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.
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 »
Wavewalk is adding a new line of 13′ portable microskiff to its product offering.
The new line is called Series 4 (S4), and it’s named so since it’s the company’s fourth major boat line release since 2004.
The S4 will start shipping in April 2017.
This computer generated animated video shows the S4 portable skiff with and without a spray shield, and in the three colors in which it will be offered: White, Mud Brown, and Light Gray:
The S4 features a stand up casting platform at the bow, and it will be even more stable than the 700 series.
You’d have to get a large-size Jon boat if you wanted to be more stable than what this patented 38″ wide twin-hull (catamaran) can offer you.
Still, due to the slanted sides of its 8′ long cockpit, this skiff will deliver a better paddling experience than what wide canoes and fishing kayaks may deliver, and this is good news for flats fishermen and other anglers who like to fish in skinny water.
At 98 lbs, the S4 is definitely a car-topper, and a fully portable boat, namely one that frees its owner from the need to transport and store it on a trailer, and launch at boat ramps…
The S4 will take a payload of up to 680 lbs, which means that it will take on board two big and heavy anglers and their fishing and camping gear, plus an outboard motor.
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.
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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: