FAQ

Find all the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Walker Bay.

General Questions

Q: How can I tell what model year my Walker Bay product is?
A: You can look at the HIN number on any product and the last two digits indicate the year of manufacture.

Q: How do I repair my boat?
A: Find repair tips and information

Generation

Q: What is the Generation boats tube material?
A: The Walker Bay Generation’s tube is a UV treated, low friction skin, ORCA CSM tube fabric.

Q: What motor shaft size is required for  Generation boat?
A: A long shaft (20”) motor.

Q: I have scraped my Generation hull, how can I fix this?
A: The hull is of fiberglass construction, please take it to a professional marine repair shop

Genesis RIBs

Q: What is your transom material?
A: The transom is composed of aluminum casing and marine wood core.

Q: What bottom paint can I use on the plastic hull?
A: The nature of Polypropylene is that things rarely stick to it which is nice so many people don’t need to use bottom paint.  If you are in an area really bad for this however you can use Interlux MICRON CF (copper free) bottom paint which is the best option and will work with the Polypropylene hull.

Q: What are the differences between PVC and ORCA CSM (Hypalon®)?
A: ORCA CSM

  • Resistant to extreme temperatures, U.V. rays, gas, oil, chemicals, & abrasions
  • Extremely durable – stands up to frequent usage
  • May be left inflated and exposed to the elements when not in use
  • Long lifespan
  • Backed by a 10-Year Limited Warranty

PVC (1100 Decitex Polymer)

  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to repair
  • Lightweight
  • Backed by a 5-Year Limited Warranty

Q: What motor shaft size is required?
A: The Walker Bay Genesis uses a short shaft (15”).

Q: What are the differences between the Light and Deluxe versions?
A: The biggest differences lie in features and weight. The Deluxe model boasts innovative integrated storage, cup holders and removable storage tray as well as additional seating in the bow. Other features include a custom 2-tone tube design and heavy-duty rub rail/splash guard. The Light version is approximately 20% lighter. Functionally, the light version has a slimmer rub rail across the whole boat, fuel tank recess in bow, lighter oars, and minor changes in trim to aid weight savings.

Q: How should the boat be stored in winter?
A: It is best to store your boat indoors. If you don’t have room in your garage you may want to check out the Harken Hoister system: http://www.hoister.com. If storing your Genesis outside, please make sure the tubes are deflated and that you store your Genesis in the storage bag that is available from Walker Bay.

NOTE: rodents are known to nest in boats in winter, chewing on the tubes and nesting inside them. Also in below freezing temperatures, the Genesis Hull can freeze, which is fine so long as nothing impacts the hull during those cold times.

Dinghies & Sailkits

Q: What type of boat is the Rigid Dinghy?
A: The Walker Bay Rigid Dinghy, available in 8ft or 10ft, is a one-piece (monohull) boat and features a lapstrake hull design, which is excellent for rowing, sailing and motoring at harbour speeds.

Q: I have left my boat in storage for the winter, and it is off center. How do I fix this?
A: Our boats are injection molded, and will always return to the factory shape after being left in the sun.

Q: What are these boats made of?
A: Rigid Dinghies are formed from a polypropylene composite resin in a high-pressure injection molding process. This creates a seamless, durable hull that is impact resistant and UV protected.

Q: I have damaged my boat, how would I fix it?
A: It is very unlikely that you will damage your Walker Bay Rigid Dinghy. However, if this occurs, you can contact your local auto-body shop and get a quote for “bumper repair” as the boat can be repaired by them in this manner.

Q: I have a very old Walker Bay dinghy and the drain plug is in the bottom.  I need a replacement, can you tell me where to get one?
A: This drain plug is still available from the manufacturer Ronstan.  It is part number RF 294.  We also offer this direct online here: CLICK HERE

Q: What bottom paint can I use on the plastic hull?

A: The nature of Polypropylene is that things rarely stick to it which is nice so many people don’t need to use bottom paint.  If you are in an area really bad for this however you can use Interlux MICRON CF (copper free) bottom paint which is the best option and will work with the Polypropylene hull.

Q: What shaft length motor should I use with a WB8 or WB10?
A: You should use a short shaft motor of 15″ shaft length.

Q: Are there any maintenance tips to keeping your oars?
A: Please check the condition of your oars/wooden shafts before the summer. If the oars/wooden shafts are fine but the varnish is damaged, please remove the damaged varnish and apply 2-3 layers of urethane varnish. When the wooden oars are not in use, please store them in a dry place, away from sunshine.  This way they will last longer.

AIRIS

Q: What is the kayak material?
A: The Walker Bay Airis is composed of U.V. treated, multi-layer PVC fabric.

Q: How do they handle?
A: Extremely well. Our kayaks follow the “sit on top” style, popularized within the last 20 years. Compared to a sit-in kayak of the same size, our kayaks offer a wider beam and a deeper draft, which translates to greater stability. Our models are also designed with a functional rear skeg, which trims the boat, as well as aids in tracking.

Q: What is the PSI for inflation?
A:
The main chamber and the seat chamber are both 6.5 PSI. We have designed the kayak such that once it is “rigid,” it is at the correct PSI.

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