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Old 01-12-2014, 17:29   #16
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Re: Which STYLE of inflatable?

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What is it that people like about Avon Redcrest? Do they really row and tow well with out a reinforced floor or Keel? Does anyone know anythinng about a self inflating Avon Red Crest? That seems like a complication that is another opportunity for leaks?

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The rubber oar locks on the Avons are real oar locks. They will work with any plain ore and stand up to day in day out hard use. Would regularly row mine miles with as many as 3 people aboard. Was almost always inside a reef in smooth water so can't comment on rowing into any significant waves. Often rowed into strong trades so wind didn't defeat rowing it.

Our outboard gave up the ghost soon after arriving in the Marquesas so ws forced to row the dinghy with no complaints as it was good exercise. Nothing compares to a hard dinghy for rowing and tracking ease but the RedCrest came close at least for the rowing ease part

The oar locks on the Zodiacs were a joke not meant for serious use and usually broken on the dinghies we saw. The aluminum oars on the Achilles dinghies we've owned work short term but aren't really comfortable for serious rowing and not sure the oar locks would hold up. If you anticipate rowing a bit, get an Avon whether it's a RedCrest or not.

Almost forgot, another advantage of the RedCrest is they are divided into fore and aft inflation sections. We sailed with the dinghy stored aft of the mast and only the rear half inflated. Made it quick to inflate and deploy when we dropped anchor and my wife used it as a lounge chair sailing DDW. Transom dinghies inflation sections are split side to side and don't stow well half inflated.
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Old 01-12-2014, 18:47   #17
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Re: Which STYLE of inflatable?

Oarlocks with pins are much preferred over the slip in stupidity of the Zodiac's design, or lack thereof.
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Re: Which STYLE of inflatable?

My last dinghy had the sectioned wood floors and was a bit of a hassle setting up each time. I don't have any first hand experience with the Takacat Lite series, but they do seem to meet your requirements. Inflatable floor, but since it is a catamaran is very stable standing up, rows easy, plus will plane with just 3 hp. It might be my next dinghy.

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Old 01-12-2014, 19:54   #19
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Re: Which STYLE of inflatable?

What model Avon is that with the vinyl slats?

i hear widely diaparate opinions about Portabotes. People love or hate them. I'dd never carry one in a flat pack and tied to my stanchions around here.

Has anyone ever heard of a Soar inflatable canoe? They look rugged and maybe better then an inflatable kayak for a second "family car" in addition to the raft. They are produced locally and i just heard about them today.
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Re: Which STYLE of inflatable?

Looks like this. Think it was called an Avon 2.85 Rover.

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Re: Which STYLE of inflatable?

For the OP, a thread started awhile back...
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Re: Which STYLE of inflatable?

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Re: Which STYLE of inflatable?

I earn my living in an inflatable boat. I have owned both Avon and Achilles boats and can say that the Achilles is a better product. Not that there is anything wrong with Avon, but it doesn't match the Achilles for construction standards, IMHO. All my boats have been hypalon with wood floors and all have been 10+ years old when I bought them. They are still going strong today, despite years of hard use with minimal maintenance. The wood floors are a PITA to remove and install, but are the best floor system, IMHO.
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