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Old 13 October 2016, 23:23   #1
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New toy: Avon Searider 7.4m

This is the same one that was for sale on the East Coast last year. It recently popped up for sale again, this time with a new trailer. Had it shipped across the country and it made it to CA in one piece.

A Volvo diesel AD41 sits right in the middle under the huge console. Not sure if I will keep it there or do another outboard conversion.

Taking it out tomorrow, hopefully it floats. And hopefully my 2.0 4 cylinder doesn't explode towing it.

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Old 14 October 2016, 06:08   #2
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So how was the seatrial? These things never seem to go according to Hopes & Dreams!

Nice boat though - if the inboard performed then I'd suggest running it for a while before you decide where to go...
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Old 18 October 2016, 21:42   #5
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Sea trial went good! The Honda 225 purrs.................on the tow boat that towed us back in

I spent the last few days making sure everything was in good order. Installed a brand-new Volvo alternator, replaced the trim motor solenoid's and replaced the water intake hose. Luckily this boat came with a ton of brand new parts!

The boat ran great. It corners amazing. I thought it was going to be slow with a top speed of 25 mph but I got it to 37 mph GPS. It cruises nicely at 25 mph. it was like a lake on the bay so I still need to see how it handles the rough stuff.

Out on the water after a few minutes, I put it in neutral and it would not go back into gear. After getting towed back, I opened the outdrive cover and saw that a little cotter pin fell out of the linkage. Easy fix 5 minute fix.

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Sounds like the boat handles great! Drone video next???
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Would a tow like that cost a lot of money?

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Would a tow like that cost a lot of money?

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$149/year for unlimited towing up to 100 miles out (from Harbors that have a participating tow boat)

Never leave home without my card valid! That's why you see a lot of people her forgoing trying to fit a kicker motor on the transom. Now, if your homeport doesn't have a tow boat or you live in Alaska, then you have twins or something to get home on.

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That is good value for money
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The tow itself likely would have twice what he paid for insurance. At least equal.

I one towed a large Boston Whaler (25'?) a couple of miles when he ran out of gas. The guy dropped me a couple of hundred dollars (basically all the cash he and his passengers had on them.) I protested, but he said to have the tow boat called from Santa Cruz to tow him in would have run well over $600 (apparently not the first time it happened to him.)

Yeah; gets expensive.

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Old 21 October 2016, 16:07   #11
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Yep we were close to the ramp, still in the Richmond Channel, but I bet it would have been at least a hundred out of pocket.
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It works just like insurance.

90% of boaters never use it, 5% who do use it only need to be towed a few miles, and the other 5% are the ones who raise the premiums for the rest of us.

There's no federal boating license requirement. Some states do not consider boats under 18 ft to be classified as a full-size boat, so the registration fees are cheap (my FC470 in Michigan was like ~$40 every 3 years for registration)... they do this to spur interest, and keep fishing cheap.

Within 35 miles of me, there's probably 50 boatbuilders.
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boats under 18 ft to be classified as a full-size boat, so the registration fees are cheap (my FC470 in Michigan was like ~$40 every 3 years for registration)... they do this to spur interest, and keep fishing cheap.
In California, any size boat is $20 every two years.

But, at least in my county, if it's valued at over $5000, you do have a yearly "luxury tax" to pay.
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Old 22 October 2016, 19:23   #14
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Took it out again today and was able to cover more ground this time. This heavy boat cuts through waves amazingly. We were cruising at 27 mph, sitting down relaxing, through the steep wind waves that would have beaten us up even on jockey seats in the srmn 600.

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We didn't need to get towed back this time, everything went perfect. But the bilge did get a few drops of water in it

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Kind of hard to tell but it's a waterfall at the 2 o'clock position on that transom nut/plate.
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The digital hour display decided to work today, I think a few days in the sun dried something out (heard that moisture was a problem with these displays).

125.3 hours. Not too bad. Gauge/panel and wiring appear original. Looks like this poor thing was kept on that cradle all of its life.
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It works just like insurance.

90% of boaters never use it, 5% who do use it only need to be towed a few miles, and the other 5% are the ones who raise the premiums for the rest of us.

There's no federal boating license requirement. Some states do not consider boats under 18 ft to be classified as a full-size boat, so the registration fees are cheap (my FC470 in Michigan was like ~$40 every 3 years for registration)... they do this to spur interest, and keep fishing cheap.

Within 35 miles of me, there's probably 50 boatbuilders.
I'm starting to think to migrate to US
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Wait and see if you can live with whoever is elected as the next president...

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