Originally Posted by Onemoreproject
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
Thank-you for all your help.
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.
gave up the ghost soon after arriving in the Marquesas
so wàs 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.