Originally Posted by Panamuna
Anyone have any advice for servicing these valves? it has 2 parts
, one with a one way flap type valve, which can be unscrewed for rapid deflation, and the other which acts as a cap over this valve, also threaded.
I was thinking vaseline or something to lubricate the rubber seals
, but open to any suggestions
The last Avon
acquired was of unknown vintage (and free
) - the 7 foot version making it a bit easier for my Father (75) to carry on his shoulder singlehanded accross the beach - but the downside was also dodgy valves, I tried tightening them up. and broke one
. "advice" taken was that basically they perish inside so replacement is the only real option. No doubt DIY
for some, but the Boatyard did the job (but not cheap
) but the thinking was if the repair did not hold they would get to redo. No problems so far - from looking at it and given past experiances with Avons I reckon she is now good for 10 years (plus?).
One thing I would also suggest is regluing any seam covers (probably not the right word
) and also the rubbing strake where they have started to lift
. If the seams lose this protection and start leaking can be a pig to fix. A touch of prevention works well and DIYable over the years even by myself! (between father and me we have 4 dating back to the mid 70's all still servicable - they just dont seem to wear out, with a bit of TLC and care).