In November I was able to find and purchase a 6 meter avon searider. I had been looking for one for a long time. I was ready to take a 1000 mile road trip to pick one up, when this fell in my lap right near my house! Fate.
It's been a long winter just staring at it, and not being able to do work on it for the majority of that time. Now that its starting to warm up a bit, i've been able to do some work. There were alot of unanswered questions, but the important things were that the tubes held air, the deck and transom were solid, and the motors had perfect compression. When i got it, it was a complete mess. It had been sitting for 6 years, unused. There was a whole bunch of gunk (like 1/4 inch thick in spots) caked on the back of the deck near the VRO, and under the dash by the batteries. Over the course of 4 or so months, I have disassembled and completely cleaned the boat. I've replaced some stuff, but the majority of it (once the crap was cleaned off of it) is in great condition. The twin 70's now look almost brand new, and run fantastic- yes I am going to paint the covers. It will be a few more weeks at least til she's ready for the water.
Stuff I've done so far-
Many, Many, Many hours of cleaning (i'll post more before and after pics)
New Seastar helm, new seals in steering ram
there were bees nests inside the engine covers, and LOTS of these damn stink bugs that have invaded the Northeast in the past few years.
Remove and plug VRO, rebuild all carbs. The VRO had failed and filled the carbs with oil. This might be why the thick oily goop was all over the boat. I guess thats better than them sitting empty or with old gas.
New powerpack, replace misc wiring and some new SS hardware. New waterpumps, lower unit oil.
I contacted the Durajet people to inquire about the maintenance of the jets, and they spec out ok. I struck up a conversation about the boat and it turns out the guy I talked to had actually built this boat for the USMC as a test boat for their durajet contract. Interesting..
Can't wait to get it on the water...
Just one pic for now, MANY more to come!