Anglers who dislike wasting time launching and beaching their boat at boat ramps dream of a car-top boat, and the Wavewalk® 700 can be easily car-topped, even by one person, as seen in this video:
But this is not where the advantage provided ends – The Wavewalk® 700 is not just a car-top boat, it is also a portable boat, namely one that that can be easily carried (portaged) from the transporting vehicle (car, SUV, pickup truck) to the beach, and back, even on rough terrain.
This can be done just by dragging the boat on the ground, and even one person can do it, as seen in this W500 video:
It’s harder to do with an outboard motor is attached to the boat, but still possible if the boat is outfitted with a pair of wheels, which can be carried on board once the boat has been launched.
Some kayak manufacturers claim that certain kayak models they offer are suitable for photography (I.E. wildlife photography). While it’s possible to shoot pictures out of such kayaks, categorizing them them as suitable for wildlife photography is more wishful thinking than solid reality, regardless of such kayaks being sit-in, SOT, or hybrid canoe-kayaks.
Some fishing kayak models are very wide, and as such they offer a higher degree of lateral stability than similar designs that are just Touring or Recreational kayaks, but other than that, such ultra-wide kayaks fail to provide wildlife photographers with what we consider to be a basic package of services.
Such basic package includes adequate stability, of course, and the ability to paddle standing and shoot photos while standing with no ifs and buts. Needless to say that photographers who spend long hours (and sometimes days) paddling their kayaks and shooting from them cannot enjoy doing so if they use a kayak that forces them to be seated in the non-ergonomic L position, which is the traditional kayaking position in which the kayaker’s legs are awkwardly stretched in front on them, and the lower part of their body is encased between a set of footrests and a backrest that compresses their lumbar spine in a horizontal direction.
Plentiful dry storage space is essential for outdoor photographers who go on a kayak photography trips since they usually carry a lot of expensive photographic equipment with them, including cameras, tripods and lenses.
It goes without saying that being able to launch, travel and beach the kayak in aquatic environments that are not necessarily accessible due to shallow water, vegetation and all sorts of obstacles is a substantial advantage, because such environments tend to be rich in wildlife. This requirement means that heavy kayaks are out of the question, and this rules out most wide fishing kayak models, as well as other kayak models labeled as touring kayaks that fail to pass the mobility test phrased by Wavewalk as “launch, go and beach anywhere”.
Excessive size and weight make some kayaks irrelevant if only because they are so hard to car top and carry over long distances.
Taking into consideration all these technical requirements as well as others, the only kayak that can deliver an acceptable performance in terms of photography is Wavewalk’s W500.
Many watercraft labeled fishing kayak are too bulky and heavy to be paddled, but another problem that accompanies such barges is that they’re practically impossible to car top.
This ‘oversize’ issue is yet another one that defies the purpose of kayak fishing – With their weight varying between 80 and north of 120 lbs, transporting such overgrown kayaks and ‘hybrids’ requires using a small boat trailer, because an average person cannot upload them on top of their vehicle. This is a major turnoff, since having to launch and beach in boat ramps is an experience that most anglers don’t like.
Other, smaller and lighter kayaks can be car topped, but they normally require a special kayak rack attached to the car’s standard car rack, which is not just inconvenient, but it happens to be costly as well.
The solution is to have a fishing kayak that’s lightweight enough for anyone to car top with no problems, and does not require installing a special kayak rack. This type of kayak does exist, in fact, and it’s no other than the Wavewalk –
As you can see in the last part of this video, it takes less than a minute to upload such a kayak on top of a sedan outfitted with a regular car rack. This is done within seconds, from the back of the vehicle, as shown in the last part of this video:
This photo shows the basic setup, which includes just two towels that protect the car paint from getting scratched by the kayak: