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Old 01-06-2011, 05:26   #1
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Question Walker Bay Dinghy

Considering purchasing a Walker Bay 310 Dinghy with sailkit and Suzuki 6HP 4 stroke motor for sailing/puttering around a small 3 mile lake. This is for a totally novice sailor who may use this boat at the most a dozen times over a season. Any opinions?
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Old 01-06-2011, 05:56   #2
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Re: Walker Bay Dinghy

Without the tubes it will be really really really unstable. Ask the dealer for an inwater demo before you buy.
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Re: Walker Bay Dinghy

Overall not a totally bad choice, has the benefit that would be an easy to maintain boat (mostly hose down). 6hp would be a bit OTT (in power and weight) - I had one on a 21 foot boat. Probably 2hp would be more than enough.

Anything that size would be a bit tippy (and going over to be expected at some point) - so the inflatable collar no bad thing.

Big plus would be if you buy bigger, the Walker Bay is a popular tender.
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Re: Walker Bay Dinghy

My favorite water toy. Makes the mothership all the more worthwhile.
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Re: Walker Bay Dinghy

I've enjoyed sailing, rowing and motoring mine (2.5 hp) and haven't gone over yet but do plan to add a few fenders or floats to keep it that way. Tough, well designed little rig.

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