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Old 29 December 2012, 07:41   #1
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Protecting Hypalon on an old Avon!

Havn't been on here for a while as I bought a Cornish Cutter Yacht in the end instead of a RIB but I am buying a 1994 Avon R280 to use as a tender and wondered what you use to protect the tubes. I just want to play and polish it really I love the old Avons, never had one before, can't get excited about Wavelines etc...





It will be deflated at home and on the main boat so any material covering will probly just get in the way so a polish of some sort would be good.

I could also do with a cheap 12V inflator if anyone knows of one. I have one for the car for it's tyres if it is suitable and can be adapted - what do you think? Should you have some kind of pressure gauge with them? What pressure should it be, don't want to blow the blimmen thing up!

I hope it will row against a 3 knot tide for 100 yards. I have a 3.5HP Tohatsu but thats a hassle for such a short distance.

Thanks for the help...
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Old 29 December 2012, 08:38   #2
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Being hypalon made, no need for sun extra protection, but if you want sib to look shinny, apply 303 Aerospace Protectant.

12 V car inflator will take about half year to fully inflate those thick tubes, you need a high volume low pressure inflator, tire are high pressure, low volume inflators.

Bravo has some fantastic 12 V inflators to choose from, pick the one that fills your sib needs. Most sib/rib needs minimum 3.0 psi, 0.2 bar inflation to work as expected.

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Old 29 December 2012, 09:01   #3
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Thanks for that Loco, I may use the foot pump for a while, those Bravos are about 100 will soon get pee'd off with the pump though especially after a hard sail when knackered, cold, wet and hungry.........

Hmmm where is the cheapest place you can get them from - time for a Google and advert in wanted section
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If you have knee issues, would suggest Bravo Alum 4 hand bouble action pump, comes along with a pressure gauge, specify Avon hose end adapter when ordering.

If double action fatigues you soon, can remove second rubber ring to work as a smooth single action pump, this pump has more air volume than any foot pump.

By the way, how does your 20 HP horse performs with a 9 Mt rib, would it plane with you alone, or just rides at a good displacement speed at wot ?

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Sorry mate, it's a 9m Cornish Cutter Yacht with a 20HP Yanmar diesel - you would cringe at max hull speed



A mate wanted to sell me his 20HP 2 Stroke Yamaha to put on my Avon, but he's a nut, always puts massive HP on his RIBs. I think he runs the fish down rather than sticking a rod out
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look on you tube , there is a guy in oz who addapted an old car vac into an inflator needs a little refining but........ no landys on the drive any more ?.
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Old 29 December 2012, 11:21   #7
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No landies sold the 109 a couple of months ago I bet you have one though
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Being hypalon made, no need for sun extra protection, but if you want sib to look shinny, apply 303 Aerospace Protectant.
Or try our Hypatec Finish - 500ml @ 11.99 or 1litre @ 16.99 - see here and for a recent endorsement see here.

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only the 88" 2a left, all others sold. my boat habit is far worse at the moment (3 ).

re the argos inflator, do not bother, we have one for our air beds with the camping gear, I fixed it up to my quicksilver 240 tender and it was very slow.
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This pump inflates my 5.1 mtr tornado in less than 5 minutes from flat.cost about 25 from makro.made conector from 1" Tube with piece of 22mm plastic pipe pushed into the end which fits valve.this is low pressure high volume so may have to finsh with foot pump.(intex quick fill 160).will try to add picture if it dosnt appear sorry.sorry its 240volts but im sure it would run through a small invertor still be cheaper than other.
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