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Old 03 May 2021, 14:13   #1
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Which little Avon is this?

Just bought a small Avon for a tender. It is grey, presumably hypalon, has no transom, rounded stern, soft fabric bottom, plastic motor bracket attachment points. Comes with a single inflatable thwart, held down by straps and wooden toggles, there are no mounts for another seat, It was very cheap because the valves leaked, had a puncture and was pretty scruffy. The valves were smooth black rubber, protruding an inch or so with no facility for caps. I've replaced the valves with cheap Chinese 2 piece ones, fixed the hole and it's now holding air and looking a little better.

I ask what Avon it might be because it seems to be smaller than the Redcrest I see people talking about on this forum. I measure it as 8' 6" tip to tip and while it's hard to be accurate, I think the tubes are 12", perhaps 13".

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Old 03 May 2021, 16:10   #2
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Probably a Redstart a smaller version of the Redcrest
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Old 03 May 2021, 16:21   #3
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Agreed, looks like a Redstart - a very similar shape to the Redcrest, but somewhat smaller.

We love our Redstart - bought it about a year old in 1999 and has been carried on every RIB and sailing yacht we've owned since as we find it such a neat package, and so well built it still looks like new despite a lot of use.
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Yep, it's a 1977 Redstart. If you can find a stainless outboard bracket for it grab it with both hands, but make sure it's the right one-there's more than one type fitted to them.
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Thanks all. I didn't know there was a smaller one. And I'm now looking for an engine bracket now if anyone has any leads. No luck with the usual suspects so far.
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Old 05 May 2021, 19:15   #6
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There's one here in the UK. Wouldn't be cheap to ship, if he will ship at all.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/303985200...IAAOSwXe9gkTxL
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Thank you Nos. I tried that link but couldn't get any result. Perhaps there's something about being in the US.
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Thank you Nos. I tried that link but couldn't get any result. Perhaps there's something about being in the US.
Ebay item 303985200694 might be an easier search, or do you mean they didn't reply?
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No, I mean I tried the hot link but got a 'page can't be found' so copied and pasted and got the same thing. Searched for Avon motor mount and had no hits.

But this is getting weird... I went to Ebay.co.uk, pasted in the number and got this: "No exact matches found
Save this search to receive email alerts and notifications when new items are available."
I have a sister in the UK, I'll ask her to look for it and make she can send it to me. And I do appreciate your trying to help!
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Its still live on ebay.co.uk
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Just bought a small Avon for a tender. It is grey, presumably hypalon, has no transom, rounded stern, soft fabric bottom, plastic motor bracket attachment points. Comes with a single inflatable thwart, held down by straps and wooden toggles, there are no mounts for another seat, It was very cheap because the valves leaked, had a puncture and was pretty scruffy. The valves were smooth black rubber, protruding an inch or so with no facility for caps. I've replaced the valves with cheap Chinese 2 piece ones, fixed the hole and it's now holding air and looking a little better.

I ask what Avon it might be because it seems to be smaller than the Redcrest I see people talking about on this forum. I measure it as 8' 6" tip to tip and while it's hard to be accurate, I think the tubes are 12", perhaps 13".

Here's a picture of the serial number and one of the boat.
Thankyou gave me inspiration ,drawn some good comments ,been keeping an eye out for a while but your post and the positive comments made me buy this one today 165 dropped off .oars ,seat but no bracket ,but i just want it too get into lunch venues
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Just bought a small Avon for a tender. It is grey, presumably hypalon, has no transom, rounded stern, soft fabric bottom, plastic motor bracket attachment points. Comes with a single inflatable thwart, held down by straps and wooden toggles, there are no mounts for another seat, It was very cheap because the valves leaked, had a puncture and was pretty scruffy. The valves were smooth black rubber, protruding an inch or so with no facility for caps. I've replaced the valves with cheap Chinese 2 piece ones, fixed the hole and it's now holding air and looking a little better.

I ask what Avon it might be because it seems to be smaller than the Redcrest I see people talking about on this forum. I measure it as 8' 6" tip to tip and while it's hard to be accurate, I think the tubes are 12", perhaps 13".

Here's a picture of the serial number and one of the boat.
Thankyou gave me inspiration ,drawn some good comments ,been keeping an eye out for a while but your post and the positive comments made me buy this one today 165 dropped off .oars ,seat but no bracket ,but i just want it too row into lunch venues 1985 model
sorry double post
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