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Old 05-09-2012   #1
 
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Yes, there are stupid questions....

....but I'm going to ask anyway. Total newbie rafter looking for my first boat. There's a guy here in town asking $650 for a mid-80's Avon self-bailer, no frame or any other accessories. Other than it holding air, what else should I look for? Seems like a decent price if it's not a total piece of crap, any thoughts?

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For a self baler that sounds like a very good price if it holds air.

You want to check for blown baffles, seams/patches/etc with the edges coming up or off and general condition of the rubber (cracking and the likes).
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If it has an I-beam floor, check the beams to see if they are separating.
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Take bubble liquid with you and check the valves if they are leaking, especially the relief valve. Also, obviously for any cracking on the material.
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I don't know a bunch about avon boats other than they are solid boats! I would want to make sure the valves are replaceable or atleast repairable and that you can still get them! Check for sun damage. Also, price out what it would cost to throw some love at the boat. Cleaners, repatching, repair kit, tube sealant, and maybe some urethane? just to get an idea. 650 is cheep for a sb avon ihmo.

Also, expect some air leaking. I have an old boat that gets topped off in the am, lunch, and pm. It works great.
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You can ID blown baffles by letting air out of one chamber, and making sure the other chambers still hold air. They will go down in pressure a bit, but it should be obvious that only the one chamber you release is deflating. Vice versa, inflating one chamber.

Make sure it holds air by hanging around for a while, so you see if it slowly deflates.

Old Avon's are pretty good, durable boats.
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Hey I tell you what. I will go look at it for you and let you know that it is way too old of a boat and that it couldn't possibly work.






Good luck. Sounds like a good deal.
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You can ID blown baffles by letting air out of one chamber, and making sure the other chambers still hold air. They will go down in pressure a bit, but it should be obvious that only the one chamber you release is deflating. Vice versa, inflating one chamber.
you can also put your ear to a fully inflated tube and listen for the hiss to help find slower leaks in the baffles.
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Yeah, good idea CarveDog, there's got to be a local Buzzard that can help our a newbie and look at the boat for them?
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Hey I tell you what. I will go look at it for you and let you know that it is way too old of a boat and that it couldn't possibly work.

Good luck. Sounds like a good deal.
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