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Old 27-09-2010, 22:07   #46
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We like our WB8 which we christened "Tupperware Ranger" after some poking by the local salts. Picked it up for cheap off CL. Got 8' oars which helps the rowing. Just recently bought hypalon tubes for it.
Haven't noticed a problem with SoCal sun exposure after 2 years.
Dropped a 35# Quickset into it from 5 ft without any problem.
70# heavy?, when I was researching dingies it seemed at the low end in weight.
Still shopping for a WB8 rudder, have recycled a Sabot mast and sail and made my own centerboard out of sone scrap mahogany found in a dumpster. Looking forward to playing around with that.
We have actually loaded it with 2 adults and a pair of port runner bikes!! got around to the next marina like this on a calm afternoon... with the tubes it might actually fbe possible to do this in more rigorous conditions.

We are also keeping our eyes peeled for a used 2 seater foding kayak, Folboat or Klepper. Not practical on a boat with a cabin trunk because assembly takes up space but with our fluch deck it would probably work okay.
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Old 28-09-2010, 13:42   #47
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Walker Bay 8 Rows Great

I've only had it for a few days but I've been rowing small boats for 40 years and although I weigh 240 lbs on a good day, i was shocked by how quick and responsive this dink is under oar power. i thought it would squat down like a duck with every stroke but it's pretty good. Even took it on calm water with my girlfriend sitting in the stern (she's about 125 lbs) and it was still seaworthy. I would not care to be on the high seas with this little puppy being all that stood between me and two other adults and drowning for but getting around in protected waters, a pretty damn good little dink. My 10-year-old daughter thinks so too...she learned to row on a twin pontoon zodiak which is a total bitch to row and was delighted to start flying around the marina in the Walker Bay. Found mine on Craig's list for $350. beat up but it floats.
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Old 29-09-2010, 12:35   #48
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Walker bay 8 is a POS!

Keep it on a pond or calm lake.
It's obvious they are junk as they sell inflatable tubes for a horribly huge price to make them stable.
I had one, when water gets inside it shifts on a wake and fills up with ocean water. You end up in the water looking at your salty motor and unhappy wife while floating around. They shouldn't sell them within 100 miles of any ocean.

Get an inflatable.
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Old 29-09-2010, 12:44   #49
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I could not agree more with the above statement!
We had one that was on our boat (8' Walker Bay) when we purchased it. We tried it but found it extremely tipsy and unsafe in everything but the calmest weather. It was almost new and we sold it for $300 .....I must have received 20 calls on that little dinghy and the person that bought it thought they got quite a deal but truth is I would have just about given it away....real piece of junk in my opinion.
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Old 29-09-2010, 18:31   #50
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Walker bay 8 is a POS!

Keep it on a pond or calm lake.
It's obvious they are junk as they sell inflatable tubes for a horribly huge price to make them stable.
I had one, when water gets inside it shifts on a wake and fills up with ocean water. You end up in the water looking at your salty motor and unhappy wife while floating around. They shouldn't sell them within 100 miles of any ocean.

Get an inflatable.
Well,... let's see. You say get an inflatable... not a different manufactures hard dingy.

Since I carry one of each, I'd say that maybe you were expecting this different purpose boat to do the same job as an inflatable. People who hate rowing or sailing inflatables shouldn't consider this boat or what?

It's all about opinion.

I love taking mine out on big salty ponds with wakes and all. I know how to keep it from getting no more water inside than an infaltable.

Sailing around, I get so many thumbs up, smiles and hand waving ... it's all fun. And sometimes I get in my go fast inflatable and have a different kind of fun.
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Old 29-09-2010, 18:55   #51
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I carry one of each as well but prefer this 10' aluminum skiff to a Walker Bay. Much more stable and fits on the foredeck perfectly.

