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Transom mount for long (L) 20″ shaft outboard motors – W500 Series

Wavewalk® TMM 20-A Transom Motor Mount for 20″ Long (L) Shaft Outboard Motors

This Mount is For The 500 Series Only

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:  $160.
  • Shipping:

No extra charge when shipped together with a Wavewalk® 500 kayak.

We do not ship this item separately.

 

Materials and Construction

The TMM 20-A is made from 3/4″ thick Medium Density Overlay (MDO), a composite wood and polymer resin (a.k.a. plastic) material developed for outdoor use such as signs and marine applications.  The front and back of the MDO panels come coated with a waterproof polymer-infused layer, and the sides of the parts that form the TMM 20-A are waterproofed with polyurethane. Unlike the TMM 20 motor mounts that’s  made from Trex, which is a heavier material, the MDO used in the construction of the TMM 20-A makes it considerably lighter.

The parts from which the TMM 20-A is made are cut with a computerized router for maximal precision, best fit, and optimal strength. They are assembled and glued together with waterproof adhesive. The tab-and-slot technique and ‘caisson’ design applied in this product give it additional strength.

There is no need to paint this motor mount, but in case you want to, it can be painted with special paint for outdoor plastic, such as Krylon Fusion spray paint. Regular paint doesn’t adhere well to its surface.

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

Dimensions and Technical Specifications

  • Width:  21.5″ (54.5 cm)
  • Height:  5″ (12.7 cm)
  • Depth:  6.5″ (16.5 cm)
  • Weight:  2.5 lbs (1.14 kg)
  • Horsepower Compliance:   This motor mount was tested with small outboard gas motors such as commonly used with Wavewalk® 500 kayaks.  We do not recommended to use it with motors stronger than 3 hp. In case you have a more powerful motor and you want to use it with this motor mount,  you’d have to reinforce its mounting plate or get a TMM Heavy Duty (HD) 700 motor mount. Failing to do so is hazardous, and could result in serious accidents.

How to attach this motor mount to your Wavewalk® 500 kayak

Place the mount as close as possible to the rear end of the cockpit, as seen in the picture below, make sure it is centered, mark the two spots where you’d need to drill 3/8″ holes for the blots, and drill.

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TMM 20-A Transom Motor Mount

Bolt the motor mount in its place by tightening the nut knobs with their Tee nuts facing down.

You can secure the mount in place with an extra pair of 5/16″ nuts. Doing so could reduce unwanted vibrations resulting from the wooden knobs getting loose.

 

More about motorizing your kayak »

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.

Never 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.

Business Opportunities

Be a local Wavewalk® dealer

We welcome inquiries from individuals and businesses who are interested in reselling our products locally in the United States and in other countries.
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NEW: Wavewalk has started recruiting local Demo Agents ⇓

Wavewalk’s distribution includes factory direct sales, and exclusive local dealerships in some areas, and countries.
Wavewalk has been rapidly evolving from a company with a single product line of W500 kayaks in 2015, to a company with three product lines of kayaks and portable boats in 2017 (W500, W700, S4). This fast process is changing our distribution, while creating opportunities for new dealerships that are better fit to resell our current products, and serve a broader range of clients and markets.
We welcome inquiries from prospecting dealers who are interested in reselling our products locally in the United States, and in other countries.

What’s a Wavewalk® authorized dealer?

A Wavewalk® authorized dealership is a business owned and operated by our company’s local dealer in their exclusive area. Our dealers are either established local businesses with a commercial storefront that sell products such as boats and motors, or fishing equipment, or new businesses that our dealer runs from a place where they store display our boats and.
Local authorized Wavewalk® dealerships are legal and commercial entities that are independent and separate from the Wavewalk company.

What is the relationship between Wavewalk and its local dealers?

The relationship between Wavewalk and its authorized dealers is exclusive, which means that Wavewalk does not distribute its products in a dealer’s area through any other local dealer but them.
We are careful not to install dealers too close to each other, because we want to avoid unproductive conflicts between our dealers.

We prefer to work with local resellers who personally enjoy using our products and like them because of the good experience they have with these products, and we enjoy and appreciate close, friendly relationships with our dealers.

  • Start and End

We’ve been selling our products factory direct since 2004, and we began experimenting with distribution through local dealers in recent years. Since 2015, Wavewalk has transitioned from offering just one product line (W500) to a company with three product lines (500, 700, 4). When we recruit a dealer we make sure they get from us all the attention and help they need to become successful. We’ve learned to work with various types of new dealers, and we’re highly motivated in this work. However, we are not committed to keep a relationship with a dealer who continuously under-performs, and if after a reasonably long period of time and efforts on our part we conclude that the dealer has done a poor job, we discontinue their dealership.

