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Classic Dinghy

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Model # 11985512 | Mfg # WMDINGHY

Sleek lines and rugged polyethylene construction are the core of our new traditional styled dinghy. Custom designed by boating enthusiasts for outstanding stability compared to similarly shaped dinghies, this boat represents great performance and value in a 10' dinghy. The broad beam and clean hull styling assure a comfortable, stable ride. Performance is excellent whether motoring or rowing. It can handle up to three people and up to a 6HP outboard. Meets all USCG and NMMA standards and comes at a value price. Oars and oarlocks sold separately. Made in the USA.

  • Application: Rigid tender or fishing boat
  • Hull Material: High-density polyethylene
  • Construction: Thermo-formed 2-piece hull and deck
  • Hull Shape: V-hull
  • Length: 9'9"
  • Boat Beam: 55"
  • Weight: 100lbs.
  • Capacity: 406 lbs.
  • Maximum HP: 6
  • Standard Hardware: Molded-in carry handles, molded-in seats, stern lifting rings, boweye, deck plate storage area
  • Available Accessories: Oarlocks, oars
  • Warranty: Two years hull and deck, one year parts and accessories
  • Made in the USA

Classic Dinghy

Capacity 406 Pounds
Compatible Accessories Oars
Oarlocks
Features Carrying Handles
Horsepower 6 Horsepower
Length 9' 9"
Material High Density Polyethylene
Shape V-Hull
Type Thermoformed 2-Piece Hull and Deck
Warranty Details Two Years (Hull/Deck); One Year (Parts/Accessories)
Width 55 Inches

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West Marine Classic Dinghy
 
3.7

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (6)
  • Performs well (6)
  • Stable/seaworthy (6)
  • Easy to assemble (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Family use (8)
  • Exploring new areas (6)
  • Tender for cruising boat (6)
  • Angling (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Family boater (7), Angler (4), Long distance cruiser (3), Weekend cruiser (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Likeable little boat with one flaw

We bought this as a play boat for weekend visitors with kids and some morning exercise rowing around. It fits nicely in the spare space at our dock and is very easy to drag...Read complete review

We bought this as a play boat for weekend visitors with kids and some morning exercise rowing around. It fits nicely in the spare space at our dock and is very easy to drag it up into the backyard by one person. It gives the option of smooth rowing or easy motoring depending on personal preference. Our biggest complaint is the surface finish, it is textured all over and does not allow for the registration numbers or state sticker to adhere at all. When West Marine had the boat designed they left a smooth area for the West Marine sticker near the stern but didn't leave a similar surface to put the registration numbers on. The compound bend and curve of the bow makes a boat number plate difficult to attach and the molded lapstrake is just under three inches wide where the numbers should go so there is not quite enough room for legal size numbers on a backing plate. Also a similar problem with the transom for adding a boat name, nothing sticks to the nubbly hull finish except dirt. A good scrubbing gets most of that off but because the plastic is soft and scratches dig in don't expect this to stay pristine for long.
The boat handles well enough for something under 10 feet and just 100 pounds. It is not quite as tippy getting in and out of as some other models but not by much. Very nimble with oars or small outboard and great for getting the kids into the shallows for watching marsh creatures up close. Sharp objects like pointed rocks can dig into the plastic hull but it is more forgiving than an inflatable or fiberglass hull might be. Very easy for two people to carry either bow and stern or on either side. Fits well in the bed of a small pickup truck for day trips to new locations. The stainless tie downs are good and rugged, much better than some other dinghies with plastic hardware. Same holds true for the stainless oar locks. Nice little boat overall for the money. Would have been really great if this had the little stern wheel on the keel for one person to drag the boat around on shore but there isn't one. Just wish a bit more thought had gone into mounting the reg numbers/boat name on the hull.
Four stars and would recommend this boat.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointing - no sale

It looked good online and I thought it was a cheaper alternative to the Walker Bay 10. However, when I went into a store I saw it's more akin to a big floating polyethylene...Read complete review

It looked good online and I thought it was a cheaper alternative to the Walker Bay 10. However, when I went into a store I saw it's more akin to a big floating polyethylene cooler lid with thick walls. The lapstrake lines don't look good like the Walker Bay dinghies. I sure wish there was a Walker Bay 12 or 14.

