Avon Sailboats

Small boats.  Right parts.  Fine service.  Since 1968.

About your sailboat

If the links at the top right do not provide the information you need, call us. If we can't answer your question, we'll try to point you in a right direction.

You found/bought/inherited a small sailboat,

and don't know what kind it is.


Is there anything on the sail?

Sail Insignia

what picture is on your sail?About a quarter of a way down from the top of the sail there should be a picture of something; that's the sail insignia. If the sails are the right sails for the boat, the sail insignia will identify what kind of boat it is. This sail has a picture of a sunfish, indicating it's a Sunfish sailboat. Other pictures can be identified in this excellent source of insignias:

Sail Insignias

Email webmaster@avonsailboats.com to request it. Thanks!

Is there a serial number on the boat?

HIN number

If the boat was manufactured after 1972, it should, by law, have a twelve digit Hull Identification Number (HIN) engraved/embedded on the transom (the back/rear-end of the boat). The first three letters identify the manufacturer. Visit the U.S. Coast Guard's Boating Safety Resource Center, look under "Recalls and Safety Defects," then choose "Manufacturers Identification." Enter what info you know into their searchable database, or browse.

The last two digits are usually the year the boat was built.

If there is no HIN number

Look for a plate or sticker on the boat which might indicate a builder's name, state, or anything about the boat.

There may be a state licensing number on the bow: in Michigan, this number starts with MC and is usually displayed in stick-on letters on both sides of the bow (front) of the boat. If the boat is/was licensed, there was a registration (like a car registration) issued to the owner. That registration paper may hold some info about the boat.

Browse photos

There are many board boats which look similar to a Sunfish. Browse a
list of small board boats with links to photos

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