“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”– Ratty to Mole in Kenneth Graham’s “Wind In The Willows”
That has been my mantra since first hearing it as a child. My love for kayaking evolved after a lifetime pursuit of boating in western New York. How fortunate indeed are we who ply the beautiful waters of the Finger Lakes, the majesty of Lake Ontario, and the enchanting Adirondacks.
After doing a very extensive internet search for the ultimate kayak, I was continually brought back to that odd craft, the Wavewalk. It IS the ultimate cartop for anyone needing a very stable platform from which to fly fish, photograph, hunt, take your special someone out tandem, play in the surf, or just simply go out and enjoy creation.
Some physical issues were limiting where I could launch my sit-in kayak, not to mention how long I could endure the cramped paddling positions. Who of us hasn’t dreamed of standing up to rest our back and legs? Or going ashore anywhere, anytime staying bone dry and comfortable all day. When I found the W500, I knew I had at least 10 more years of the water.
It was a long haul to drive to Boston to take that demo ride but I wasn’t willing to stop kayaking without turning this stone over. Am I ever glad I did! So glad, that I decided to stock a few boats here in Rochester, New York so my neighbors could touch, see, and feel this marvelous craft up close.
In ONE boat you get:
* Launch/land anywhere with dry feet
* Stand anytime, anywhere, for any reason
* Solo or tandem
* Swift and straight tracking without the need for a rudder
* Dive or swim from the yak without flipping or rolling over
* Re-enter over the ends with total ease and safety
* Tremendous stability – unrivaled anywhere, period
* No need to add floats or pontoons or any accessories at all
* In my latitude I’ll be kayaking long after the sit-on and sit-in kayaks are put away for the winter
* 14, yes 14, cubic feet of storage – camping anyone?
* 360 pounds of flotation, enough for your and your deer/dear
* Cartop with a standard roof rack, no need for the hassle and expense of a trailer or lift rack
* Simple, strong, stable, safe
Mike Ratigan – Fishing Kayaks in Rochester, Upstate New York