The first Walker 12’ clinker-built Gunter Sloop was designed and built in 1954 by L H Walker Limited of Leigh-on-Sea Essex.
Early Walker Boats were made in a number of length from 8’ to 14’ and with many variations in fixtures, fittings, sails, rig and hulls, but it was soon clear that the 12’ Sloop, Clinker built in mahogany on oak with a sliding Gunter rig, was undoubtedly the most popular.
By 1960 the complexity of variations had resolved itself into three main forms of Boats depending on the extra features fitted to the basic hull these were:
(un-decked, galvanised fittings, no stern locker, rear side benches only).
(foredeck, galvanised fittings, side benches, and stern locker)
(fore and side decks, stern locker, gun metal fittings and slatted seats)