Honda Outboard on a W500 Fishing Kayak

What’s it really like when you are on the water in a lightweight Wavewalk that’s being propelled by a 4-stroke gas motor? Well, it’s a lot faster than any pedal-driven kayak and still easy to paddle and transport. Take a look-

ERNIE AND DIANE BALCH PUT THE NEW W700 TO THE TEST!

The video says it all, though it is mostly silent! Keep the volume up so you can hear Ernie’s brief comments about himself and his wife, Diane.

If you are a big guy, even a very big guy, the W700 will allow you to paddle and fish standing up in complete confidence! And if you are small you can still paddle this 80 pound wonder with ease.

With a total capacity of 580 pounds, it instantly changes from a single user to a true tandem kayak… just add 1 extra paddler and 1 extra paddle!

Stable beyond your dreams, ready for a 3.5 horsepower outboard motor (motor mounts available separately) and easy for one person to car top, the W700 is the solution you’ve been looking for.

Learn more at WWW.WAVEWALK.COM

Winter Discoveries

It’s cold and snowy and I can’t go fishing or kayaking. What to do? Well, I can read about fishing and kayaking, of course!  This led me to an article explaining why the Wavewalk W500 kayak is a superior paddling craft was that just posted on the Wavewalk blog (www.wavewalk.com/blog).

The information is presented in straightforward, non-technical terms. The author (Yoav Rosen, inventor of the Wavewalk) also includes links to some of his other, more technical writing on kayak design and performance.

Perhaps the most useful “take away” for most people deciding on which kayak to buy was the simple formula; 6:1. This 6-to-1 ratio of the length to the beam (L/B)  gives you an immediate “thumbnail” way to estimate what kind of performance to expect from each design. Kayaks with an L/B of 6:1 or greater should paddle easily and efficiently, those with the first number lower than 6, not so much. While there are many other factors that affect speed and enjoyment, this is an excellent place to start.

Reading this posting led me to go exploring for 2 things; how do the L/B ratios of common kayaks stack up to the W500 and just as importantly, what kind of technical information and education are other kayak manufacturers providing to potential customers? The results were startling.

I went to the web sites of 8 other kayak manufacturers (including the 6 top-selling brands and 2 “hybrid” types) and checked out this L/B ratio for their “fishing kayaks”. I DID NOT FIND A SINGLE KAYAK WITH AN L/B OF 6:1 OR GREATER! What I did find were endless claims about these kayaks being “easy to paddle” and “very stabile”. The stability is supposed to come from the increased overall width (and humps and air-pockets molded into their mono-hulls!) but there is never a mention of the impact on speed and ease of paddling from the ever-widening waistline they employ in their designs.

My other, less obvious discovery was what I did not find; NOT ONE SITE OFFERED THE READER ANY TECHNICAL INFORMATION WHATSOEVER! Nothing about hydrodynamics. Nothing about the impact of length vs beam (width at the waterline). Nothing about tracking and wind or the effect on speed when a rudder is added, etc.  But of course, rudders are available and recommended by these companies.

One has to wonder why they don’t provide any scientific data about what makes kayaks perform the way they do.

If you are already a Wavewalk owner you might want to suggest to anyone you know who is shopping for a kayak (for fishing or otherwise) to read the numerous technical articles available on the Wavewalk’s main site, www.wavewalk.com.

If are looking buy your first kayak (or replacing the last one you bought which isn’t quite what you hoped it would be) I make the same recommendation. And in addition to reading and watching videos, you should take an extensive test-ride. The proof is in the paddling.

Now, how many days until spring?

Extended Family

Here are a few photos of Ernie, the latest customer for New York Fishing Kayaks, gliding along on a scenic waterway near Saratoga Lake, NY. Ernie and his wife already have several power boats, canoes and kayaks, but he test paddled a Wavewalk and took it home that same day.ernie wavewalk1

Because Ernie is a big guy he knew he should add saddle brackets, which he did. But he didn’t buy them, he made them himself. This is well within his ability as Ernie is a professional sign maker (Balchsigns.com) with CNC equipment and expertise in fabrication.

It’s hard to see in the pictures but his fishing crate and attached bungee are color-matched to his Wavewalk. Later he plans to add a custom paint job and various other modifications. I expect they will be outstanding!

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His first words of feedback after using it for 3 days were: “Not wet footing is nice”. I think this will mean even more when the water temperatures drop this fall and are in the 40’s next spring.

Photos were taken by his wife, Diane who handles the decal, lettering and promotional products side of the business.