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Old 03 November 2013, 06:06   #111
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It's just what all those hours you spent on the hull, console, stainless and tubes deserves Col. Look forward to hooking up with you around the Straits somewhere early next year in my SR....and if Chris Caton gets his out too, we'll have a mini 'convention' without a piece of gaffa tape in sight!

Three bright and shiny SR's; whatever next?
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Old 03 November 2013, 06:07   #112
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It's just what all those hours you spent on the hull, console, stainless and tubes deserves Col. Look forward to hooking up with you around the Straits somewhere early next year in my SR....and if Chris Caton gets his out too, we'll have a mini 'convention' without a piece of gaffa tape in sight!

Three bright and shiny SR's; whatever next?
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Old 03 November 2013, 06:34   #113
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Picked up my Searider from Liverpool Power Boats last week, they have just fitted a new Evinrude 90 E-Tec.
Took the day off work on Friday as the wind had dropped around Holyhead Anglesey and went out to play!

First impressions of the E-Tec is that it has hell of a kick, the power is there as soon as it clicks into gear. I have the hull blocked off but it's still a heavily built and loaded boat and although the old engine was good, the E-Tec power is instantaneous. The 17" Aluminium prop was fitted as a starting point and will be replaced with stainless next season but still pushes onto the plane in seconds. Acceleration is better than my old 90hp 2stroke but top end is down from 47 to just over 41mph. Hopefully I will pull back a bit more top end when swopping props. Wake boarding was good with the old setup but should be even better with the improved bite that this seems to have.

It's also exceptionally quiet, more like a smaller four stroke and even at 5k it's not loud. Should make listening out for the VHF a lot easier than before!

Also noticed that the E-Tec has a better/bigger steering lock to lock and seems to be slightly further back from the transom than the engine it replaces which gives me a lot tighter turning circle than before. So much so that it nearly turns on it's self which took me by surprise at one point as I nearly fell out.... There's a lot more effective trim on this engine than I have ever had before which is interesting. It gives a lot of scope and I found I could trim it out a ridiculous amount before it let go, well off the gauge which might need looking at. Might even be able to lift the engine a hole but will have to wait until next year before I can play out again.

Still cringing at the amount of money I have just spent but am determined to enjoy it next year, round Britain???
Nice looking combo! Any idea what kind of consumption(Liters/hour) you get in the speed range 26-29 knots? Have been offered silly money for my yam, can swap to a good used Etec or optimax without any cash between...so considering to do or not to do...
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Old 03 November 2013, 09:02   #114
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Now that's a nice looking searider!! Good effort
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Nice looking combo! Any idea what kind of consumption(Liters/hour) you get in the speed range 26-29 knots? Have been offered silly money for my yam, can swap to a good used Etec or optimax without any cash between...so considering to do or not to do...
I didn't really take much notice of the fuel consumption but I had to drain the inboard tank completely of premix before having the E-Tec fitted and only put exactly 20lt in to get it up and running. Spent a couple go hours wave jumping and a few runs in the harbour upto max then dropping down to 3000 to cruise before heading back to the trailer. There is still fuel left in the tank, I was trying to run it dry but ran out of time. Will pump it out after winterising it later this week. It's certainly better than the 90 it replaces and am looking forward to hooking it up to a Lowrance to get the exact figures next season.
It will give me something to read at the Gazelle while I'm enjoying the pint Barrowboy will be buying.......
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Thinking of a refit over the winter, possibly some sort of shock mitigating seating?
Home built of course....
Quite like the look of this, at least it's the right colour, I'm sure there's an old mono shock in the workshop somewhere!
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It will give me something to read at the Gazelle while I'm enjoying the pint Barrowboy will be buying.......
....whilst always remebering that it's a 'challenge', not a 'race'
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Thinking of a refit over the winter, possibly some sort of shock mitigating seating?
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Quite like the look of this, at least it's the right colour, I'm sure there's an old mono shock in the workshop somewhere!
Liking that very much!!
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Old 05 November 2013, 04:32   #119
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I didn't really take much notice of the fuel consumption but I had to drain the inboard tank completely of premix before having the E-Tec fitted and only put exactly 20lt in to get it up and running. Spent a couple go hours wave jumping and a few runs in the harbour upto max then dropping down to 3000 to cruise before heading back to the trailer. There is still fuel left in the tank, I was trying to run it dry but ran out of time. Will pump it out after winterising it later this week. It's certainly better than the 90 it replaces and am looking forward to hooking it up to a Lowrance to get the exact figures next season.
It will give me something to read at the Gazelle while I'm enjoying the pint Barrowboy will be buying.......
OK thanks, sounds good!
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Old 02 January 2015, 05:29   #120
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Happy new year! Excellent Job.. I am trying to find a same avon 5.40 and i will follow your guide as a holly bible.. At which point is the project by now?

Shock Seating?

Gongrats!!
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