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Old 25 January 2016, 10:22   #1
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Avon inflatable S something? Advice req

Hi Everyone after a few years without a boat i have bought (proper cheap) and avon inflatable either s100 or s250? and i got some questions that some of you might be able to help with and pics
1) i have the old A4 valves with no covers so im going to replace these, is it a case of cut them out or heat gun unglue them ? and what newer valves should i go for A7? or B7? or C7?
2) The floor is 3 square pieces and a front triangular bit which by the glue residue may have been permanently in the front of the boat even when rolled up, I have no Stringers so ill be making some out of Aluminium U channel and 45' chanfered wood backed to fit against the tubes, my floor boards around the outside are 30mm thick! Now i'm not sure if this boat had a thinner floor originally as the transom has screw marks where the guide wood that slotted the floor in was, however i think it has had an additional piece of wood screwed to the transom where the engine mounts which goes nearly all the way to the floor bar about 30mm (thickness of the current floor), so i'm wondering if someone upgraded the floor and transom for a beefier engine. So apart from making stringers or being cheeky and maybe just putting hinges on the floor boards and sanding and re-varnishing the floor.
3) does anyone know how i tell the difference between an s100 and s250 when there is no id plate?
4) outboard - with the s100 being rated to 15hp and the s250 being rated to 25hp i was thinking about a 15hp as its still light but got a lil bit of ooomph to it, any thoughts?
Lastly i would like to thank you all for your help.
Mr Quattro
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Old 25 January 2016, 10:57   #2
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floor paint anti slip

just found this in wickes and thought this could be good, a non slip floor paint for exterior wood and comes in diff colours, i would probably go for white as a white and grey boat will look good.
Coo-var Suregrip Anti-slip Floor Paint White 2.5L | Wickes.co.uk
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Old 05 February 2016, 11:49   #3
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The Avon S100 and S250 were both the same size, but the 100 was more lightly built. The S250 had anti hogging strips along the tops of the tubes and may (I can't remember!) have had a red foredeck as standard.
Both are brilliant long lasting boats. My S100 was new in 1977. I don't own it now but I bet it's still going strong.
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Old 05 February 2016, 21:05   #4
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cool thanks for the info, i will have to get a pic of the boat up on here see which one people think it is, but i know one thing they are almost indestructable no matter what age, they can be repaired almost forever as well. no other make comes close to avon.
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pics of boat- but which one is it? s100? s250?

its 285cm from bow to sponson line, 250cm to transom
finally worked out the floor goes flat side down.
am i missing an inflatable keel? and stringers ( which i'm making, have just ordered ali u channel and a piece of wood), also can see a bit of wood is missing of bottom of transom so will use a bit of ali u channel for that.
Also is the front triangular bit of floor supposed to attach to the first main board or just rest up against it??
Then its time to replace 3 valves from A4 to B6
Then fresh coat of varnish on floor and stringers
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Hello Mr Quattro,

I've got a lot of love for an old Avon!
I've got an S100 myself.

I wonder if you might be able to help me with something please?
Mine came without the original floor. Someone has cut a very crude deck out of thin ply at some point in the past but it's really not ideal to say the least.

I'm quite happy with the construction of the floorboards but what I lack are the dimensions.
If it's not inconvenient, would you mind measuring yours at some point please?

I rather suspect that the boards are slightly longer than the internal dimensions of the boat would suggest to allow for a little stretch when they're inserted. Quite how much bigger though would be a complete guess for me.

Many thanks!!

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floor size

my floor measures 71cm wide and 143cm long plus there is a triangular bit that goes in front of this main floor section
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2 coats of wood stain and 3 coats of outdoor varnish
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my floor measures 71cm wide and 143cm long plus there is a triangular bit that goes in front of this main floor section
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pic of floor in boat with stringers
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