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.

 

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.

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.