Originally Posted by Pete7
We had an Avon coastline of 1988 vintage until last year and it passed the annual inspection every other year. Sold it cheaply on e bay with the buyer in full knowledge of its age which he was quite happy with.
However, yours is going to contain some very old flares torch batteries
and a compressed gas cylinder, you might want to treat it with care when moving it. Either way I wouldn't want it on board until it has been inspected or condemned.
Worst case is you now have a bright orange and black kids
Still don't understand why you guys have to pay so much for new ones, our replacement cost $850 for a 4 man offshore
in the UK.
I certainly agree on the costs. It drives us to keep them too long and self-repack.
I have an AVON 8-person of about the same vintage. It has spent the last 10 years in port or in my basement. I opened it last week in the living room and eventually moved onto a tarp. Other than stinky mold
, it pumped up hard and has held for almost 10-days now. I have scrubbed the mold
off with water
and bleach and treated it with Concrodium. It just smells like rubber now. I welcome any advice on an anti-fungal treatment that won't put the raft at risk. Flares were old but no sign of problems. The emergency
bag was a time capsule. The batteries all turned to the consistnecy of wet talcome powder. The 'fishing kit' listed on the case did not exist. Med supplies were laughable. The paddles were home-made from a dowel and a piece of crappy plywood
. The hand pump
was crushed almost to useless. About a gallon of water
pouches look OK. Most important, the gas bottle appears as new with no trace of rust. It will get weighed.
I was surprised that the raft was not plastic vacuum bagged and that a number of vulnerable packed items were also not bagged.
I will replace the IC dome lights and power with modern stuff. New flares and launcher gun. I wll add a Cuban reel and lures. I have collected tiny dive lights with LI batteries and a waterproof solar
rechargable. I bought collapsable paddles from Cabelas. I also added a signaling mirror, compass
What is clear is that the ditch bag on your boat
is far more important than the stuff in the lifeboat. Also clear is that the professional packing stations don't expect to be around to account for their failures. If you pay to have it packed, include the cost of being there to see it and to assist in the re-pack. Otherwise, take dice along to roll on deck
. You have no idea what is in the box.