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Old 31 October 2006, 11:54   #11
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pete what is this superb heavy duty tube material avon are using ?
The stuff they use to make tubes from ? don't know, I am just a fussy customer. They just feel so much heavier than run of the mill rib tubes you see around the Solent. It might just be down to the weight of material and quality of finish on the Avon tubes,

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Old 31 October 2006, 12:35   #12
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From what I have seen of the commercial Avon's is that they use heavyweight fabric followed up with massive rubbing strakes that almost cover the whole tube. No wonder they last forever if they are encased in thick rubber!!!
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Old 31 October 2006, 14:22   #13
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Yup..my 4.7 SeaRider has triple fabric in the bow section and the rub strakes which go from the topside of the tube to the waterline must be 3/16 inch/5mm thick. I did have some minor delamination of the strakes in the lower aft section but just stuck the loose material back on.
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Old 31 October 2006, 15:21   #14
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If it make any odd's to anyone Avon are launching a new deeper V at the London Boat Show.
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Old 31 October 2006, 17:11   #15
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If it make any odd's to anyone Avon are launching a new deeper V at the London Boat Show.
Where did you hear this?
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Old 31 October 2006, 17:24   #16
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I've never had a problem with Avon tubes. Its just their intricate fine internal mouldings don't seem to lend themselves to being hammered in the Solent chop. Thats my experience and I'm not prepared to spend £20000 to find out otherwise. I spent £8000 and found that Avon isn't all it's cracked (pun) up to be.

If your spending that sort of dosh do some careful research and possibly/probably look elsewhere unless you know of an Avon leisure boat that has been used in those conditions a lot and can prove me wrong.

I don't mind being proved wrong. I'm just passing on some info that I have to try and help someone else.
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I've never had a problem with Avon tubes. Its just their intricate fine internal mouldings don't seem to lend themselves to being hammered in the Solent chop.
What intricate mouldings? The Avon Adventure series are delivered as 'bare boats'. Its then up to you -or a dealer- to choose & fit 3rd party consoles etc.
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Andy,

I had the Seasport Deluxe. looked nice and if the Adventure had the same setup i would be very worried. It even turned out on my boat the the floor and hull were laid up seperately. That caused flexing and little bits around the join cracked up and also a fine crack showed itself around the console where it fitted to the floor.

Just pointing out that it might be worth looking at how the Adventurer is actually put together. If you've had no problems with yours then thats a good sign and I'll shut up now.

As for the Searider I had that was excellently built.
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Hi, I have an Avon 620 which is used in the Solent and am very pleased with it. It has a Yamaha 150 TRP. It certainly handles the Solent chop without too much fuss. I currently have it on the market as upgrading to something bigger (see here http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/view/F115406/).

I think some companies have used poor quality fittings for consoles and things, as Andy said, the Avon Adventurers come "bare boat" (the guy at the boatyard where I keep mine mentioned that he had seen self tapping screws for securing a jockey seat to the deck, and that they were often repairing these shoddy installations!!!). I have had no problems with the fittings on my boat.
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I had the Seasport Deluxe. looked nice and if the Adventure had the same setup i would be very worried.
At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, an Aventure is not a SeaSport Delux.

With the SeaSports, I imagine Avon are tryiing to capture a chunk of the superyacht tender market.
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