Old Avon redstart valves ???
Was out last night in the RIB and coming up the river very slowly I ran 'over' an old avon redstart/redcrest (not sure of the differance). It ended up just wrapped round the leg of my OB, and after swearing & cursing in the dark at what ever it was I had hit I realised what it was & dragged it into the boat. It was well covered in mud & slime, but once I had it home pumped it up & it seems the front section holds air OK , but the back is leaking via the valve.
Does anyone know if these are replaceable or repairable? They dont look liek any 'normal' valve I have seen for tubes as they stick up bu about an inch from the tube surface. There seem to be the valve covers/ caps missing, but there are also 2 small threaded type valves low down on the inside of the tubes. No idea what these are for as I've never seen anything like them on a tube before.
I think it must have been in the water for some time, but has no name or ID on it anywhere & if I hadn't have hit it in the dark it would bee off in the solent now !
There is some water inside the tubes, which I should try & get out , but again any ideas on how to do this ?