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THE PROVEN SOLUTION TO YOUR KAYAK FISHING AND PADDLING PROBLEMS

Hundreds of people every year try kayak fishing and quickly abandon it as an uncomfortable and unsatsfying experience. It should be more popular. Kayaks are relatively cheap, and in theory you should be able to paddle to you favourite spot, catch some fish and paddle back to shore having had a very enjoyable time.
Wet butts, sore backs, poorly performing craft – these things lead to the kayak being abandoned in the shed. Our W500 will give you the experience you expected. Let us demonstate it for you.

About us

Hodgetts Ltd. brings you;

  • Wavewalk Super Kayaks – the worlds best fishing kayak – The world’s most stable kayak, and the only one enabling anyone to paddle and fish standing up in confidence in real world conditions.
    The only back pain free kayak.
    Huge storage space – several times more than any kayak offers.
    Easiest to paddle and best tracker in strong wind.
    Keeps you comfy and dry in choppy water.
    Unrivalled mobility – launch, go, fish and beach where other kayak anglers can’t.
    Solo, tandem and more in one kayak.
    Easiest and most effective to motorize.
    Best value offered by any kayak – you save money!
    The most versatile and user friendly kayak, offering you the best overall user-experience.
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The Wavewalk W500

We chose the Wavewalk W500 after unsatisfactory experiences with a conventional Sit-on-Top kayak. We imported a single kayak from Massachusetts – USA hoping it would be what the US web site promised. We received a wonderful craft that did everything we wanted and more. That is the reason why we now offer them for sale to others in New Zealand.

Wavewalk Fun

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Motorising your Wavewalk

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Motorised Kayaks

Why motorise your kayak, and do you really need a motor on board?
What type of solution would best fit your kayak motorising needs – an electric trolling motor, or an outboard gas engine? How to motorise your W kayak on a budget? What are the practices we recommend following in a kayak motorising project?
Here is an example of a motorized W500 kayak with a 2HP outboard gas engine:

Why Motorise Your Kayak?

Simply, because a motor adds to your kayak’s speed and range of operation. In certain situations, this can make the difference between being able to come back home, and staying out on the water, or beaching far from where you had launched from. That is to say that a motor can add an element of safety to your kayak fishing or touring experience.
Another consideration is that a motor can make life easier, if you don’t feel like paddling, or in case you’re not capable of paddling where you want to go.
If you’re fishing from a kayak, a motor can be useful for trolling, and for quickly skipping from one fishing spot to another.

Electric Trolling Motor or Outboard Gas Engine?