What does Wavewalk offer to its local dealers?

  1. Discounts – We offer our dealers a 30% discount on small wholesale orders, and bigger discounts on bigger orders. The basis for discounts is our actual, guaranteed, real-life, online retail price list, and not just a hypothetical MSRP that no one cares about.
  2. Free shipping – Our retail prices for W500, W700 and S4 boats include free shipping to dealers’ addresses in the Contiguous US (48 states), including US ports. Accessories ordered together with boats ship free of charge too.
  3. Exclusive Area – Every Wavewalk® dealer gets an exclusive dealership area around their town. This is a large size area in which Wavewalk won’t install other dealers. In scarcely populated regions or smaller states, a Wavewalk dealership area may include an entire state, and stretch across state borders.
  4. Support – We offer full technical and marketing support for dealers and their clients, by phone and by email, seven days a week and all year long.
  5. Listing – We list our dealers on our website’s dealers list, with links to their websites.
  6. Sales Leads – We forward to our local dealers sales leads that we receive from prospecting clients in their area, and often from adjacent areas too. In many cases, a lead includes detailed information that the client provided about themselves and what they’re looking to buy.
  7. Free Website – For every Wavewalk® dealer who needs a website for their dealership, we create a full-featured website for free, with free setup and free tech support.
  8. Online Marketing Assistance – We actively help our dealers promote their websites on Internet search engines and on online classified ads websites (e.g. Craigslist).
  9. Help in Creating Website Content – We actively help our dealers generate and edit content for their websites, which over time helps their websites achieve a better ranking in Internet search results, and get more traffic from local prospecting clients. We also help our dealers learn how to shoot video, and we can edit their movies for them, if needed.
  10. Marketing and Sales Support – We’re always available and ready to help our dealers improve their marketing and sales, and if necessary, we can communicate directly with clients who have special questions or requirements.
  11. Limited Warranty – We offer our dealers and their clients a limited warranty for materials and workmanship under regular usage conditions, and excluding normal wear and tear. More info about our warranty and other company policies »

What doesn’t Wavewalk require from its local dealers?

  1. We don’t require from our local dealers to make large orders before the beginning the fishing and boating season in their area. Having said that, we do require that a Wavewalk dealer maintain a basic inventory that would enable them to sell to a client who wants to come over, buy a Wavewalk kayak or boat, and drive home with it, without having to wait for the dealer to order that unit from the Wavewalk company.
  2. Wavewalk has no MSRP system, and we don’t require from our dealers to resell any of our products above or below certain price levels. We don’t intervene in our dealers’ pricing policies. However, we do expect their pricing to be fair and reasonable, and support long term growth and profitability.
  3. We don’t require that our dealers restrict their sales to their areas. Our dealers often sell to clients who live in distant areas, and even in other states.

What are the minimum wholesale order and basic discount rate?

  • The minimum wholesale order is $7,000 in retail terms, based on our actual Online Retail Price List.
  • Wavewalk’s basic discount rate to our dealers is 30%. This discount rate applies to orders between $7,000 and $9,000 in retail terms. Bigger orders entitle dealers to bigger discounts.
  • Free shipping is applied automatically to orders placed by dealers in the contiguous US (48) states.

Example: A dealer who places an order for products totaling $7,000 in retail terms pays Wavewalk $4,900 total after a $2,100 discount. Shipping to the dealer’s address is free, and accessories ordered together with boats ship free of charge too.

For overseas dealers – shipping to the US port is free of charge.

Wavewalk is committed to selling at our online retail prices to retail clients that order factory direct, and we don’t offer discounts to such clients.

We ship each kayak and boat in a custom cardboard box that offers maximal protection in transit and storage.

We ship full containers (FCL) to dealers overseas.

Questions you may want to ask yourself before becoming a Wavewalk dealer

We can neither guarantee nor predict your success as a Wavewalk dealer, but if we think that you or your business are not a good match for us, we’ll tell you, because we want to avoid investing time in a potentially unproductive relationship.

Based on our experience, we think that asking yourself the following questions, among others, could help you reach a better decision:

  1. Are you convinced that Wavewalk® patented kayaks and boats solve people’s paddling, fishing and motorizing problems in ways that no other kayak or small motorboat does, and that more people should know about Wavewalk’s products and benefit from using them?
  2. Are you serious about reselling Wavewalk’s products in your area in the long run?
  3. Do you need the extra income from selling Wavewalk® kayaks, and would you benefit from diversifying you product offering? If you do, it’s a good start.
  4. Do you feel confident about being able to answer potential Wavewalk clients’ questions, at least after some time in this business, and getting support from us?
  5. If you already own and operate an existing boat dealership, or another outdoor related business, would it be easy for you to sell Wavewalk’s products as well?


