Fishing

A microskiff like no other

S4 seaworthy microskiff for offshore fishing, Hawaii

Typically, a microskiff (micro skiff) is a small size, flat-bottomed boat designed to carry two to three anglers on board in flat water fishing trips. Microskiffs are not associated with offshore fishing, or seaworthiness.

But the S4, despite being the most lightweight and portable of all microskiffs, is different in the sense that it’s also a seaworthy boat that stability wise offers performance comparable to those wide inflatable dinghies, while being considerably more comfortable.

One such S4 is the microskiff that Terry Wilkison fishes from in the Pacific ocean around the island of O’ahu, Hawaii. And by the way, before he got an S4, Terry used to fish from a wide inflatable dinghy.

Terry’s S4 is propelled by a 5 HP outboard motor equipped with an alternator that provides electric power to a lighting system and two small bilge pumps – If you go in big ocean waves, and in the dark, you have to be well prepared.

Terry also outfitted his S4 microskiff with a swivel seat, and a rod rack for four fishing poles.

Terry fishes solo from his microskiff, buy he could easily take a fishing buddy on board, if he wanted, since despite its light weight and small size, the S4 is not a solo skiff.

And this short movie shows what it’s like to drive Terry’s S4 in the ocean:

A new look at the super micro skiff

People who watch videos showing the Wavewalk S4 micro skiff in action have no problem realizing that it raises the bar in performance terms, beyond anything that small skiffs, Jon boats and fishing kayaks can. However, some people find it harder to understand how the S4 is built, and this is not surprising, since the S4 is unique, and revolutionary.

Recently, Wavewalk released this new technical figure (see above) that describes the S4 visually, in detail. In itself, this figure isn’t enough to provide a full understanding of all the aspects of the S4’s technical innovations, unique features, and high performance in multiple applications, but it can serve as an additional means to get a better insight.

Click this link to see this figure in full size

Note the slanted sides of the cockpit that enhance performance in kayaking and canoeing, and the front deck that can serve as a stand up casting platform, which is a feature typical to microskiffs.

Also, it’s worth noting the integrated (molded-in) pairs of carry handles (total of 4) at the bow and stern, which make it so easy to carry this ultralight microskiff, as well as attach it to a vehicle or a dock, or to another boat.

Looking at the animated slideshow featuring on this website’s header is another good means for getting an instant snapshot of the Wavewalk S4 unrivaled capabilities, but eventually, learning about these things is best done by watching movies. For this reason, we recommend visiting Wavewalk Kayak and Microskiff YouTube channel »

 

 

 

High speed and seaworthiness for the Wavewalk S4 microskiff

Microskiff are neither fast nor seaworthy, or at least this was the common perception of these small skiffs, until now.
But Wavewalk’s S4 has recently begun to show that it can push the microskiff’s performance envelope in terms of speed and seaworthiness.
The S4 features a twin hull (full fledged catamaran hull) and a personal watercraft (PWC) saddle-seat, so it is constrained neither by the mono-hull form, which is inherently unstable, nor by the ergonomics of small skiffs’ seats that limit the users’ ability to balance themselves effectively.
The S4 also lighter than other microskiffs (98 lbs without a motor), and this is a good thing when speed is concerned.

The following two movies were shot in Key Largo, in southern Florida. They feature the Wavewalk S4 outfitted with a 9.8 HP Tohatsu outboard, which is a powerful motor for this class of small watercraft. Interestingly, the S4 is officially designated as a kayak, so the fact that it clocked 17 mph makes it the world’s fastest motor kayak.

Captain Larry Jarboe drives the S4 at 17 mph on flat water:

 

High speed in the ocean chop, seated and standing:

 

Solo skiff?

Solo skiff means a skiff for one person, and this definition does not fit the S4, which can accommodate up to three adults anglers and their gear, in the microskiff configuration, that is powered by an outboard motor, such as see here –

 

Photos courtesy of Mike Silva, Massachusetts

Pushing the microskiff boundaries

The Wavewalk S4 has pushed the microskiff boundaries in all directions –
It showed that a microskiff can be effectively paddled, and that the slogan “Forget about paddling” belongs in the dustbin of history. After all, when it comes to skinny water, paddling can be key, and even critically important, and the same is true for weedy water.
The S4 also proved that a microskiff can be easily car-topped by one person, and its users can be freed from having to transport it on a trailer and launch it only at boat ramps.
And now, the S4 has pushed the microskiff envelope again, by displaying top performance in rough water, waves, offshore, and on flat water.

In sum, these are good times for anglers who are looking for a lightweight, portable boat that would effectively replace both a fishing kayak and a skiff, Jon boat, and dinghy, for flats fishing as well as offshore fishing.