If you don’t own a W kayak, you may as well skip this section, since other kayaks are not suitable for outboard gas engines, and they can only accommodate electric motor systems that are commonly know as trolling motors, because they typically involve going at low speed, and generally on flat water.
However, if you own a W500 kayak and you’re looking to motorise it, you’re facing the problem of choosing between an electric power system, and an outboard gas engine.
Before going further, we’d like to clarify a number of things about outboard gas engines:
First of all, we don’t recommend using an outboard motor that’s rated above 2hp, simply because there’s no need for more, in our opinion, and we think that a stronger motor might overpower the kayak, which is hazardous.
Second, when we refer to outboard gas engines, we mean 4-Cycle (4 stroke) motors that are cleaner, quieter, and easier to operate than the old, 2 stroke motors.
Third, we recommend using an outboard gas engine with a 20″ (long) shaft, and not a 15″ (short) shaft.
What are the drawbacks with outboard gas engines?
The most obvious is that they are noisy, while electric motors are quiet.
As far as fumes and ease of operation, the new 4-cycle motors are as clean and easy to operate as electric motors are: No fumes, no need to mix oil in the fuel, and starting them is easy.
Weight: The 2hp 4-cycle Honda outboard gas engine weighs 12.5kgs (28lbs. It’s heavier than some small electric motor systems, but considerably lighter than others that can weigh up to 80lbs. In any case, at this weight you can lift the propeller out of the water and paddle your W500 without feeling much of a difference in performance. You can drag the kayak on the beach, and you can even car top it.
Maintenance: Outboard gas engines require some maintenance while electric motor systems are almost maintenance free, but the new, 4-cycle motors are much easier to maintain than the old 2-cycle ones, so this is not necessarily a big disadvantage.
Some areas are restricted to motorboats, but not to ones that are powered by electric motors.
What are the drawbacks with electric trolling motors?
There’s a much broader choice of electric trolling motor systems on the market today, which means there are numerous advantages and disadvantages to consider.
The most common disadvantage in electric trolling motors is their limited range and speed, and the two are closely linked to each other. Gas motors offer unlimited mileage at high speed, since you can take plenty of extra fuel on board in a can. This is not the case with electric systems that depend on batteries that are either very heavy (too heavy to carry more than one on board at a time), or very expensive. Going at full speed with an electric trolling motor, even a weak one (30-40 lbs thrust) can drain your battery pretty quickly, even if it’s an expensive high-tech battery. This leaves you with a choice of a weaker electric motor, and consequently reduced speed.
When evaluating the potential of an electric trolling motor, you need to remember that going at full power instead of half power would never double your speed (in fact, in some cases the effect of adding power may be hard to notice…) but it would surely drain your battery at half time. You also need to bear in mind that both water and weather conditions often require using more than a fraction of your electric motor systems’ capacity, because the real world is not an ideal one. Knowing this, you need to view electric trolling motors data as representing perfect world situations that have partial, or little relevance to real-life situations in which you could, and eventually would find yourself on the water.
Weight:  A standard, deep cycle marine battery can weigh between 40-60lbs. That’s a lot for a small, car top boat such as the W500 kayak. On top of this, the motor itself adds weight, so the entire electric trolling motor system can weigh more than the kayak itself, which is counter productive and problematic. For example: If your heavy, deep cycle marine battery runs out of juice far from your starting point, you’d need to paddle your kayak back with an additional heavy load on board – It’s a point worth consideration, especially if you imagine going against a tidal  current, and/or strong wind, while being tired after a long kayak fishing or touring trip.
Price: A battery, cheap electric motor and charger can be yours for less than $250. This is a good deal, but you’ll pay the price in high weight and low speed. At the other end of the spectrum, a computerized electric trolling motor system with integrated GPS would cost you over $1,500, and although it will be lighter than an outboard gas engine, it would still offer less speed and a smaller range of travel.
Maintenance: While electric motors are practically maintenance free, their batteries need recharging, which takes both time and a power outlet that might not always be available to you.
Conclusion? -Between outboard gas engines and electric trolling motors there is no winner or loser, and it’s up to you to systematically weigh the pros and cons, relatively to your touring, camping and fishing needs, as well as your carrying capabilities, and last but not least – your budget.
Tips: If you’re thinking long trips, camping, moving water and tandem – think outboard gas engine. If you’re thinking short trips, flat water and lighter loads, think electric trolling motor. Needless to say that more power equals more fun, but too much speed could very well get hazardous.

Motor Kayak Recovery

Whether you motorize your kayak with an outboard gas engine or an electric trolling motor, you’d need to take into consideration the extra weight, and consequently add flotation, so that you may be able to recover your kayak in case of a bad accident. Read more about flotation >>

How To Motorize Your W Kayak On A budget?

The number of options and price range of outboard gas engines is more limited, which makes it somehow easier to decide. There are numerous online retailers offering small outboard gas motors, and if you take the time to compare prices, chances are you’d find a good deal.
As for electric trolling motors, places like Wal-Mart offer very cheap ones online and in stores, and the same is true for batteries and chargers, although buying a battery online doesn’t make much sense due to the high cost of shipping – unless the battery is shipped free, for store pickup.
A detachable mount suitable for an electric trolling motor can be purchased online for about $50 (look for canoe motor mount), but since it’s easy to make one, you may want to consider doing it yourself, following the instructions on this page: http://wavewalk.com/blog/2011/09/13/motor-mount-for-kayak-electric-trolling-motor-by-gary-thorberg-minnesota/ and this one: http://wavewalk.com/blog/2010/11/10/clamp-mounted-side-mount-for-fishing-kayak-electric-trolling-motor/

Side Mount Transom Mount?

