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Downsize and Upgrade – From Motorboat to Motor-Kayak

Many Australian anglers enjoy fishing from motor boats, but owning and operating such a boat comes with a price that an increasing number of anglers find to be a turnoff.

Storing a motorboat takes much space, and transporting it requires a trailer, which in its turn considerably reduces the number of available launching spots, and forces the owner to beach at the same place where they had previously launched.

For most of them, downsizing to a kayak is out of the question, and fishing kayak are notoriously unstable, uncomfortable, lack sufficient on board storage space, and do not offer a long enough range of travel. Outfitting a fishing kayak with an electric trolling motor doesn’t offer to solve the problem, really, and adding an outboard gas motor to a fishing kayak is impractical, unless it’s a W kayak, which from a boat owner’s perspective, offers the desired downsize, and at the same time an upgrade in performance, except when load capacity and the number of passengers on board are considered, which is a problem that can be easily address by using more than one motorized W kayak, or by using one motorized W kayak for towing a second, non-motorized W kayak.

The following video demonstrates in what way a W kayak outfitted with a 2 hp outboard motor enhances and improves the user experience for an angler who’s used to fishing from a small skiff. In the United States, the word skiff is commonly used to describe a small to medium size, flat bottom motorboat, used mainly for inland fishing, and fishing in estuaries, bays, and other protected offshore waters.
A microskiff is less known term encompassing the smallest of such skiffs.

With regards to this boat, “Downsize and Upgrade” refers to the ability to car top it instead of towing it on a trailer, carrying it over long distances, launching and beaching it anywhere, going and fishing in places that are not accessible to bigger craft – while staying stable, comfortable and dry, and traveling at a good speed (7.5 mph).

More info about these small-size micro skiffs, including a full comparison with other, traditional and bigger microskiffs can be found on microskiff.us >

Bird Watching From the W Fishing Kayak in Australia

Due to back problems, conventional kayaks and canoes have become unusable for Russell, so he ordered a W500 fishing kayak for himself to paddle solo and in tandem with his wife Wendy:

It got a first run up the Canning River. Wendy & I got in straight up and pushed off – I must say it very stable and everything I expected it to be.

Paddling double up required some focus, as I am used to a Canadian Canoe which is what we used in Zimbabwe.

As a fishing and bird watching platform the W500 is certainly is a great unit. The bird watching from the kayak has been great.

Most of my focus has been directed towards sorting out a pulley harness to store the kayak in our garage roof and make it easy to load when we go out.

Also thinking about installing a forward mount electric trolling motor that’s foot controlled and leaves your hands free for other things – used to be great for bass fishing in Zimbabwe.

Everything is fine – have not used the kayak as much as I would have liked.

I am still taking things very slowly still.

Wendy and I have had 2 great trips on the sea out to Penguin Island and Seal Island just south of Rockingham which we loved. On the last trip I had a session standing and paddling on my own which certainly highlighted why I went for the W500, plus how much less drag there is opposed to carrying 2 up.

On Saturday I took a friend up the Canning which he loved.

Plans in April / May to go up to Denmark, 450kms south of Perth to test it on the inlets there & hopefully will get some photos for you.

The only photos I have taken to date are of mostly of birds and some of the seals and for that the W500 has proved to be wonderful – it gets you right into the zone. Within a year or 2 we should also get back up to the Ningaloo reef off Exmouth again which is what I really wanted the Kayak for – To get us out to the whales just on the edge of the reef and the fishing.

I have made up a roof extension frame to help load up the W500 onto our Grand Vitara roof – thanks to the good advice from your site and current project is to make some trolley wheels so I can manage on my own.

At least the w500 gets me into spots that are good for the soul.

Russell

Bird-Watching on the Canning River With Ofer

Ofer lives in Sydney, Australia, and he recently got his W500 fishing kayak:

I am very happy, as the W500 is exactly what I needed.

It is perfect for my needs. Very stable and easy to maneuver.

Since I am using W 500 for photography, and I carry around 20 grand worth of equipment, I need it to be very stable and safe. I am using it in lakes and in calm sea, and in very shallow water at times. Looks great and I love it!

I am hoping to take my wife and 4 years old son on the kayak on weekends.

I mounted a serious electric motor on it.

Sometimes I need to transport the W500 over long distances as I have to access remote locations for bird photography. Attached are photos of the transport system I have made. It’s a modification of John Putnam’s kayak wheel setup. Very simple, easy to make and works like a dream!

Ofer

Kayak rigged with wheel for easy transportation