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Old 27 October 2010, 18:42   #11
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Great set up.

Looks like the perfect getaway. Keep us informed and the pictures comming. Looks like a good project boat.
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Old 29 October 2010, 02:36   #12
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Good to see an update on your project. I put the cc in the center of my 5.4 SR with both batteries and a 12g fuel tank built in. I also have a 12g tank at the stern and a 5hp aux. The boat is well balanced and very dry in a chop. I did have a problem jumping on plane, but I am slightly underpowered with a 70hp 2s. A fin on the motor fixed that problem and didn't effect top end or handling much after I figured out how it liked to be trimmed. If you are stern heavy, you could always add trim tabs, but with a 150 yours should fly out of the water. Good luck
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Old 06 December 2010, 16:38   #13
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I am a SR6 owner and LOVE IT!!

Water Ballast System is the cats Meow!! I use it for scuba diving and while sitting still it is stuck to the surface and rolls with the waves instead of bouncing around. Once up on plain she runs like crazy! I would never disable mine.

I have a 27gal. fuel cell under the jockey seat which allowed me to install a small bench seat where the fuel tanks used to be to allow additional seating and storage.

I have a 150hp Evinrude on mine and LOVE it! There is another SR6 used by a fire rescue department on Lake Michigan with twins and mine walks away from theirs.

Warning! I installed a 12" set back plate on the back of my transom to get my prop in more desirable water. I am only running a standard shaft not a long. That is one way to overcome the going from twins to single and using what motors are readily available to you.

After attaching the pics I remembered the hatch that I installed on the front of the console that allows for a ton more storage. Couldn't get it in black but I will end up painting it.

Funny, I was out last summer and I think it was seal team 6 was here training with their monsters! We all got a kick out of both of our RIBS! And ex-coasties love what I've done to their work boats.

I did not see an arch in your photos. In my opinion it is a must. If you can see in the photos I have a pfd package hanging on the bottom side of it. Most of us on my boat are wearing neoprene wet or dry suits and don't wear the pfd but they need to be there for USCG inspection. But the arch also gets my dive flag and antennas up in a better out of the way location.

You may want to leave the tow post on. You will find that you will often be mistaken for USCG and asked to render assistance. And how can you really say no when you look so cool on this boat? I do not charge a fee but the gratuities help pay for the fuel that 150hp sucks

There is a guy in Connecticut that has an Awesome SR6 I have some photos some where but there were taken in winter and it was snow covered. I believe he had a 225 on his along with an aluminum center cabin.

Jeff
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Old 18 February 2011, 19:08   #14
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This isn't funny anymore

...especially when it affects my progress. All the snow in the NE area has slowed my progress, by crushing my "winter workshop". Yes, the boat is under there somewhere...
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Old 18 February 2011, 19:41   #15
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That's God telling you you should've had it done already!
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Old 26 April 2011, 05:41   #16
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Avon 6m SeaRider?

ProjectAvon2010,

Hey.

How's progress? I was enthralled with your photo-doc stripping the deck for a fuel tank install. Pretty bold ! How's that going? It's tough fitting all the fuel tank you'd like into this boat. I installed a 40 gal. tank under the console and forward making a seat ahead of the console.

I used my SR6 extensively with the ballast enabled for diving and have to agree it makes for a much more stable boat when sitting/anchored. The boat just settles into the water and does not bob or rock. The original intent was for rescue operations to get very close to the water to pull people onboard easily. But we aren't doing rescue.

Still, we opted to plug it up. I found that in rough water we'd constantly have water splashing up over the back transom and we'd come up from a dive to see the deck full of water... Plugging it raises the boat and keeps it there. But, with more rocking.

In retrospect - had I known - while we had the boat in pieces I'd have raised the back transom straight across. And installed long shaft. And kept the ballast enabled.

As for the rest of the discussion, I think getting as much weight forward of the centerline is best for this boat. Especially if you can afford plenty of power.


We have made double-duty use of the original arch, filling it with mesh netting to store and contain life preservers and etc.

We are seriously considering a transom extension now to make more room in the back.


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Old 16 May 2011, 15:12   #17
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Progress is SLOW!!!! Admittedly, work and life are seriously impeding my progress. I also took the opportunity to fix up my work shop. Your note is very helpful. One thing I don't want to do is start this, get half way there, and figure out that I've screwed something up. I'm still not worried about plugging it up, but I may see how I can push the batteries, gas, etc as far forward as possible. I'm also reworking the transom to be open, so the water just runs out. Floating a little higher may help me, although there a little more rock and roll when I stop. I could be completely out to lunch, but then again, I'm also a glutten for punishment.

I'll post again, when I'm getting ready to put the deck stringer's in...



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ProjectAvon2010,

Hey.

How's progress? I was enthralled with your photo-doc stripping the deck for a fuel tank install. Pretty bold ! How's that going? It's tough fitting all the fuel tank you'd like into this boat. I installed a 40 gal. tank under the console and forward making a seat ahead of the console.

I used my SR6 extensively with the ballast enabled for diving and have to agree it makes for a much more stable boat when sitting/anchored. The boat just settles into the water and does not bob or rock. The original intent was for rescue operations to get very close to the water to pull people onboard easily. But we aren't doing rescue.

Still, we opted to plug it up. I found that in rough water we'd constantly have water splashing up over the back transom and we'd come up from a dive to see the deck full of water... Plugging it raises the boat and keeps it there. But, with more rocking.

In retrospect - had I known - while we had the boat in pieces I'd have raised the back transom straight across. And installed long shaft. And kept the ballast enabled.

As for the rest of the discussion, I think getting as much weight forward of the centerline is best for this boat. Especially if you can afford plenty of power.


We have made double-duty use of the original arch, filling it with mesh netting to store and contain life preservers and etc.

We are seriously considering a transom extension now to make more room in the back.


Golden Cowry,

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Old 21 May 2011, 03:38   #18
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You may want to leave the tow post on. You will find that you will often be mistaken for USCG and asked to render assistance. And how can you really say no when you look so cool on this boat? I do not charge a fee but the gratuities help pay for the fuel that 150hp sucks
If I recall, you can't legally charge a fee unless you're a licensed Captain, though gratuities are fine (and there's a fine line between an offered gratuity and a "suggested" one.) The other worry is liability: if you take a vessel under tow, you become responsible for damage to the vessel under tow and any damage to third parties that either boat may cause.

Not saying you shouldn't help; just that you should be aware of of what you're taking on. I always help out other boaters with problems, but operate very carefully around other property.

Luck with both your Avon's;

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