Walker Bay dinghy's? Feedback.

Walker Bay dinghy's? Feedback.

Post by bria » Tue, 14 Aug 2001 11:31:37


Has anyone had any experience with Walker Bay Dinghy's? Sailing them or
motoring.

--
Brian McAloon
Morgan 28 OI

 
 
 

Walker Bay dinghy's? Feedback.

Post by Doug Dotso » Tue, 14 Aug 2001 22:57:34

I sailed one a couple of years ago. Got all wet but I had never sailed
in a small boat like that before. My friend that owned it could tear around

in it quite well so I assume if you know what you are doing it does sail
well. Never seen one with a motor, don;t think it is rated for one.

dug

Quote:

> Has anyone had any experience with Walker Bay Dinghy's? Sailing them or
> motoring.

> --
> Brian McAloon
> Morgan 28 OI


 
 
 

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Post by bria » Wed, 15 Aug 2001 03:29:19

Its rated for a three horse Doug. I wonder if I can put my Merc 5.0 on it. I
want to get some good speed. Think it would work.

Quote:
> I sailed one a couple of years ago. Got all wet but I had never sailed
> in a small boat like that before. My friend that owned it could tear
around

> in it quite well so I assume if you know what you are doing it does sail
> well. Never seen one with a motor, don;t think it is rated for one.

> dug


> > Has anyone had any experience with Walker Bay Dinghy's? Sailing them or
> > motoring.

> > --
> > Brian McAloon
> > Morgan 28 OI


 
 
 

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Post by Armond Perrett » Wed, 15 Aug 2001 21:45:18


Quote:

> Has anyone had any experience with Walker Bay Dinghy's? Sailing them or
> motoring.

This morning I received an e-mail preview from Practical Sailor stating that
the September issue contains a review of the Walker Bay 8 and the Walker Bay
10.  Should answer some of your questions.

--
Good luck and good sailing.
s/v Kerry Deare of Barnegat
http://members.tripod.com/kerrydeare

 
 
 

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Post by Doug Dotso » Wed, 15 Aug 2001 21:58:31

I guess a 3 would move it along pretty good. I don't remember seeing a
motor mount of the one my friend had. It was stolen so I can't take a closer
look at it. Haven't seen another on e around our marina lately.

dug

Quote:

> Its rated for a three horse Doug. I wonder if I can put my Merc 5.0 on it. I
> want to get some good speed. Think it would work.


> > I sailed one a couple of years ago. Got all wet but I had never sailed
> > in a small boat like that before. My friend that owned it could tear
> around

> > in it quite well so I assume if you know what you are doing it does sail
> > well. Never seen one with a motor, don;t think it is rated for one.

> > dug


> > > Has anyone had any experience with Walker Bay Dinghy's? Sailing them or
> > > motoring.

> > > --
> > > Brian McAloon
> > > Morgan 28 OI

 
 
 

Walker Bay dinghy's? Feedback.

Post by bria » Wed, 15 Aug 2001 22:20:04

Armond any way you could forward that e-mail on to me please.

Quote:


> > Has anyone had any experience with Walker Bay Dinghy's? Sailing them or
> > motoring.

> This morning I received an e-mail preview from Practical Sailor stating
that
> the September issue contains a review of the Walker Bay 8 and the Walker
Bay
> 10.  Should answer some of your questions.

> --
> Good luck and good sailing.
> s/v Kerry Deare of Barnegat
> http://members.tripod.com/kerrydeare

 
 
 

Walker Bay dinghy's? Feedback.

Post by ad4m » Thu, 16 Aug 2001 05:51:27

I am going to see one in the morning at a store in C***te, NC.  May end
up buying one with a sail kit.  If I do I'll get it to a lake as soon as
possible and post my experiences.

Bob

 
 
 

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Post by bria » Thu, 16 Aug 2001 06:08:13

Are you going to put an outboard on it Bob. Keep that receipt just in case
you don't like it. Let me know how it is to climb into if you go swimming.
Good luck!

Quote:
> I am going to see one in the morning at a store in C***te, NC.  May end
> up buying one with a sail kit.  If I do I'll get it to a lake as soon as
> possible and post my experiences.

> Bob

 
 
 

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Post by ad4m » Sat, 18 Aug 2001 06:59:38

Quote:
> I am going to see one in the morning at a store in C***te, NC.  May end
> up buying one with a sail kit.  If I do I'll get it to a lake as soon as
> possible and post my experiences.
> Bob

I did not purchase the Walker Bay dinghy, but did look at it and ask a lot
of questions of the sales rep.  I am most concerned with the possible
inadaquate flotation.  The dinghy I get will have to double as my life raft
and being able to bail it out if swamped is vital.   The sales person from
West Marine said he had some feedback from a couple of customers that had
purchased and use it.  Said it was a fun little boat to sail and great to
use for a beginning sailor.  One customer reported that during his first
attempt to sail, it capsized when he failed to release the sheet in a blow.
The customer's wife told him she would never sail in that boat again.  The
customer was happy because he know it would be only his boat from then on.
 
 
 

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Post by Lloyd Sumpte » Sun, 26 Aug 2001 10:04:40


Quote:

> Has anyone had any experience with Walker Bay Dinghy's? Sailing them or
> motoring.

   (got into this a little late, but...)

   I have a Walker Bay 8 and think it's great. I use an electric motor
(Minn Kota 30-lb) which pushes me around at 2 knots or so (faster than
rowing) all afternoon on a small battery. "Full throttile" is about 3
knots.
   I'm not sure a bigger engine would do any good. The electic pushes it
at about hull speed, and it's not a planing hull. A bigger engine might
get you 4 knots, and a big wake.

   I didn't get the sail kit because my "builder's eye" says the
centerboard is too far back. The only feedback I've gotten from soneone
who's sailed dinghies a lot says it doesn't sail that well. IOW, for a
sailing dinghy, it's a good rowboat.

   If you can fit it, I think the 10 is a MUCH better boat. The 8 is a
bit cramped with 3 people (rated for 2), and the 10 looks like it could
carry 3 easily. And it's not that much bigger (the 8 is over 8, and the
10 is under 10)

Lloyd Sumpter
"Near Cove' Walker Bay 8