Reviewed by 10 customers

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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I love this boat.

By Roadcaptain

from Stockton ca.

About Me Family boater, Wanna be pirate, Weekend cruiser

Pros

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

Cons

  • No gap between back seat and motor mount

Best Uses

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

Comments about West Marine Classic Dinghy:

I also was looking for a cheaper alternative to the walker bay 10..I read the review up above and I canceled my order. Then I went to another West Marine store and I saw it.. I loved it, yes it is a bit more modern than walker bay but it's way more stable.. It still has a classic look on the outside..I can stand up in this boat.. I maxed it out with 600 pounds and had no problems at all, however I do not recommend that..Works great with minn kota 55 max.. more heavy than walker bay because of decking.. Less easy to ding up also than walker bay..I made a video on you tube for it.. you can also by a sail kit for it but you have to dig that up yourself.. Overall it looks very pirate like and I Love it..

(23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great boat; very stable; good value.

By Colossus

from RI

About Me Angler, Family boater, Weekend cruiser

Pros

  • Durable
  • Performs well
  • Stable/seaworthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family use
    • Tender for cruising boat

    Comments about West Marine Classic Dinghy:

    Easy to row, dry in average bay chop, stable enough for my 92 year old mother to board from the dinghy to my 30' Grady. Light enough for single-handed beach hauling. Keel will wear with repeated travel over stony shoreline. Excellent value; good looking; nice weight. Haven't motored with it yet because it's so nice and easy to row. Can't say that about any inflatable I've ever had – rigid, platform or air bottomed.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Floats pointy side up.

    By Yamez4u

    from Nashville, tn

    About Me Long distance cruiser

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about West Marine Classic Dinghy:

      Works good with both oars and a 1003 Torqeedo

      (16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Little Tender

      By Housedragon

      from Ontario, Canada

      About Me Angler, Family boater, Long distance cruiser, Long In The Tooth, Weekend cruiser

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Inexpensive
      • Light weight
      • Performs well
      • Stable/seaworthy

      Cons

      • No Place For Numbers
      • No Place For Reg 's
      • No Rope Cleats

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about West Marine Classic Dinghy:

      Easy for one person to launch, beach. Moves great with 2.5 HP 4 stroke. Very light on stern davit system (100 LBS.) Handles myself, my wife and our 70 LB. dog easily. Main use was in North Chanel of Lake Huron, at times 1 meter swells and no issues however motor operator does get splashed at times. It is very easy to clean at end of our cruises but the rough surface does not allow adhesion of stickers for name or reg. numbers. Does not perform nearly as well as a fiberglass bottom RIB but is only 20% of the cost. We are pleased with the performance and low cost. Highly recommended option.

      (42 of 44 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Boat!

      By Lisargarza

      from Cypress, TX

      About Me Family boater

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Great For Beginner
      • Performs well

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Exploring new areas
        • Family use

        Comments about West Marine Classic Dinghy:

        I'm 54 and have never boated before. Got this to use as a little row boat on our small lake. It feels very stable, handles well. It's lightweight enough that I can easily drag it to shore. Love the size; my two dogs fit in it perfectly! Even with a 50 pound dog moving about from side to side, I've never felt like we would tip.
        When I got it home, we discovered that the drain plug had been damaged. Dealer had me send photos electronically and they shipped out spare parts immediately. I was able to complete repairs in just a few minutes. Nice customer service.
        Now all I need is a bigger lake....

        (24 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Good, but missing important features.

        By Captain Daryl

        from Ingleside, TX

        About Me Long distance cruiser

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Performs well
        • Stable/seaworthy

        Cons

        • No Cockpit Drains
        • No Davitt Attachments

        Best Uses

        • Tender for cruising boat

        Comments about West Marine Classic Dinghy:

        Needs attachments for front davitt harness. Needs a way to drain cockpit while on davitts. Needs storage for PFD's, anchor' tools, etc.

