Back Support in a Wavewalk

Once I get out on the water to fish, I want to stay as long as I can. Wavewalk owners agree that our kayaks are far more comfortable than any traditional SIK (Sit-in, or as I call them “Stuck-in”) or SOT (Sit-on-Top, or as I think of them “Soggy-On-Top”) models. This is because you are liberated from the “L-position” they impose. We’ll talk about how a Wavewalk keeps you bone-dry in another article.

Nonetheless, after 4 or 5 hours, it would be wonderful to have a chance to sit back in a comfy chair with full back support and maybe some armrests for your weary casting arm. To this end, many Wavewalkers have discovered that inexpensive plastic lawn chairs (both regular and Adirondack-style) fit perfectly in a W500.

As great as this is, there are a few annoyances as well. First, the chair is bulky to transport. Not a big deal but it is one more thing to stuff into the car. More importantly, once placed in the W500, the legs block access to whatever items are stored in the twin hulls that may be either under or behind the chair.

Below is a simple project that makes it a delight to spend 8 or more continuous hours on the water, as I had the chance to do this past weekend. That allowed me to land more than 30 largemouth bass and 35 pickerel in a single outing. Thank you Wavewalk! Here is a modification that is simple, inexpensive and extraordinarily comfortable

ChairStandingOnGunwale
Inexpensive chair, standing on W500 gunwales

ChairwithLegsinBoat
Same chair, with its feet on the hull floors

ChairinBoat-2
Close-up of legs

Chair-Legless-Bottom
Same chair, legs removed and 2 strips of 1/2 inch foam attached

LeglessChair in Boat
Legless chair at rear of cockpit

Legless-2
Legless chair moved to center of saddle

To my surprise, the legless chair will not move an inch once you are seated. This means that you can relocate yourself at any time just as you can with no chair. And without the legs the chair is easy to transport, easier to put in and remove, and the lack of legs means total access to your gear. And while the Adirondack models have imposing arms, the type of chair pictured allows you complete freedom to paddle while seated in the lap fo luxury.

2 footnotes. First, I don’t bother with the chair unless I expect to be out for more than 4-5 hours as the Wavewalk lets me stand, stretch, change position and lay flat at any time. Second, the paint just sprays on, but it does scrape off fairly easily. I am searching for a $10 yellow version!

This has proven to be one of the best “mods” to my Wavewalk.

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