NEW: Demo Agent Program

  • A demo agent simply agrees to show their W700 or S4 to prospecting clients in their area.
  • A demo agent neither resells Wavewalk’s products, nor do they take orders from clients.
  • Demo agents are not required to offer live demos, or perform any selling or promotion activities.
  • Demo agents are not part or the commercial transaction between Wavewalk and the client, and they represent neither Wavewalk nor the client.
  • Wavewalk compensates the demo agent in case a client who saw their W700 or S4 ordered one factory direct from the company.
  • Wavewalk also compensates the Demo Agent in case a client who saw their W700 or S4 ordered one from a Wavewalk dealer, but the compensation in such case is smaller.
  • Not every Wavewalk 700 or S4 owner qualifies to be a demo agent, and in fact, few do.

 

Questions? Comments? Please don’t hesitate to call us at 1 774 315-6009 or email us » Ask to speak to Yoav, the founder of Wavewalk, and the guy who designed the W500, W700 and S4.

Return to our list of dealers »

Wavewalk® national distributor

In general, the national distributor is responsible for a country or a large size territory outside the United States, and their job is to import our kayaks and boats to their country, and distribute them locally to end users and local dealers.
Depending on which country or territory they serve, a large population and large territory may require additional things from our distributor, such as shipping to clients in remote locations, recruiting local dealers in other areas of their country, keeping a substantial number of kayaks and car-top boats in stock, developing a national Wavewalk website for their country or territory with country-specific verbal and visual materials, etc.

We provide assistance with all these things. More information about becoming a national Wavewalk® distributor »

 

Time to downsize from a fishing motorboat to something smaller, cheaper and smarter

USCG stats - recreational vessels registration by year.

U.S. boat registration has been declining in recent years. From a peak of 12,942,000 boats in 2005, the number went down to 12,102,000 in 2012 – a  7% decline.

This figure is intriguing for a number of reasons, and the first one is that during this period, the US population increased by a similar percentage. In addition, regardless of their country of origin, new immigrants love boating and fishing as much as other Americans love these activities, and those who can afford it get a boat, be it a yacht or a kayak, depending on their budget.

What has caused the decline in the number of leisure boats Americans own is a continuing erosion in average, middle-class Americans’ income, especially their disposable income, which is the part used for spending on luxury items such as boats – Just for the record, the number of leisure boats owned by Americans still tops the number of leisure boats owned by all other people in the world.

The typical boat here is a motorboat, usually powered by an outboard motor (or more than one motor), and typically used for fishing. Owning such a boat is no longer as easy as it used to be if you’re not rich, which most of us aren’t.

But not being able to afford a center console or a bass boat, or even a skiff, doesn’t mean you should start fishing from shore, or worse – stick yourself on one of those wet, unstable and uncomfortable fishing kayaks that may altogether dissuade you from fishing… For a fraction of the cost of a traditional motorboat, you can fish out of a comfortable, stable, dry and fun watercraft that has the word ‘kayak’ in its name, and can even be paddled, but in every other sense it’s a totally different animal – We’re talking about the W kayak, outfitted with a small outboard gas engine.

Words are cheap and ineffective, so why not watch this video and see for yourself?

Intriguing?  –

Think about it: This little personal micro skiff is not only comparable to traditional small motorboats such as jon boats, dinghies and small skiffs in terms of fishing (i.e. ‘fishability’) – it even exceeds the performance you got used to, and in more than one way.

Here’s a couple examples:

  • Forget about a boat trailer – This watercraft can be easily car topped.
  • Forget about boat ramps – You can launch this super kayak practically anywhere.
  • No motor zones? No problem – You can paddle this ‘kayak’ more easily than you can paddle any other kayak out there. You can even paddle standing, as well as fish standing up in full confidence.

Food for thought? We’ve created a special website offering detailed technical information to motorized anglers who are looking for something smarter to fish from, and by that we rule out kayaks, naturally. The website is called Personal Microskiff > Check it out!

Reviews

Wavewalk® S4 reviews »

Wavewalk® 700 reviews »

Wavewalk® 500 reviews »

About Wavewalk Reviews

We rolled out our first kayak (the W300) in 2004, and since then, we’ve been actively seeking our customers’ feedback. We use this input to assist our clients and improve their experience.  In the long run, our customers determine the direction of our design and product offering, and help us enhance the performance of what they already consider as the world’s best fishing kayaks and portable boats.
Per our company policy, our client reviews feature the author’s full name and state, as well as pictures they contributed.

