I was very miserable in my sit-in kayak and needed to change ASAP. The pain & being unhappy in the L position made me be ready to switch. 2011 is a different year now….it’s a new beginning for me and a lot of people ask me what it’s called. I like the personal craft experience and portability…maneuverability is what this boat is all about. When you point it in the direction you want to go…your there and on top of your game. Thanks to the W kayak…no numbing pain anymore when out for hours on end. Outstanding product!!! You got to experience it!
Very first launch on the Lehigh River in Bowmanstown, PA. What a blast & thanking Wavewalk for the awesome design of the Famous W Kayak.. The river is swollen due weeks of rain. I caught a small sucker but who cares. I didn’t even plan on catching anything.
Today would of been the first annual Lunker Fest on the Lehigh River at this location at 9am but…high swift volume rates and cloudy waters made it postponed to June 4, 2011 instead. So I thought I would paddle around in the river for the 1st time to play around in the moving swift water. Very easy and a pleasure to be part of this type of boat. My expectations today were even higher than what I had expected with this boat purchase. I navigated on the Wavewalk site for over 1.5 years, and finally got some dough to spend, and make it a reality.
This is my beach wheel fabrication assembly for the W boat.
I took the idea a little further. I have pivoting telescopic support tubes which leaves entry and re-entry a little easier due to the void area for foot access. I have my crate cooler on the stern and the beach wheel assembly on the bow.
Lou is an angler from Pennsylvania, who got a new W500 fishing kayak, and this is his account on his experience with in the early, windy days of spring:
I’m having a blast with it, as you can see.
My standing confidence with the W is no problem. I sometimes use my body as a sail to propel the W boat in high winds for the no paddling experience!
It’s been very windy lately and it was raining the other day which made the catch excellent. Nobody on the lake but me. All the other boats were stored and docked. Oh, the lake was to myself. I had my rain gear on & was having a blast “paddle trolling” with the W 500. I was running one plug on the left side & another on the right using the rod holders in the front. I’m using the Ram “light speed” rod holders….just bought them. They are the best in my book. They are very easy to use…when there’s a fish on you just grab the rod and pull . Bam, the rod is in your hands and no fighting with the rod holder. Also there is a sense of security, meaning that the rod is not going to go in the drink when there is a fish on. It has an extra locking lever, but it is not needed unless you trying to catch sail fish . I have other ram holders but these are my favorite. I would definitely recommend these on your site as another option to pick from.
Conquering the wind and rain while paddling was a breeze. Tracking was excellent on the lake due to the design of the boat (dual hull). You’re right about not needing a rudder. The 20 to 25mph winds were no match for the W. My sit in would of been all over the place. I heard other boaters wouldn’t even attempt to go out in the weather I was in. Most of them said that there aluminum boats would be all over the place. Thanks to the W 500 this can be achieved if you have the right tooling….Then its the will power to go and do it, conquering the elements head on.