I designed my roof racks to comfortably carry two Wavewalk kayaks side by side, but had to deliver three this last weekend to various parts of Auckland.
30 Wavewalk Super kayaks were packed into a 40 foot container and shipped to us. Here are pictures of the container at the USA end – being packed and on the road.
At the New Zealand end of the journey things are not quite as smooth. I don’t have pictures of the container being unpacked, but I have pictures of the cartons arriving at the premises where I work and being SQUEEZED into storage in the most difficult of places.
The following pictures show the arrival of the first 15 cartons of kayaks, 2 cartons of accessories, and the XL flotation.
The caption on the bottom left picture should read “Not a good picture”
The first lot arrived on a Friday and I had some help to get the cartons up on to the mezzanine storage. The second lot arrived the following Monday and at the time of writing are still stored in alleyways – apart from 2 that have been sent out to their patient owners.
I have 2 more waiting to be despatched, 3 assembled for display and the rest will find their way to the mezzanine eventually.
The workshop area does not look impressive, but it actually works well. I have a compressor on wheels so I can move it from end to end. I would normally only have 1 Wavewalk in the workshop, but currently have 3 and there is more space to operate than the pictures show.
The last picture might be more impressive if I left the kayaks unpacked, but an industrial warehouse can be a dusty environment, so I always repack them in their cartons once I have finished the assembly.
Here are pictures of the arrival of the second 15 kayaks.
In the 2012/2013 season we sold out of W500 kayaks and had to get an extra shipment. We sold kayaks right through the winter this year, with several going to the north of the South Island.
We now have Wavewalk Kayak clients from Kaitaia in the North (Shane Hunt) to Timaru in the South (Peter Diston).
Right at this moment we have a container of 30 – W500s at the port and they should be with us in a few days.
There are no changes to the proven W500 recipe, but there is a new colour – Sand – which I cannot describe since I yet to see one. We also have the popular Bright Yellow and the Green.
I look forward to demonstrating our W500 for you this summer.
Boby (from Birkenhead) is one of the Wavewalk owners who has motorised his W500.
He says “I am fiddling around with it as I go or as I need to.
I made up an outboard ali bracket to takes short and long shaft motors. I have 3.5 HP 4 strokes short shaft on it at the moment (actuator plate level with the kayak hull) but its too powerful and water can splash up when it go abit faster when is choppy day (need spray skirt for this)
Im looking around for 2nd hand 2HP 4 strokes long shaft (actuator plate will be 3″ to 5″ lower than kayak hull) hoping to elimate water splash up problem.
I have my anchor sytem, trolley, paddle holder, etc sorted”
Here are photos of his motor mount.
“The outboard bracket - made from 5mm ALI plate and hollow box section – weight approx 3kg.”
He has done some interesting things at the other end of his Wavewalk as well.
“The front bar is 1″ stainless with an eye bolt in the middle. It goes between the 2 “scotties” side holes. It is my anchor rope holder. It work really well in strong current and much better than kayak anchor trolley”
” I am still thinking of the best way to mount a fish finder and will flip the pictures when I have them”
We have to thank everybody for a great season, and ask for patience.
We have had such a great season that we have sold out of Wavewalk W500 kayaks, and we have pre-sold 2 of the shipment that is due in early March.
The kayak fraternity has clicked on what a great craft the W500 is and we are desparate for kayaks.
If any W500 owner has decided that their fishing days are over, give us a call and I will connect you to some of the many people who contact us to see if we have any second hand units.
We are well on the way to a Summer which we all hope will be considerably better than last year with it’s endless strong North Westerlies.
We have had much greater interest in the Wavewalk W500 this year and have had several sales over the winter. I have done quite a few demos at the Hamilton lake, and one in Whangamata in deepest winter where we were able to demonstrate how you can launch the W500 in the sea while wearing jeans and sneakers and stay dry!
My most common “accessories” enquiries have been for wheels and outboard brackets which we don’t stock, but we are looking into having them available.
We are quite happy to fit rod holders and other components supplied by our clients, except for depth-sounder/fish finders. We don’t have enough knowledge to venture into electronics.
Please feel free to call us and organise a demonstration.
We are part of a growing community of distributors of these wonderful craft.
Check out the web sites of some of the other distributors
Wavewalk have moved to Hamilton, and we now have a show-room areas in which to display our wonderful W500′s.
Our new contact details are on the contact page, but here they are again.
Location – 6 Sheffield Street – Te Rapa – Hamilton.
This is also the location for
AllQuip Hire & Sales,
Tuff Gear (4WD equipment) and
Emmrod fishing rods
Do not get confused by the signage (at present there is none).
Our Phone and Contact details are.
Phone 07 849 2354
Cell 027 344 6361
Fax 07 849 2514.
Ken from Katikati writes
I went out in the kayak for the first time this morning.The wind appeared to have eased off,so I went out from Beach Road at 8am.High tide was early this morning,so it wasn’t the best time to go, but I didn’t want to wait any longer
to try it.
I shall have to do some fine tuning in how I use it,but the bottom line is that I am thrilled with it,and it will get a lot more use than my Esprit.
I found it difficult to use the riding position,as I have extra long legs,so I ended up paddling in the sitting position,and felt quite happy with that,even though the wind got up and I ended up having to paddle into a 500mm chop and strong head wind..
I have very little padding on my rear end,so after 3 hours was a bit sore,so I think a padded seat must be my next project,which might also make it easier to use the riding position.
On the way back I decided to try standing up,and ended up flat on my back both times!!! This was because I wear Neoprene boots when paddling,and they are smooth soled and just too slippery .
So another project will be a non-slip finish on the inside bottom of the hull[or on my boots.!!!!!!]
I have fitted a plate to attach the electric outboard,but have yet to wire up the battery packs,so that is a test for another day.
I will attach some photos of my set up,and will send more once I have tried the motor.
Once again,thank you very much for the handles,which I am sure will make it easier for me to lift the kayak.
And the wheels attached to the kayak
The clever way Ken has dealt with fixing his wheels in place.
And Kens Outboard bracket
Wednesday 27th July.
The sea looked very calm and despite the fact that I didnt get away till quite late I decided to try fishing around Kohi point. I launched the W500 at the West End of Ohope beach at about 2.30 in the afternoon and headed around the point past Otarawairere Bay and out to the point. Full tide was around 3.50pm so I decided that I would paddle until 3.00 and then fish.
I unleashed the Emmrods – put a 2 oz. sinker on one line and got it to the bottom fairly quickly – a 1/2 oz. clip on sinker and a large pilchard on the other with plenty of line out so it would drift around. I let the wind and the very large swell (around 5ft) push me back to Ohope.
First fish was a small snapper (about 30cm) on the stray-line, second was a bigger snapper (about 38 cm) on the other line, and third was a decent kahawai on the stray-line again. The wind got quite strong (and very cold) and around 5.00pm I decided that if the surf was likely to get up I should tackle it with some light left.
I am not quite fit enough to paddle fast enough in the surf (yet). I did OK for a while, but ended up very sideways on to the breaking waves. I was pretty certain that I would end up in the water and had dressed for it, but threw my weight on the “uphill” side of the W500 and in spite of the fact that I got way past 45 degrees, the kayak recovered its composure and eventually so did the paddler, and both of us (padler and kayak) beached without further incident and proceded home to fillet the fish.