1994 Avon 3-15 10 foot dinghy...

Discussion in 'Dinghies' started by QT1, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. QT1

    QT1 Member

    282
    Oct 20, 2016
    Belair, MD
    1988 300 Weekender
    5.7 Mercruisers, Westerbeke genny (that works!), Avon dinghy w/ Yamaha
    outboard
    Just purchased from a divorce sale with motor, couldn't figure out why it would not hold air until a friend showed me the valve core to pull up, but still looses air so far within a week.
    Should I invest in replacing the 3 valves? I saw a product at West Marine that is put inside the dinghy to seal it also.

    Any suggestions? Thanks
     
  2. b_arrington

    b_arrington Member SILVER Sponsor

    400
    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    270 Amberjack (2006)
    AB Ventus 9 VL RIB
    350 Mag MPI Horizon w/ BIII
    1998 Envinrude 15 HP 2-stroke
    The best way to find a leak in a dingy is to fully inflate it, then paint it with a soapy water mix and look for bubbles. Patch any leaks you find with a like material (vinyl or CSM / hypalon).

    If that doesn't work there's probably no downside to using some leakstop. I would just check the seams to make sure they are sound; you don't want to have a seam let go out on the water.
     
    QT1 likes this.
  3. QT1

    QT1 Member

    282
    Oct 20, 2016
    Belair, MD
    1988 300 Weekender
    5.7 Mercruisers, Westerbeke genny (that works!), Avon dinghy w/ Yamaha
    outboard
    Thank you for your response and good advise. I found a website that has the B7 valves and wrench i need to remove/replace the 3 at a very reasonable price but will still work on the leak down testing with the help of a few members at our marina.
     

Share This Page

Show Sidebar