We purchased our Avon
10RIB new way back in 1987 or 88. I had a couple of "gutchas" with it over the years. For example, I ripped one of the loops needed for a seat while I was dropping it into the water
from the deck
of my sailboat. Another time it got pinched between a dock ramp
and the water during a tide change. Total repairs
over 25 years ownership--$150 caused by my negligence.
I have to add air about every 10 days or so. Still going strong, I believe it is one of the best dinghies ever built. The thing even has a bilge
...not deep but a bilge
never the less which helps keep ones feet dry.
As I type, Mr. Dinghy rests comfortably in its chocks mounted to the bow of our shrink wrapped 40' powerboat. I believe its good for at least another 25 years
EDIT: Last year a member
who lives in Ft. Lauderdale had the identical dinghy for sale
advertised for $600 here in the forums
. NOBODY WAS INTERESTED!!! I kick myself for not sending the guy a check and hauling it back to Massachusetts
on my next Florida
visit. OH--- his was 15 years old, used for 3 months and stored in a barn the remaining time!
Anyway, he lowered his price
to $500, put an add in EBay and it immediately sold.