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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

Manufacturer's Documents

Customer Reviews
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

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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2.6

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

35%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (10)
  • Stable/seaworthy (5)
  • Easy to assemble (4)
  • Performs well (4)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Tender for cruising boat (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Family boater (10), Weekend cruiser (6), Angler (4)

Reviewed by 19 customers

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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.

      (10 of 10 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 & 10 Dinghies:

          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...

          (17 of 20 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 & 10 Dinghies:

            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 & 10 Dinghies:

                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 & 10 Dinghies:

                  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!

                  (12 of 12 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 & 10 Dinghies:

                    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 & 10 Dinghies:

                          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

                          (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Should not be sold without Tube

                          By David

                          from UK

                          About Me Weekend cruiser

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Durable

                          Cons

                          • Doesn't handle well

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Walker Bay 8 & 10 Dinghies:

                            I bought the WB 10 without the tube collar here in the UK... very excited to get it out but boy what a let down, so like everyone else i had to pay another 750 pounds (about 1,000 dollars) for the tube. What makes me laugh ironically is that it's approved by US coastguard?? Of course with the tube its perfect but soooooooooooooo overpriced, but as we say, they have you by the short and curlys!!

                            (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Decent but not good value

                            By Andrew the Boater

                            from Salt Lake City, Utah

                            About Me Angler, Family boater

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy to assemble
                            • Stable/seaworthy

                            Cons

                            • Keel wheel too small
                            • Overpriced
                            • Too white

                            Best Uses

                            • Family use

                            Comments about Walker Bay 8 & 10 Dinghies:

                            I've been using the 10-ft version for a year. It's much better than the 8-ft. This boat is attractively styled and durable, but it does not row as easily as I hoped and its oarlocks wear out too quickly. The center of gravity is too far aft. My biggest gripe is it's overpriced for a thermally molded boat -- a rip-off actually. There are better options out there.

                            (15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            2.0

                            Not a great tender

                            By RR

                            from San Francisco, CA

                            About Me Angler, Family boater, Weekend cruiser

                            Pros

                            • Stores compactly

                            Cons

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

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Walker Bay 8 & 10 Dinghies:

                              Not a great product. It's main attribute is that it's light. It doesn't have much carrying capacity (it's best with one or two people, a little unhappy with three people) and doesn't row well because it jumps around so easily. My inflatable tubes rotted from sun exposure in about a year and had to be replaced (which to their credit they did under warranty), but not before getting sticky slime all over anyone who touched them. I'd take the advice of another reviewer and either go for a real inflatable or a wood/epoxy model for a tender.

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