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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.

From motorized fishing kayak to car-top boat

Progress is rapid at Wavewalk. The company that started offering motorized kayaks (for real, with outboard motors…) a few years ago, is stepping up innovation and performance with its new WAVEWALK 700 Series, which offers performance that’s hard to conceive, even for those who’ve been using a W500:

 

 

Furthermore, now you can steer these new, two-person car-top fishing boats with a joystick system that makes driving more fun, both seated and standing:

 

 

As for paddling, nothing could be easier, since the W700 tracks better than any kayak out there, and it’s more stable than any kayak… In fact, it’s as stable as a boat, as these two demo video shows:

 

 

 

So, if you’re into fishing solo or with a fishing buddy, and you don’t like boat trailers and boat ramps, this is the boat for you. And as a bonus, you can fish in shallow water and lily pads, since you don’t depend solely on the outboard motor to propel you.

Read more about this tandem fishing kayak that’s a full-blown ultra-lightweight car-top skiff for fishing »

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.

Evolution Of The Fishing Kayak Part Four

Part 4
Increased Diversity: The Proliferation of New Kayak Designs

1. MULTIHULL KAYAKS

The fishing kayak concept didn’t stop broadening with the monohull sit-in and SOT designs: As soon as kayaks started gaining popularity people began experimenting and inventing new configurations and designs that included more than one hull (monohull).

The first multihull kayaks were ordinary monohull models equipped with a single outrigger (Proa style) or with two outriggers (trimaran style). Such outriggers were needed to compensate for the monohull’s basic stability deficiency. Lately, outrigger kayaks are regaining popularity among kayak fishermen.

Later, catamaran style kayaks appeared in both sit-in and SOT versions. Inflatable sit-in catamaran kayaks are used for whitewater and fishing, and rigid polyethylene SOT catamaran kayaks were introduced as recreational and fishing kayaks.
The inflatable sit-in designs are not true catamarans but rather wide versions of tunnel-hull kayaks (monohull), and therefore slower than comparable monohulls.
The SOT catamaran kayaks are very wide and therefore harder to paddle than similar size monohull kayaks. They also place the paddlers in the L position much higher than the regular SOT kayak does, which results in increased instability without compensating for it by improving ergonomics or biomechanics.

One can no longer claim today that kayaks are monohull boats – The kayak has evolved into a class of small, personal watercrafts that seem to have two things in common: Paddlers propel them using double blade paddles a.k.a. ‘kayak paddles’, and more importantly: most people perceive them as kayaks and call them by this name.
And just to be realistic, these days a kayak doesn’t necessarily have to be paddled since some kayaks are equipped with electric motors (mainly for trolling), and in some cases even with gas engines.