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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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Hey Congratulations!!
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Nice purchase.

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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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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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