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Old 06 July 2006, 05:16   #11
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I'm not sure (1) what level of support you think you will need. If the boat is built properly it shouldn't need much "aftercare". Probably the thing that needs looking aftersupport is the engine and any dealer should be able to do that. (2) do you actually find you get decent support from your local dealership for your avon/zodiac? I have always felt they knew very little, and were only interested in their commission for the sale - afterall they are sales people not boat builders.

i did have a few problems with my previous Zodiac SIB which MGA sorted with out a problem

the avon do have good warrenties 10 on tubes 5 on hull and seams

although i have not had problems with it until now (previous thread )
but it is 6 years old

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Old 06 July 2006, 05:38   #12
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In my experience, which.....

.......counts to 5 Zodiacs in 8 years, I guess you can guage my response.

The only thing that troubles me, is your desire to garage it. I also have a double garage, standard size I guess, but there was no way I was getting my Medline I 480 in there. When I had a 380, that just just just about made it, however, the 380YL soon went as it was not a decent family rib for much more than beach hoping.

As for bench seating or Jockey, the argument (discussion) has been had amny times. The conclusion is always in favor of the jockey when hitting the rough stuff and I'd agree, however, I've seen many a jockey set up rib turn back before my bench style med. O.K. I'm not as comfortable having to stand all the while, however, when at rest eating our butties, who has the last laugh.

You'll probubaly find the Medline just right, there are a few about but they tend to get snapped up pretty quickly as they cater for many requirements. I sold my 1999 with a 70 yam 2-stroke for 9k about 2 years ago. It recently reappeared on the net for the same price and sold for 8500.

If you buy well you can make money as I have done. I have a million pictures of most Med's so if you want any or need additional advise, please, feel free to ask.
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Old 06 July 2006, 06:07   #13
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Thanks MeMe

I have experience of the Medline your 11(saw that on saturday and have spoken to you before ) and i think one of your eariler ones, mate of mine called Kirk bought one of a guy on the warren with 70/75 hp suzuki !!

was that you ?

i do like them as they seem to have good sea manners but i belive are a heavy boat for there size ?


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Old 06 July 2006, 06:10   #14
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garage it

As for that bit it refers only to the winter storage and i was thinking draw bar removed tubes deflated

managed to get the avon in on tralier complete with drawbar and a workbench behind it !

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Old 06 July 2006, 06:49   #15
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No not me........

.........but maybe you got the engine wrong, mine was a yam 70. It found a new home on Angelsey. I was the first on the Warren with a Medline, now there are 5 - common as muck......

Yes they are heavy for their size but the compromise comes from lots of locker space, inboard fuel tank and comfortable seating. My Med I with the 70 would top 30 mph without a problem. My Med II hits 45 with ease. I cruised all theought the RIB Raid with a full tank (240 ltrs) freinds and loads of kit, at 40mph all day long.

I suppose if you deflate the tubes, remove the draw-bar and chissel a bit out of the back wall, the 480 Med I might just fit.

Keep us posted.

Nauti Bouy's Avon is also a cracker, quite pricey in my opinion (but he's loaded anyway) but a beautifulk looking bit of kit, perhaps just one step along (I refraine myself from saying "up"), from the Medline which has not been updated in many a year.
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Old 06 July 2006, 07:34   #16
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Avon 580 dl

thats of the things that i like on the Avon is the sleekness (?) on the rig it sort of looks sexy in rubbery way !
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Old 06 July 2006, 16:20   #17
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his version
got the med 1, if you like balls out speed, the standing and sitting driving position are crap, and the passagers will sue you for bruised bums but the versatility of the layout is great for the family

her version
its a great little rib fast enough for bouncing over the waves and comfortable enough to pull up on the beach put up the bimini and crack open the picnic, the blue and white stripped cushions makes you stand out on the beach and she is very comfy for just laying around on sunbathing, go on get one.

i wanted the speed, she wanted the comfort, the trade of was no boat or a med 1....

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