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WALKER BAY
8 & 10 Dinghies

Created by world-class boat builders and designers, these United States Coast Guard approved boats travel easily and are even easier to travel in.

High-impact marine composite is injection-molded to create a one-piece, seamless, UV-protected hull that won't dent, even on a rocky beach. 

  • Application: Rowing, motoring or sailing
  • Hull Material: High Impact Polypropylene
  • Construction: High-pressure injection molded
  • Hull Shape: Round bottom lapstrake-style
  • Includes: Oars and standard oarlocks
  • Available Accessories: Oars, oarlocks, seats, stainless bow eye, Wheel in the Keel, Sail kits, RID kits, Bimini boat cover
  • Warranty: 10 years limited

Manufacturer's Documents

Product Models
Description WM Model # MFG Part # Availability Price Quantity  
Walker Bay 8, 8'3" Length, 4'4" Beam, 71lb., 425lb. Capacity (up to 2 people) 3733888 5000010001
Ships when available.

$899.99

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Walker Bay 10, 9'8" Length, 4'9" Beam, 126lb., 449lb. Capacity (up to 3 people) 3733896 5000010003
In stock online.

$1,429.00

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Created by world-class boat builders and designers, these United States Coast Guard approved boats travel easily and are even easier to travel in.

High-impact marine composite is injection-molded to create a one-piece, seamless, UV-protected hull that won't dent, even on a rocky beach. 

  • Application: Rowing, motoring or sailing
  • Hull Material: High Impact Polypropylene
  • Construction: High-pressure injection molded
  • Hull Shape: Round bottom lapstrake-style
  • Includes: Oars and standard oarlocks
  • Available Accessories: Oars, oarlocks, seats, stainless bow eye, Wheel in the Keel, Sail kits, RID kits, Bimini boat cover
  • Warranty: 10 years limited

Manufacturer's Documents

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Walker Bay8 & 10 Dinghies
 
3.1

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (10)

53%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (22)
  • Performs well (14)
  • Easy to assemble (13)
  • Stable/seaworthy (10)
  • Stores compactly (7)

Cons

  • Doesn't handle well (8)
  • Not holding up (5)
  • Too small, low capacity (4)

Best Uses

  • Tender for cruising boat (13)
  • Family use (9)
  • Exploring new areas (7)
  • Angling (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Family boater (19), Weekend cruiser (15), Angler (7), Long distance cruiser (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Walker Bay 8'

I bought my Walker Bay 8' in 2007. I have used it exclusively as a rowboat.

The boat is heavy (75lbs); however, the wheel in the keel makes it...Read complete review

I bought my Walker Bay 8' in 2007. I have used it exclusively as a rowboat.

The boat is heavy (75lbs); however, the wheel in the keel makes it fairly easy to move.

The boat is quite stable. My dock is about 3' above the water; stability is important. I like the boat; I will consider buying a Walker Bay 10' next.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't buy...

This boat does not hold up and after only 2 years needs the boom gooseneck and the rudder hinge replace. They both failed with minimal use and exposure since they were made from a...Read complete review

This boat does not hold up and after only 2 years needs the boom gooseneck and the rudder hinge replace. They both failed with minimal use and exposure since they were made from a soft plastic that gets brittle and then breaks. Finding the replacement parts has not been easy and when I attempted to contact the company they haven't returned my phone call or email. West Marine has been useless for support as well. Poor quality and poor customer service...

Reviewed by 34 customers

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love my walker bay 10! Glad I got the 10, 8 looked small

By J Babbitt

from Phx. Arizona

About Me Angler, Family boater, Weekend cruiser

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to assemble
  • Performs well
  • Stable/seaworthy
  • Stores compactly

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Angling
    • Exploring new areas
    • Family use
    • Tender for cruising boat

    Comments about 8 & 10 Dinghies:

    I love the sail kit you can get with it, it's a lot of fun to take out, super addicting! Love the 10

     
    5.0

    Great dinghy

    By Walt

    from Key Biscayne FL

    About Me Long distance cruiser, Weekend cruiser

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Performs well
    • Stable/seaworthy
    • Versatile - row or motor

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Exploring new areas
      • Tender for cruising boat

      Comments about 8 & 10 Dinghies:

      I have had the WB 8 for over 10 years and use it to get to my sailboat on a mooring. It's been great. Most of the dinghys on the dinghy rack are WBs. You have to remember to step in the center when getting into it because it will tile because of its aerodynamic shape. But never had a problem with that although I hear others have. Its aerodynamic shape provides excellent performance with my 2 HP motor.

