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Old 09 July 2012, 14:31   #41
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That is awesome

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Old 09 July 2012, 14:50   #42
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a shot over the bows....
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Old 09 July 2012, 15:24   #43
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I'm a newbe here and just wanted to say what a outstanding project. I've been working a couple hr after work on refitting a old Avon CRRC and needed your inspiration to commit more time. I really enjoyed reading your site and this great thread, thanks.

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Thanks Don, It's been a struggle to get motivated at times but things are starting to come together now. Getting the Avon badges stuck on after they had been sat in a drawer for two years was a boost. Still need to fabricate some parts and fit all the wiring and fuel lines etc into trunking before fitting the engine. Hopefully have it in the water for August (2012'ish ??)......
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Love the black and battle ship grey tubes

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Old 16 July 2012, 17:01   #46
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I've been busy this weekend, while it stopped raining...
Decided to fabricate some stainless transom plates and some fibre glass deck panels.
Tig welded some plates together to sandwich the transom, then decided it would be a good idea to attach strips either side to run across the top edge of the transom. Only polished the top and inner piece at the moment as I have only got a small drill powered buffing mop at home.
It just slips over the transom and fits like a button in a chickens lip! Just waiting for some self tappers to arrive before Sikaflexing it in place.
Should be able to drop the engine on at the weekend!
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Sea rider 5.4 outboard?

OK, I know the general consensus will be for a Yamaha 90 two stroke (great power to weight ratio) or maybe an etec 90 (out of my price range..... Unless finance, open to offers) but what four stroke would be best for a 5.4?
I'm leaning towards a Mercury 80 Efl 2007 model .......
More concerned with comfort than speed nowadays.
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Etec 90 is very heavy for a 2 stroke 142 kg lightest 90 4 stroke is a Suzy I believe its 155 kg

I've been looking at new engines for a Searider 5.4 and its either going to be a suzi 4 stroke or Yammie/mariner 2 stroke opti and etecs are just two heavy

I think the engine you are looking at is 188kgs I don't think you'll get much comfort from that as its going to be arse heavy and tend to porpoise.
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OK, I know the general consensus will be for a Yamaha 90 two stroke (great power to weight ratio) or maybe an etec 90 (out of my price range..... Unless finance, open to offers) but what four stroke would be best for a 5.4?
I'm leaning towards a Mercury 80 Efl 2007 model .......
More concerned with comfort than speed nowadays.
Great choice would be mariner/mercury 75hp+ as long as you are aware that's at the limit (weight) and might require a small amount of ballast at the front. I had 35kg grp'd along with a bow locker up front to stop the Chine walk.
To be honest my 2001 carb mercury 4 stroke is faster than my other sr5.4 with a yammie 80hp, Tohatsu 90hp (2 smokes) and the twin 40's that came off it before.
Plus you will save half on fuel and gain on speed! Hope that helps

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