Exchange keel valve position on the Avon 3.40 Supersport
My name is Filipe and I am from Portugal. I am old here on the forum but new posting. I had a Avon 3.15 Inflatable with rolling deck for 4 years and still on top condition. I just bought an Avon 3.40 Supersport from ebay. Item 251791829887. The supersport had plywood panels but this was sold to me only with a inflatable Keel (I think it is from a Avon Rover 3.40).
The problem is that the keel have a valve like the 3.15. However this valve is not matched with the hole for the keel valve of the air deck floor. (Since the airfloor was not for that boat). The keel valve is like 30cms behing (more to the center of the boat) of the hole of the deck floor. The old seller was using like this. I do not want to use like this basicly because you need to inflate all the boat including the keel and only after you put the deck air floor on it and inflate. The keel valve will make a huge pressure (because the cap) on the bottom of the deck floor since is not aligned with the hole.
What I want to know:
It is possible for me to remove the valve from the place it is and close the valve hole on the keel or I will have problems sealing the old valve hole? My idea would be move the valve to the front to be aligned with the air keel. If not Does anyone has dimensions/size of the original deck floor?
As seen on the photo, near the transom the air floor deck has two flanges. Does anyone knows why I need them?
Thank you and regards,