Hi all - Great site, loads of useful info and some awesome SIBs/RIBs...
I'm after some help with my latest freebie project - not a RIB but a 30 something Avon Sportboat. She's a bit tatty, got a few patches and one tube is leaking air but she was free so I couldn't resist!
I'd like to get her fixed up and seaworthy ASAP for some beach launch fishing with my Dad.
I'd really appreciate any advice/ help on offer, this is the 1st SIB I've had since our family Zodiac when I was a kid:
1. I need some patches - Are these boats Hypalon or PVC? Any suggestions RE: solvents/ glues.
2. I need to make up a new deck/ floor-boards. Does anyone know where I could get dimensions/ drawings for this? I was planning to use fibre/ foam-board rather than marine-ply - it's really cheap here, strong and light.
Does anyone know how the front cross-board works, above or below boards. I'm guessing the boards slip under the ledge on the transom and then under the front board?
3. Engine. I'm thinking 8/ 15 hp Yamaha 2 stroke - something light enough to chuck in the boot and carry down the beach. Any suggestions welcome - light but powerful enough to get the old Avon moving!
4. I'd like to coat the fabric with some sort of sealant for a bit of added protection for the aging tubes! There's also a small seam leak underneath - Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance for any help with this...
Oh and here's some pics of her in all her glory