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svGabriel 06-05-2014 10:40 AM

Avon vs Achilles for dinghy?
I am looking for an inflatable dinghy for getting my beer to the beach on daysails/weekending. I'm looking at two craigslist options at the moment,

An older Avon for $200 with no leaks but no outboard

Avon Dinghy 10 Foot

and an Achilles for $450 where the inflatable keel has a leak and has an included outboard (with no promise that it runs)

Achilles LSI 88 8' dinghy with Nissan 5hp outboard

My initial thoughts are that the Achilles is a better deal IF I am lucky and the outboard works, or if I can repair it. Possibly can also get it for cheaper than listed because the seller discovered the air leak in the keel after listing it.

Otherwise I can just row the Avon until I find a deal on an outboard. Anyone know how that boat would row?

Any thoughts/advice would be appreciated as I have no experience with inflatables.

Minnewaska 06-05-2014 01:01 PM

Re: Avon vs Achilles for dinghy?
Those are both disposable prices. I wouldn't expect much life out of either. If you hope to nurse them along, I believe Avon parts and tubes are either difficult to get in the States, or very expensive now.

tommays 06-05-2014 01:06 PM

Re: Avon vs Achilles for dinghy?
This is the money shot Hypalon construction

T37Chef 06-05-2014 02:00 PM

Re: Avon vs Achilles for dinghy?
AVONs suck IMO, especially the oar locks. If you have to choose between only thise two, get the Achilles

baboon 06-05-2014 03:18 PM

Re: Avon vs Achilles for dinghy?
The avon is hypalon and looks to be in good shape for its age, if kept up they can give decades of service. The oar locks are not great, but better than the Achilles which tend to be flimsy, they work better but break often. Rowing either is a chore, my avon is smaller, but still a real work out up wind or in a current. Check the valves, if they are the older style (check on line for photos) they can be hard to fix/replace.

It is hard to tell what the Achilles is made of, if PVC it looks well beyond its usefull life. I am always amused by descriptions of motors like this. If it worked at all the guy would say so, if it is an easy fix why didn't he do it?

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