        (37 of 56 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Disappointing - no sale

        By Puddleduck

        from Colorado

        About Me Angler, Family boater

        Pros

        • Solid

        Cons

        • Ugly

        Best Uses

        • Angling
        • Family use

        Comments about West Marine Classic Dinghy:

        It looked good online and I thought it was a cheaper alternative to the Walker Bay 10. However, when I went into a store I saw it's more akin to a big floating polyethylene cooler lid with thick walls. The lapstrake lines don't look good like the Walker Bay dinghies. I sure wish there was a Walker Bay 12 or 14.

        (27 of 119 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        This Boat Sucks!

        By THE MISER-FISHER

        from NEW YORK

        Pros

        • Easy to assemble
        • None

        Cons

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

        Best Uses

        • FIRE WOOD

        Comments about West Marine Classic Dinghy:

        I HATE THIS [*] BOAT!! WASTED SO MUCH MONEY TIME AND ENERGY!!! NEVER AGAIN BUYING A BOAT FROM WEST MARINE!! I AM A VERY UNHAPPY CUSTOMER

        (74 of 75 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Likeable little boat with one flaw

        By Privateer

        from North Shore, MA

        About Me Angler, Family boater

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Fits OK in a small pickup
        • Handles two adults fine
        • Light weight
        • Stable/seaworthy
        • Tracks well rowing

        Cons

        • Reg numbers don't stick

        Best Uses

        • Angling
        • Exploring new areas
        • Family use
        • Good for shallows work
        • Great for teaching kids
        • Tender for cruising boat

        Comments about West Marine Classic Dinghy:

        We bought this as a play boat for weekend visitors with kids and some morning exercise rowing around. It fits nicely in the spare space at our dock and is very easy to drag it up into the backyard by one person. It gives the option of smooth rowing or easy motoring depending on personal preference. Our biggest complaint is the surface finish, it is textured all over and does not allow for the registration numbers or state sticker to adhere at all. When West Marine had the boat designed they left a smooth area for the West Marine sticker near the stern but didn't leave a similar surface to put the registration numbers on. The compound bend and curve of the bow makes a boat number plate difficult to attach and the molded lapstrake is just under three inches wide where the numbers should go so there is not quite enough room for legal size numbers on a backing plate. Also a similar problem with the transom for adding a boat name, nothing sticks to the nubbly hull finish except dirt. A good scrubbing gets most of that off but because the plastic is soft and scratches dig in don't expect this to stay pristine for long.
        The boat handles well enough for something under 10 feet and just 100 pounds. It is not quite as tippy getting in and out of as some other models but not by much. Very nimble with oars or small outboard and great for getting the kids into the shallows for watching marsh creatures up close. Sharp objects like pointed rocks can dig into the plastic hull but it is more forgiving than an inflatable or fiberglass hull might be. Very easy for two people to carry either bow and stern or on either side. Fits well in the bed of a small pickup truck for day trips to new locations. The stainless tie downs are good and rugged, much better than some other dinghies with plastic hardware. Same holds true for the stainless oar locks. Nice little boat overall for the money. Would have been really great if this had the little stern wheel on the keel for one person to drag the boat around on shore but there isn't one. Just wish a bit more thought had gone into mounting the reg numbers/boat name on the hull.
        Four stars and would recommend this boat.

        (55 of 56 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good Value

        By Mitch

        from LA

        About Me Family boater, OK for grandkid

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Fits easily in pup bed
        • Low price
        • Nice features

        Cons

        • No
        • No deck cleats
        • Very low freeboard

        Best Uses

        • Angling
        • Calm water exploring
        • Exploring new areas
        • Family use

        Comments about West Marine Classic Dinghy:

        This dink is made by KL Industries. You can learn more about their products and company online. I believe that this product is excslusively made for West Marine, but similar boats are on their website. At about 50% the cost of the Walker Bay, it's a good value, unless you want to sail. It does not include the oars and oarlocks like the Walker Bay, so add about 150.00 unless you'll be motoring. I have other dinks and this one appeals to my nautical sensibilities. It looks nice, has simulated lapstrakes as opposed to other boats that have the style of a water heater cardboard box. It handles OK, tracks nicely and is as stable as one would expect in a small boat.

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