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Re: Opinions on Avon Redstart dinghy

I'm doing an overnighter tonight and one of the goal is to play with dinghies and see which one my wife and I are going to prefer for a month long cruise. Given that I'll bring it along and give it a try if I have time.

My LT-3+ doesn't stow much smaller than my Zodiac Zoom 230. It looks like it has more functional cargo space though, and it is hypalon instead of PVC.
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Opinions on Avon Redstart dinghy

Are you sure it's an LT-3 by the way? They only show an LT-2, LT-4 currently.

It's interesting how large the weight difference is between the 2 (7'3") at 37lb and the 4 (8'6) at 57lb.

If the redcrest compares to the LT-4, which it probably does, then I have a lot of room for improvement.
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Re: Opinions on Avon Redstart dinghy

It does not track very well while rowing but it's a good little dinghy for getting from a mooring to shore. If you are doing coastal sailing a good way to keep it ready for deployment is to place it upside down on the foredeck/doghouse and lash it down. A bit of a chore geting it over the lifelines but not too bad with the help of a halyard.
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Re: Opinions on Avon Redstart dinghy

they have no keel so they willnot track.
i found one for 100 usd here in mexico from a cruiser who didnt want it anymore--with a new wood floor and some reinforcement of the hypalon floor i have a damfine dink that will last loong time..i call these kiddy pools, as that is a great use for em in tropix---fill with water and sit in it as you do the waterlining of the boat...lol..excellent work platforms and crappy row boats and adequate with an engine--not too heavy when ye wear it as a hat, which in a surf landing you will do....have fun and enjoy it!!!

oh yeah--take out the seat and use it in swimming pools as a floatie....

and expect any towed dink to end up being someone elses as many times dinghies go away under tow..doesnt take any effort at all to empty these and re fill em....so why chance it ....stow in boat or on deck while underway--saves a lot of concern ....
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Re: Opinions on Avon Redstart dinghy

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Are you sure it's an LT-3 by the way? They only show an LT-2, LT-4 currently.
Yes, I'm sure it is an LT-3. It's listed in their older catalogs, like this one from 1990:
http://www.achillesinflatables.com/p...es_catalog.pdf

I haven't had a chance to use it this weekend, but probably will in two weeks when I'm leading a larger trip.

I don't know exactly when my LT-3 was made. It came with my Pearson 28-2, and the previous owner said that it was given to him by a family member after sitting idle in their garage for many years. It's in very good shape.

My Dyer Dhow rigid dinghy fits nicely on the foredeck of my boat and appears to work well for my wife and I, so I think that will become our primary dinghy. It's nice to be able to row, sail, or motor instead of being stuck with motoring only (or rowing in circles) like on my Zodiac Zoom.
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