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Old 30 March 2006, 00:55   #1
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just saying hi

I am a new owner of a used avon searider and wanted to intro duce myself. I have read a lot of good info on this sight and wante to just say thanks for a lot of helpfull info.
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Old 30 March 2006, 02:51   #2
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Congratulations. Is it an ex-coastguard one? Post some pics. I'm working on a sr5.4 right now myself. I got it in January.

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Old 30 March 2006, 08:00   #3
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Yet another Yank - maybe they really are waking up to Ribs at last!!!

Yes hurry up and post some photos please.

Avons are great boats - maybe I am biased as I live about 10 miles from the factory.

Avons leisure site is crap but they commercial/miltary website is much better.

http://www.avon-workboats.com/

Seems Avon are the leaders in River Rafting as well.
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Old 30 March 2006, 11:04   #4
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Avon Repairs

I have several metres of orange Avon boat making/repair material on a roll. How can I tell what type of material it is and is it of any use to anyone on this site? If so what is the value per square metre?
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Old 30 March 2006, 21:39   #5
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I just purchased a used searider 4m yesterday

hello ribnet members. I just got myself a searider 4m yesterday and now i want to restore it with a product called tuff-coat that you paint on in a two step process. so i was wondering if any of you have tried this specific product and what your experiences with it were? i also seem to have a slowly leaking front valve and wonder what's the best remedy for that. any and all comments welcome and appreciated!
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Old 30 March 2006, 22:32   #6
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Hi GaviotaPete,

I used to live in Santa Barbara. Launch a 10' inflatable from there for... well you know.

I have no experience with this product but I think the general feeling is painting hypalon tubes should be avoided unless they absolutely need them. If your toobs look decent but your trying to make them look "better" or "like new" you'd probably be better off not painting them. Well thats my take at least. PVC tubes however would probably be the ideal candidate. Your Avon boat would have hypalon tubes unless it was somehow retubed in its life which is highly improbable.

Welcome to rib.net Maybe one of these days I'll run into you up there.
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Old 31 March 2006, 12:17   #7
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thanks for the advice boatster. hope to see you in the water
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Old 31 March 2006, 13:38   #8
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Yet another Yank - maybe they really are waking up to Ribs at last!!!
Or, at least, the Internet.

LTF; congrats on the boat. Welcome to the forum.

Gaviotapete: Might check this place out; it's right down the road from you in Ventura:

http://www.inflatableboatspecialists.com/

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Old 31 March 2006, 13:55   #9
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thanks jyasaki. any advice on the feasibility of beach launching
singlehandedly? i've got 16" wheels on the transom and i'm wondering
if i'll be able to drag a searider4 with a 2stroke 40hp on the back?
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Old 01 April 2006, 09:03   #10
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Welcome from another US member. Nearby (relatively) to boot. I'll have my SR 5.4mR down in Newport a bunch this summer for regattas. Where in RI are you?

I suddenly feel like an old-timer here, with all the new US RIBbers showing up all of a sudden, lots with Seariders too!

BTW, I think you're out of your gourd if want to beach launch that boat by hand.
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