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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
In stock online.

$899.99

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

$1,399.00

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Product Description

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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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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3.0

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (10)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (20)
  • Easy to assemble (12)
  • Performs well (12)
  • Stable/seaworthy (8)
  • Stores compactly (6)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Tender for cruising boat (11)
  • Family use (8)
  • Exploring new areas (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Family boater (18), Weekend cruiser (13), Angler (6), Long distance cruiser (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...

Reviewed by 32 customers

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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.

     
    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.

     
    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.

      (1 of 1 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

      (2 of 2 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!

        (2 of 3 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

            (3 of 3 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 . . .

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Walker bay dighnys

              By martha

              from penobscot bay

              About Me Weekend cruiser

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Performs well

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about 8 & 10 Dinghies:

                  12years ago a friend said my walker bay dighny (8 foot rigid ) would last " a couple of years". It is still doing just fine and it takes a beating!!
                  What I do not like is the oar lock assembly. You cannot replace an oar lock (or buy new oars) without having to purchase the whole "assembly"

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Walker Bay 10

                  By Cottage Dad

                  from Michigan

                  About Me Family boater, Weekend cruiser

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Angling
                    • Family use
                    • Rowing
                    • Sailing

                    Comments about 8 & 10 Dinghies:

                    I have had this boat for 8 years and it was the perfect choice for us at the lake. I used to have 3 small boats but with the 10' version and sailing kit we only use the Walker Bay now. My kids can drag it around on rocks and I don't have to worry, and with the tubes it is so safe I don't have to worry about them tipping if they are fishing or rowing around. When they were learning to sail it was amazing as the tubes let them sail back-winded, making mistakes but they don't tip so they learned really fast. Its not a performance sail boat but it goes upwind fine and sails about as well as any pram design out there. Anyone complaining about the performance of this boat either doesn't know anything about small boats or bought it with the wrong expectations.

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