By Fin Gold
I usually keep my Wavewalk S4 on my dock so I can use it right there. But sometimes, we like to explore other areas. I don’t have a truck to transport it, so I decided to convert an old sailboat trailer into a Wavewalk S4 trailer.
All it took was some treated 2×6 and 2×4 boards, some U-bolts, and some ceramic deck screws.
I started with the trailer for a [brand name] sailing catamaran that I don’t use.
I’ve never trailered that boat.
The first step was to attach two 2×6 boards each with a U-bolt on the front and the back. On top of those, I screwed five 2×6 cross-boards so they support the boat from underneath all the way from front to back. Then I added 2×4 boards on both of the outside edges to provide an outer groove for the S4 to sit inside. A set of rollers from the sailboat trailer act as guides to align the inner hull of the S4.
The result? A very light but stable platform to pull my Wavewalk S4. When we get to the boat ramp we just back it down the ramp and the S4 slides off the trailer with an easy push. You should have seen the faces of the big boat owners at the ramp when I launched my boat with one finger!
The key to trailering the boat is to make sure it is tied down securely in the front and the back so that it doesn’t slide forward or backwards. I also have two lines over the top of the boat to hold it down, but be
careful not to over-tighten these and compress the hull. Also, remember to tilt the motor up if you have one so it doesn’t hit the ground as you trailer it.
Having a homemade trailer can extend the range of your Wavewalk adventures and save the hassle of loading it in or on top of your vehicle. All it takes is a used trailer and some treated boards!
Makes sense, right?
After all, not too many anglers practice kayak fishing, since it’s considered by most to be somehow extreme, in the sense that fishing out of one of those SOT, sit-in, and hybrid kayaks doesn’t feel stable, comfortable or dry enough to the common angler, and rightfully so.
But there’s another type of kayak fishing, which is safer, feels better, and is more practical. The new online magazine called Sensible Kayak Angler is just about that: Fishing from kayaks that are stable enough, don’t lead to any back pain or other typical impact caused by fishing from conventional kayaks, and do not involve the hassle and discomfort that come with this sport.
Stability, ergonomics, are among the many subjects discussed in this new kayak fishing magazine, and the more light shed on these subjects, the better.
Sometimes you need to transport your fishing kayak over long distances before launching it, or after you’ve returned from your fishing trip. In many cases, you can simply drag it on the ground, but in other cases, this is either impossible, or not advisable.
Depending where you need to go, the types of wheels and carts vary.
For straight and hard terrain, such as asphalt roads and parking lots, a single, small size wheel could suffice. The advantage of small wheels is that they don’t take much space once you carry them on board your kayak.
Here’s an example of a very simple, and easy to use transportation wheel solution from South Korea:
However, if you need to travel over deep, soft sand, a rocky road, or uneven pavement, you’d need to consider one or two large size wheels, and preferably such that are soft, as the inflatable wheel seen here:
This transportation wheel was realized by John Castanha, a W fishing kayak dealer in Tucson, Arizona.
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