Ditto on the Walker Bay Genesis. Like the others, we found that it just folds flat enough on our fordeck when cruising to not be a visibility issue.
I was originally concerned about the folding transom holding up to the surf landings and dinghy
wheels. It wasn't an issue for us. When we bought the Genesis, we also purchased the brackets/braces to make it a 'rigid transom'. We haven't installed them as we have not noticed any flexing at all. If you plan on installing the landing wheels, you might ask each dealer if the transom was designed for that load, and the places to drill through, so you don't hit the internal bracing/extrusion.
A few years ago, Genesis had a problem on a few of the hypalon boats with a couple of seams coming loose. Not a big deal and a bit of hypalon glue would fix it easily. But Walker Bay decided that it was not representative of the quality of boats they build, so they gave me a new boat
. They were arranging to have it shipped to Nogales (I was in Guaymas at the time), but we worked it out for an exchange in San Diego
. This shouldn't be an issue on their newer boats.
If you're serious about the Genesis, you can purchase
the 'fancy' seat to go with the 'lite' model boat
. It's a bit more comfortable and has a storage
bin. We also found one model of 6-gallon gas can at Downwind Marine
that would fit under the seat. Strap it down and there is 6-gallons of fuel
securely stowed out of the way.
But to go back to your original question, we've had two folding transom RIB's (zodiac and walker bay) and neither have provided any problems for us.