Staying Dry in a Motorized W500 Kayak

Bob Glandon (duck hunter) travels a good distance in the water to reach his hunting spots. To speed things up he mounted a 15″ outboard motor to his W500.

Since such short-shaft (S) motors are not standard for use with Wavewalk kayaks, at high speed he was still getting some water splashing up and into the boat from the open space between the shaft of the motor and the cockpit.

Engineering is Bob’s background and here is how he solved the problem:

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Short-Shaft Motor on W500

Bought two 11x32x1-1/4″ open cell kick-boards at the grocery store (only used one).  A little stiffer than a pool noodle stock.

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Seen from below, kick-board tucked under floatation

I stuck one end up above the underside noodle floats and bungied the back to the motor mount with it sticking back to make contact with the motor shaft.

Ran it around in the chop of Lake George, NY, off my dock and didn’t get any water in except some side splashing.
I rode forward slightly but kept the bow up for the wake chop so I’m sure I would have gotten water without the deflector.


Didn’t shape the Decorative fins but could to shape to motor. Foam meets the motor above the swivel point so I can get a tight fit.

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Secured splash-blocker… no drilling!

Back shock cord goes up to motor mount. One 6″ forward goes up onto inch clips on deck.  The unused board gives perspective. A 13″ wide would have been a snug fit but the side flanges of the motor mount seal it fairly well.

This provides an additional 16# floatation should you swamp — or slide way back while catching a big fish!
Simple and cheap!
Regards, Bob”

Thanks Bob, a really smart solution!

Note that Wavewalk recommends motorizing with 20-inch shaft motors, so that the head can be tight to the cockpit, the unwanted splash eliminated, and overall performance optimized.

 

Capacity, Christmas, Kids and Crates

Vermont duck hunter Bob Glandon called me yesterday to discuss how he had motorized his W500 and to see if I had any suggestions. Bob is a pretty smart guy so, other than the advantages of using a u-joint extension tiller, I really wasn’t able to offer much in terms of changes.

Not surprisingly, a discussion of boating conditions included the weather which led to how warm this past winter had been in the Northeast. I mentioned I saw people in shorts playing golf on Christmas Day on my way to Syracuse, NY. That reminded Bob that he had a taken a photo of his grandchildren, 4 of them in his W500 all at once, on the lake in Vermont on Christmas Day!

I asked if I could publish it and here it is:

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Christmas Day in a W500 in Vermont!

Whenever I see videos and articles about how you can add a crate to an ordinary fishing kayak I always ask myself: “If these ordinary kayaks are supposed to be so big and so roomy, why do they need crates for storage?”. They do because they are not.

If you are looking for a kayak (for hunting, fishing, photography, camping, etc) that has serious capacity, and still weighs only 6o pounds, you may want to consider a Wavewalk. Oh, and as far as stability goes, what other kayak would you put 4 of your grandchildren in?

Thanks for sharing, Bob.

Winter Pictures from 2 clients

Despite the warmest and most snow-barren winter on record we still have to wait for spring to get out on the water. Still, I received these photos and comments from 2 very happy upstate New York customers.

Rob Nilson's RigRob Nilson got a W500 because his knee problems made it impossible to fish from ordinary kayaks. He sent me this photo with the following message: "Yes, it's a great boat - this pic was last year at 7th. Lake outside of Inlet,NY. The boat seat is just a little to low. After a while my knees hurt. The chair is perfect & comfortable! Gets a lot of remarks too."
An Invisible Kayak?
An Invisible Kayak?

It took me a few minutes before I could find the W500 in this photo from duck hunter Bob Glandon. His comment on the Wavewalk: “Camo cloth for duck hunting. Worked well– just not my aim. Very solid for shooting from seated position. Had a dozen decoys in the hulls. Very comfy. Just wish my aim was as high quality as the boat!”