Small boats. Right parts. Fine service. Since 1968.
Masts stretch toward our 27 foot peak, sails hoisted, so you can see how much room you'll have when underway.
Climb in. See how comfy they are! The video at the left shows how the flippers on the Hobie Mirage pedaling kayaks work.
We can show you various types of sailboats in action too, so you can see their speed and stability. "Got to move your body fast in that one!" or "Do you have anything a little less tippy?" (We do.)
Buckles, snaps, bungie fittings and other goodies. "Just what I was looking for!" Candy for sailors—and no calories.
Small boat sailing equipment: what you crave and what you need to get back on the water.
That's Tom. He pretty much does everything at Avon Sailboats. If your boat has an Avon plaque on it, or has been in for service, Tom readied it for you.
I'm Lindy. You'll usually find me in the showroom, or on the phone. I grew up with small sailboats, Rhodes Bantams mostly, which my dad built in our garage. Mom toted me to one regatta after another to watch Dad and my older brother race. I was too little to be much use to anybody. But life was good around the water and small sailboats, even if I wasn't race crew.
Then—whoosh, we up and moved to Japan, and sailing became just a promise in my dad's eyes. When life drew us home, and to Michigan, he set out to build another small sailboat, this time a Wayfarer, and I was handy.
The shop where he bought it needed help— and Dad, retired, was just the ticket. It was a labor of love.
By 1970, he had his hands full. I was away at college (studying to become something wonderful) when the phone rang.
"Do you think you could help out this summer at the boat shop?"
I answered easy. I didn't know it was a life-altering question.
Before long, I got used to showing up every day and Dad got used to my being there. I liked everything about small sailboats, and I loved the people, so I stayed.
That same summer I met Tom, and we became a team, in marriage and in business. When Dad retired, we took over.
We value honest communication, just like Dad did, and we work to make safe and happy sailors—and kayakers, out of all who enter our door.
Dad said we wouldn't get rich owning a small business, but we'd be happy.
He was right.
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