Skip to content Skip to navigation menu
Live Chat

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

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

$1,399.00

Add to My List

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

Specs

West Advisor

The West Advisor articles have answered boaters' questions and provided solutions to boating problems for more than 20 years. West Marine has compiled one of the Web's most comprehensive collections of technical boating information articles.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Walker Bay8 & 10 Dinghies
 
3.0

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (19)
  • Performs well (11)
  • Easy to assemble (10)
  • Stable/seaworthy (7)
  • Stores compactly (5)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Tender for cruising boat (9)
  • Family use (7)
  • Exploring new areas (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Family boater (17), Weekend cruiser (12), 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.

VS

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 30 customers

Displaying reviews 1-10

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
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.

     
    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

    (1 of 1 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!

      (1 of 2 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

           
          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 3 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 . . .

            (1 of 1 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"

                (3 of 3 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.

                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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

                      Comments about Walker Bay 8 & 10 Dinghies:

                      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.

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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

                      Comments about Walker Bay 8 & 10 Dinghies:

                      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.

                      Displaying reviews 1-10

                      Back to top

                      Previous | Next »