> I was looking at the walker bay 8 foot sailing dinghy recently and they
> look like an interesting little boat.
> I was considering buying one to use as a tender and a recreational
> sailboat when on the hook. We stern tie a fair amount and since
> barnacles and inflatables don't seem to get along too well ( just look
> at the number of patches on my old achilles) I thought I might look at
> getting a hard dinghy. The walker's are fairly inexpensive and seem as
> if they would be pretty tough to damage.
> Does anybody have any experience with the walkers.....how well do they
> tow ,row, handle an outboard ,sail etc.
> Any info would be greatly appreciated.
> Please e-mail replies
I'll add my name to the list of Satisfied Owners.
It rows well, it's light (I can just throw it off the foredeck to launch
it!), it's durable. I does seem a bit "tippy", I think mainly because it's
so light: it "skitters" around. I noticed that in rowing as well - my old
fibreglass "Lil Admiral" took more to get started, then glided along
smoothly. The Walker Bay goes fast Real Easy, but slows down more quickly
as well. Tracks very well, though.
"Officially" it's supposed to carry 2 persons max, but it doesn't seem
overloaded at all with three (myself (200lb) and two 140-lb women -
actually the women themselves were lighter, but they always seem be be
I added a Minn Kota electric motor to the mix, with a tiny Canadian Tire
battery, and the combination is awesome. Light, inexpensive, no gas, no
sound, kicks me along for an hour at 3 knots or all afternoon at 2 (I can
row at 3 for maybe 1 minute!). It would be more with a bigger battery.
I haven't added the sailkit yet, but my builder's eye says the
daggerboard is WAY too far aft for it to sail well. I don't know if the 10
sails any better.
I would also look seriously at the new Walker Bay 10. The 8 IS a bit
small, and the 10 seems to be "just right".
"Far Cove" Cataina 36 - c/w "Near Cove" Walker Bay 8