Over the years, our clients have contributed over two hundred full featured Wavewalk® 500 reviews and Wavewalk® 700 reviews

Our clients include regular users and local dealers who are typically Wavewalk fans who personally use the Wavewalk® 500 and Wavewalk® 700 kayaks and boats they bought from us for paddling, fishing, hunting and motorized boating.  The fact that they own and use our kayaks and boats on a regular basis allows them to act as consumer advocates, and as such we welcome their testimonials insight, including their reviews. Some of our dealers are experts in certain fields (e.g. duck hunting with bow and arrow, fishing for largemouth bass, crossbow fishing, night fishing, etc.), and prospecting clients often tend to consult with them, naturally.

Over the years, we’ve noticed that our clients attribute little credibility to kayak reviews published without the author’s full name and state, and to reviews that are written by paid reviewers, such as appear in fishing magazines and websites that depend on advertising that kayak manufacturers pay for. Our clients prefer to seek information in videos, technical articles, and real customer testimonials such as they find on our website.

Some of our clients have contributed more than one review to this website, as well as reports about fishing, rigging, paddling and motorizing their Wavewalk® kayaks and boats. We cannot list all these entries on this page because there are too many of them. Therefore, we created a separate Top Contributors section for this website, where we present profiles of our most active contributors, with links to lists of their blog posts.

Reviews of the 300 discontinued series

We no longer list here customer reviews of the smaller-size W300 series (2004-2010) because the reviews of the newer Wavewalk 500, 700 and series 4 are more relevant to our clients, and people show little interest in the W300, naturally.
Many of the W300 reviews were contributed before 2008, the year when we started this blog, but many others still appear in search results.  To find customer reviews of kayaks from this discontinued series, use the keyword 300 in this blog’s search form.

Wavewalk® Fishing Kayaks and Boats – Local Dealership FAQ

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Wavewalk’s distribution includes factory direct sales, and exclusive local dealerships in some areas.
Wavewalk has been rapidly evolving from a company with a single product line of W500 kayaks in 2015, to a company with three product lines of kayaks and portable boats in 2017 (W500, W700, S4). This fast process is changing our distribution, while creating opportunities for new dealerships that are better fit to resell our current products, and serve a broader range of clients and markets.
We welcome inquiries from prospecting dealers who are interested in reselling our products locally in the United States, and in other countries.

What’s a Wavewalk® authorized dealer?

A Wavewalk® authorized dealership is a business owned and operated by our company’s local dealer in their exclusive area. Our dealers are either established local businesses with a commercial storefront that sell products such as boats and motors, or fishing equipment, or new businesses that our dealer runs from a place where they store display our boats and.
Local authorized Wavewalk® dealerships are legal and commercial entities that are independent and separate from the Wavewalk company.

What is the relationship between Wavewalk and its local dealers?

The relationship between Wavewalk and its authorized dealers is exclusive, which means that Wavewalk does not distribute its products in a dealer’s area through any other local dealer but them.
We are careful not to install dealers too close to each other, because we want to avoid unproductive conflicts between our dealers.

We prefer to work with local resellers who personally enjoy using our products and like them because of the good experience they have with these products, and we enjoy and appreciate close, friendly relationships with our dealers.

  • Start and End

We’ve been selling our products factory direct since 2004, and we began experimenting with distribution through local dealers in recent years. Since 2015, Wavewalk has transitioned from offering just one product line (W500) to a company with three product lines (500, 700, 4). When we recruit a dealer we make sure they get from us all the attention and help they need to become successful. We’ve learned to work with various types of new dealers, and we’re highly motivated in this work. However, we are not committed to keep a relationship with a dealer who continuously under-performs, and if after a reasonably long period of time and efforts on our part we conclude that the dealer has done a poor job, we discontinue their dealership.

What does Wavewalk offer to its local dealers?

