1994 Avon 3-15 10 foot dinghy...

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

  1. QT1

    QT1 Member

    320
    Oct 20, 2016
    Belair, MD
    1988 300 Weekender
    5.7 Mercruisers, Avon rib 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

    446
    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.
     
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  3. QT1

    QT1 Member

    320
    Oct 20, 2016
    Belair, MD
    1988 300 Weekender
    5.7 Mercruisers, Avon rib 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.
     

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