Due to its weight, an outboard gas engine should be mounted at the back of the W500 kayak cockpit, using a transom mount. In this position, steering is made easy by the use of a long, preferably articulated tiller extension.
Being lighter, electric trolling motors can be mounted either at the back of the cockpit (transom mount), or on its side.
Some of the more expensive electric trolling motor systems come with a kayak mount, but we recommend you double-check if the mount is compatible with the W500 kayak.

Accessories For Motorized Kayaks

Wavewalk USA offers a transom motor mount – it can be easily copied:
transom motor mount for fishing kayaks
Read more about our transom motor mount >>

Sailing Your Wavewalk

Coming Soon

Technical Articles

Read the articles from Wavewalk.com to back up the claims that – the W500 Brings You Unmatched Benefits In Kayak Fishing and Paddling

Click in the links or on the side menu for the articles

Real Life Facts You Can Check -

  1. It’s the world’s most stable kayak obviously, even stabler than kayaks equipped  with outriggers.
  2. It’s the only  comfortable kayak, offering you to switch anytime between  various positions, so you can avoid fatigue, leg pain, a sore back and a  wet butt.
  3. It’s the easiest kayak to paddle, since it tracks  better in strong wind, and requires no rudder.
  4. It’s the only kayak offering true stand-up  paddling and fishing in safety  and confidence, with a 14.5″ high seat ready if you  lose balance, so you don’t have to swim
  5. It’s the world’s most  mobile kayak, enabling launching, paddling, fishing and  beaching where other kayaks simply can’t go.
  6. It’s the roomiest kayak by far, offering  several times more  storage space than any other kayak, and room for a second  passenger.
  7. It’s the most versatile kayak  out there, for any weather and water condition you need, including cold  water, shallow water and the ocean surf – even in tandem
  8. It’s the kayak that offers you both the best performance  and best  value, since you save a lot by not having to purchase a  special car-rack, a rudder, a seat, and outriggers

Our Kayaks

Wavewalk W500 2013 Models

Specifications

DIMENSIONS

  • Total Length: 136″ (345 cm).
  • Total Width: 28.5″ (72 cm).
  • Weight: 59 lbs. (27 kg) without added accessories.
  • Hull Width: 8″ (20 cm) in the cockpit area.
  • Saddle Width at Bottom: 12.5″ (32 cm)
  • Internal Hull Length: 136″ (345 cm) available for storage.
  • Cockpit-Opening Length: 72″ (183 cm). Internal cockpit space is longer, in the hull tips.
  • Cockpit Height: 17″ (43 cm) from the bottom of the hulls.
  • Saddle Height: 14.5″ (37 cm) from the bottom of the hulls.
  • Storage: 14 cubic ft. (100 gallons ; 0.4 cubic meter) of internal, dry, always accessible storage space, inside the cockpit, hulls, and 4 hull tips.
  • Draft at 200 lbs. Load: 4″ (10 cm draft at 91 kg load).
  • Colours: Yellow, Green, Sand.
  • Material: Rotationally Moulded HDPE (100% Recyclable). Made in USA.
  • Maximum Recommended Load (MRL): 360 lbs. (163 kg).
Note: It’s possible to load the W500 with more than its MRL, but we don’t recommend doing so.

