Features December 2007 Issue

Practical Sailor Dinghy Review: Walker Bay Genesis 270 FTD

Sea trials find that this deluxe-model rigid inflatable boat (RIB) handles well, but there are lighter RIBs in this size range, including one from Walker Bay.

This Walker Bay RIB is a well-executed, but heavy, plastic inflatable dinghy. Its thermo-molded hull resists impact, won’t chip like gelcoat, and is easy to clean, but it is not as simple to paint or modifiy as a laminated hull. Although the hull material itself is not particularly rigid, the design is surprisingly resistant to flex. The features in the deluxe boat are nice for a shore-based utility boat, but the lighter version, which we plan to include in our future test, may be better suited for a deck- or davit-stowed tender.

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