When I got my 2nd hand 8 ft Walker Bay (about 10 years ago) I made the following alterations:
- As the drainplug came out too easily, I welded that shut. Note, if you keep your dinghy
that may not
be a good solution.
- As the wheel did not turn, removed what ever was there (can't remember) and replaced it a small piece of plastic either side welded on, and drilled out to take an 8mm (? 5/16 SS nut/bolt). If sand or dirt gets into it, just remove, rinse and clean and all is good again. If you want a photo
if this, let me know.
- As the bottom (keel strip) of the boat was nearly worn through the plastic, welded an approx. 30 mm wide 4 mm thick (1.25x 3/16 inch) plastic PP strip on the bottom for extra protection for dragging it on rocks, coral
- Installed a larger towing eye with backing plate on the bow.
Note that for welding purposes the plastic is not poly-ethylene but poly-propylene.
Now 10 years on, all is still good, expect I never use the inflatable
collars, and mine look crappy anyway due to age.