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Old 01-03-2020   #21
 
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I just acquired this 13' Avon bucket. Owner said it was made in 1998 and first sold through Clavey. It has only 2 air compartments, front and back. Seems to be in great shape. Air stays in, water stays out. I can't find a number.

I want to fish from it on class I-III and maybe some milder whitewater and some multiday.

What would you do? How hard would you push this boat? III? IV? How much does only 2 air compartments play into your answer?

Finally, anybody ever fix a weathered cataract handle (see pic) where hairs of fiberglass are poking out and making you itchy?

Thanks!
I found the number and, strangely enough, it was under the rub strake. AVB14802I798. Also the rub strake is falling off. A lot of great boats don't have them and I find that it interferes with orderly and compact rolling. So talk me out of (or into) just removing the damn thing. I know, it will not look right... got any non- aesthetic reasons not to rip it off?

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Old 01-04-2020   #22
 
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I found the number and, strangely enough, it was under the rub strake. AVB14802I798. Also the rub strake is falling off. A lot of great boats don't have them and I find that it interferes with orderly and compact rolling. So talk me out of (or into) just removing the damn thing. I know, it will not look right... got any non- aesthetic reasons not to rip it off?

So, the rub strake protects the seam that runs along the side of the boat, if you remove it there's no longer a flat surface where all the material pieces meet, probably not an issue to remove it as long as you never hit the seam with anything, rock, wall, etc, if you did, there's a good chance you could inadvertently snag one of the seams and open it up, not something that would be an easy repair on the water.
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Old 01-05-2020   #23
 
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I found the number and, strangely enough, it was under the rub strake. AVB14802I798. Also the rub strake is falling off. A lot of great boats don't have them and I find that it interferes with orderly and compact rolling. So talk me out of (or into) just removing the damn thing. I know, it will not look right... got any non- aesthetic reasons not to rip it off?

So, the rub strake protects the seam that runs along the side of the boat, if you remove it there's no longer a flat surface where all the material pieces meet, probably not an issue to remove it as long as you never hit the seam with anything, rock, wall, etc, if you did, there's a good chance you could inadvertently snag one of the seams and open it up, not something that would be an easy repair on the water.
I get your point, but there is no seam under the rub strake. I wouldn’t consider it if there was. I don’t know about other Avons.
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