>Before you give West Marine some outrageous amount of money for this
>cutesy milk bottle boat, how about do a little simulator testing on
>the Hunter to see how it's gonna work out?
I can get one a lot of places cheaper than Waste Marine, Larry. Like
for $495 in one case, and $595 in several others - vs $748 list.
It's a lot cheaper than a $2k Dyer Midget in price. I just want to
know how much cheaper in quality it is.
The character of the cheapo plastic is specifically what I was after,
as the title of the posting indicated.
>Assuming you can't borrow one from your neighbor for a weekend, drop
>by WalMart or some other big store and get a box that's 8 ft long, 4
>ft wide by 3 ft high (about the same dimensions as the Walker Bay).
>Strap the box down on your foredeck for a while to see if it's gonna
>be in the way and what problems it will be. Haul the box on and off
>of the dock over the rails and riggin' with enough junk in it to match
>the weigh of the WB8.
I've measured the fore-deck space (mostly fore-cabin-top, actually)
and have a 110% jib that will clear it and is on a Furlex that has not
required unfouling from the foredeck, anyway (thus-far<g>.
The side-decks will be well clear, and there will be some limited
space before it. Its height at the transom and most of the way to its
bow is more like 2 ft - not 3 - and the dink's bow will be on the
lowest portion of the H310's foreward-sloping cabin-top.
(It is, at least not shaped like your cardboard box. I just wonder if
it'll have the same durability. <g>)
One of the attractions of the Walker Bay 8 is an empty weight of 71lbs
vs 80 for a Midget. However, I think either will be tolerable for two
people with a simple 3-point line-harness to my spinnaker halyard.
I was interested to hear if anyone here had actual experience trying
to duplicate the Walker Bay marketeer's (posed) photo of the guy
apparently trying to life-test his life-lines by dragging one over
them onto his fore-deck.
I have no problem towing it, but not if I run into heavy weather. I
have litle use for anything that plays sea-anchor, or can't be easily
rowed. Hence, my lack of interest in de-flatables. But, I'm only
interested in a hard-dink if I have a place to put it - if I want to.
That's also why I'm interested in a Niccolls Lite NN10 nestable, but
they don't seem to answer emails.
>I'm asking you to do this because a boater just gave me a Watertender
>9.4' little tri-hulled dingy from E-dock at our marina, here. He's
>been trying to give it away to another yacht for a year, but it's been
>sitting gathering amazing biology docked in front of his sloop. I
>offered to pump the water out of it one day and he said, "Do you want
>it? It's YOURS!", and eventually signed over the title to me. He got
>fed up doing what you're intending and bought himself a folding boat,
>the kind you see fishermen use. It folds FLAT and mounts against his
>handrail up in his bow using ZERO deck space. They hated the
>Watertender but love the folding boat.....
>I put the little boat on a little trailer with a 3hp Yamaha outboard
>another yachtsman who sold his Hatteras gave me. Makes a great little
>river boat for out in front of my home. Great for exploring the
>little creeks, too......but not if you gotta haul it over the rail and
>store it on deck....
>Free boat/motors are fantastic performers...(c;
I'm not sure what I'd do with something that large on my little 310,
>On Thu, 18 Dec 2003 20:56:47 GMT, Albert P. Belle Isle
>>I'm really attracted to the Walker Bay 8 as a dink that appears
>>sufficiently small to fit inverted on the foredeck of my little Hunter
>>310, and light enough to possibly be able to man-handle on-and-off
>>without using a jury-rigged harness.
>>However, I note that it's made of injection-molded polypropylene.
>>Can anyone comment on the ease-of-launch/stowage issue, or -
>>especially - on how effective their "UV stabilization" really is?
>>Also - is Niccolls Lite still in business? Their NN10 looks really