Review of the Wavewalk® 700 tandem fishing kayak

The Wavewalk® 700 has been out for almost a year now, and it’s already possible to say that it passed the critical introduction phase with flying colors – No one has found anything bad to say about this boat, and practically anyone who’s paddled it, fished from it, or drove it with a motor, expressed their enthusiasm about it.

People from Sweden to New Zealand, and from Washington state to Florida praise its unbelievable stability that surpasses even the stability offered by the classic Wavewalk® 500, the world’s most stable kayak, until now.
The following video, which shows two anglers going in a W700 gets more interesting towards its end, when the seated angler stands up too:


Indeed outstanding, isn’t it? – The world’s only true tandem stand up fishing kayak and car-top boat.

Another video shows the boat-like stability that a paddler enjoys in this new super kayak:


The Wavewalk® 700 proved to perform like a true high-performance portable boat, that is powered by an outboard gas motor and not just by an electric trolling motor. And this setup works both for one user as it does for a crew of two:




The boat’s extreme stability and exceptional tracking allow to steer it with a joystick system, which makes driving not just easier, but really fun:



Most importantly, the W700 set a new record for comfort for all people, including elderly, big and heavy anglers such as the one in this video:



Despite being 20 lbs heavier than the W500, the 80 lbs is extremely lightweight in comparison to other fishing kayaks and car-top boats. In fact, one person can easily car-top on any vehicle, including SUVs:



The W700 has more storage for fishing and camping gear than any kayak, including even the W500, and this is a major advantage for anglers who go on long fishing trips.

When it comes to ergonomics, the W700 and W500 saddle seat are nearly identical, but the fact that the W700’s hulls are wider makes it more comfortable for big people, as well as for people with bad knees.
Here is a link to another Wavewalk® 700 review »

Like the classic W500, the W700 is back-pain-free, which further differentiates it from all other fishing kayaks out there, whether they are Sit-In or Sit-On-Top (SOT).

Price wise, the basic W700 R goes for $2,178, and this price includes shipping to the client’s address if it’s in the continental US (48 states). This is remarkably inexpensive considering the fact that the W700 is the hands-down best of breed in the top tier of the fishing kayak market, as it beats its rivals in all important factors, which are: Stability, Load Capacity (real-world), Speed, Comfort, Storage, Weight, Motorizing, Dryness, Mobility, Versatility, Tracking, Seaworthiness, and some more…

Lastly, the new W700 design features a built-in watertight saddle that doubles as flotation:


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The New Wavewalk™ 700 Series

This short promo movie shows a 3D animation of the W700 followed by a live action video footage of the smaller W570, to help the viewer compare between these two series. The 700 is bigger, stabler, and more spacious than the 500 series, and has 60% more load capacity.


The new Wavewalk™ 700 series will be available starting August 2015.

The 700 is a lightweight, super-stable, trailer-free, two-person fishing boat that you can easily paddle, car top and motorize by yourself.
It features a 7’8″ (233 cm) long cockpit that’s roomy enough for two anglers and their fishing gear. The storage it offers is comparable to what you get in a Jon boat or a fishing canoe.

Being able to paddle and pole this boat is an advantage when you and your fishing buddy want to fish in shallow water and in places where the vegetation prevents you from motorizing. As such, it’s unrivaled for bass fishing, as well as for fishing other species such as musky, bluegill, pike, catfish etc.

For the same reasons, the 700 is also a perfect microskiff for both solo and tandem crews, as it offers excellent mobility in the flats, as well as the ability to pole.

Launch, go and beach anywhere, whether you fish alone or with a fishing buddy.

The 700 series will be available in two-color combinations, and in white.
More info:

Sand and Green tandem fishing kayak 640




Yellow and Orange tandem fishing kayak top-view 640

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Innovations in Fishing Kayaks

Innovation implies advancement in the sense of improvement, but it often means little or nothing in practical terms.

The early years

The first kayaks designed mainly for fishing appeared on the market about ten years ago. They were basically very wide sit-in or SOT recreational kayaks outfitted with fishing rod holders and storage hatches.
Ten years ago is also the time when the first W300 series of W kayaks appeared on the market. And while those first W kayaks were not as good as the W500 series that replaced it in 2010, they revolutionized almost everything in kayak fishing.

Storage solutions

Anglers who bought those kayaks had to outfit them with milk crates because the storage solutions they offered were inadequate. They still are.

Kayak stability

Since those kayaks appeared in the market, they were touted as being extra stable. Well, this may be true in comparison to recreational kayaks and touring kayaks, but it fishing terms (I.E. ‘Fishability’) they were not stable enough to offer fishing in moving water for everyone, including anglers who are over 40 years old. They still aren’t.
Many sit-in and SOT kayaks today feature outriggers, whether as add-ons or integrated within their hull. While these outriggers add stability, they don’t add enough of it, and the problems they create both for paddling and fishing make them unpopular.
When it comes to stability, the W500 kayak series rules without a doubt.

