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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.
Its actually a dangerous idea. There is little reserve buoyancy to begin with in these things.
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Kind of my point... IMHO, you're much better off with a better designed dinghy... The Walker Bay series just don't strike me as being all that seaworthy... very tippy without serious modification—yes, adding a big inflatable tube around most of the damn boat is a serious modification.

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Its actually a dangerous idea. There is little reserve buoyancy to begin with in these things.
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My wife dumped ours on a bad jibed. She was about 200 feet from the dock so I jumped and and swam out. A passing boat plucked her out. I could get the WB righted but it was barely floating, even with the buoyancy bag. There was no way to climb in. I tried bailing with our beer pitcher bailer, but every little wave or ripple would just completely swamp the boat and take away any progress I had made. I ended up "sailing" back to the dock with me in the water alongside holding the boat up. Thankfully this was Hawaii, not Alaska. Up here it probably would have been a news story, and not a good one.

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Kind of my point... IMHO, you're much better off with a better designed dinghy... The Walker Bay series just don't strike me as being all that seaworthy... very tippy without serious modification—yes, adding a big inflatable tube around most of the damn boat is a serious modification.
You get what you pay for. It isn't as bad as some of the other contraptions. The Sport-YAK II was particularly scary in any "seas" over about 4" . At least the WB can hold her own through a pretty wide range of conditions, unless the operator screws up. There are people up here (not me) that don dry suits and sail their WB8's all over, in open water, out to islands, traveling many miles. It is a capable boat. But you had better know what you are doing if you take it out of the kiddy pool!
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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?
Yep, about a million bucks for the mold! But make 100,000 and it is dirt cheap.
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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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Not such a big deal for us. We are both in the 70-78kilo weight range so our payload is not compromised. I was trying to create a lower C Of G to see if it would help with stability.

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Yes I think a Walker Bay would be an excellent tender. They are very durable and easily handled; they also appear to track very well. I only wish I had bought one when they were selling for $800.00 AUD, now they are selling for $1,500.00 AUD.

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i bought one this spring after much comparison shopping,they row with one person very well...best bang for the buck...imho.....snows getting deep ...rayder
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I have a Walker Bay 8 that I used with my former boat, a Cal 29. Now it's my daughter's first sailboat.

The Walker Bays row and tow nicely. It's also easy for one person to put up on the roof of a car. One mis-step getting in, though, and they'll put you in the drink (I was once the evening entertainment in the anchorage at St. Michael's, MD). They can't haul much, though I know for a fact that the 8 can handle three drunks if the water is calm enough.

Also, the Walker Bays gouge easily. The plastic is soft. You're supposed to be able to "fix" them with a hair dryer, but I haven't tried that yet.

For my current boat, I bought a 10ft inflatable with an air floor and I think it's a much better thing to have.
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Also, the Walker Bays gouge easily. The plastic is soft. You're supposed to be able to "fix" them with a hair dryer, but I haven't tried that yet.
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I've tried it with a soldering iron, can be done but you need a deft touch to get a good finish.
Nothing will glue to them of course and that's an issue.

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We have a Reniell 2600. Using a 8' Sandlapper as our dingy. It works well for us. We haul it on top,when not in tow.
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