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Old 18 June 2004, 11:26   #1
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20" or 25" shaft lenght for my 4,7m Searider?

Hello,

A very competent forum, you have here! Found it today, and there are even some Avon Searider owners...great.

I own a Avon SR470 and think there is a problem with the outboard shaft lenght. I mounted a "long-shaft" '76 Mercury 500 with 20" shaft. But it seems i can't get the anti-cavitation plate down enough. All i can get is about 2" above the keel. Mercury recommends anti-cavitation plate and keel at the same height. I also get some water into the boat from behind when planing. I cannot mount the motor down any more.

Is it possible i need a 25"?? I could not believe that. Do i have just a bad boat-outboard combination? Or is it normal with the searider to have the motor that high on the transom?

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Old 18 June 2004, 12:57   #2
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Martin, can't believe you need an extra long shaft engine on a 4.7m Avon. Measure your transom, it should be 20" - 21" in height. Have you got a short shaft engine by chance ?

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Old 18 June 2004, 13:19   #3
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Hello Pete,

It is definitely a long shaft. I will measure the transom on monday. Next week my digital camera should arrive, so i will make a photo too.

I also could not believe that i need a 25" on a RIB of this size
On the other side, to me it seems impossible to get the Mercury down any further.

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