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Old 02 September 2009, 20:39   #1
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Avon S400 floor boards

I just picked up a used Avon S400 inflatable. It needs some patch work and a couple of new valves, but nothing too extensive. Overall in good shape considering its age. Avon really built these things well. This will be a step up from my Avon Redcrest and Redseal boats!

I'm not sure if I may be missing some parts for the floor board system, and I'm hoping someone here can help. I have the floor panel sections, but that is all. There are no stringers, but I don't know if this boat uses stringers. If anyone here owns one of these boats could you please post some photos of the floor mounted in the boat? I'm not clear on how it is attached to the boat.

If someone has a copy of the owner's manual that they could scan that would be great.

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Old 03 September 2009, 03:40   #2
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Yes, the S400 should have stringers - hopefully this thread should give you a few pointers:

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=31138

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Old 03 September 2009, 09:35   #3
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S400 floor stringers

Chris,

Thanks for the reply, very informative. I definitely don't have the stringers. I'm going to look online to see if I can track some down. If anyone has a good source for these please let me know.

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S400 transom

It looks like I'm also missing the wood block at the base of the transom. I can see where it was once attached by a series of screws.

Does someone have a photo of an S400 transom they can post so I can get an idea of what I need to build?

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It looks like I'm also missing the wood block at the base of the transom. I can see where it was once attached by a series of screws.

Does someone have a photo of an S400 transom they can post so I can get an idea of what I need to build?

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Sorry, I don't have a photo but it should be quite straightforward - it should just be a strip of timber 1" square (or maybe a bit bigger) running across the width of the transom. I'll try and get a photot later of my current SIB which is similar but somewhat bigger.

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does this photo help ,
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does this photo help ,
Thanks, yes that helps a lot. This forum is a great resource.

Do the floor boards wedge tightly between the transom board (transom batten I guess it's called) and the rubber floor, or is there a little space between the bottom of the wood floor and the rubber? I need to determine how far up to mount the new batten board.
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i would fit the floor board/s in the boat then fully inflate, make sure the boards are fitted in correctly ,and then place the battern against the transom and the floor ,,the battern goes on top of the floorboard ,,to see how close fit you will need, rather than guessing it ,that way you know it will be right .mart
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i would fit the floor board/s in the boat then fully inflate, make sure the boards are fitted in correctly ,and then place the battern against the transom and the floor ,,the battern goes on top of the floorboard ,,to see how close fit you will need, rather than guessing it ,that way you know it will be right .mart
Good idea, I'll try it that way.

I'm missing the stringers for this boat. Does anyone know of a source for them? I've been looking for aluminum channel, but I can't find any that has the triangular shape shown in Avon's manual:

http://www.rib.net/forum/attachment....8&d=1121334581
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The older Avon's stringers were made up of an aluminium U section with a triangular wooden section attached (as per photo)

Might be an easier option?

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