Micro skiffs (microskiff) are great for fishing the flats, that is generally still water, without waves. And while being stable and safe enough to go through mild chop, they don’t convey a sense of comfort to their users under such less than favorable conditions. This is mainly because people going in micro skiffs don’t benefit from adequate means to balance themselves, and the ability to balance oneself is a key factor in achieving good overall stability.
A good example for this principle are motorcycles – A motorcycle is a vehicle that totally lacks any stability of its own, and would always fall on its side if not maintained upright by a special device or kept upright by a person who drives it. Still, people who drive motorcycles enjoy a good overall stability thanks to the fact that they can balance themselves intuitively and most effectively by riding its saddle while grabbing its steering bar. In other words, motorcycles lack physical stability, but offer great ergonomic stability.
Similarly, Jet-skis (Personal Watercraft) are smaller and narrower than most boats, and potentially less stable, but their motorcycle-like saddle and steering bar offer their users much better means to balance themselves and their vessel, even at very high speeds and through big waves. The fact that the PWC engine is located at its lowest point helps, of course, but it is not the main factor.
Going back to micro skiffs, arguably, much like their freshwater relatives the Jon boats, these are not seaworthy vessels, and it’s very rare to see them operated in the ocean, unless they travel from one protected fishery to another, or in perfect weather conditions.
But the Wavewalk S4 is different, since it allows its users to go in much rougher water than typical micro skiffs would. In this sense, the S4 is more of a micro boat than a micro skiff, and by boat we mean a seaworthy one. In the case of the S4, seaworthiness is achieved through better stability that relies both on the twin-hull (catamaran) built, and on the Jet-ski like saddle seat, namely on a solid and efficient combination of physical stability and ergonomic stability, I.E. balancing capabilities.
If you’re driving a typical micro skiff, or fishing from it, and it gets hit by a 3 ft wake that a big powerboat generated, you’re in trouble. But if this happens to you when you’re in an S4, the incident is unlikely to leave a noticeable impression on you.
This is probably a good occasion to mention yet another difference between typical micro skiffs and the Wavewalk S4, which is that if you fish from the first, you might get stranded in shallow water at low tide, and this can’t happen with the S4, since thanks to its narrower built and extremely light weight, you can always raise its motor and paddle it (or pole it) like you would to a common kayak, or a canoe.
Sometimes life is better than expected.