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Old 01-31-2017, 11:53 AM   #1
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New Dinghy

Well ASD will have a new dinghy this summer. We bought a Walker Bay Generation 340 with a 40hp Honda. We are having a new davit system from Olsen Davits. Guyer Boatworks will be installing the entire package on the boat when I pull it in March. We are very excited. I also bought a 40gph water maker from Cruise RO Water. Lots of work to do.
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Old 01-31-2017, 12:43 PM   #2
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Very nice, Congrats
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Old 01-31-2017, 12:48 PM   #3
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Tom, that's a great dinghy and with the 40hp on the back it should fly with both of you in it.


When you get it, for its maiden voyage, point it up river and in 3 or 4 days you should be here. :-)
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ASD. Good to see you at the boat show. I'm glad you're getting the davit from Sam, he makes great products and he's also a very nice person. We also bought our Zodiac from Steve Guyer in 2014. Is he travelling down there for the installation or are you bringing the boat up here?
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Very nice looking, what is all that space behind the helmsman, is that storage I hope?
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What length and weight is the dingy?

I inherited a 11' Novurania 335 RIB with Sonas and it has a 25hp four stroke on the back. I can not run it anywhere near wide open with one on board as it can get scary fast!
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Old 01-31-2017, 07:47 PM   #7
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Nice dinghy! Maybe the gelcoat imperfections really will "buff right out".
How will you accommodate it. Is that a cradle on the aft FB deck?
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ASD. Good to see you at the boat show. I'm glad you're getting the davit from Sam, he makes great products and he's also a very nice person. We also bought our Zodiac from Steve Guyer in 2014. Is he travelling down there for the installation or are you bringing the boat up here?
He will be travelling to Astoria for the davit install. Great see you guys too!!!
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Old 02-01-2017, 10:55 AM   #9
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Nice dinghy! Maybe the gelcoat imperfections really will "buff right out".
How will you accommodate it. Is that a cradle on the aft FB deck?
I will have a 1000lb davit on the stern. It is electric and pivots to the water. The davit is manufacture by Olson Davit systems.
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What length and weight is the dingy?

I inherited a 11' Novurania 335 RIB with Sonas and it has a 25hp four stroke on the back. I can not run it anywhere near wide open with one on board as it can get scary fast!
Its 11.3 long and weighs around 679lbs dry. It will have a 40hp Honda.
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Keep us posted on your water maker install (with pictures). Thanks.
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Comparison between the Walker Bay 340 and Novurania 335. Only 1" in LOA. However, the WB weighs 465 lbs vs. 375 lbs for the N and has a 6' beam vs. 5'3". So makes sense that the WB is recommended with 40 hp and the N with either 25 or 30 maximum. The WB's maximum speed with the 40 is 34 mph/30 knots. I'm a bit surprised not more. Two very similar yet different boats.
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Seems more like a small launch than a dinghy.
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Comparison between the Walker Bay 340 and Novurania 335. Only 1" in LOA. However, the WB weighs 465 lbs vs. 375 lbs for the N and has a 6' beam vs. 5'3". So makes sense that the WB is recommended with 40 hp and the N with either 25 or 30 maximum. The WB's maximum speed with the 40 is 34 mph/30 knots. I'm a bit surprised not more. Two very similar yet different boats.
Maybe more fiberglass??? I didn't see any Novurania at the boat show. I may have missed it if I didn't see a center console.
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Maybe more fiberglass??? I didn't see any Novurania at the boat show. I may have missed it if I didn't see a center console.
In the smaller models they generally use a side console.

The Deluxe 335 is Novurania's smallest model and they range up to 41' Cabin models. Most of their focus today is in larger models and inboard and I/O models, although what I've seen of their sales volume has still been a lot of outboards from the 335 up to the 650 (21'). I would guess that on 70-120' boats, Novurania is still the most popular RIB. At FLIBS last year they showed 8 models from 12' to 25'. Novurania is known for excellent quality.

That said, I very much like the looks and design of your Walker Bay and have always respected their work in other items so would think it will be a great RIB.
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Maybe more fiberglass??? .
Beam plus something adding 90 lbs. Could even be heavier material, thicker or something. I don't know but I see it as a positive.
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Comparison between the Walker Bay 340 and Novurania 335. Only 1" in LOA. However, the WB weighs 465 lbs vs. 375 lbs for the N and has a 6' beam vs. 5'3". So makes sense that the WB is recommended with 40 hp and the N with either 25 or 30 maximum. The WB's maximum speed with the 40 is 34 mph/30 knots. I'm a bit surprised not more. Two very similar yet different boats.
I had my N out yesterday bringing it back to the big boat after servicing. I went WOT for a minute and was really uncomfortable with the speed in that size and weight of dingy. The water goes by awfully fast at 30mph plus that low down!

My concern was hitting a wave/wake wrong and having time to react to how it responds. So I brought it back down to a more comfortable for me speed. Still fast enough though. Probably with a couple of more bodies on board it will be fine.

I also have an AB Nautilus 15' with a 60hp - love that thing at WOT!
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I had my N out yesterday bringing it back to the big boat after servicing. I went WOT for a minute and was really uncomfortable with the speed in that size and weight of dingy. The water goes by awfully fast at 30mph plus that low down!

My concern was hitting a wave/wake wrong and having time to react to how it responds. So I brought it back down to a more comfortable for me speed. Still fast enough though. Probably with a couple of more bodies on board it will be fine.

I also have an AB Nautilus 15' with a 60hp - love that thing at WOT!
Our smallest RIB is a Williams 325, 10' 9" but as an inboard comparable to a bit larger, and will run 48 mph/42 knots. It weighs 693 lbs. It has a nice deep V entry and handles rough water well, but still, feels a bit like I use to imagine hydroplanes feeling. I think nothing of those speeds in a large boat, but we don't open it up often. If running a long distance, we'll typically stay between 20 and 30 knots.
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Beam plus something adding 90 lbs. Could even be heavier material, thicker or something. I don't know but I see it as a positive.

I think our WB (Genesis 310FTD) is a thermoplastic of some sort, 135-lbs. IIRC, hot-molded. Marketed (at the time) as lighter than fiberglass.

If so, and if that carries over into the larger line, it may make more of a difference as size increases.

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Congratulations ASD - That walker Bay looks really nice indeed.
Always like these larger inflatables for doing just about anything it should serve you very well. I am sorry I have not yet been able to see one of those in person or take a ride in them the layout looks great. That size and power boat will give you a very good capacity with some real useful speed and a vey good range - great for exploring.
We have owned a bunch of these outboard powered inflatables (used) and have learned that size really sets the 'reasonable comfort' speed limits on everything but very flat water days. Generally in days with some chop at 1-2 feet or more the 12'/40 hp RIBS are at about 25mph for comfort and maybe 32-35mph max. When you get to 18-19'/90+ hp it changes to about 40 for comfort and maybe 50+ max. Then at about 24'/ 250+ hp you are in the range of 50 for comfort and 60+ max.


Good luck and have a great season with the WB
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