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Old 05 January 2009, 12:04   #1
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converting a avon 5.4 to inboard

has anyone or know anyone to convert a avon 5.4 searider to an inboard diesel, i did get as far as putting the beds in and building the transom up on my old one then sold it and i never kept in touch with it so not sure if he finished it, i think it would make a very useful boat just wondered if it had been done before.
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Old 05 January 2009, 12:12   #2
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Avon build them now-I think Turbodiesel had something to do with the 1st one-and they do look rather smart.

http://www.avon-workboats.com/page/sr54id1

<edit> Here's some more info:-

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...light=searider
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Old 05 January 2009, 12:36   #3
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love the idea of one, but at 36, yep 36k a tad overpriced im sure it can be done, the hull out part is identical, just the engine bearers are the issue and im sure that wouldnt be to difficult, hmmm, i see a challenge coming up,(Nos find a decent engine and leg 250 hp that weighs 100 kgs) having said that, the cost of doing it and re sale value afterwards.
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I did daydream about it for a while too-was wondering about sticking a Hamilton jet coupled to a marinised golf GTI diesel into one but there wouldn't be any room for more than the skipper onboard...

Now, with an outdrive.... Whats the most an Alpha 1 can take? (daydream daydream...)
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Old 05 January 2009, 13:59   #5
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Nice idea but...

We use the new diesel 5.4metres on our ships.. and they are to coin a phrase.. "pants". It was bad enough when they took the 90hp engines off and put 75hp on the back.. but the diesel boat.. sluggish for sure 25.4 knots flat out 2 crew.
The MOD police have fitted new larger consoles to their boats and they look great.

Just think of all the money you will save and put a nice juicy 2 stroke 90hp on the back and forget about inboards in 5.4m's, especially a diesel
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We use the new diesel 5.4metres on our ships.. and they are to coin a phrase.. "pants". It was bad enough when they took the 90hp engines off and put 75hp on the back.. but the diesel boat.. sluggish for sure 25.4 knots flat out 2 crew.
The MOD police have fitted new larger consoles to their boats and they look great.

Just think of all the money you will save and put a nice juicy 2 stroke 90hp on the back and forget about inboards in 5.4m's, especially a diesel
That's why I was thinking of the Golf GTI diesel-it's 160hp
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Old 05 January 2009, 17:29   #7
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i'dbe looing at a VW 1.9 as well, fenomnal pheronominal phnominal err fkkn great engines. I know of one that had an inboard petrol Volvo 5 litre on an alpha leg It was scary fast and the acceleration was stunning
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i'dbe looing at a VW 1.9 as well, fenomnal pheronominal phnominal err fkkn great engines. I know of one that had an inboard petrol Volvo 5 litre on an alpha leg It was scary fast and the acceleration was stunning
I'm sure we had a discussion about liberating Jasper's Seat Leon engine for the same purpose at one point
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Old 05 January 2009, 17:49   #9
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I'm sure we had a discussion about liberating Jasper's Seat Leon engine for the same purpose at one point

Ooh do it to me bigboy! He's chopped in his Leon and got an Ibiza Cupra which is a 1.9 as opposed to the 2 litre he didn't get on with the partikewlate sensor. He's had the 1.9 breathed on and it's knocking out 235hp and if you drive it sensibly you can get 45mpg so I'm told

Thers bound to be a few of them in the scrapyard but I suspect they will al be front ended
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Hmm.... reckon an alpha would take that without breaking?
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