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Walker Bay Launches Venture 14 RIB, First in Its New Explorer Series

Walker Bay has  just launched the first RIB in its new Explorer series, a 14-foot Venture, that is rated for eight passengers and tops out at 30 knots with a 70-hp outboard. The company, based in Union Gap, Washington, says the Venture 14 has a range of 140 miles. The new Venture is nothing if not adaptable. It can serve as a tender to a larger boat, a sport boat, a picnic boat, or you can just use it for fishing, diving and generally having fun. You’ll be comfortable on board since all the seating has thick cushioning, and the…

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Walker Bay Launches New 10′ 8″ RIB that Seats Five and Costs Just $14,500 with 20-hp Outboard

Walker Bay has just launched a new 10’ 8” RIB with a console that holds five passengers and costs just $14,500 with a 20-hp outboard. And the new Walker Bay Supertender 325 Deluxe Console RIB is a lightweight, coming in at just 259 pounds. “We feel this is the best lightweight console tender in its class,” says Michael Carroll, Walker Bay’s director of sales and marketing, “in that it offers superior comfort, unmatched luxurious features and exceptional performance for a boat this size.” The 325 hull has a sharp entry that flattens out aft and a hard chine that grips…

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New Walker Bay 325 Light Console RIB Holds 5 Passengers, Provides Dry Ride

Here’s a small, lightweight RIB that can hold up to five passengers and that promises a comfortable, fun and dry ride even in a chop. The new Walker Bay Supertender 325 Light Console is 10’ 8” long and weighs just 244 pounds and has a deep-V fiberglass hull for performance. Its hard chines provide traction in turns, and its wide bow is designed to block spray so you’ll have a dry ride in most conditions. The center console has room for a 7” screen; it also has a stainless-steel helm and handrail, two cupholders and padding on the port side…

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Walker Bay Launches New 11-Foot RIB Designed To Fit on a Swim Platform

Walker Bay is introducing a new lightweight 11-foot RIB, the Generation LTE 11, at the Fort Lauderdale show. Designed as a tender or small sport boat, the LTE 11 is small and light enough to be lifted by davits and fit easily on a swim platform. The new RIB “is designed for customers who want all the luxurious style and performance of a Generation but can only accommodate a lighter tender,” says Michael Carroll, director of sales and marketing for Walker Bay. The LTE’s light weight and hull design mean it only needs a 20-hp outboard to get on plane.…

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Walker Bay Makes Upgrades in Its Smaller Generation Line of RIBs

Walker Bay has upgraded two of the smaller RIBS in its Generation Line to match the designs and features it already has built into its 17-foot model. The upgrades are for the 450 and 400 models (14’9” and 13’1” respectively), which now will have the technology used in Walker Bay’s top-of-the-line Generation 525 model. “After we added new ideas into the larger 17-foot boat, we went back to the drawing board to see how we could trickle those improvements down to the rest of the line,” said Stefano Rista, Walker Bay president. “The unique construction process of the 525 makes…

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New Aires Inflatable Kayaks by Walker Bay: Light, Sturdy, Fun

The new Airis Inflatable Kayaks by Walker Bay just look like fun. The fact that they’re light weight, fit into a backpack and are easy to use on the water are all just icing on the cake. The kayaks seem like the ultimate in portability. The three models – Play, Sport and Tandem – fold up and fit into their own backpacks. Then you can stow them in a lazarette or lash them on deck until you’re ready to use them again. They only take a few minutes to inflate, and they have a patented AirWeb high-pressure construction to make…

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4,465 Milles of the Great Loop Alone on a 14-foot Walker Bay

You’ve got to love Dave Pike (at least I do). On his blog, where he explains why he’s doing the Great Loop in a 14-foot Walker Bay RIB, he introduces himself by saying, “I’m a 67-year-old male with a bit of adventure in my DNA.” He’s climbed mountains, paddled canoes through the Canadian wilderness, and started cruising when he and his wife Ann chartered a trawler in Alaska 15 years ago. And now he’s just gone through the Erie Canal on his Walker Bay, putting 4,465 Great Loop miles behind him, as he starts the last leg of his solo…

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New, Innovative, Fun and Fast Walker Bay Generation 525. See Review and Video

It’s hard to fit the new Walker Bay Generation 525 into a narrow boat category, because this new, luxurious 17-footer offers so much: It’s a RIB, certainly, but it also can be a sport boat, a day boat, a tow boat, a runabout or even a megayacht tender. It would be fun to have the 525 just to zip around a harbor by yourself, or to take a crowd – the boat’s rated for ten passengers. A California company (located in Fairfield, about half-way between San Francisco and Sacramento), Walker Bay is known for its innovation and creative design. Indeed,…