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Old 27-10-2010, 23:13   #1
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Adding Stability / Floatation to Walker Bay 8 Dinghy

We have a WB-8 dinghy that we love for its toughness, lightness, sailing ability and row-ability (?).
However 2 (average weight) adults, some groceries and a 4HP outboard at half throttle results in perilous voyages in choppy seas as the freeboard is a bit limited.
I am looking at fixing 3 x 12" diam fenders each side, horizontally, using saddles and Spectra to increase the freeboard and the stability.
Walker Bay have an after-market kit available but it is almost as expensive as the dinghy's purchase price.
If anybody has any ideas or suggestions, they would be most welcome.
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This is 8 stowaway fenders -4 down each side, inside of mesh tubes. I've made a couple of set of these and they work great.

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Re: Adding Stability / Floatation to Walker Bay 8 Dinghy

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We have a WB-8 dinghy that we love for its toughness, lightness, sailing ability and row-ability (?).
However 2 (average weight) adults, some groceries and a 4HP outboard at half throttle results in perilous voyages in choppy seas as the freeboard is a bit limited.
I am looking at fixing 3 x 12" diam fenders each side, horizontally, using saddles and Spectra to increase the freeboard and the stability.
Walker Bay have an after-market kit available but it is almost as expensive as the dinghy's purchase price.
If anybody has any ideas or suggestions, they would be most welcome.
Regards
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I make a product which you might find useful but I don't think I'm supposed to promote it here. There is a post in the Commercial Posts Forum: four from the top.

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I make a product which you might find useful but I don't think I'm supposed to promote it here. There is a post in the Commercial Posts Forum: four from the top.
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Re: Adding Stability / Floatation to Walker Bay 8 Dinghy

Try this: Re: Ideas on a Forgiving, Stable Tender/Dinghy?

Finally you might go directly to my website, Improve Your Tippy Dinghy by adding Dinghy Dogs
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Re: Adding Stability / Floatation to Walker Bay 8 Dinghy

Walker makes tubes for the dink..........i2f
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Walker makes tubes for the dink..........i2f
Yeah. The OP mentioned that. They have their negatives, and it not just price.
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