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I could not resist posting this photo of our old walker bay dinghy. I guess some of our young guests really enjoyed the little dinghy
I think they were over the weight limit but still had it balanced pretty well!
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Old 01-10-2010, 00:34   #53
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iam going thru the same decision right now, but i think i will try a take apart dinghy linke a 8.5 feet pram see www.nestawayboats.com, unfortunatly a little bit high priced but made in carbon epoxy witha total weight of 32 kg. even i have space on my 44 feet , i like an unclutterd foredeck to handle sail better
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Walker bay 8 is a POS!

Keep it on a pond or calm lake.
It's obvious they are junk as they sell inflatable tubes for a horribly huge price to make them stable.
I had one, when water gets inside it shifts on a wake and fills up with ocean water. You end up in the water looking at your salty motor and unhappy wife while floating around. They shouldn't sell them within 100 miles of any ocean.

Get an inflatable.
A friend gave me some round foam that is used to make oil retaining booms like used in the gulf. Ill make a sunbrella sock, attach to the dinghy sides, and that should stabilize it cheapely. beats a kit.
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Walker bay 8 is a POS!

Keep it on a pond or calm lake.
It's obvious they are junk as they sell inflatable tubes for a horribly huge price to make them stable.
I had one, when water gets inside it shifts on a wake and fills up with ocean water. You end up in the water looking at your salty motor and unhappy wife while floating around. They shouldn't sell them within 100 miles of any ocean.

Get an inflatable.
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I could not agree more with the above statement!
We had one that was on our boat (8' Walker Bay) when we purchased it. We tried it but found it extremely tipsy and unsafe in everything but the calmest weather. It was almost new and we sold it for $300 .....I must have received 20 calls on that little dinghy and the person that bought it thought they got quite a deal but truth is I would have just about given it away....real piece of junk in my opinion.
Different strokes for different folks. I've sailed mine and rowed mine with great success. Coming back from a full day of bay sailing, no problems:

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A friend gave me some round foam that is used to make oil retaining booms like used in the gulf. Ill make a sunbrella sock, attach to the dinghy sides, and that should stabilize it cheapely. beats a kit.
Sunbrella won't hold up to abrasion like the Phifertex will.
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In regards to them being unstable or whatever, here's me doing a video podcast with one hand and my tiller in the other hand zipping around at 3-4 knots.

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Nice video
Thanks.

Wheres the vids of the HC?
I do like to dream some times.
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Nice video
Thanks.

Wheres the vids of the HC?
I do like to dream some times.
Seeing this video actually reminded me to take some on our trip that we're starting tomorrow night. I'll get some videos going for sure.
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Re: Walker Bay Rigid 8' Dinghy - Experiences ?

We cruised the Bahamas and the Keys and the length of the ICW with our WB8 with the inflatable tubes, powered by that little 2-horse Honda aircooled OB. The WB was fine as a dink for our previous boat, a Tartan 34, and for the 37-foot Gulfstar we did the cruise on, but we finally decided we were underdinghied in Georgetown Exumas. Crossing the harbor was slow, and often wet. Big waves would break over the bow and it just wasn't enough for lengthy commutes. But it was a great boat, within its design limits. The hull is tough, nearly unbreakable, and still doesn't leak, and the boat is 14 years old. The tubes are 10 years old, now have a patch or two, but with the patches it holds air for weeks at a go.

We bought a 4-horse Yamaha 2-stroke in Georgetownr and that gave us better speed, but with its displacement hull it will never plane. We sold the Honda to another cruiser. Nice little motor but too much of it was made of steel and rust was a serious problem. Had to replace the carb and fuel system every two years, regardless of preventive maintenance.

Upon our return we bought an 11-foot folding hull inflatable at WMarine, and it's nice to have the extra room and it now will plane with one person aboard, using the 4-horse we bought in Georgetown.

The WB is a nice, sturdy, useful dink, with its own unique advantages. Rugged as a rock, rows nice, light, no maintenance, but not for long dinghy rides or extended cruising with long rides to and from the boat. The 4 horse was right at the limit for engine size, very nearly too heavy. The 2-horse fit fine, never looked like ti was going to be swamped by the stern wave, but against a tide and wind it was very slow.
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