Originally Posted by phillnjack
what exactly do you mean by "re-building" your avon s400 ?
Are you making new floor boards etc ?
What about the transom ? is that going to be re-newed ?
or is it just a good clean up and re-varnish of the wooden parts and fit new valve seals etc.
Ive just got one of these boats as well, not yet got it on the water but expecting some
pretty good results from it.
With mine i will be raising the transom to accept a longshaft engine, this gives more
availability and the fact that an engine i have for it is long shaft has also made me think
about the transom raising.
do your tubes keep inflated for a week or so ?
I had to give it an extensive clean up, it was really grimy from improper storage. Now it looks in great condition.
I'll be replacing some patches (only 3 patches on the entire boat), and will reglue the floor doubler in a few places. I also need to replace 2 of the valves, but I might just do all 4 while I'm at it. The transom is still solid and the attachment to the boat looks good. There are a couple of places where the fabric is lifting from the transom and I'll reglue those. There is a 3mm hole in the floor that be patched.
The transom and floor boards will get stripped, sanded, and recoated with varnish or polyurethane, whatever works best in a marine environment. Any suggestions?
I'm trying to clean up and renew the faded red bow cover also. It's looking better, but I'd like to get it back to the bright red color it was originally.
Despite the loose patches and a couple of bad valves, the boat's tubes stay inflated firm after a week. Not bad considering its age. The keel tube holds air well also. I soaped all the seams and they are still very air tight, better than a couple of Avon Redcrest and Redseal dinghies I have.
I'm missing the stringers for the floor boards, so I'm on the hunt for them.
Does your S400 have an inflatable bench seat? I'm trying to find one for my boat, assuming they used them on this model.
Do you have some photos of your boat, especially the floor boards? I'd like to use them as a check so I know what parts I still need.
Let me know how your work progresses. I will post some photos of my boat as I go.