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Just before the dinghy becomes a drogue.
LOL, well then, 2 birds with one stone
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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!!
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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!
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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.
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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?
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Of course, having to add ballast, reduces the payload capacity of a relatively low capacity boat even further... not great as solutions go IMHO.

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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.
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