I must admit that I have largely ignored the Wavesport Diesel over the years. It hasn’t really been a boat that has made it onto my radar. Over the last few months this has changed as I have seen more and more Diesels on the water and have had an opportunity to try one out.


The Diesel from Wavesport has been around for some time but it has had a major design change over the years. The Diesel 65, 75 and 85 are generation I and the 70, 80 and 90 are generation II. Gen I models are still available but are marketed as the D65 and D75.


The newer generation II Diesel has more of a peaked deck to aid in resurfacing. The hull profile has a more progressive/continuous rocker and the side walls have been flared making its design not dissimilar to the newer crop of creek boats on the market today.


The images in this post show both gen I and II Diesels.

Wavesports Diesel is designed as a River runner that can also be put into action as a creeker if required. Wavesport bill it as the “4×4 of kayaks”.

From Wavesport:

Runs rapids like a fast creekboat with a hull that will also spin on green waves. It is, indeed, all that and more. Peaked deck for resurfacing – check. A honed combination of planing hull and continuous rocker for ultimate agility – check. Outfitting that will let Sasquatch fit in a kayak – big, hairy – check. Meet the SUV of river running.


Over the last few months I have had the opportunity to paddle a Diesel on various types of water and I really like it. It’s a really nice all round river runner and it can surf and spin pretty well to. The boat I tried has the older style black outfitting but newer models can be found with the newer Core outfitting found in the Recon.