Avon 310 Rover Fiberglass

Discussion in 'Dinghies' started by Shenanigans77, May 15, 2020.

  1. Shenanigans77

    Shenanigans77 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    201
    Feb 17, 2020
    Lk St. Clair
    2003 320 Sundancer
    Twin 6.2 Mercruiser Bravo III
    I currently have a soft bottom achilles dinghy with an 8hp nissan. Came across an Avon Rover from the early 2000’s with a 15hp yamaha 2-stroke. Never been kept in the water and stored out of the sun. It looks to be in great condition. Is there any reason to shy away from a dinghy that old if it has been cared for? Being Hypalon, is 20yr old glue an issue?
     
  2. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine gs165 w Quantum HD Radar
    Achilles 350 Dink
    Nick Jackson Davit
    Cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    In my early boating years I bought older dinks because they seemed like a good deal. I had nothing but problems keeping the seams water tight due to failed glue. The tubes themselves were sound but the joints were weak. I finally went deeper on a ten year new Achilles 5 years ago and have been nothing but happy with with it.
    Carpe Diem
     
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  3. Shenanigans77

    Shenanigans77 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    201
    Feb 17, 2020
    Lk St. Clair
    2003 320 Sundancer
    Twin 6.2 Mercruiser Bravo III
    Kinda what I thought. Can get a last years model brand new achilles HB-315dx for not much more. I could just run my 8hp on that for now. Thanks for the heads up
     
  4. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine gs165 w Quantum HD Radar
    Achilles 350 Dink
    Nick Jackson Davit
    Cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    I’ve got a friend struggling with the issue now on a ‘good deal’ he got on a neighbors older west marine 11 footer.
    He wishes he just went with a new one.
     
  5. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
    Same, bought a inflatable floor 5 year old zodiac. The bottom completely fell off the first time it sat on the davits. Bought new 3 years ago, no issues.
     
  6. joeyleggz

    joeyleggz Active Member

    626
    Jan 15, 2013
    long island
    current boat: 1997 sea ray 330 express cruiser
    twin 454's efi
    Just picked up a used hb315dx 2009 in good shape for a song . I’m running a 9.9 Merc 2 stroke from my old dinghy ,tops out at 21mph, great dink ! Looking for a 20hp for it soon you won’t regret it 5A4F35FF-B24F-45B9-9AAD-26E5059FB08C.jpeg
     
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  7. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    New England & South Florida
    1976 17 Sport
    90hp Etec
    i had the exact model - it was an '08 I bought in '10 - I was NOT easy on it - was still going strong when i sold it a year or two ago - seams and material were fine - mine had a 10hp honda that moved it along nicely - planed fine with a family of 4 - that dink was a tank! Heavy as one too.
     
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