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Old 02 October 2009, 19:59   #1
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Avon S400 project

I'm rebuilding an Avon S400 that I picked up for a great price. Does anyone know if this model came with an inflatable bench seat? If so, does anyone know of a source for them?

Love this forum. I've already gotten lot's of great information from it. I can't wait to get this thing on the water next summer.

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Old 03 October 2009, 05:46   #2
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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 ?



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Old 03 October 2009, 17:25   #3
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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 ?



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Hi Phil,

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.

Thanks,
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Old 04 October 2009, 14:00   #4
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My S400 came with a red fibreglass seat which slid into two MOD style handles.
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My S400 came with a red fibreglass seat which slid into two MOD style handles.
Hello this is my first post i own an s 400 sportboat and the floor ís complete and original i have seen some 80s models and find some diferents to mine 1969 i will send you some photos of the side battens, but in this moment i dont know how to do it. one of this diferent i didnt see on some photograph in the 80s models the transom suport bars do you have them?
I live in mexico and we spek spanish i hope my enghlish is not to bad
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any chance of a pic of the fibreglass seat and the handles it fits into ? Please



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I don't have any photos of them unfortunately. M Chappelow might though as he's had a few SIBs.
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dont know if they are any use to any of you but a few pics from the avon 1990 and 1969 brouchures,it says the s400 that it has inflatable seat retaining points ,,,no3 pic is from year 1969 red cat model at just under 4mtrs but it shows the seats that phil [chewy ]was on about .,,,,,,ps just looking at the 1969 price list £148 for a new boat ,,,those were the days ,,no lifejackets and endless summer days ,, mart
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The seats had flanges on either end which were at roughly 45 degrees, these seats then went into the handle similar to these below: (picture borrowed from tidel.biz hope you don't mind)
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Floor material

Any idea what type of wood Avon used for the floorboards in the S400? I need to manufacture some replacement parts.
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