Kayak ergonomics – yak back is still here for most

The dubious ergonomics of those early fishing kayak models was discussed all over the kayak fishing media, and since then, new cushioned seats as well as adjustable seats are being offered every year. However, the new seating solutions for sit-in and SOT kayaks are as inadequate as the ones that manufacturers offered ten years ago, and symptoms such as back pain and leg numbness plague practically any kayak angler who’s middle aged or elderly who fishes out of such kayaks. Depending on the angler’s age, level of fitness and back problems, the symptoms appear sooner or later.
Here too, if you’re over forty years old or elderly, and if your back is sensitive, the only solution that would work for you is offered by the W kayak, which is back pain free.

Kayak fishing standing

Interestingly, nearly all kayak manufacturers today offer kayaks they describe as ‘stand up fishing kayaks’, which they aren’t, unless the angler is young, physically fit, and willing to take unnecessary risks on flat water. In other words, while the volume of hype has increased manifold, actual performance in stability terms remained largely unchanged.
Luckily, regular people (I.E. non-athletic and not very young) who want to fish standing in their kayaks in real-world conditions can do it from a Wavewalk.


Fishing electronics technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, and nowadays kayaks outfitted with high-res fish finders are a common sight.

Human powered propulsion

Human powered propulsion has shown some progress as well – While the same lame pedal kayaks based on flapping fins still get promoted as offering hands free fishing that they don’t, other pedal driven kayaks offer rotating pedals and propellers, and this at least this makes this segment of the market less boring.

Motorized fishing kayaks

Ten years ago, fishing kayaks outfitted with electric trolling motors were rare, and today they’re a common sight. Furthermore, new Lithium-Ion batteries extend the range of travel for anglers who use such kayaks in both time and distance terms. However, when it comes to outfitting fishing kayaks with outboard gas motors, the only brand that offers a reasonable and effective solution is Wavewalk.

New designs

Ten years ago, the most common human powered boat for fishing was the canoe. It was more stable as well as more spacious than kayaks, and it offered better protection to its passengers. But it was too big and too heavy for one person to carry, and too hard to paddle unless it carried a tandem crew. Then came the hybrid canoe-kayak design, which is essentially a shallow canoe offering little free board. These new kayaks are usually too heavy for one person to carry, especially if they’re middle aged or elderly, they are sluggish and hard to paddle, less comfortable than canoes, and prone to get filled with water from waves and eddies. This is to say that although innovative, hybrid kayaks offer little benefits in real terms.

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Understanding more about the SOT fishing kayak design

Do you fish out of a SOT (sit-on-top) kayak, or have you tried fishing from this platform?
If so, you may have wondered why it is sluggish and hard to paddle, and why water coming out of the scupper holes keeps flooding your ride’s deck. In fact, you may have even decided to plug those scupper holes once and for all, as many SOT kayak anglers do, eventually.
Part of the SOT kayak’s sluggishness is the result of its being typically wider than other types of kayak (e.g. sit-in and W kayak) in order to compensate for its inferior stability, which is the result of the user being seated in the L-position on top of an elevated deck.
But there’s more to it, and this article discussing the hull design of SOT kayaks explains the negative effects that scupper holes and narrow tunnels incorporated into the hull have on the kayak’s hydrodynamics, namely how they work to reduce its speed.

View of the underside of a typical SOT kayak's hull

Figure 1: View of the underside of a typical SOT kayak’s hull

It turns out that both scupper holes and narrow channels or tunnels create turbulence and drag that make the SOT kayak’s hull even less efficient in hydrodynamic terms.

Most interesting is the revelation that scupper holes are there not to drain water from the kayak’s deck, but these vertical molded-in tunnels’ main job is to prevent the deck from collapsing under the weight of the user and their gear.

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A kayak that’s useful for fishing…

Paul Malm is a fishing guide and tackle manufacturer from Iowa , and this review was first published in the Fishing Kayak Blog.

I have recently purchased a new type of fishing kayak called the WaveWalk 500 that’s very useful in the waters around here. I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying the W. I wish I would have bought one sooner!
I’m also offering kayak trips for those who just want to get out for the day and enjoy the experience. This particular design is more stable on the water than any other kayak I have seen. Plus the amount of storage of these unique kayaks blows them all away, too. Fishing while standing is no problem at all, and they are very comfortable to spend extended time in. You can actually lay down in this one!
This has been one the most unusual years I have ever been witness to as far as the weather and the fishing goes. In Northwest Iowa the rains seemed never-ending for a while, especially on weekends. Waters are high all over the area, with levels that have not been seen in a few seasons.
As far as the rivers go, these heavy rains have caused a lot of flooding, and as for fishing, it depends on where you live and what you are fishing for. Because of the unstable rivers and muddy waters, the musky and pike bite has been off and on from day to day. Nothing that you can predict with the crazy barometer this year. The bass, crappie, and big bluegills, on the other hand, have been great this year!