  1. Discounts – We offer our dealers 30% discount on basic, small wholesale orders, and bigger discounts on bigger orders. The basis for discounts is our actual, guaranteed, real-life, online retail price list, and not just a hypothetical MSRP that no one cares about. Our retail prices for W500, W700 and S4 boats include free shipping to addresses in the Contiguous US (48 states), including US ports. Accessories ordered together with boats ship free of charge too.
  2. Exclusive Area – Every Wavewalk® dealer gets an exclusive dealership area around their town. This is a large size area in which Wavewalk won’t install other dealers. In scarcely populated regions or smaller states, a Wavewalk dealership area may include an entire state, and stretch across state borders.
  3. Support – We offer full technical and marketing support for dealers and their clients, by phone and by email, seven days a week and all year long.
  4. Listing – We list our dealers on our website’s dealers list, with links to their websites.
  5. Sales Leads – We forward to our local dealers sales leads that we receive from prospecting clients in their area, and often from adjacent areas too. In many cases, a lead includes detailed information that the client provided about themselves and what they’re looking to buy.
  6. Free Website – For every Wavewalk® dealer who needs a website for their dealership, we create a full-featured website for free, with free setup and free tech support.
  7. Online Marketing Assistance – We actively help our dealers promote their websites on Internet search engines and on online classified ads websites (e.g. Craigslist).
  8. Help in Creating Website Content – We actively help our dealers generate and edit content for their websites, which over time helps their websites achieve a better ranking in Internet search results, and get more traffic from local prospecting clients. We also help our dealers learn how to shoot video, and we can edit their movies for them, if needed.
  9. Marketing and Sales Support – We’re always available and ready to help our dealers improve their marketing and sales, and if necessary, we can communicate directly with clients who have special questions or requirements.
  10. Limited Warranty – We offer our dealers and their clients a limited warranty for materials and workmanship under regular usage conditions, and excluding normal wear and tear. More info about our warranty and other company policies »

What doesn’t Wavewalk require from its local dealers?

  1. We don’t require from our local dealers to make large orders before the beginning the fishing and boating season in their area. Having said that, we do require that a Wavewalk dealer maintain a basic inventory that would enable them to sell to a client who wants to come over, buy a Wavewalk kayak or boat, and drive home with it, without having to wait for the dealer to order that unit from the Wavewalk company.
  2. We don’t require from our dealers to resell any of our products above or below certain price levels, and we don’t intervene in their pricing policies. However, we do expect their pricing to be fair and reasonable, and support long term growth and profitability.
  3. We don’t require that our dealers restrict their sales to their areas. Our dealers often sell to clients who live in distant areas, and even in other states.

What are the minimum wholesale order and discount rate?

The minimum wholesale order is $7,000 in terms of our Online Retail Price List. Boat prices on this retail list include free shipping to addresses in the contiguous US (48) states, which is why our US dealers benefit from free shipping as well. Accessories ordered together with boats ship free of charge too.
This basic order entitles the dealer to a 30% discount, and bigger orders entitle the dealer to bigger discounts.
Wavewalk is committed to selling at the online retail prices to retail clients that order factory direct, and we never offer discounts to such clients.
We ship each kayak and boat in a custom cardboard box that offers maximal protection in transit and storage.

We ship full containers (FCL) to dealers overseas.

Questions you may want to ask yourself before becoming a Wavewalk dealer

We can neither guarantee nor predict your success as a Wavewalk dealer, but if we think that you or your business are not a good match for us, we’ll tell you, because we want to avoid investing time in a potentially unproductive relationship.

Based on our experience, we think that asking yourself the following questions, among others, could help you reach a better decision:

  1. Are you convinced that Wavewalk® patented kayaks and boats solve people’s paddling, fishing and motorizing problems in ways that no other kayak or small motorboat does, and that more people should know about Wavewalk’s products and benefit from using them?
  2. Are you serious about reselling Wavewalk’s products in your area in the long run?
  3. Do you need the extra income from selling Wavewalk® kayaks, and would you benefit from diversifying you product offering? If you do, it’s a good start.
  4. Do you feel confident about being able to answer potential Wavewalk clients’ questions, at least after some time in this business, and getting support from us?
  5. If you already own and operate an existing boat dealership, or another outdoor related business, would it be easy for you to sell Wavewalk’s products as well?

NEW: Demo Agent Program

(Starting September 2017)

  • A demo agent simply agrees to show their W700 or S4 to prospecting clients in their area.
  • A demo agent neither resells Wavewalk’s products, nor do they take orders from clients.
  • Demo agents are not required to offer live demos, or perform any selling or promotion activities.
  • Demo agents are not part or the commercial transaction between Wavewalk and the client, and they represent neither Wavewalk nor the client.
  • Wavewalk compensates the demo agent in case a client who saw their W700 or S4 ordered one factory direct from the company.
  • Wavewalk also compensates the Demo Agent in case a client who saw their W700 or S4 ordered one from a Wavewalk dealer, but the compensation in such case is smaller.
  • Not every Wavewalk 700 or S4 owner qualifies to be a demo agent, and in fact, few do.

 

Questions? Comments? Please don’t hesitate to call us at 1 774 315-6009 or email us »  Ask to speak to Yoav, the founder of Wavewalk, and the guy who designed the W500, W700 and S4.

Return to our list of dealers »