Structure:

Patented, deep twin hull, US utility patent number 6871608.
The W kayak is symmetrical both left-right and front-rear: Bow and stern are interchangeable.
The entire internal space of the hulls is empty and protected, and serves for storing camping and fishing gear. Passengers occupying the cockpit can conveniently access this 250 litre (66 gallons) dry storage space at all times.
This new type of watercraft is a catamaran in a hydrodynamic sense, since it features two full-featured hulls.
The passengers’ feet reach all the way down to the bottom of the hulls, which also serve to store gear on board, and therefore, the use of the term ‘pontoons’ (floats) to describe this kayak’s hulls is technically incorrect. Draft at 91kg Load = 100mm (200 lbs. Load: 4″)
Material: Rotationally Moulded High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) 100%
Recyclable
Country of Origin: Our kayaks, paddles and accessories are 100% Made in USA but assembled in New Zealand
Internal Volume: 117 gallons (15.7 cubic feet / 444 litres).
This doesn’t mean all this space is available for storage, and it certainly doesn’t mean the kayak can carry the equivalent load – See Storage and Maximal
Recommended Load (MRL) -
Storage: Our W kayaks offer several times more storage space than any other kayak. The amount of storage available is equal to the kayak’s internal volume minus the space used by the passenger/s.
The storage space includes the kayak’s two hulls and its cockpit. The passengers can easily access their gear anytime, and the gear stays dry under normal conditions. The cockpit can be partially or entirely covered by a cockpit cover.
Maximal Recommended Load (MRL): 360 lbs. (163 kgs)
in total, including passengers and all the gear they carry, store inside the hulls or attach to the kayak.
Like any other vehicle, an overloaded kayak becomes slower, less stable, and less manoeuvrable.
Weight Limitations for Passengers:
Solo - The combined weight of passenger and gear should not exceed the 360 lbs. (163kgs) MRL.
A person who weighs more than 240 lbs. (109 kg) should outfit their W kayak with a saddle bracket.
Tandem - The combined weight of both passengers and their gear should not exceed the 360 lbs. MRL.
A person weighing over 200 lbs. (91 kg) who plans to go in tandem should outfit their kayak with a saddle bracket.
Always operate your W kayak within the above limitations – Even if your W kayak feels perfectly stable and comfortable,
failing to comply with our recommendations could damage it, and might even be hazardous. More information on loading >

Operating Your W Kayak

  • For your maiden voyage as a W kayaker, we recommend the Riding posture and not the Sitting posture.
  • Practice operating your W kayak on flat water before taking it in moving water.
  • Remember that your experience in paddling canoes or common kayaks is  irrelevant to the W kayak, which offers a much broader performance  envelope. Take your time learning how to operate your W kayak, so that  you can benefit in full from what it has to offer you.
  • You can enter the W kayak’s cockpit from its rear, and exit it from the front – Keep your feet dry!
  • Paddling and motorizing your W kayak from the middle of its cockpit makes it both stabler and faster. You can easily move along your W kayak’s saddle and relocate fore and aft in the 6 ft long cockpit, but remember that normally you operate a W kayak from the middle of  its cockpit, and not from its rear.
  • Surf launching and beaching: Operating your W kayak from the cockpit’s  rear end makes its bow rise. This is an advantage when you  launch your W kayak in the surf, or beach it anywhere.
  • You can make your W kayak go over obstacles sticking out of shallow water – See article and video >
  • Tracking in srong wind: You can operate your W kayak from a point that’s closer to cockpit’s rear, if adding weight to  the stern helps you track under strong wind. Similarly, you can also move forward, in case relocating your weight  towards the bow helps you track and steer under strong wind blowing  from a different direction. You’d never need a rudder to help you track or steer your W kayak. For more information, see full article and instruction video >
  • Tandem paddling is a more advanced application than solo paddling. Therefore, both passengers should first paddle  a W kayak solo and get used to operating it, before they start practicing as a tandem crew.
All W500 Series kayaks come equipped with 4 ergonomic carry handles and a Wavewalk paddle.

What Makes Wavewalk The World’s Most Advanced Kayak, And The Best For You?