I have been fishing out of my new WaveWalk 500 fishing kayak and it has been giving me access to waters that others are not able to get to. As a result, I am able to target fish that are not pressured, and it is working very well. It is amazing how much you can see and learn from such a silent , low-profile craft. Fish swim right under you without spooking. Awesome to see! I am now offering kayak trips and kayak fishing through my guide service. Right now I am only able to take one person at a time for kayak bookings, but I am hoping to change that shortly.

I am also offering bow-fishing trips. You would be surprised how much fun it is to get a 20 pound carp on the end of an arrow. You can’t stop the smile on your face! Once again, from the kayak I can only do one at a time, but there are other options, too.

I am also offering fishing lessons and classes for small parties or large groups. I have been certified by the State of Iowa DNR as an official “Fish Iowa” Instructor. So not only do I get the honor and privilege of introducing many people to the sport, but this also gives me access to many of the materials the DNR makes available for young or new fishermen, promoting our great fishing in the State of Iowa!

I am proud to introduce the latest in my line of terminal tackle. It is another leader, but geared towards finer fishing. This product came up as a result of a day of walleye fishing where the big pike were biting me off every other cast. Not a major problem, but I was after walleye that day, not pike. But walleye will not take to the sight of a heavy leader and it seems a little silly to cast a curly-tail jig on one too. So I went home that night and came up with what I will use from now on when casting for walleye during aggressive feeding. The snap is of my own design again, with nothing to open or close, changing lures in an instant. Whether you fish for bullheads or musky, it is great just to get out and enjoy a little of what nature has to offer.


(unofficial) Iowa state record for Bluegill

As far as safety concerns about tandem use. I am picky about who goes out in the W500 with me. There is a certain way to do things that has been working out very well. Large people are not showing interest in kayaking, they want the bigger boat. Most of the people I have taken in the kayak are not large, so no problems there. The way we work it for bow-fishing, the person in front stands and shoots the bow, the person in back is the navigator. This works great! As far as fishing, the client stays seated and fishes in front while I overlook everything from the rear. I have had no issues at all doing things this way. And I still get to cast myself! I am a big one on safety for my clients, if I thought there was any problem at all, I would not be taking them out. A little common sense can go a long way also. Not much of that left in today’s world it seems sometimes.
I forgot to mention that I have explored the option of other kayaks, even before I bought my W500. I was not impressed by any of them. There are a couple that are no doubt usable, but nowhere near as convenient for one person to handle and move around with. My plan is to add at least one more W500 to my inventory. I am just waiting for business to pick up. I know where I can get cheap kayaks right now, but nothing I would care to have clients in or around. I won’t risk my name on shoddy equipment. Like the old saying goes, You get what you pay for! I am sure it won’t be an extended wait before my W500 fleet starts to grow! I am looking forward to it!

Things have been a little slow lately because of the weather. Hot and humid, just like a normal Iowa summer. People tend to think that fish cannot be caught right now. It’s tough to get across that fish can be caught almost all the time, you just have to adjust tactics, time of day, or try another species! I had my youngest son (22) out in the W a couple days ago and he had an absolute blast. He wants to go out again soon. We were bow-fishing, but we were laughing so hard.

Paul Malm

Malm Fishing Services, Northwestern Iowa

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About Motorizing Your Fishing Kayak

Electric or gas outboard?

Electric trolling motors can be very useful on kayaking ventures, but once the battery goes flat, a rather unfortunate situation, you may find yourself stranded a long distance from your initial launching spot. When this happens, you will be forced to paddle your fishing kayak with a heavy battery on board, all the way back the way you came, possibly against wind and/or current. In addition, the propeller of the electric trolling motor might become entangled in submerged fishing lines, seaweed, and other underwater obstacles, especially in shallow water, a common locale to go fishing with your kayak.

It’s plain common sense that people don’t get stronger with age, and many senior anglers find they can’t go fishing from kayaks because they don’t have the strength necessary to paddle long distances and in inclement conditions, such as against the wind, or current.

2-cycle or 4-cycle outboard motor?

Taking all of these problems into consideration, such senior kayak anglers may be interested by a new method of motorizing fishing kayaks .In addition, the motor used is a sleek, modern, 4-cycle (4 stroke) engine that is a cinch to start, easy to maintain, lacks the need for mixing oil and fuel, does not create odorous fumes, and is quieter. All of this superior performance is achieved without it being heavier than a 2 stroke engine of the same size.

You may want to use a two cycle engine, but these motors are known to be stinky, and often irritatingly loud. In fact, new outboard motors on the market are all 4-cycle.

Perhaps this movie could inspire you? –

More info on this small motorboat concept viewed from the standpoint of a small boat owner >

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