Good evening all - newly joined member here. After lusting after boats in general, RIB's in particular and SIB's not really at all for a while, and deciding all boats were out of budget, I just made a rash decision and bought an old Avon 3.2m SIB and a cosmetically scrappy 1997 Honda 4 stroke motor for £850 via Facebook marketplace.
I've taken her out already at the weekend - engine was faultless, fired 2nd pull then 1st all day when warm, all tubes are still separated by baffles and hold air, and nothing leaked water. If not a bargain, it seems so far at least it's not been a waste of money and has been an awful lot of fun and excitement.
I'm still not sure what I've bought though. The identifier plate is missing from the transom - from a fair bit of online research the closest I can find is this:
Avon S100 Inflatable Sports Boat- For Sale
Which leads me to believe I have an early 90's Avon Sportboat S100 rated for 10-15hp. Can anyone confirm? Pic of my boat for reference:
As I'm sure you can all identify with, I have very rapidly gone from "first boat- that'll do me without any modification or repair" to having a very long list of tarting up and upgrading to get on with. First few questions if anyone can help- I've searched the forum extensively and cannot find the answers as yet:
1. It has mounting loops for what I think is called a thwart seat (inflatable seat mounted across the boat just fore of centre?) but did not come with one- any ideas where I can source one?
2. The bow dodger is clinging on to life, literally, by some remaining threads - are replacements readily available or is it a custom made job?
3. Seams are generally in ok nick apart from where the inner floor meets the sponsons around the triangular floor section. The triangle section fits poorly and unless knocked in forwards sharply a few times with wooden block and a hammer as show below (is this a good idea or a bad idea?) then it does not contact the inner floor seam evenly all around, and only really contacts where the red circles are shown below:
It looks like this concentration of stress has caused damage to the seams- I know some similar models have a permanent transverse wooden plank mounted here which is often missing and leaves a mess but this model doesn't look like it did, so I think this seam damage (pealing away in a lot of places and some cracking) might have been caused by poorly fitting the nose of the deck? Right hand side:
Left hand side:
To a layman this looks quite bad and a really difficult spot to repair - should I be concerned by this?
4. The very rear of each sponson where the transom attaches has a pealing seam in the same place on each side - looks like a stress point when folded. I ignored the old advice of never pull at a loose thread and pulled a bit. The glue seams fairly weak and was not difficult to pull a little more seam free. Again should I be concerned that glue is generally failing or is this a simple repair with fresh glue and maybe a small reinforcing patch?
Apologies for the lengthy questions - very excited and quite passionate about this little thing already and already looking forward to getting her back to as fine health as possible. Also apologies for misuse of any nautical terms - all new to me.
Thanks in advance,
(I should add, as a clearly naïve newbie, that a marine VHF, basic safety kit and a little more seriousness and preparation are the very highest on the list of things to sort before the next outing)