       
      5.0

      Walker Bay good value and durability

      By Captain P

      from Cairns Australia

      About Me Family boater

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to assemble
      • Performs well
      • Stable/seaworthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Exploring new areas
        • Family use
        • Tender for cruising boat

        Comments about 8 & 10 Dinghies:

        I have had my Walker Bay for 11 Years now. it started off as the 340 Super Tender which was rated for a 15 HP Motor.
        The only difference between the 340 super tender and the 310 Rid is the size of the tubes that is why the 340 could take a 15 HP.
        although my 340 tubes have now failed due to the extreme heat in North Queensland Australia. My Hull is still as good as new despite being dragged up and down beaches and being exposed to the tropical sun for 11 years.
        Due to the condition of my hull I have purchased a set of 310 Rid tubes to replace the now discontinued 340 tubes. the 310 tubes fit straight on and give the boat that new look again. obviously I can now only use a 6HP due to the smaller tubes but after all it is a Tender not a ski boat. I also have had the high performance sail kit for 10 years, this is excellent when you want a bit of fun around a bay of an island.
        Yes as someone pointed out in another review the boom urethane hinge and the rudder hinge break over time, that is no big deal, the parts are readily available cheap to buy and easy to replace, I have changed both of these once in 10 years.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        8' boat split on side

        By KRE

        from Near Chicago

        About Me Weekend cruiser

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to assemble
        • Stores compactly

        Cons

        • Not holding up

        Best Uses

        • Tender for cruising boat

        Comments about 8 & 10 Dinghies:

        I have both the 8' and 10'. The 10' has been a good reliable and stable dinghy. The 8' is very unstable and has dumped three of my friends who own them. After this winter I found that the boat had a 6" split in it's side making it useless. Boat was stored in my garden upside down. The boat was not hit so it's a mystery why it split.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Good Light tender for one rower.

        By Coyote Duster

        from North Carolina

        About Me Family boater, Weekend cruiser

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to assemble
        • Rows and Tracks well

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Exploring new areas
          • Tender for cruising boat

          Comments about 8 & 10 Dinghies:

          It's very light, but can take knocks and scrapes well. Plastic is a bit soft and flexy which takes getting used to. Tows well in mild conditions. Good for rowing with one adult. Plus one or two little kids. Boom too low in sailing kit. It has nice traditional lines- attractive. Spare parts are available.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great for kids, easy to row, Moves well with little effort

          By Solar Fry

          from Pompano Beach, FL

          About Me Angler, Family boater, Long distance cruiser

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to assemble
          • Performs well
          • Stores compactly
          • Very easy to row, Moves well with minimum effort

          Cons

          • A bit tender
          • Scratches easily on concrete surfaces
          • Too small, low capacity

          Best Uses

          • Exploring new areas
          • Tender for cruising boat

          Comments about 8 & 10 Dinghies:

          I use it as a rowboat only as it is not complete. Purchased 10/28 from West Marine and am still waiting for parts. The outboard motor mount did not come in box, Lots of screws missing.

          Walker Bay needs a wide and hard chine 12' to 13' dink.

          Service and delivery comments:

          WM Customer service is available and they claim to be looking for the parts. I spoke to Rodriguez from Walker Bay, last Tuesday and he sent the missing parts to West Marine November 13th. Today is November 18 and yet to hear about the parts. The Pompano Store has tried and has been very accommodating but they seem to be at the mercy of their warehouse. I'm sorry to say, our joint efforts remain unfulfilled

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fantastic little Dinghy!

          By Sun Goddess

          from Vancouver, CA

          About Me Family boater, Weekend cruiser

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to assemble
          • Performs well
          • Stable/seaworthy
          • Stores compactly
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Exploring new areas
            • Family use
            • Tender for cruising boat

            Comments about 8 & 10 Dinghies:

            We got the WB 8 ft, over 15 years ago and it's still going strong! We used it as a tender on our sail boat. When the kids came along, we got the 10ft with tubes and a sail kit. Now the kids are 13 and 11, and they are enjoying sailing it and motoring over to neighbours. It such a versatile great little boat and the durability factor makes it perfect for rocky shores and an easy leave on the shoreline if you use a tender. Although the WB 10 is bigger so you may want to have it up on Davits if you are cruising a distance. Love this quality product!

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Very tippy. Certainly not recommended for seniors.

            By The Finn

            from Hoodsport WA

            About Me Angler

            Pros

              Cons

              • Too small, low capacity

              Best Uses

                Comments about 8 & 10 Dinghies:

                I use it for fishing on a small pond. It's very difficult to get into from a dock without tipping it.
                Very unstable.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Delivery fine

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Poor quality fittings and ZERO support

                By Islander

                from washington state

                About Me Family boater

                Pros

                • Easy to assemble

                Cons

                • Doesn't handle well
                • Not holding up

                Best Uses

                • Family use

                Comments about 8 & 10 Dinghies:

                Poor quality sail and tiller fittings zip backup from dealer and manufacturer
                Gave it away

                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Little Dinghy

                By Bob

                from The world (currently BC, Canada).

                About Me Long distance cruiser

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Performs well

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Tender for cruising boat

                  Comments about 8 & 10 Dinghies:

                  I love this dinghy. I have owned one for over ten years now, and it has accompanied me around the world and handled an absolute hiding. OK, its plastic, so don't drag if over barnacle encrusted rocks. The wheel in the skeg is great but it will of course wear out. It rows brilliantly with one, but drags its bum with two, unless you can row side by side, which takes a bit of practice but works.
                  I bought the sailing kit a couple of years ago and it is a lot of fun to sail. Yes, it is a little tippy, so don't sail it in areas where you aren't prepared to get wet (though I have not capsized yet and I have sailed it a lot). Since I bought the sail kit my outboard has rusted away through lack of use.
                  It probably isn't the ideal dinghy for most cruisers where load carrying capacity is a high priority, and an outboard is the preferred motive power rather than rowing/sailing, but for the real sailor . . .

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