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WALKER BAY Walker Bay 8 & 10 Dinghies

Created by world-class boat builders and designers, these USCG-approved boats travel easily and are even easier to travel in. Bolt in the seats, break out the oars (or optional sail kit or motor) and you're ready to cast off. 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. Boats include exclusive Hydro-Curve Oars.

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

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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
In stock online.

$899.99

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

$1,399.00

Product Description

Created by world-class boat builders and designers, these USCG-approved boats travel easily and are even easier to travel in. Bolt in the seats, break out the oars (or optional sail kit or motor) and you're ready to cast off. 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. Boats include exclusive Hydro-Curve Oars.

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

Manufacturer's Documents

West Advisor

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2.7

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

40%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (13)
  • Performs well (6)
  • Easy to assemble (5)
  • Stable/seaworthy (5)
  • Stores compactly (3)

Cons

  • Doesn't handle well (7)
  • Not holding up (3)

Best Uses

  • Tender for cruising boat (5)
  • Family use (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Family boater (12), Weekend cruiser (8), Angler (4)

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...

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5.0

A good design and a good value.

By Peg Leg

from Clear Lake Texas

About Me Weekend cruiser

Pros

  • Durable
  • Performs well

Cons

    Best Uses

      I don't know why others are complaining about this boat. I used my WB8 for 4 years and it does a perfectly good job of what it is designed to do. It makes a great yacht tender and row boat. It is no more "tippy" than any other boat of this design. If you don't like "tippy", get an inflatable. It rows just as well as any other 8 foot boat. If you want a better row boat, get a longer boat. The main advantage of the WB is that the material it is made of is absolutly indestructible. I defy you to knock a hole in it with a hammer. After hurricane Ike, my WB8 was found in a jumble of other boats and tons of debris. It was unscathed except for being covered with MAJOR gouges. I returned it to the water and rowed away in it. An inflatable or fiberglass dinghy would have been a total loss. The only problem with the WB8 is it's capacity. If you intend to use an outboard, and/or will be carrying a passenger, the WB10 is a better choice.

       
      4.0

      Wonderful, stable dinghy

      By Older Skipper

      from Annapolis, MD

      About Me Family boater, Weekend cruiser

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to assemble
      • Performs well
      • Stability
      • Stores compactly

      Cons

      • Towing In Big Sea

      Best Uses

      • Family use
      • Rows Well
      • Tender for cruising boat

      We sail inland waters so this makes an excellent dinghy for family sailing. It doesn't tow very well in big seas, however. It is easy to beach and I love the keel wheel. Kids love to row it and it is great for unstable seniors. The only problem we have had is the oar locks & their sleeves can break with rough use.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      My enthusiasm waned (WB10)

      By Andy Moore

      from San Diego, Calif

      About Me Family boater

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

      • Better Options Out There

      Best Uses

      • Angling
      • Family use

      I was a complete novice when I purchased this boat. At first I thought it was handsome and I had fun rowing in very sheltered water with the kids. However, my enthusiasm waned over time as some things were revealed with experience. First because it is rather heavy compared to plywood/GRP/kevlar dinghies and cannot be practically car-topped. Having to buy a trailer, even a small one, was a big expense and an inconvenience. Second because it is "tippy" (tender) compared to prams like the Glen-L Saboteer. Third, the WB10 is a nice little fishing boat for the kids, but we quickly got into sailing and found the WB10 to be very disappointing. The sailing kit isn't wonderful -- the plastic gooseneck broke and we had to replace it. We don't like the design of the tiller. The boat has weak upwind performance and is sluggish on most points of sail. I don't like the vang setup. We are trying to sell off our WB10, but discovered the market is very soft for these boats. I'll probably just donate it for a tax write-off. We replaced the WB10 with a plywood boat we built from plans and are much happier with it.

       
      1.0

      The 8 is very hard to sail

      By doctor aire

      from Michigan

      About Me Angler, Family boater

      Pros

        Cons

        • Doesn't handle well

        Best Uses

          The 8 as a sailboat points very hard to wind; thus must hold Tiller full against to tack a straight line. I found it very tiring so I gave up sailing.

          In the process of registering the boat for a 2hp motor so I can get to/from the remote fishing grounds.

          (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Don't buy...

          By sail k-bay

          from Kaneohe, Hawaii

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Doesn't handle well
            • Not holding up

            Best Uses

              Comments about Walker Bay 8, 8'3" Length, 4'4" Beam, 71lb., 425lb. Capacity (up To People):

              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...

              (19 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Not that great for the price

              By Lee Ward

              from Hermanus, South Africa

              About Me Family boater

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to assemble

              Cons

              • Overpriced
              • Relatively Tippy

              Best Uses

                Comments about Walker Bay 8, 8'3" Length, 4'4" Beam, 71lb., 425lb. Capacity (up To People):

                Now that I'm a lot more experienced in sailing and boating I have a different perspective on the WB8 and WB10 than I had going in. I owned both the 8 and the 10. The WB8 is inferior to many pram designs in terms of stability and performance. The WB10 is much better in terms of stability, but not great compared to other dinghies in its class. I sold my WB8 soon after getting it as I was dissatisfied with it. The tube kit is an overpriced plaster to mask the inherent design problems of the WB and I refused to sink more money into that mistake. The 10 was a fun sailing trainer and an adequate recreational dinghy, but I'm replacing it with a sailing dinghy I'm building from plans. I'd suggest against the WB8 and rate the WB10 as adequate. I think there are a lot of Kevlar/fiberglass dinghy designs and nice plywood/fiberglass kits you will be more satisfied with in the long run. I quickly outgrew the WB as I was exposed to other designs and options!

                (21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Walker Bay 8'

                By Forrest

                from Lake McQueeney, Texas

                About Me Angler

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Walker Bay 8, 8'3" Length, 4'4" Beam, 71lb., 425lb. Capacity (up To People):

                    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.

                    (11 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    to much money nothing to show for it

                    By the tester

                    from michigan

                    About Me Boater

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Doesn't handle well
                      • Not holding up
                      • Too small, low capacity
                      • Wet underway

                      Best Uses

                      • Drowning

                      Comments about Walker Bay 8, 8'3" Length, 4'4" Beam, 71lb., 425lb. Capacity (up To People):

                      this boat is unstable, junk construction, and way to expensive! kl industries has built a way better boat for a way better price! kl industries boat wont sink it has foam inside of it!

                      (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      I like it!

                      By Sound Sailor

                      from Seattle, Washington

                      About Me Family boater, Long distance cruiser

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Rows well
                      • Tough

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Tender for cruising boat

                        Comments about Walker Bay 8, 8'3" Length, 4'4" Beam, 71lb., 425lb. Capacity (up To People):

                        I've owned a lot of small boats, and the Walker Bay stands out for light weight, toughness, and good rowing (at least for an 8' tender). Tippy? Well, perhaps if your used to an unrowable inflatable, but the Walker Bay is safe and seaworthy and utilitarian. An excellent shore boat.

                        (14 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        10 ft.dinghies

                        By floyd

                        from indiana

                        About Me Family boater

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Walker Bay 8, 8'3" Length, 4'4" Beam, 71lb., 425lb. Capacity (up To People):

                              had to drive 200 miles to pick it up to find the closest dealer. got it home no oars as advertised that come with it. west marine posted on their web site that they quit coming with them this year. they should change their ad and until they do they need to furnish the oars they say come with them. on the description and order page

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