How is the world’s best fishing kayak made?

The Wavewalk™ 700 promises to be the world’s best fishing kayak in the tandem plus solo category, whether human powered or motorized. This means it would work great for both a crew of two fishermen as for one fisherman.

In order to create such an unrivaled fishing kayak, its designers had to invent some new ways to make W catamaran kayaks in rotationally molded Polyethylene (PE).

Here’s a short computer-generated animation video that shows how the W700 is made:

 

We look forward to see how users of this new boat will rig it for fishing, and outfit it for other usages!

A few words on fishing kayak design

This blog’s theme is rigging kayaks for fishing, and we offer in it advice and tips to new kayak anglers. However, from time to time we also discuss fishing kayak design, and recommend more reading.

This time we’d like to recommend reading an article about the design of popular SOT fishing kayaks >
The article offers a fresh insight into the particular features of SOT kayaks, which are the vertical scupper holes and narrow longitudinal tunnels in their hulls’ underside. It explains the real reasons why these uncommon elements were introduced into practically every sit-on-top kayak, and what their real function is.

The article may be an eye opener for paddlers and anglers who’ve been exposed only to the ‘official’ versions that manufacturers and vendors of such kayaks offer.

So next time you’re out there paddling your SOT kayak or fishing from it, and you wonder why water is coming up from the scupper holes onto its deck, and why it is so slow and hard to paddle – you’ll know more.

Fully Rigged W Fishing Kayak

The battery for the motor is located in the front, between the hull tips, in special wooden box I made. More about motorized kayak fishing >

Fishing kayak rigged with electric trolling motor - Alabama

Fishing kayak rigged with electric trolling motor - Alabama

Fishing kayak rigged with electric trolling motor - Alabama

Fishing kayak rigged with electric trolling motor - Alabama

Stand Up Paddling and Unkinking in the W Kayak

Jeff is a big guy (6’3″, 245 lbs), and if he can stand up nonchalantly in his W fishing kayak, and drift in the tidal current, anybody can.
In this short movie, Jeff explains why it’s important to stand up in your fishing kayak – It allows you to see we’re you’re going, avoid places where you shouldn’t be going, find passages between oyster bars, and spot fish that you wouldn’t be able to see sitting.
In other movies and articles, Jeff explains how important it is to be able to stand up and stretch, and thus relieve fatigue (‘unkink’) –

More from Jeff about kayak fishing and Emmrod fishing rods >
More about kayak fishing >

Avoiding Overloading Your Fishing Kayak

What Happens When You Load a W Fishing Kayak?

The illustration below shows a W500 kayak in three load points –
The left image shows it unloaded.
The image in the middle shows it loaded with around 200 lbs (91 kg). The load is distributed evenly front and back, so the kayak stays level, which offers optimal speed and control. The draft is shallow.
This load results in a slight splaying of the hulls, and no problem at all. Flex is built into the W design.

3 kayaks loaded

The image on the right shows the kayak loaded with around 360 lb (163 kg), which is the maximum load recommended for it. Assuming the load is distributed evenly front and back, the kayak stays level, and it’s still fast, agile, and easy to paddle.
-Watch tandem paddling demo video >
The hulls are noticeably splayed, but sitting on the saddle is still very comfortable, and stability is still good. This amount of flex in the kayak is still perfectly normal.
Waterline is considerably lower than the saddle’s gussets (reinforcement ribs), so there is no hydrodynamic problem, since the water between the hulls flows without restrictions.

Recommendations:

  1. For optimal performance, keep your kayak level. In order to keep it level, paddle it from the middle of its cockpit, not its rear. This is especially true if you’re a heavy person.
  2. Do not paddle your W kayak from its rear, unless it’s just for a specific purpose, such as surf launching, beaching, or going over an obstacle.
  3. When motorizing, drive the kayak from the middle of the cockpit, using a long, articulated (jointed) tiller extension. Don’t drive it from the cockpit’s rear.
  4. When paddling in tandem, try as much possible to distribute the load evenly between the front and the back of the kayak. Do not overload the back.
  5. Do not overload your W kayak, whether you’re going solo or in tandem, paddling or motorizing.
  6. Do not paddle this kayak in tandem, unless both yourself and your paddling partner have each paddled it solo before, and gained sufficient experience as solo W kayakers.
  7. Take the time to learn how to paddle this kayak when it’s loaded – Like any vessel or vehicle, the W kayak behaves differently the more it is loaded.

More about fishing kayaks >