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2 Weeks Ago 05:31 PM
outbound
Re: Walker Bay-Beware

I too like my genesis. My only issues are trivial. The forward attachment point inside the thing is recessed. This,makes it hard to,get the davit clip on it when it's rolly. Also the drain plug has a rubber ring attached which needs to fit around the fitment of the hole. We pull it out frequently and it is pia to get back in. Still,it gets us around daily, takes its bumps and bruises from,poorly maintained docks, goes on plane easily even with my lard butt, and has held up to the tropical sun.
2 Weeks Ago 05:05 PM
onthewater1234
Re: Walker Bay-Beware

All these posts are the opposite of our experience. We have had and enjoy our WB with no issues and last summer while cruising met at least 6 other people with a Genesis RIB who love it and wouldn't consider another boat.
10-26-2013 12:22 AM
chef2sail
Re: Walker Bay-Beware

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Originally Posted by T37Chef View Post
and here is CD in his WB singing to his own tune

I play the same tune with little problems
10-25-2013 06:11 PM
Maine Sail
Re: Walker Bay-Beware

This is some of the worst "sticky tubeitus" I have seen. Also check out the crumbling rub rail.

This boat is NOT old enough to warrant looking like this.. The tubes were like gum & blistered...

Considering these boats only hit the market in 2006, & this is in Maine, that makes the oldest of them just 7 years old..... Other than the tubes the rest of this one did not look to be 7 years old. If I had to guess this boat is not very old.....

10-25-2013 05:07 PM
FarCry
Re: Walker Bay-Beware

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Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post



Yeah yeah, Benelli (a family business that's a thousand years old).....
I thought Benelli was not even 50 years old. Are you thinking of Beretta? They have been around since the 1500s or so, still not a thousand years.
10-25-2013 03:00 PM
T37Chef
Re: Walker Bay-Beware

and here is CD in his WB singing to his own tune

10-25-2013 02:58 PM
Cruisingdad
Re: Walker Bay-Beware

I will just comment here on our tender.

I have owned A West Marine (manufacturer unknown) tender, an Avon by West Marine, An Avon, a Zodiac, and another tender I cannot remember the make of as it was a POS. My current tender for the last several years is a Walker Bay Genesis and that is the best tender I have owned.

I have not had one single issue with it, which may be why I like it so much (have not had your issues to deal with the company), but I really like the tender. Maybe I just got lucky??

Brian
10-25-2013 01:57 PM
smurphny
Re: Walker Bay-Beware

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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
The most common cause of a change of quality is the sale of the company to a new owner. The old owner may have long since recovered their R&D, plant investment, startup cost, etc. The new owner now has hundreds of millions invested that they need a return on, where the previous owner didnt. I think this is the cause of Sperry's decline in quality.
Surely, excessive debt brings down quality. That can be seen frequently with small local companies that try to expand too quickly. Many small business owners have not taken business economics 101. It does seem like few business owners have a long-term plan nowadays. They either plan to sell out once a business is established as you describe or go public and become swept up in the quarterly report nightmare. Few remain as individually owned, forward looking companies with a passion for a good product, happy employees and an emphasis on QC.

My Furuno Radar is a perfect example of needless scrimping on quality. The connectors for the dome and power lines are extremely CHEAP. Instead of using a strong .05 cent piece of plastic to make the connectors, they use the cheaper .02 cent version, resulting in brittle, broken connections. Why in hell would any company choose to compromise their rep. to save a few cents? Answer: bean counters, not engineers making the decisions.
10-25-2013 01:20 PM
outbound
Re: Walker Bay-Beware

Are there any other rigid bottom inflatables where the stern folds down so well other than the WBs. For me that's the reason I bought a WB. It's just so nice to pull it up with the spin halyard- lay it on deck- deflate /fold down and secure. It lies so flat upside down with the transom folded that it does not obstruct my vision from the cockpit at all and I'm not worried about losing it to green water. Searched but could find any thing else with features of a bottom that didn't mind a few scratches and had such a low profile. Think things would be different on the customer service side if there was any meaningful competition.
10-25-2013 12:52 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Walker Bay-Beware

The most common cause of a change of quality is the sale of the company to a new owner. The old owner may have long since recovered their R&D, plant investment, startup cost, etc. The new owner now has hundreds of millions invested that they need a return on, where the previous owner didnt. I think this is the cause of Sperry's decline in quality.
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