Would a Walker Bay 8 be good for a 27' boat? - Page 2 - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 
  #11  
Old 12-14-2008
eMKay's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Buffalo
Posts: 838
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
eMKay is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by chucklesR View Post
Just before the dinghy becomes a drogue.
LOL, well then, 2 birds with one stone
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #12  
Old 12-15-2008
WouldaShoulda's Avatar
AEOLUS II
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: From The Land of Pleasant Living
Posts: 2,712
Thanks: 3
Thanked 12 Times in 12 Posts
Rep Power: 6
WouldaShoulda is on a distinguished road
All I know is, my inflatable is so heavy I'll probably never use it.

The Walker Bay I'd at least mess about in.

Adding the RID tubes looks like the way to go.

I was thinking about the sail kit but if it's that nice a day I'm taking the 27' boat out!!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #13  
Old 12-15-2008
sailboy21's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: SE Alaska
Posts: 722
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
sailboy21 is on a distinguished road
Only problem I see with the RID tubes is they cost more than the dingy. For that kind of money (dingy + RID) you would probably benefit by expanding your options to higher end dinks out there.
As for the sail kit, I think that is worth it. You can really sail somewhere in the WB. You can make progress upwind, and even roller reef the sail if it gets too windy (have tried this in +25 Knots). You can easily store the parts onboard. I made a sock for the mast and sail, which I store along the lifelines. You can see it on my boat if you carefully. Picture of Your Boat on the Hard
Don't rule it out. Sometimes it is more fun to play in little boats than big boats anyway!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #14  
Old 12-17-2008
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 885
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 7
GaryHLucas is on a distinguished road
The Walker Bay boats are very interesting from a technical point of view too. They came about because the company that makes them has the world's largest injection molding machine. They were looking for other work they could do with it. They can pump them out in any volume the market could possibly bear, and they get cheaper and cheaper to make as the volume goes up! Cycle times are just a few minutes each, so they could probably do 300 a day! The mold would probably last a million shots or so.

With the requirements for a really big molding machine I think it could be a while before they have any competition.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #15  
Old 12-17-2008
sailboy21's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: SE Alaska
Posts: 722
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
sailboy21 is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by GaryHLucas View Post
The Walker Bay boats are very interesting from a technical point of view too. They came about because the company that makes them has the world's largest injection molding machine. They were looking for other work they could do with it. They can pump them out in any volume the market could possibly bear, and they get cheaper and cheaper to make as the volume goes up! Cycle times are just a few minutes each, so they could probably do 300 a day! The mold would probably last a million shots or so.

With the requirements for a really big molding machine I think it could be a while before they have any competition.
Never even considered that, or why there aren't any similar open boats. Things like Zumas, Open Bics, and the plethora of Kayaks out there are roto-molded. Walker Bay's are injection molded?
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #16  
Old 12-18-2008
Mipcar's Avatar
An Aussie Sailor
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Victoria,Australia
Posts: 122
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 6
Mipcar is on a distinguished road
Send a message via ICQ to Mipcar Send a message via MSN to Mipcar Send a message via Skype™ to Mipcar
Digressing a little. I own a Walker Bay 10. It's getting on the heavy side but tows well. You really need the pontoons (expensive and which I don't have) to increase their carrying capacity and stability, in open bays they roll about a bit.

Also mine (2.5yrs old from new) has developed a crack in bow, currently making a warranty claim. In retrospect I would have been better off with a good inflatable but cost was a factor.

Mychael
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #17  
Old 12-18-2008
christyleigh's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: North Brookfield, Mass.
Posts: 935
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 13
christyleigh is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by eMKay View Post
There is one for sale near me locally, comes with oars and an electric motor
I had one for a couple years on my previous boat and I agree with the instability issues. I tried making my own floataion ring around the gunwales using fenders with mixed results. Also it is a wet ride when heading into even small waves when powered by a 2hp. It does row very well and you could probably row it twice as fast as the electric will move it.
__________________
Stan
'Christy Leigh'
NC 331
Wickford/Narragansett Bay RI

Last edited by christyleigh; 12-19-2008 at 09:37 AM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #18  
Old 12-19-2008
Mipcar's Avatar
An Aussie Sailor
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Victoria,Australia
Posts: 122
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 6
Mipcar is on a distinguished road
Send a message via ICQ to Mipcar Send a message via MSN to Mipcar Send a message via Skype™ to Mipcar
Quote:
Originally Posted by christyleigh View Post
I had one for a couple years on my previous boat and I agree with the instability issues. I tried making my own floatation ring around the gunwales using fenders with mixed results. .

I tried exactly the same thing, as you say mixed results. Also tried bonding in some lead weights from a dive belt and putting them down in the keel groove. Trouble is getting anything to adhere to the poly of the hull.
I run a 3.5 hp outboard (2 stroke) and it motors along fine. In fact even towed the yacht with it once. Albeit a relatively short distance.

Mychael
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #19  
Old 12-19-2008
sailingdog's Avatar
Telstar 28
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,291
Thanks: 0
Thanked 9 Times in 9 Posts
Rep Power: 13
sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice
Of course, having to add ballast, reduces the payload capacity of a relatively low capacity boat even further... not great as solutions go IMHO.
__________________
Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #20  
Old 12-19-2008
WouldaShoulda's Avatar
AEOLUS II
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: From The Land of Pleasant Living
Posts: 2,712
Thanks: 3
Thanked 12 Times in 12 Posts
Rep Power: 6
WouldaShoulda is on a distinguished road
OK, now I want an 8' with pontoons and a sailing kit.

No motor.

Oars.

And a bimini.

And a cart to wheel it around.

I like the deck and capacity of the 10' but it's just too heavy.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What's your biggest bonehead move sailing? CharlieCobra Seamanship & Navigation 569 4 Weeks Ago 04:48 PM
THE Yacht Builder List T37Chef Boat Review and Purchase Forum 26 07-08-2011 05:51 AM
Production blue water boats JakeLevi Boat Review and Purchase Forum 73 07-31-2009 10:07 PM
Getting Good Starts, Part Two Zack Leonard Racing Articles 0 01-15-2004 07:00 PM
Rust Never Sleeps John Kretschmer Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 02-27-2003 07:00 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:12 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.