At 98 lbs without accessories, Wavewalk’s S4 is the world’s most lightweight skiff.
In fact, it is lighter than some fishing kayaks.
How does the S4’s light weight translate into advantages for its users?
Advantage in ratio of weight to carrying capacity (payload)
With its carrying capacity of over 650 lbs, the S4 boasts a weight to payload ratio of 1:6, and no other skiff comes close to delivering such performance.
In other words, every pound of Polyethylene from which this skiff is made, can carry six pounds of passengers, motors, equipment and provisions.
In this photo, Captain Larry Jarboe drives his S4 skiff at 10 mph with two adult passengers on board. The total payload carried here is over 550 lbs, and the position of the bow above the water shows that this S4 could have taken some extra weight on board.
Both the captain and passengers are relaxed and comfortable – This is a leisure trip in the mangroves of Key Largo, Florida, an area where many motorboats go, including fast powerboats that leave big wakes behind them.
The free board seen here, combined with the S4’s unrivaled stability, provide this crew adequate means to deal with this problem that everyone who goes in small boats, including Jon boats and micro skiffs is aware of, and often wary of.
Advantage in transportation that saves time
This micro skiff is so lightweight that one person can car top it on any vehicle by themselves, and transport the motor inside the vehicle.
No other skiff or micro skiff offers such performance in transportation. Not even paddle board style skiffs designed to carry just one person on board.
The economic advantage of being so lightweight is that the owners of the S4 skiff waste no time launching it at boat ramps, and they have more time to spend on the water, fishing, touring, and diving. In addition, they can save the money that other boat owners must spend on a trailer.
One person is enough to launch and beach the S4 practically anywhere.
Advantage in mobility and fishing in shallow water
In paddling terms, the S4’s light weight combined with its catamaran hull and its cockpit’s slanted sides makes it fun and easy to paddle, even for a solo paddler, who doesn’t necessarily have to be particularly strong or experienced, as told by this Texan angler in his “first impression” review of the Wavewalk S4 »
The ability to switch to anytime to an effective paddling mode is a major advantage for anglers who fish in shallow water, grass, seaweed, and no-motor zones, namely highly productive fisheries, such as the flats, mangroves, marshes, etc.
Paddling this skiff kayak is easy both seated and standing. The latter is yet another advantage since it greatly improves the ability of the angler who practices sight fishing to spot fish at a greater distance. This advantage is critical for fly fishing in these areas.