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:

4 Kids in a W500-Glandon
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.

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-

The W500 is fast in more ways than one.

This under-3-minutes video shows how I usually land, exit and transport my Wavewalks. I only car-top if I will be traveling on the interstate where traffic moves at close to 75 mph. I hope it helps viewers understand some of the real-world advantages of this most excellent fishing kayak.

First time in a W700 Fishing Kayak!

Tim Fish from Massachusetts spent over 2 years looking for a fishing kayak. He owns boats and canoes but wanted something that would be easier to transport and launch. And most importantly, that he could stand and fly-cast from with complete confidence.

Watch the video to see what he discovered.

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

Wavewalk Action Cam Bass Fishing Video

I used a Sony video camera mounted to a baseball cap (hat cam) to capture a wider view of the experience of fishing from a W500.

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?