Originally Posted by sufius
Looked at an 80s Avon 540 today and looks to be in good shape overall and I may buy it as they look fun. The owner states that the tubes are new from 2000...yep 16 years ago. That being said I saw no patches or seam issues from my amateur eyes. I asked him when it was pumped up last and he scratched his head and said sometime before winter and hasn't added air...it was fully inflated btw. He has kept it in his garage so there is some fading of the blue tubes (not painted) but some cleaning would bring out more of the color possibly.
Can you masters of prognostication be able to give a rough idea on how many years is reasonable, assuming covered when not in use. It would be trailered and used in the mid-atlantic area...I also plan to use 303 on it regularly also.
Is the material nice and soft?
Does it feel like canvas?
Look closely...do you see cracks in the surface? Mold spots?
I have seen hypalon/csm/neoprene type boats last 40 years. I've also seen them last less than 10 years. It all depends on the environment and amount of use.
Blue tubes = Probably an Avon Adventure it sounds like? Probably an Adventure 560 like mine?