Ancient Avons, History
Long about when Self Bailers were first becoming The Boat To Buy, Avon made some changes in their raft designs. The Redshank became more symmetrical and got bigger tubes, and if I'm not mistaken, the 14' Adventurer got a fatter tube as well. (That question is my current quest.)
Sometimes a high-roller would show up with one of their new grommeted Slow-Bailing floors, said to be half-a-bucket, half-a-bailer. Most of us were stuck with the old Avon Buckets because they just LAST so blamed long!
My memory for years (sometimes even for which decade) is now about as useless as a box of kleenex in Chrystal, so if any of the Old Boys and Girls have a clue about which years were on the calendar when all that was taking place, I'd like sure like to hear from you. I still like old Avons, but when I ask about old style valves or new, small tubes or large, nobody knows. I'd just like to know the years we are talking about.
I do remember once commenting that the men of the local WW club would find more peace and harmony in their lives if they got one of those new Self Bailers, and I got a standing ovation from the ladies.
Cats settled the bailing problem forever, and the issue then became whether the "she" needed a boat of her own. (I say "Any time you want one, Sweetheart!", and She say's "No!")