I don't want to make a rep as a hater, I also don't want people to make the same mistake I made. Let me put it this way; it's difficult to overestimate the importance of getting a true planing dinghy
. Right now I'm in the Key West mooring
field which is 1.25nm from the dinghy dock
(the anchorage is even further). I would not be able to stay here if I still used my Walker Bay 8. It's just that simple. The WB did about 5kn with just me in it. My current Mercury
Oceanrunner 320 with a 8hp engine
does 3 times that speed. What this means is the difference between a 5 minute joy ride and a 15 minute wet ordeal.
When I was originally dinghy shopping
I convinced myself that it didn't really matter if the hull
is a true planing design. I figured anything would work if the engine
was reasonably powerful and the dinghy was light. I was wrong, it's no accident
that all planing dinghys look alike.
Also consider that while the WB 10 "looks" stable it doesn't have anywhere near the same initial stability of a "traditional" RIB of the same width. The reason being that those tubes aren't displacing water
until the dinghy tips about 15 degrees. i.e. They don't stabilize the boat until you've lost
Just to show I'm not totally down on Walker Bay they're Genisis line or RIBs look fine.