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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 »

 

 

 

Better than a full size skiff

Many people who own full size skiffs are acutely aware of the problems that come with such a boat, among which are the large footprint when stored on your property, maintenance (time and money), transportation by trailer, and being restricted to launching and beaching at crowded boat ramps (time and aggravation). The maintenance problem is more acute for boats that stay in the water for a long time.

Others are aware of actual shortcomings in performance that large size skiffs come with, namely poor stability in choppy seas, insufficient seaworthiness, and too much draft.

The first issue, namely stability and seaworthiness, turn driving a large size skiff in the ocean, or fishing for from it, into a problem, or simply an unpleasant experience – Passengers on board have to pay too much attention to their own stability, due to the action of waves, and as a result of the impact of wakes from fast motorboats passing nearby. Lackluster stability and low seaworthiness can reduce the fun of driving a large size skiff in the ocean, as well as the pleasure of fishing from it.

The second problem, which is excessive draft, is equally annoying – Typically, a large size skiff drafts more than a foot, because actual draft is measured at the lower tip of the motor’s skeg, and not at the lowest point of the hull. Such draft may not seem like a noteworthy problem unless you like to fish in shallow water, and it becomes more acute at low tides, when lack of proper planning or simply bad luck could result in your skiff being stranded for hours, with no means to move it due to its size and weight, which prevent dragging and paddling.
This is to say that shallow water fishing requires a lightweight boat with a very shallow draft, and large size skiffs are too heavy, and they draft too much to be considered as optimal for it.

There aren’t that many good substitutes to big skiffs, and not any micro skiff or portable boat can provide a solution without imposing other problems on their owner. Generally, portable boats are even less stable and seaworthy than bigger ones, and some craft such as a motorized board designed for a solitary user are not seaworthy at all, while being too heavy to car top.

Wavewalk’s new Series 4 (S4) can serve as a good substitute for a full size skiff, since although it can carry on board up to three anglers and their fishing gear, it is still lightweight enough to be car-topped by one person. The twin-hull of the S4 combined with its personal watercraft style saddle seat offer better stability and means for the passengers to balance themselves than most skiffs do, which makes this small boat highly seaworthy where bigger skiffs feel uncomfortable and even unsafe. The S4 can be launched from practically anywhere, and it can take a powerful 6 HP motor that makes it go at a good speed.

 

One person, car-top in thirty seconds –

 

 

Launch and beach anywhere –

 

 

Fast and fun to drive! –

 

 

Three full size anglers –

 

 

Two passengers –

 

 

Seaworthy! –