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Old 09-30-2017   #1
 
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18ft Avons

I recently bought a couple of 18ft Avon buckets. One was manufactured 1980, the other doesn't have a serial. Anyone have an idea on a potential year?

1980-
21-22 inch tubes, thwarts are sleeve style

unknown year-
23in tubes, thwarts-buckle style

Any input on avon buckets would be much appreciated/pictures of models/years
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Old 10-01-2017   #2
 
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I have a 76 Avon that doesn't have a serial number on it. Parks and Wildlife issued me a hull number for it that I had to permanently attach to the boat. I did it by cutting the numbers out of some patch material and glued it on the boat. I was told that in 1978 all boats coming into the US had to have a hull number (serial number) on them and that is why I couldn't find a serial number on my boat.
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Old 10-01-2017   #3
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Probably close to same year since they were part of the same commercial fleet. Good score. If you have trouble with a tube going soft, check the valve first. Often just replacing the leafield valve gasket is enough. Seldom any fabric problems, occasionally a seam leak but even those are rare. Good boats. The fabric alone, plus D-rings, etc. are getting hard to find.
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Old 10-02-2017   #4
 
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18' Avon

I believe you may have an Avon Spirit. While working the Awash River in Ethiopia, I had the pleasure of rowing one of the first made. I do believe that the first year Avon made an 18' raft was the same year, 1976. Their boats at that time were all bucket boats with thwarts that were laced in to collars glued to the tubes. If you have some other type of thwart attachment then yours must be younger. I don't believe that the buckle in thwarts were introduced until the mid 80's. Have fun with our twins.
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Old 10-03-2017   #5
 
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Hi,

Don't know if this gives you a useful point of comparison, but this is my early 80s (IIRC) 18' Avon Spirit. I no longer recall the tube size.

Great boat in every way.

FWIW.

Rich Phillips
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Nice rig Rich!
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Old 10-03-2017   #7
 
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Hi mkashgz,

Thanks.

I'm waiting for someone to comment on me rigging the motor mount in the bow.

In advance response, the picture was taken during a time when I was seized with an urge try sime experimental rigging...

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Your seat?

No, I was going to comment on your seat, facing the wrong direction. I agree, very nice rig including that sweet trailer. If I ever build up another rig, I'm going to copy yours including that trailer.
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Both my 78 and 82 Avons have the older hard to find "A7 type" (with the letters AH on the cap) valve not Military like I see here. Maybe it was only on the 18 footers?
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Price?

What does an 18 foot Avon Spirit in good condition go for these days? Thanks.
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