I’ve been looking for a small, stable sailing boat that I might use on my local river for day sailing. Having researched such craft suitable for disabled sailors* I came to the conclusion, although appropriate for me, they are all very expensive and difficult to find on the second-hand market. I am not disabled, but such a boat would be sensible because of my decreasing agility on account of the aging process. My reactions are not as fast as they used to be.
I was pleased to find a Walker Bay 10 complete with a sail kit and fitted with inflation tubes, but on further considering her appropriateness I discovered the following shortcomings:
Her sail cannot be reefed and it cannot be lowered from the mast. The only way of reducing sail is to remove the rig!! The mainsheet control is sited in the middle of thwart which means you cannot sit on that part of the thwart. Also, every time you tack you have to avoid the sheet. Another slight disadvantage is that it has a daggerboard, rather than a centreboard, and the daggerboard cannot be made to stay put, apart from when fully down or fully up. Furthermore, there is no way of attaching an outboard when the rudder is in place.
Walker Bay have made a good product, apart from these minor failings, which when added together are off-putting to the sailor who wants to do more than just take her out for an hour or so.
*Sailing for the Disabled: http://bills-log.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/sailing-for-disabled.html
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