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Old 22-08-2011, 00:32   #1
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Avon RIB

I've had an Avon 310 hypalon rib for 12 years. Time for a replacement. Any info on the future of Avon. I heard Zodiac bought them a while ago?
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Old 24-08-2011, 07:11   #2
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Re: Avon RIB

Why are you considering replacing your RIB???

My Avon 310RIB is one of the best dinghies I have seen. Sure, there are larger dinghies, but I don't see them being better. Many of my friends are into their 2 & 3rd dinghy while I am still in my 1st.

Mine is 25 years old, has a built in bilge that keeps our feet dry which is unusual in today's dinghy products. This season, I had a small leak repaired and some other minor repairs done for a total cost of $175. Before the repairs, I had to repump it about every 3rd day. Now it has not been repumped all season.

But if you have your mind set on a new one, you really should not consider anything other than one made with hypalon. I doubt you will have any problem selling your current 310.

Another suggestion is to keep it covered.

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Old 24-08-2011, 14:45   #3
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Thanks good advice. We do have Hypalon and a cover. Unfortunately didn't by the cover right away. Its the best dinghy I've had and nothing I've seen matches it. I was just wondering if its true that Zodiac bought them and what effect it will have. We all remember Barient winches and their demise
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Zodaic did purchase Avon. To my knowledge, they still own them. Back to hypalon, even if you didn't cover it right away, I doubt that material has gone west. I didn't cover mine for at least the first 4 years or so. Later when I did purchase a cover (I wore out 3 cover), the covers left a large portion of the dinghy unprotected from the sun. About 3 -4 years ago, I got fed up and made my own cover. It is wearing like iron; it also covers the entire dinghy.

You should give more thought to purchasing a replacement.

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Thanks appreciate the advice
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my avon is15 yrs old and doesn't need a pump up but once/mo. about 10 yrs ago i started painting it w/ "liquid rubber", a product out of island inflatibles in west fla (west now sells it under their label) and it has kept those nasty uv rays off the skin and seals any tiny pinhole leaks it may get. i highly recommend this product---
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