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Old 16 April 2015, 05:35   #21
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Yep I've got a 1982 R310. I've just got a new 4stroke 9.9 mariner this year but the cowling is that much bigger than the 2 strokes so I can't steer with the wheels up anymore so they now have to come off and live in the bow which takes up precious storage space.
I solved the problem by buying a prowave 380 to add to the fleet.

I can't part with the avon though, it's a lovely boat. I re-varnished the floorboards last year and is incredibly well built.
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Old 16 April 2015, 05:37   #22
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Here is me at 6 months and 5 in the same boat!
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Old 16 April 2015, 10:44   #23
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You have not changed a bit Phil !!!!!!!

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Old 16 April 2015, 12:22   #24
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Haha I'm a bit taller now!
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Old 17 April 2015, 02:57   #25
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Great images Blootac. Your Avon looks exceptional condition, as ours was (image below). I have great fondness for well kept old Hypalon inflatables. The other image is of a 1972 Zodiac we owned until 4yrs ago, that was original including the immaculate floorboards and oars which had never even been re-varnished. The picture was taken when it was 39yrs old.
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Old 17 April 2015, 03:14   #26
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Oh wow, yours was gorgeous. Mines got quite a few grooves in the transom from various engines over the years. Your bow dodger looks like it has an interesting possibly inflatable filled lip?

Mine has a slight leak through two layers of hypalon at the back where the transom meets the tubes, it's only slight and keeps enough pressure over 5 days to be safe so it's not a concern of mine, but it does weigh a ton. It's heavier than the prowave 380 I've just bought which made it unusable by myself (couldn't get it down off the roof or put the floor boards in by myself).
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Old 17 April 2015, 03:18   #27
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It was interesting to see just how small the Avon's tubes were compared to the much younger honwaves and prowaves at a meet I attended a few weeks ago.



And this one showed the use of the transom wheels for launching and recovery last may
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Old 19 April 2015, 01:53   #28
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Hi Fenlander..thanks for the feedback.. it helps give others a better view point rather than just my view.



I do stick with my thoughts and experiences with roller boats. However I can appreciate your different experiences and why you find transom wheels so useful. I have never been in the situation you describe where you have to tow your SIB by hand for such long distances and by the sounds of it..over tarmac pavements rather than shores. I would probably get a SIB suitable for transom wheels myself if I had to do that. I couldnít use my 4.3 Quicksilver either as its too heavy for me on my own with transom wheels.



Below is a typical type of place that I launch from and I hope you can appreciate transom wheels would be as much use as rubber oars in amongst the rocks. There is also a drop of two foot from the side of the road. I cant launch my 4.3m SIB there..so I take my 2.6m Seago. There was not another boat moving on Loch Leven on Friday..never mind folk fighting for the layby I parked in.


I didnít use roller boats either.. I inflate my SIB and then hold it on my back by grasping the seat. I must look like a giant tortoise on its hind legs..as I waddle across the boulders. I had a great day and will tell of that adventure shortly.. as well as post a photo of the deflated roller..probable Heinz Bean tin size ? but will let you see for yourself.



Sorry for the delay replying.. I was in the wilderness adventuring.... at Loch Leven
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Old 19 April 2015, 03:46   #29
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Gurnard, I am very very jealous.
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Old 19 April 2015, 04:33   #30
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Ha Gurnard I said to Mrs Fenlander the other day you were probably slow replying because you were somewhere nice where we'd all rather be!

I must admit I mentioned rollers to the Mrs about 5ys ago when we were in Knapdale for a couple of weeks operating two small boats from the little bay in the image below. A few times I estimated the tide range incorrectly so we were left high and dry...unable to move the 13ft GRP boat with its fixed 20hp. Of course the 3m SIB also in image with a Tohatsu 9.8 was an easy carry for two people.

The other image is of a typical Saturday slipway down here... what you can't see is behind me when taking the photo there were three 4WDs backing down jousting for the next slot to put in hard hulls and larger RIBs. That's why our set up procedure away from the slip then weaving down between them all on our transom wheels to get away unhindered works so well.

It's busier than you'd choose isn't it!!
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