Some microskiff manufacturers describe their products as being ‘ultralight’, and while they may mean what they say, how would those boats compare to a two-person microskiff that weighs just 80 lbs without the motor?
Practically speaking, all microskiffs, including the very basic ones and ones that are labeled solo skiff require transportation by trailer, especially if their owner doesn’t happen to have a fishing buddy to help them car top the boat.
These two videos show the new W700 microskiff operated by a driver both in the seated and standing positions –
– Make sure to watch this YouTube video in high quality 720 HD:
And this video shows the same truly lightweight microskiff serving as a leisure boat and tender, with a passenger on board, :
The name microskiff implies small size, which indeed is characteristic of this class of fishing boats. But although microskiff are lightweight and not too big, they still require transportation by trailer, which means that their owners are forced to launch them from boat ramps, namely drive there, wait in line, spend precious time on launching, and then waste additional time on getting the boat out and driving back from the boat ramp.
Needless to say that boat ramps are always located exactly where the fish are, and this means that further time must be spent on driving the microskiff from the boat ramp where it was launched to the fishery, and back.
Few microskiff models are small and lightweight enough to be car topped by one person, which means that their owners are prevented from using them as a solo skiff – No fishing buddy means that your fishing trip is canceled.
But on top of the transportation and launching problems, the typical microskiff presents yet another problem, which is that it’s not always convenient to drive it in shallow water, which is where it’s supposed to be operated, and poling it is both slow and physically draining. Unfortunately, unlike kayaks and canoes, microskiff are too wide for paddling, be it with canoe paddles, or more conveniently, with dual blade (a.k.a. “kayak”) paddles.
Being close relatives of the dinghy, microskiff can be rowed by means of oars, but this method of propulsion is physically hard, slow, and requires expertise that most people don’t have.
Designing the perfect microskiff
If we could design a perfect microskiff, what would we require? –
The first thing would be to get rid of transportation by trailer and everything that entails, and have such microskiff be easily car topped by its crew, whether it’s a crew comprised of two fishermen or just one. In other words, the second requirement from such a perfect boat should be that it can serve as both a two person fishing boat as well as a soloskiff, as far as all functions and situations are concerned. This microskiff should offer enough room for two people stay in for long hours, as well as fish without the problems that often plague tandem crews that fish from small boats such as canoes, job boats, and even microskiff.
Another set of requirements would be related to propulsion and mobility: The prefect microskiff should work well both as a motorboat, I.E. using an outboard motor, but it would be fully operational under paddle, be it in a canoeing or kayaking mode. This requirement is no less than critical for fishing very shallow water, especially where vegetation abounds. Such dream boat should be easy to pole as well, namely that the person poling it would be able to stand in it without experiencing any balance problem.
The perfect microskiff should provide sufficient free board and stability to allow for going in choppy waters. This is a must have requirement, simply because you want a boat to go fishing both the flats and other places, including out there, in bays and estuaries where the water isn’t necessarily mirror flat.
But is it even possible to design such a boat?
It is, and the coming Wavewalk™ 700 series fits all these requirements, and some more.
Here is short video that explains what the W700 is about –
As seen in this video, most of these features have already been successfully tested in the Wavewalk™ 570 series, and the W700 is basically a bigger but just slightly heavier (20 lbs difference) version featuring a much more spacious cockpit, and offering a much bigger load capacity. Both these benefits turn it into a trailer-free, two-person microskiff that you can easily car top and paddle by yourself.
W570 INF 20 Microskiff Configuration with inflatable side flotation and spray shield
These two short videos will demonstrate performance that you might not have thought to be possible –
The new W570 series from Wavewalk is a great car-top, motorized solution for offshore fishing. Models from this series feature a transom motor mount, a detachable spray shield, and a pair of high capacity detachable, inflatable flotation modules.
The Wavewalk 570 NF 20-15 in offshore action, in the chop:
Here’s a new video showing the W570 20-15 microskiff mounted with a 6 HP Tohatsu outboard. This boat is very overpowered, but still, it’s interesting video to watch –
W570 20-15 overpowered with a 6 HP Tohatsu outboard
Same boat viewed from behind. Note that the TMM 20-15 motor mount had to be reinforced so it could withstand the weight and torque of this powerful outboard motor.