Some Important Facts You Can Check:
  1. It’s the world’s most stable kayak by far, even stabler than kayaks equipped with outriggers.
  2. t’s the most comfortable kayak, offering you to switch anytime between various positions, so you can avoid fatigue, leg pain, a sore back and a wet butt.
  3. It’s the easiest kayak to paddle, since it tracks better in strong wind, and requires no rudder.
  4. It’s the only kayak offering true stand-up paddling and fishing in safety and confidence, with a 14.5″ high seat ready for if you lose balance, so you don’t have to swim
  5. It’s the most mobile kayak, enabling launching, paddling, fishing and beaching where other kayaks simply can’t go.
  6. It’s the roomiest kayak, offering several times more storage space than any other kayak, and room for a passenger
  7. It’s the most versatile kayak, for any weather and water condition you need, including cold water, shallow water and the ocean surf – even in tandem
  8. It’s the kayak that offers you both the best performance and best value, since you save a lot by not having to purchase a special car-rack, a rudder, a seat, and outriggers

Reviews

fishing kayak review - Virginia Review of Stand Up Tandem Fishing Kayak Tom Soska, Virginia
review of offshore stand up fishing kayak, Italy Review of Offshore Stand Up Fishing Kayak Danilo Russolillo, Rome, Italy
review of kayak for tandem paddling, Ontario, Canada Review Of The W500 As A Tamdem Kayak Boyd and Sandy Smith, Ontario, Canada
Review of kayaks for fishing and camping - Norway and Sweden Kayak Fishing and Camping Trip Report, Norway and Sweden Eric Overdijk, Norway
review of fishing kayak, Ohio Quick Review of W500 Fishing Kayak John King, Ohio
Initial review of fishing kayak, llinois Catching Fish in Maiden Kayak – Review Matt Green, Illinois
fishing kayak review and trip report, Texas Fishing Kayak Review and Trip Report Jerry and Valerie Hudgens, Texas
fishing kayak review, Ontario, Canada
W500 Fishing Kayak Review
Bruce Parks, Ontario, Canada
NO PICTURE Kayak Review by Kayaker With Spinal Fusion Laura Palestrini, Georgia
NO PICTURE Initial Review of Kayak for Big Guys Jim Addison, British Columbia, Canada
Review of fishing kayak / tandem - Texas Bass Kayak Fishing in Tandem Marshall Godfrey, Texas
NO PICTURE Short Review of W500 Fishing Kayak Anthony DeFusco, New Hampshire
TX angler landing big fish in his kayak Touring and Fishing Kayak Review Jesse Martinez, Texas
Review of fishing kayak, offshore, New Zealand Offshore W Fishing Kayak Review Dennis Hodgetts, New Zealand
NO PICTURE First W500 Fishing Kayak Review From Dubai, UAE Richie Peel, Dubai, UAE
review of stand up fly fishig kayak, CT Short Review of Stand Up Fly Fishing Kayak Jay Petersen, Connecticut
paddling with disabilities Kayak review by disabled kayaker Jos Nieuwenhuijsen, Northern Holland
Fishing kayak review, PA First trip, second cast, first fish caught in my W kayak Lou Fager, Pennsylvania
Review of fly fishing kayak, Minnesota Initial Review of Rigged Fishing Kayak With Wheel
Gary Thorberg, Minnesota
small sailing catamaran kayak W500 Sailing Kayak
Rafael Francke, sailor
initial review of fishing kayak, Norway, Scandinavia Initial W500 Kayak Review Eric Overdijk, Norway
fishing kayak review, MA Review of W300 Fishing Kayak Chris Ott, Massachusetts
fishing kayak review from Mississippi
First Impressions From W500 Fishing Kayak
Paul Harrison, Mississippi
Rigged fishing kayak, Texas Fishing Kayak Rigged With a Detachable Wheel Ray Schwertner, Texas
Rigged fishing kayak review, South Carolina Amphibious Fishing Kayak Stan Trojanowski, South Carolina
NO PICTURE Review of the W500 as Tandem Kayak Ann Hubbard, North Carolina
Rigged fishing kayak, Texas Initial Fishing Kayak Review

