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.

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-

Wavewalk Review: All My Other Boats

A Comparative Wavewalk Review

Fishing is the reason I bought a Wavewalk.

I became a Wavewalk dealer because I was a Wavewalk owner. I became a Wavewalk owner because I wanted a solution to my fishing dilemma. Maybe if you know a little more about my journey you will find something that will prove useful in deciding on your next watercraft. Heres my story.

After buying 7 boats, I knew what didn’t work. These 7 boats were, in order of ownership:

1) Jon boat – simple 10 footer with electric trolling motor and a paddle

2) Inflatable – Fairly heavy duty with removable wooden floor, outboard electric trolling motor and oars

3) Bass boat – 16 footer with full flat deck, gas outboard and bow-mounted electric trolling motor

4) Folding boat with electric trolling motor and oars

5) Ultra-light sit-in kayak with paddle

6) Fiberglass skiff – 14 footer with gas outboard, bow-mounted electric trolling motor and oars

7) Square-ended, 12 foot aluminum canoe with bow-mounted electric trolling motor, gas outboard motor and oars

As you can see, I have had almost every kind of freshwater boat, driven by almost every mode of propulsion. They also covered almost every means of transportation; car-topping, towing and stuffing the boat in the trunk of a car. Capacity ranged from 1 person up to 4 and each had its plusses and minuses. So what was missing? Over the winter of 2011 I decided to make an exhaustive list of my requirements and see where it led me. Here is that list:

1) The next boat must be easy to car-top – so many lakes and streams forbid boats on trailers. And trailers are expensive, cumbersome, require maintenance and registration fees.

2) The next boat must be easy to row or paddle – many lakes do not permit motors of any kind and I have experienced the misery of being far from the dock with a dead motor/battery.

3) The next boat must be capable of taking an electric motor – Many lakes don’t allow gas motors.

4) The next boat must be capable of taking a gas motor – I occasionally fish some big lakes and 3 mph was just not going to cut it.

5) The next boat must have room for my gear – Can’t fish without multiple rods, rod holders, tackle boxes, net, anchor, sonar, toolkit, throwable cushion, thermos, etc. and of course, lunch!

6) The boat must allow me to stand up to cast, sight-fish and stretch – I couldn’t last 2 hours in an ordinary kayak before my back started to ache and my legs would to go numb.

7) The next boat must be stable – the kayak and the Jon boat provided some unwanted excitement by nearly capsizing.

8) The next boat must be able to go in shallow water and through weeds – that’s where the bass are most of the time.

9) The next boat must keep me and my stuff dry – can’t fish with a wet butt and I did not want to have to put waders on every time I got in and out.

10) The next boat must be quick to launch – I can’t spend 20 minutes setting up and taking down every time I want to fish… fishing time is too precious.

So there I was in the dead of winter with my requirements and the Internet. I researched every brand of boat under every category I could think of; dinghy, Jon boat, skiff, catamaran, pontoon, tender, punt, car-topper, canoe, microskiff, drift boat, etc. Why, I even tried “kayak”!

After many months I had narrowed it down to just a few possibilities. One boat (with 2 electric motors) looked so interesting I was even willing to consider going back to using a trailer. Yes, these were desperate times! But the single most important decision I made was that I WOULD NOT BUY ANOTHER BOAT UNLESS I TRIED IT FIRST! In retrospect this seems so obvious as to be almost silly. I certainly would never buy a car without test driving it and every boat that had let me down was purchased without ever going anywhere near the water, until it was too late!

By spring I had exhausted my ability to absorb any more information from the Web and I pursued my commitment to a test drive. One boat just wasn’t available to try. I managed to test drive the second boat because the maker had a customer in the area who was willing to help. He lives on a small lake only 30 minutes away and so, with great anticipation, we set a date. It was a dud. Not only did it require a trailer (though you do not have to put the trailer itself in the water), but it was, as the owner himself described it, a “barge”. Slow and cumbersome. Well okay. AT LEAST I KNEW FOR SURE BEFORE IT BECAME “WRONG BOAT” NUMBER 8!

Finally, one manufacturer said: “Of course you want to try it first. When would you like to come here for a test drive?”. While this sounded great, the company was over 2 1/2 hours away and the boat appeared, to put it mildly, unusual! They called it a kayak, but it didn’t look like any kayak I had ever seen. But spring was approaching and after all, he was offering a TEST DRIVE. I wouldn’t be fooled again.

How was it? Suffice it to say that now I am a dealer and hoping to sell one to you!

I can launch anywhere and within 5 minutes of arriving at the water’s edge I am out fishing from my Wavewalk. And as a bonus, I never have to step into the water to launch or land!

So consider my story, then consider a Wavewalk. Google your way to being an informed buyer. Spend some time on YouTube. Gather up all your questions and challenges and then send me an email or give me a call and I’ll try to answer your questions. Then arrange for a convenient test drive. Don’t buy 8 boats… get a Wavewalk and be happy. This year. Right now.

Thanks for listening,

Michael Chesloff
Chief Paddler
New York Fishing Kayaks
Hillsdale, NY
518-727-4032

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