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Avon Redstart Dinghies

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True inflatable dinghies have no solid parts, like transoms or v shaped GRP hulls. They are 100% inflatable, which allows them to be stored in a small space like a lazarette locker. They may have solid slats for floorboards, but these are removable for storage. The problem with an inflatable like this is speed. Most of them are supplied with oars and a small outboard bracket.

Inflatable dinghies are made from a fabric coated with either PVC or Hypalon. Hypalon is more expensive, but gives the fabric extra durability and protection from the sun. The Hypalon coated fabric is more flexible than the PVC coated material making it easier to fold. The flexibility of the fabric ads to durability.

Avons Redstart dinghy is the smallest in the Avon range at 8ft long and is made with the Hypalon coated material. The Avon inflatable dinghy range includes the Redstart and the 9ft Redcrest. Redstart is not new, it has been around for decades but has gone through a facelift keeping it in the premium product position.

One of the features of the Redstart is the inflatable thwart or rowers seat. This takes a little getting used to as the rower feels a bit wobbly, but some users prefer this to a solid seat, and the seat provides additional buoyancy.

The Avon inflatable is expensive and costs twice that of the cheaper PVC coated dinghies and you will need to decide if the durability is worth the price. The Redstart is 8ft long by 4.3 ft wide, weighs 41lbs, and is rated for 3 persons & 661lbs. the max engine is 3HP. When folded the redstart fits into a valise which can then be stored in a locker.

Length Beam Weight Capacity Max Engine Max
Overall Overall Boat Persons Payload Tiller Performance
ft/in m ft/in m lbs kg lbs kg hp kW mph kph
Redstart 8’0” 2.44 4‘4” 1.31 41 19* 3 661 300 3 2.2 - -
* with slatted floor
Avon Redcrest

Standard features Avon Redstart Dinghies

  • Inflatable thwart and retainers
  • Slatted deck
  • Tough raised profile rubstrake
  • Rowlocks / Oarlocks
  • Wooden jointed oars
  • Fibreglass outboard engine bracket
  • Towing bridle patches
  • Bow handle
  • Lifelines
  • Boat valise
  • Bellows

  • Repair Kit
  • Owners manual

Avon Redstart Dinghies - Main optionnal accessories

  • Air deck
  • Lifting fitting kit for twin arm
  • Additional fiberglass seat kit

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1 Comment

  • Comment Link Wouter Monday, 16 April 2012 19:22 posted by Wouter

    What is the size of the Redstart deflated, folded and inside its valise for storage?

    Thank you.

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