Walker Bay Dingy

Walker Bay Dingy

Post by Central Mortgag » Wed, 20 Dec 2000 07:35:24


Group :

I have a 29 Mirage sloop & ply the waters of lake St.Clair, western lake
Erie, & Southern lake Huron.

Although we plan on going South someday, (15 yrs.)  & plan on buying an Avon
inflatable for the big trip, I'm wondering if a "Walker Bay" might be a
reasonable solution for a tender to use for the time being.

If any of you have experience with these boats, I would be very pleased to
hear your opinion.

Many thanks in advance to those who respond !!

Regards,
Paul Ouellette
s/v Airway (presently frozen to the ground)
Windsor, Ont. Canada.

 
 
 

Walker Bay Dingy

Post by jps » Wed, 20 Dec 2000 13:49:40

I've seen the Walker Bay sitting in my local West Marine.  Seems awfully
small.   I'd recommend getting a first hand view before taking the plunge.

jps
seattle


Quote:
> Group :

> I have a 29 Mirage sloop & ply the waters of lake St.Clair, western lake
> Erie, & Southern lake Huron.

> Although we plan on going South someday, (15 yrs.)  & plan on buying an
Avon
> inflatable for the big trip, I'm wondering if a "Walker Bay" might be a
> reasonable solution for a tender to use for the time being.

> If any of you have experience with these boats, I would be very pleased to
> hear your opinion.

> Many thanks in advance to those who respond !!

> Regards,
> Paul Ouellette
> s/v Airway (presently frozen to the ground)
> Windsor, Ont. Canada.


 
 
 

Walker Bay Dingy

Post by Bobspr » Thu, 21 Dec 2000 03:28:23

Walker Bay" might be a
reasonable solution for a tender to use for the time being.>>

The Walker Bay is a good little dinghy, but it IS very small. With two good
sized ***s, it sits pretty low in the water and that's without gear. Sitting
too low makes it tough to row and a swamping risk in chop.
It's pretty bullet proof otherwise and very easy to tow.
Trying one out is a good idea.

Robert B
GHOST-Pearson 30
City Island, NY

 
 
 

Walker Bay Dingy

Post by Jeff » Thu, 21 Dec 2000 11:04:34

Quote:

> I have a 29 Mirage sloop & ply the waters of lake St.Clair, western lake
> Erie, & Southern lake Huron.

> Although we plan on going South someday, (15 yrs.)  & plan on buying an
Avon
> inflatable for the big trip, I'm wondering if a "Walker Bay" might be a
> reasonable solution for a tender to use for the time being.

> If any of you have experience with these boats, I would be very pleased to
> hear your opinion.

This is second-hand info, but straight from the owner of a Walker Bay with
sailing rig.  My friend and his wife bought their WB at Strictly Sail in
Chicago this past winter.  He says it rows wonderfully with one aboard, but
is cumbersome with both aboard.  Further, he claims it sails well with one
aboard, but almost won't sail at all with two.  Once he swamped the boat,
watched the oars float away, and had to kick (feet) about 100yds. to
shore--took about half an hour, the boat floated so low in the water.
Bottom line:  they want to get rid of it.  His assessment is that it might
make a nice dink for a single lightweight individual who never takes
passengers, but not for two.

Jeff

 
 
 

Walker Bay Dingy

Post by Chet Osbo » Mon, 01 Jan 2001 23:46:44

I have a Walker Bay Dinghy and am quite pleased.  It rows fine with 1 or 2
***s, is lightweight and cheap.

With 2 ***s its best to use the forward oarlocks and sit on the foredeck with
passenger in the stern

Regards
Chet

 
 
 

Walker Bay Dingy

Post by Capt. Mooro » Thu, 04 Jan 2001 09:53:08

READ - holds two in peril!

--
Capt. Mooron - S.V.Overproof
"Treat Your Crew with Disdain and other Vessels with Distaste"

Quote:
> I have a Walker Bay Dinghy and am quite pleased.  It rows fine with 1 or 2
> ***s, is lightweight and cheap.

> With 2 ***s its best to use the forward oarlocks and sit on the foredeck
with
> passenger in the stern

> Regards
> Chet

 
 
 

Walker Bay Dingy

Post by De Clark » Sat, 06 Jan 2001 10:44:18

: READ - holds two in peril!

reminds me irrestibly of the old "honesty in advertising" joke
about cabin accommodations on small boats:

        sleeps two in comfort,
        four in domestic intensity,
        six in mounting irritation,
        or eight in bitter and lasting enmity.

or something like that :-)

de

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Walker Bay Dingy

Post by Chet Osbo » Thu, 11 Jan 2001 10:34:57

Screw you guys re Walker Bay dinghy.  Important attributes are cheap and light.
 It's a good thing.

Regards
Chet

 
 
 

Walker Bay Dingy

Post by Bobspr » Thu, 11 Jan 2001 11:00:57

Screw you guys re Walker Bay dinghy.  Important attributes are cheap and light.
 It's a good thing.>>

I've used the Walker Bay for several years. It's fine and tows well. You just
have to take its small capacity into account. I paid 319.00 at Boaters World.
It was not designed to compete with inflatables.

Robert B
GHOST-Pearson 30
City Island, NY