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post #16 of Old 12-03-2012
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Re: looking for dinghy/tender ideas

Like Baboon, I am a fan of the old Avon Redcrest. I have a 1976 with inflatable seat and a removable motor bracket (no hard floor) that is still serving well as a second denghy. I got it used in 1982 and carried it aboard in a locker for years. Initially it was my main dink, then we got a hard sailing dinghy that was towed and the Avon went into a locker. It was still the only dink I carried when out overnight or longer runs like Cape Cod to eastern Maine when I didn't want anything towed (my wife would bring the sailing dink on car roof - long story). In any case, these are very long lived although I don't know about coral. Mine has survived three sons in great shape. There are still a number of them in the Virgin Islands, i know. Mine is still in back-up service today, and has never had a leak.

Mike sullivan
1985 Marshall 22 catboat
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