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06-09-2013 10:58 AM
Alex W
Re: Opinions on Avon Redstart dinghy

Originally Posted by asdf38 View Post
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:

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.
06-08-2013 09:14 AM
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 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 why chance it ....stow in boat or on deck while underway--saves a lot of concern ....
06-08-2013 06:08 AM
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.
06-07-2013 11:55 AM
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.
06-07-2013 11:26 AM
Alex W
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.
06-07-2013 10:43 AM
Re: Opinions on Avon Redstart dinghy

I'd like to hear how that works for you because I noticed the LT-2 is the smallest hypalon on and 2' shorter than my redcrest, as well as newer and with a more compact looking motor mount (mine is a big hunk of lumber). They claim it stows to 9" wide.

I'm still sort of hoping that there is a hypalon out there that's just small enough to work for me. The old redcrest is probably not it.
06-07-2013 10:38 AM
Alex W
Re: Opinions on Avon Redstart dinghy

I have the Achillies LT-3+, which is very similar. I haven't used it yet though, because I've taken a liking to my hard dinghy. My Dyer Dhow Midget fits nicely onto the foredeck of my Pearson 28-2 and still leaves enough room to work around it. It's also easy to tow.

On my Catalina 25 I kept a small deflated dinghy under the dinette's table. We mostly ate outside when cruising and this worked out pretty well for storage. Otherwise it went into the deep back of the quarterberth. The Catalina 25 has a massive lazarette for a 25' boat, but the dinghy couldn't fit through the access door.

I have inflated the Achillies to inspect it and it went pretty quickly (5 minutes?) with the foot pump.
06-06-2013 10:37 PM
Re: Opinions on Avon Redstart dinghy

I just picked up a redcrest and a Johnson Seahorse 2hp for $400 on craigslist. Both are in fair to good shape. Engine started and ran with no problem. Boat has no patches but is obviously a bit old. But hey, this setup is close to $2k new.

I bought a ryobi cordless inflator which is perfect for inflating it at the side of the lake (on the boat I have a 12V inflator).

Just commenting that I thought this would fit in my cockpit locker because of the lack of transom and rigid floor- it won't, or if it did it would be really tight and difficult. I don't know what other 26' boats are like but it just isn't gona fit in mine. Of course I can stuff it in the V birth but there is just no place it's going to properly stow.

My sevylor fishhunter on the other hand takes up almost no space.

Not that big a deal, I have a lake 500' from the house this can be used on and I'm happy with the engine.
01-25-2010 12:59 PM
Originally Posted by kwaltersmi View Post
The Redcrest is the 9' version of Avon's dinghy, the 8' version is called the Redstart.
Yeah, it must have been the Redcrest -- we used to put 4 guys in it routinely, sometimes 5 even (protected waters).
01-25-2010 11:48 AM
bloodhunter Kevin,
Have had an elderly RedCrest for seven + years now and find her quite stable though wet in a chop. She came with a motor mount and have a 4hp outboard. Rowing an inflatable with no keel can be very interesting in any kind of a wind.
She lives in her bag on the cabin top just in front of our life raft. When we anchor I inflate her (using a 12v inflator for 90 pct and the footpump for the rest). It takes some time, but the whole point of our cruising is we're not in a hurry. She's relatively light so when she's inflated I just drop her over the side (first cleating the painter).
The outboard lives on the stern rail and I have a block and tackle arrangement to lower the engine slowly to the dinghy.
We bought the inflatable because my boat is not suitable for davits, and a solid (or inflated) dinghy takes up too much room on the deck. I don't like towing a dinghy in any kind of open water -- too easy for it to flip or get filled with water. We got the RedCrest because we wanted a 4-person boat (we have a large family).
I've found the RedCrest to be very well made and she's given us no problems in the time we've had her. She's easy to get into as you can stand on the fat side pontoons (or whatever the inflatable part is called) without even coming close to turning her over.
I have thought about fabricating a floor for her out of thin plywood probably in three pieces but have not gotten around to it yet.
One other thing if you are going to keep you inflatable deflated, the inflator is most useful for getting the air completely out when you want to roll her up and put her away.
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