I can't vouch for the below link to the New Walker Bay Genesis, but I know here in Vancouver they have become very popular very quickly:
Walker BayŽ | products | Dinghy, inflatable boats, small boats, small sail boats, row boats, small fishing boats
Here is a review I snatch from somewhere:
Walker Bay Genesis 270
May 7, 2007 - 7:53pm — Brad Roberts
If you cruise
your boat like I do, a tender
is an absolute necessity. From transporting us back and forth, to watersports, to the kids
taking off alone to explore, our tender
gets used—and abused.
This past summer we tested a Walker Bay Genesis 270 FLT. While this new for 2006 product won the NMMA Innovation Award
at the Miami Boat Show
last year, I wanted to know if a product looked great on paper, would it actually hold up in real-life conditions.
The one-piece high-impact marine
(polypropylene) solves the worry of chipping the gelcoat
off a traditional fiberglass-bottomed RIB
when it touches bottom. The removable floor pieces create a flat interior
bottom that makes it easier for kids
(and aging adults) to stand up, compared with theV-bottom of other RIBs. The integrated trim tabs, wheels in the hull
and folding transom were nice touches but would they work effectively?
After a season of use, I have to report that the NMMA innovation award
is deserved. The poly hull appeared soft to me, however it stayed rigid in the water
and thanks in part to the two full-length strakes, it didn’t flex the way I thought it might. While our girls weren’t gentle or particularly careful, the few rock scuffs the bottom did suffer proved it was much more abrasion resistant than I’d guessed. The integrated trim tabs appeared to help get us on plane quickly even when fully loaded (we drag-raced other fiberglass
RIBs of similar size with the same power, and won). The flat-nose bow provides more useable interior
room and was welcomed by our two youngest, who had to sit up in the bow.
At 8 feet, 10 inches, with a beam of 65 inches and weighing only 98 pounds, this folding transom lightweight tender tips up single-handedly onto my swim platform. It’s fast, responsive in the corners, and offers a relatively dry ride—all of which spells fun."
I'm not sure if this boat is the same one I have provided a link to, if not it is the smaller cousin and experiences should be the same.