Saturday, July 22, 2017

Big and heavy guy in motorized fishing kayak - No back pain, no discomfort, just fun

Back pain is the number one source of disability in the United States, and the majority of adults in this country are overweight. Coincidence? Surely not  -
Back pain and excess weight are strongly correlated, and the more unwanted weight one gains the more they're likely to experience back pain and suffer from related disabilities.

So what's a 330 lbs guy to do if he loves fishing and boating?
Paddling a SOT or sit-in kayak is out of the question, obviously, because it requires sitting in the non-ergonomic posture known as the L position, which creates discomfort, back pain and sometimes even leads to back injuries.
Fishing out of a Jon boat or a small skiff isn't a solution either, because these boats aren't particularly comfortable, and being heavy too, they're not easy to handle during launching and take-out.

The solution? - A new portable (car-top) boat that's as lightweight as a big kayak, more stable than many regular motorboats, and more comfortable. This patented, twin-hull (catamaran) skiff kayak is the new Series 4 (S4) from Wavewalk.
The S4 weight a little less than 98 lbs without accessories, and it paddles better than most kayaks out there.
The S4 features a saddle seat similar to the seat of a large-size personal watercraft (PWC), which unlike kayak seats induces no back pain.
When driven with an outboard motor, the driver can ride the S4 in two comfortable positions -
The first position is Riding, namely facing forward with a leg on each side of the saddle, on both sides of the body. In this posture, the driver's legs support their upper body naturally and most effectively, and provide the most intuitive and efficient means for them to balance themselves.
The second position side-saddle, namely with both feet in one hull, and the user facing the side of the boat.
Both these postures are pain free, comfortable for the back and the legs, and allow for full control and stability in the S4, in driving as well as in fishing, as shown in this video -

More about the causes for back pain in kayaking and the ways to solve the problem ⏩

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Big Guys, Heavy Guys, Elderly Guys, Disabled Guys... - Back Pain and Kayaking Don't Necessarily Go Together Anymore

Being a big guy almost always means that you're going to feel uncomfortable sitting in a kayak, whether you just paddle it or you also fish from it.
The same is true if you're overweight - Being seated in the notorious L position is definitely not going to make you happy.
And if you happen to be elderly, you're probably going to avoid paddling kayaks and fishing out of these uncomfortable and tippy little boats.
Being disabled is tough enough, without having to balance yourself on top of a kayak, or having to struggle with getting in and out of it, as well as experiencing back pain.
Well, it's all true for Sit-In Kayaks and Sit-On-Top (SOT) kayaks, but it is definitely not the case with Wavewalk kayaks and boats, which are tiotally back pain free, even if you fall into one of the above categories, and even if you fall within all of them, as this elderly, big heavy and disabled fisherman from Texas explains in his comprehensive Wavewalk 500 review -

"I am 61, 280lbs, retired, 100% disabled, veteran Navy Officer.
I have a very bad back resulting from damage done while I was on active duty. My back has 4 bad disks in the lower end, three bad disks in the neck, and pinched nerves going to my legs. Added to this I suffer from Fibromyalgia. My meds for the most part keep the pain at a semi-manageable level, but the hurt never goes completely away. If I can help some other Vet or civilian with frequent orthopedic pain be able to enjoy kayaking it’s good enough for me....   - Before I found the Wavewalk 500, kayaking was beyond my capability."

Good news that should give hope and relief to many people!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Kayaking with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Pat Irwin from Homer Alaska has MS, and he writes:

"The Wavewalk position is working great for me. I can now enjoy all that Homer, Alaska has to offer by way of the water and I can get a good workout as well without my legs going numb. I have MS [Multiple Sclerosis] and exercise is crucial for me to stay ahead of this disease, and cycling is getting to the point that it’s hard for me to even get my heart rate up much less get a workout. The Wavewalk now allows me to work my strong upper body, get a good workout, and enjoy the beauty of Alaska’s coast line.
I may even catch a few fish!
Thank you for making this possible."

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Drive your motorized fishing kayak or boat in comfort

Driving a motorized fishing kayak or a small motorboat can be a pain, literally.
Outboard motors are great, but they're not exactly designed for maximum comfort, and their tillers are basically just simple devices that allow the driver to direct the propeller and set the RPM, which makes them easy to operate, but not comfortable to use.
In most small boats such as dinghies and Jon boats, the driver sits at the rear part of the boat, namely the stern, next to the motor, or right in front of it, and holds the tiller's grip handle. This can work without any problem for a short drive, but the fact that in most cases the driver has to turn sideways makes things a bit problematic for longer trips.
Driving with an articulated tiller extension allows the driver to sit facing forward, which is a considerable advantage, since the driver no longer to twist their body and stretch their left arm backward, but having to control speed and direction with one's forearm, wrist, and elbow can be hard over long distances.
The next step in comfort is driving with a steering wheel. This makes steering very easy, even over long periods of time, but the steering wheel is fixed in one position, and doesn't allow switching from driving seated to driving standing...
And this is where the joystick steering shines, as this video shows:

Note how easy and natural it is for the driver to stand up and sit down, and how stable he is evenin this choppy water, and when performing sharp turns standing up.
No back pain, no shoulder pain, no wrist pain - Just pure fun!