switch (“kill-switch”) attached to your arm.

For motor operation and maintenance please refer to the motor’s owner’s manual.

Wavewalk 700 promo video

This is a new promo video for the 700 series that will feature on our YouTube channel.

Just listen to this thing… 😀

Note that the 3D animation shows the W700, and the action video footage shows the smaller W570.

The music clip is called “Natural Hero”   🙂

Does this clip help convey the notion that the W700 looks like a good candidate for the title of Best Two-Person Fishing Boat?