When small boats are concerned, the term High Performance is complex, and it can mean a lot of things. These include stability, speed, payload capacity, comfort, and more.
It is assumed that high performance can be delivered only by a full-size and full-featured boat, and this inevitably means one that must be transported on a trailer, and therefore launched at boat ramps.
Car-top boats are not included in this category of high performance boats, except the 700 Series from Wavewalk, which is now joined by the new Series 4 (S4).
The difference between these two twin-hull (catamaran) designs is that the 700 is more of a ‘kayak’, namely a vessel that works well in a paddling mode, and the S4 is more of a ‘small boat’, namely a vessel powered by a powerful outboard gas motor.
But this distinction should not confuse the reader, since both designs work well in both the human and the power propulsion modes, and both are portable, even for one person who has to car-top them on their own. The difference is related to the degree of performance in each mode –
While the W700 is more lightweight and paddles better, the S4 offers increased stability, a bigger payload, more on-board storage, and the ability to go at higher speeds and in choppier waters, which also means that it is more seaworthy.
All the above listed qualities of the S4 are extensions of what the W700 already offers, but the S4 introduces a feature of its own – A stand-up casting platform at the bow. Such frontal casting platforms are typical to a class of shallow water fishing boats called skiff, or micro-skiff.
At 98 lbs (without motor and accessories), the S4 delivers the performance and comfort of a much bigger and heavier boat (e.g Jon boat), while the slanted sides of its cockpit offer its crew to paddle it effectively and comfortably both in a kayaking (dual blade paddles) and a canoeing (single blade paddles) style, whether in order to keep progressing in shallow water or in weed-infested water that do not allow for proper functioning of a motor’s propeller, or in no-motor zones (NMZ), all of which constitute much desirable fisheries.