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Old 08-21-2017   #1
 
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Help me ID this Avon

I came across a neat little boat via craigslist. It is not like Avon I'm familiar with.

Boat tab is AVB42978L687. I think that means it is a 1987 boat.

It is a bucket raft, symmetrical, with rocker. It is 13 feet long with 18" tubes. Interior width is about 34". The boat has the usual handles but no thwarts and no storage pockets.

It is a damn light boat.

Any one seen one before?
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Back then we had some "Avon Rangers" that looked like that. Narrower than Adventurers but with more kick on the ends. Ours had thwarts though.

"Pathmakers" Were another model but I thought they were only 12' long. They had the three chambers like you describe.
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Oh yeah ... and it only has 3 chambers. The stern, and each side plus half the bow. Classic recessed leafield valves.
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Definitely manufactured in Dec 1987, though I suppose that could make it a 1988 model.
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The 2010 Pathmaker was listed as 13' in Canoe and Kayak, sounds like they lifted press release descriptions directly from Avon.
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What? A light Avon?
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Old 08-21-2017   #7
 
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Fun stuff! It isn't 12 feet; definitely a full 13 feet long. It is nowhere near 14 feet tho.

Anyone know about a 13 foot boat though? I can't find a spec in listed avon boats.


Did avon do custom boats for outfitters? Seller was 2nd owner and 1st was an outfitter of some kind. lighest used commercial boat I've ever seen.

When I was 13, Christmas was a hand me down nrs sprite from midn70s at the end of its life.

But I still have that frame ... Thanks to brother matt ...
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I'd buy it if I were you.


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Old 08-21-2017   #9
 
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Yes indeed I did. Worst case I'll send it to Shap and it'll turn out to be a collector item!

It looks like a really fun boat and I still can't find a narrow 13' avon spec. Intersting clues above ... but not high rocker... and length is 13 feet precisely it is not a narrow adventurer...

Sorta like an avon super puma. Can't wait to boat er she looks very fun.

I want to weigh ... much lighter than my 1978 17" tube 14 foot avon. I'd guess 65 lbs.

Is "light avon" a joke? I been with sotar a while; lost perspective on weight lol! My 12 foot cat tubes weigh more!
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Could be a "Drifter" model

that was made for fishing,before the era of the Pumas.....The 12' version was produced for only a few years,as "Super Shank"--a Redshank with bow/stern lift,6 drings,2 chambers,2 thwarts,etc.These were their "price point" Avons,that were made to compete with the low-end Asian imports.....
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