Yakima, Washington: Yakima-based Walker Bay Boats, Inc. is the recipient of this year's prestigious Freeman K. Pittman Award from SAIL Magazine. The award was presented to Walker Bay for innovation in systems and construction, and as the magazine states, "it represents an impressive rethinking of small-boat design".

"We have a product that is versatile and simple to use, whether you are a novice or an experienced boater", states John O'Brien, President of Walker Bay. "We strive to make boating easy, fun and affordable, so everyone can get out on the water".

Walker Bay designs and manufactures a superior line of small Boats, Sail Kits, and Rigid Inflatable Dinghy (RID) Tube Kits that are innovative and durable. The boats are made using a high-tech injection molding process that forms an indestructible, lightweight, High Impact Marine Composite (HIMC) one-piece seamless hull. The result is a sophisticated design that boasts classic lines while being super durable and maintenance free.

Boat models are available in 8 or 10 feet, and can be fitted with an inflatable tube to create a Rigid Inflatable Dinghy (RID). A RID combines the stability & utility of an inflatable with Walker Bay's tough HIMC rigid hull, creating the ideal balance of performance and safety in a small boat. The RID tubes allow for increased capacity and horsepower ratings and to quote SAIL Magazine, "The result is an affordable tender that combines some of the best features of hard and soft construction."

Additionally, the Walker Bay RID offers unmatched versatility, as the RID can be rowed, motored, sailed, and towed. "We feel a product like this can really help to foster participation in the sport of boating, which is good for everyone," states O'Brien.
Five different Sailing Kits are also available from the Recreational Gaff Rig up to the new High Performance Sailing Rig. The Boats, Tubes and Sail Kits are sold separately, allowing one to customize a boat upon purchase or alternatively, start with a basic boat and build it up over time.


See the complete lineup of specs and photos on boats.com: www.boats.com/builder/builder_boats_handler.jsp?mid=3480