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Old 10 January 2011, 11:17   #1
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Searider 5.4 with 60hp?

I just got an Avon Searider 5.4 with a Mercury BigFoot 60 hp engine. Unfortuantly, I have not tested the boat. Does anyone know what top speed I could expect with a 60hp engine on a 5.4? My guess is around 25 mph. I understand the BigFoot engine is geared to turn a larger prop for beter push out of the hole but slower top end.

If I end up keeping this boat, I would like to go with a 90hp engine. Either a Yamaha F90 or E-tec 90. From what I have read on this site, 90hp on a 5.4 makes for a lot of smiles.

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Old 10 January 2011, 12:45   #2
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You may be pleasantly surprised-on a good day if it's set up right it should make close to 30 knots with the 60 on there.
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Old 10 January 2011, 13:40   #3
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You may be pleasantly surprised-on a good day if it's set up right it should make close to 30 knots with the 60 on there.
Thanks! That is great to know.
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Old 11 January 2011, 20:58   #4
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The best I ever managed with my old 60 was 28 kts. That was a very old Evinrude premix. Freedom was VERY sluggish if you had more than 3 peeps on board. Now she is a dream.

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Old 20 January 2011, 15:49   #5
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60?

with 60 i'm doing 29 knots (4 stroke merc)
It's ok but with 3 or more hmmmmm
buying a 90 suz now thats super 39 knot at least and 34 with 7 peeps
friend of mine has one
same boat sr5,4
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3cyl 90 opti. Awesome
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