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Fishing Kayak, Motorized Kayak, or Portable Boat?

New York state offers a wide variety of fisheries, starting from the Atlantic ocean and the mighty Hudson river, to the huge Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, various big lakes such as the Finger lakes, Oneida lake and Lake Champlain, to countless smaller rivers, lakes, and ponds.

Fishing the smaller bodies of water doesn’t require more than a canoe or a kayak, if one can stand the instability, discomfort, and back pain associated with the latter. If such rudimentary vessels are beyond the angler’s threshold of tolerance, they can fish comfortably out of a Wavewalk 500 or a Wavewalk 700.  Kayaks from these two series easily lend themselves to motorizing, which makes them suitable for use as small fishing boats on bigger bodies of water, as well as on moving water.

The following playlist of videos shows various Wavewalk 500 kayak and 700 portable boat models outfitted with outboard gas motors ranging from 2 to 6 horsepower, driven in various water conditions including flat water, moving water, and choppy water at the beach, in the Atlantic ocean –

 

Some videos show the kayaks outfitted with inflatable detachable flotation, which adds secondary stability and flotation, and improves both performance and safety in choppy water, as well as offshore.

Your Actual Cost of Kayak Fishing

Many products have hidden costs that are left unacknowledged until the bottom line, and fishing kayaks are no exception.

Fishing kayaks are often expensive right off the bat, but when you factoring in the cost of all the accessories required you’ll find they actually cost much more.
This is true for all fishing kayaks except for the the W fishing kayak, on which you can save a lot of money (up to $1,350) just on accessories:

* Rudder: W kayaks track better than any other kayak, and require no rudder. You save $220 – $300
* Kayak Seat: W fishing Kayaks are yak-back free, and require no special seat added. You save another $80 – $200
* Kayak Rack: A W kayak is easy to car top and fit any car rack – No need for a special kayak rack. You’ll save between $50 – $500.
* Outriggers: The W500 kayaks series is more stable and safer than other fishing kayaks that are equipped with outriggers, so there’s no need for outfitting it with outriggers, even if the kayak is rigged with with an electric trolling motor. You save an extra $100 – $350.

Rudders are a pain to operate, they slow your kayak down, and get stuck in shallow water and weeds.

Kayak seats are bad for your back, and can turn your kayak fishing trip into an unpleasant experience. They are even likely to get you to quit kayak fishing in the long run, because of back pain and discomfort, like many kayak angers do.

Kayak racks need to be installed on your car rack, and when they’re there you can’t use your car rack to carry other things.

Outriggers are a pain to install, they slow you down, and they limit your fishing kayak’s mobility and maneuverability. In addition, outriggers are yet another heavy and bulky thing to carry.

In sum, rudders, yak racks and outriggers are annoying, and kayak seats are bad for you. When you’re looking for fishing kayaks, you shouldn’t forget the hidden cost of those accessories.

Outriggers are a pain to install, they slow you down, and they limit your fishing kayak’s mobility and maneuverability. In addition, outriggers are yet another heavy and bulky thing to carry.

In sum, rudders, yak racks and outriggers are annoying, and kayak seats are bad for you. When you’re looking for fishing kayaks, you shouldn’t forget the hidden cost of those accessories.

Motorized kayak in the ocean

This new video shows Wavewalk’s new 500 INF 20-15 model outfitted with an outboard gas motor, driven in the ocean in choppy water. The driver alternates between driving in the Riding position (think PWC) and standing up!

Anglers will find this setup particularly appealing, as it would free them from having to transport their boat with a trailer, launch and beach in boat ramps, and perform tedious maintenance.

 

 

Evolution Of A Fishing Kayak Part Six

Part 6
Mobility: The New Dimension

1. KAYAK MOBILITY DEFINED

Anybody can understand that a 4×4 off-road SUV is more mobile than a common, two-wheel drive car. Most people realize that a skin-on-frame Inuit kayak is less durable than a modern plastic kayak, and you couldn’t paddle it in some of the places that you’re used to paddle in. But what does mobility mean when it comes to modern fishing kayaks?
It basically has to do with whatever limits kayakers and kayak fishermen from going where they want to:
Such limits include spots that are too difficult to launch your kayak from, or too difficult to beach it in. Other limits can be water that’s too difficult to paddle in because of currents, waves, ice, vegetation or submerged obstacles such as wooden logs or rocks.

Weather conditions can limit you as well: Canoes are difficult to paddle on windy days and so are most kayaks, including touring kayaks.
So, if for whatever reason you’re prevented from using some beach or going somewhere with your kayak it means your kayak’s performance is limited in terms of Mobility.