The W720 is a successful embodiment of the Wavewalk Micronautical design. It is the perfect blend between kayak and boat performance – The ease of paddling with the stability and control required for motorizing.
As a kayak, the W720 tracks like no other, thanks to its long waterline, and it’s more stable than any other kayak out there, including fishing kayak behemoths that are over 40 inches wide, and weigh north of 120 lbs.
As a motorboat, it is nimble and responsive, and the easiest to launch and beach.
On top of this, the W720 is comfortable to ride in, thanks to its high saddle seat that stretches along the center line of its cockpit, and allows for up to three passengers to enjoy paddling and/or motorizing on lakes, rivers, flats and estuaries.
It definitely stands apart from the crowd of electric motor kayaks that neither look nor perform well.
The W720 Kayak Skiff does not offer the amazing seaworthiness of the S4 Microskiff, not its speed, but it is the best solo and tandem kayak out there, and it works perfectly as an ultralight motorboat, including as a dinghy (boat tender).
This video shows the W720 outfitted with a 3 gallon fuel tank, This quantity is enough for a whole day of nonstop driving with an outboard motor up to 3 HP (practically 2.5 HP). This tank was too large to fit inside one of the W720 hulls, but it conveniently fits on top of the saddle, between the motor and the driver.
Design, including boat design, is about choosing the formula that would best answer the requirements of the user. In the case of the S4 Microskiff, the requirements for extreme portability (easy car topping) and versatility (ability to paddle) led to a limitation on engine power, mostly due to its weight.
Many boat owners care about being able to reach the maximum speed that their boat allows for, so they spend much time and money on trimming their boat, and this article offers S4 Microskiff owners information and hand-on advice on how to trim their boat for speed.
One of the fist questions that future S4 owners ask is about motorizing, and more specifically, what size motor would best fit their needs –
3.5 HP or 6 HP outboard motor for my S4 microskiff? »
Wavewalk and its dealers sell the S4 microskiff non-motorized, and it’s up to the boat owner to choose what type and size of motor they will use. Wavewalk offers plenty of info and good advice on these subjects, and this is the latest article in this series.
It’s worth mentioning here that Wavewalk’s website offers dozens of articles including on subjects related to boat design and DIY projects. Articles Directory »
According to this article, the answer to this question depends on who’s asking – It’s possible for young and fit anglers who are willing to compromise substantially to fish out of kayaks, but all others are effectively prevented from doing it, because typically, kayaks are neither stable nor comfortable enough for serving in the capacity of a fishing vessel.
Stability and comfort, namely ergonomics, are related directly to boat design, and kayaks don’t necessarily have to be unstable or uncomfortable. With the same size of a typical fishing kayak, Wavewalk’s W720 and S4 provide a much higher degree of stability, seaworthiness, and comfort. People who use these boats never suffer from back pain while they travel in them, or fish from them, and neither do they experience instability when they stand up, as they would in SOT fishing kayaks, .
And by “people” we mean everyone, not just persons who are young and fit.
Speaking of Boat Design, words are not enough, and one must use numbers: The above series of images shows the W720, a patented catamaran kayak skiff that weighs 85 lbs, and is 31 inches wide. These dimensions make it easy to paddle compared to the top tier SOT fishing kayaks who are always wider and in most cases considerably heavier, while providing less stability than the W720 design does.
85 lbs and 31 inches are low figures in this field of top-tier fishing kayaks, and they also make Wavewalk’s kayaks easier to cartop, transport, and carry than other fishing kayaks, which can weigh over 100 lbs (up to 140 lbs!…), and be as wide as 42 inches, namely “barges”.
Wavewalk recently announced the new THE W720 CATAMARAN KAYAK-SKIFF.
The W720 is the newest model from the classic W700 series, and it comes with an integrated motor mount, standard. This mount is suitable for outboard motors up to 3 HP.
The W720 catamaran kayak-skiff weighs 85 lbs without a motor, and it’s perfect for inland fishing in ponds, lakes, and slow moving rivers.
With its roomy cockpit and its carrying capacity of 360 lbs, it can comfortably take up to two anglers on board.
Its price makes it even more appealing: $2,200 without shipping.
The W720 is not the S4, but it’s a stable and comfortable motorboat for up to two anglers, and it’s the easiest to cartop and carry.
In kayak fishing terms, the W720 is the most stable and roomy one or two person kayak out there, and the easiest to paddle (only 31 inches wide!).
And last but not least, the W720 is the only kayak out there that’s back pain free.
Whether human powered or motorized, the W720 is certainly the best of breed in fishing kayaks, and the only microskiff in the “even lighter than the S4” class.