This is a review of the Wavewalk kayak written by our client Peter from New York, who’s a really big guy:
So I have to say from the start I was very excited to discover WaveWalk. I was very close to buying an inflatable pontoon boat to fish the local electric only lakes within 50 miles of NYC where I live. I had a great purchase experience with Joe Stauder out in Pennsylvania but what I didn’t do was sea trial the craft. This was my choice as I met Joe in a mutually agreeable spot halfway across the State.
Now let me say that I am no lightweight. I’m 6’7″ and 280lbs on a good day.
The center of balance on me is not quite where most people are so my maiden voyage was not as easy as most people experience. The boat seemed a bit tippy and unsettled.
The tracking was amazing and the space I had was huge compared to the [12′ brand-name fishing kayak] I came from. The W seating position was awesome and the back pains I normally experience were nonexistent.
I was able to stay on the water much longer in the WaveWalk. I was even able to stand and cast but I have to admit I had some misgivings on the maiden voyage.
One of the mods I had done to my prior Yak was inflatable pop in pontoons and a standup bar. The light bulb went on and I went home and put the pontoon setup on my WaveWalk and it transformed my boat into the standup fishing platform I wanted!
Some of the things I learned along the way were to keep everything low and the C/G as close to the waterline as possible. I scrapped the early version of a milk crate with built in rod holders for sub surface mounted ones and I also upgraded the factory noodles for bigger ones. I’m writing this so that other customers who are of the heavier persuasion are aware of what they too can expect.
My second trip in the WaveWalk was a totally different experience and I found myself standing and casting very comfortably and even stand up paddling. I would not have attempted that the first time. Wind, waves, shallows all easily handled and I can’t wait to get back on the water.
Here are a few pics of my craft and right now I’m working on a dolly to move it around to and from the boat launch more easily.
Thank you for outfitting the kayak with a preparation for cockpit cover.
It was a bit breezy yesterday afternoon — my first time paddling when it wasn’t dead calm. I was pleased at how easy it was to go both into the wind and cross-wise, and that when I wanted to stay still to take photos, it didn’t drift or spin much.
I can’t believe how close I was able to get to the herons without spooking them.
I’m glad I tied a length of twine to the paddle. It has tried to escape a couple of times when I’ve put it down to take pictures. I’ve gotten ideas from the Wavewalk web site for how to keep it in place but haven’t made/tried any yet.
My neighbor came over and tried the kayak out. I told him, “You’d like this for fishing.” And yeah, he did until he heard the price
I’m having fun with it. Maybe I’ll even take up fishing.
Here are a couple of shots of our local herons. Mr Heron standing on one foot on one side of the lake and Mrs Heron fishing on the other.
GREAT KAYAK! Not the fastest, but it sure is comfy.
Standing and paddling is just awesome.
Thank you so much again for the delivery.
My brother took some pics & vids. I’ll send them to you when I get them.
Anyone who asks (I get the feeling they will) I’ll be sure to have them give you a call.
Thanks again Joe! I can walk on water! Wavewalk that is!