Gary Johnson, Texas
Review of stand up fly fishing kayak, Florida Stand Up Fishing Kayak Review Kevin Eastman, Florida
Review of stand up fishing kayak, Arizona Stand Up Fishing Kayak Review Jose Fernandez, Arizona
Review of fishing kayak, Ontario, Canada Fishing Kayak Review
Petru Rotariu, Ontario, Canada
kayak anglers looking at beached fishing kayaks Fly Fishing Kayak Review Bob Smaldone, Maine

Mike in his stand up fishing kayak Fishing Kayak Review Mike Ratigan, upstate New York
The Kayak Angler Song: Walking on the Wave ‘Walkin on the Wave’ – Song
‘Unknown Traveler’, Ohio
Bowfin caught in fishing kayak, Minnesota Fishing Kayak Review W. Taylor, Minnesota
Fishing kayak rigged with seat for a dog Fishing Kayak With Dog Seat
Kay Rankel, Wisconsin
Motorized fishing kayak with folding outriggers Outrigger Motorized Kayak Brian Vickery, California
Fishing kayak in Huntigton Horbor, California Fishing Kayak Review Alfred Jay, California
Fishing kayak review - Alaska W500 Fly Fishing Kayak Review
Carl Williams, Alaska
Rigged Stand Up Fishing kayak Rigged W500 Fly Fishing Kayak Craig Masterman, Massachusetts
Rigged fishing kayak, North Carolina Rigged W500 Fishing Kayak Darrell Beam, North Carolina
Fishing kayak beached, South Australia W500 Fishing Kayak Review
Shaun Wilkeson, South Australia
Fishing kayak rigged with rowing oars, Pennsylvania Fishing Kayak Rigged With Oars
Dave Baumbaugh, Pennsylvania
Ed with a 27 inch redfish caught at the fcka kayak fishing tournament W500 Fishing Kayak Review Ed Wheeler, Florida
Richard in his fishing kayak, Crystal river, FL W500 Fishing Kayak Review Dick Sherman, Florida
Ken fishing standing in his kayak, Washington W500 Fishing Kayak Review Ken Short,  Port Angeles, Washington

NO PICTURE W500 Fishing Kayak Review James Phillips, British Columbia, Canada

Standing up in fishing kayak, Seattle, Washington W500 Fishing Kayak Review John Hunter, Seattle, Washington
NO PICTURE W500 Kayak Review
Claire Gignac, Ontario, Canada

stand up fishing kayak with trolling motor, San Diego, CA Electric W500 Fishing Kayak Ryan Moreno, San Diego, California

Kayak fishing dog, Wisconsin W500 Fishing Kayak Review Sharon Bramm, Wisconsin

NO PICTURE W500 Fishing Kayak Review Francis Muldoon, Key West, Florida
Electric motor fishing kayak, New York
Electric W500 Fishing Kayak John Zoltner, New York
W500 stand up fishing kayak review, Florida
W500 Fishing Kayak Review Jeff McGovern, Florida
W500 fishing kayak review, West Virginia
W500 Fishing Kayak Review Tom George, West Virginia
Tiger camo fishing kayak review, Wisconsin
W500 Fishing Kayak Review John Fabina, Wisconsin
Texas fishing kayak W500 Fishing Kayak Review Stephen Cano, Texas

Roger and his new kayak, Michigan
W500 Kayak Review Roger Sacla, Michigan
Rod in his fishing kayak, Colorado
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Rod Ratzlaff, Colorado
Two fishing kayaks attached on a pickup truck bed Rigged Fishing Kayak Gary Rankel, Florida

Tim paddling standing up in his kayak
W500 Kayak Review Tim Kerr, New York
Robert standing near his two fishing kayaks, Texas
W500 Fishing Kayak Review Robert Fisher, Texas
Jeremiah in his grandfather's kayak W500 Kayak Review Mark Mayton, New York
Noel's son in his dad's fishing kayak, Texas W500 Fishing Kayak Review

Noel Mascarenhas, Texas
Three fishing kayaks, Connecticut
W500  Fishing Kayak Review

Roxanne Davis, Connecticut
Rhode Island kayak fisherman standing up in fishing kayak

W500 Fishing Kayak Review

Norm Craig, Rhode Island

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