Downsize and Upgrade
Since 2004, people around the world have been fishing from this small boat, inshore and offshore, and according to them, it’s the world’s best personal fishing craft. The boat is commonly known as the W fishing kayak, thanks to its small size, light weight, and the fact you can also use it in no-motor zones (NMZ), but the term ‘kayak’ belittles this unique craft –
The W Personal Micro Skiff gets you anywhere a full size skiff would, and beyond, to fishing spots unreachable by other skiffs, jon boats, and even by conventional fishing kayaks.
It offers you full comfort and control, both riding its jet-ski style saddle, and standing up.
You can launch, go and beach anywhere, and never use a trailer or boat ramp again.
One person can cartop this boat that weighs less than 60 lbs without the motor and detachable motor mount, and 93 lbs with a 2hp Honda outboard attached to it.
Two of these personal micro skiffs can be easily uploaded and attached on top of any car rack, even that of a sedan. A pair of 2hp outboard gas motors fit in the trunk of any car.
This personal microskiff outfitted with a 2hp outboard gas engine can tow another kayak or canoe behind at a 5mph speed. This option offers the owner to take with them other people on prolonged camping and fishing trips, as well as carry additional gear, for longer expeditions.
Watch this video to get a more realistic insight of the possibilities this small craft offers –
Wavewalk is a kayak manufacturer licensed by the US Coast Guard (USCG).
This unique craft is an embodiment of our US Utility Patent Number 6,871,608 ‘Twin Hull Personal Watercraft’.
Patented Twin Hull. Catamaran Style Hulls With Longitudinal (Jet-Ski Style) Riding Saddle.
Main Advantages: Unchallenged Stability, Dry, Most Comfortable, No back Pain. Unmatched Tracking.
Comparable to a mid-size kayak. Length = 11’4″, Width = 29″, Height = 17″ (without motor).
Weight: 60lbs (without motor), 93 lbs With 2hp Outboard Motor, Fuel and Motor Mount.
Main Advantages: Fully Portable, Easy to Car Top. Launch, Go, Fish and Beach Anywhere.
Recommended – 2hp 4-Cycle Honda Outboard with a 20″ propeller shaft. Works with outboard motors featuring 15″ propeller shafts as well. Other types of propulsion include electric motors, propane outboards, kayak paddles, poling poles, canoe paddles, rowing oars, and various sailing rigs.
Main Advantages: Unrivaled versatility, No-Motor Zone (NMZ) Compatible when non-motorized.
1 Person Micro Skiff (Motorized) for Fishing, plus Kayaking, Canoeing, Sailing, and a Yacht Tender.
Tandem: If the driver is not heavy, they may take an additional, lightweight passenger on board. Alternatively, when outfitted with a small outboard gas engine, this boat can tow a kayak or canoe with another passenger, at a 5mph speed.
Main Advantages: High Performance, Full Service Micro Skiff for One Passenger. Unrivaled Versatility, Unrivaled Ease of Use, Unrivaled Mobility.
Why choose a W Personal Micro Skiff over a typical micro skiff?
The W Personal Micro Skiff offers you almost all the advantages you get from a typical, conventional micro skiff, plus some extra advantages in transportation, portability, mobility and versatility, and the only price you pay for these advantages is being able to take less passengers on board.
In other words, this small watercraft offers unbeatable value –
The following chart summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of the W Personal Micro Skiff, compared to a typical micro skiff:
W vs. Typical Micro Skiff – Comparison
Typical Micro Skiff
W Personal Micro Skiff
5-15 hp: $2-10 K
2 hp: $1 K
Boat Net Weight (Without Motor)
Max. Load Capacity
Typical # of Passengers
Max. # of Passengers
Mobility I – Obstacles
Mobility II – Portable
Watch a video playlist of this personal skiff:
How easy is it to transport a personal microskiff?
It’s pretty easy, since the personal microskiff weighs just 60 lbs without a motor and motor mount.
Watch this movie shot by a Wavewalk fan who outfitted his W500 with a 6 hp Tohatsu outboard motor shows the boat going at 13 mph at 1/3 throttle: