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Old 26 September 2014, 15:15   #1
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Advice on old Searider 5.4

I'm looking at buying an 1993 mil spec Searider 5.4 with a Mariner 50. It appears to be in reasonable condition (a few patches on tubes), but age of engine is unknown (but seems in good condition). Good condition trailer included.

Assuming the engine is old, but serviced regularly can anyone give me an idea of max value you'd pay.

I'm also a little concerned on the performance I'll get with just a 50 on the back - any comments would be appreciated.

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Old 26 September 2014, 15:33   #2
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Without pics it's impossible to say, but the 5.4 is rated to a 90hp so I don't think a 50 will 'float your boat'

Pics will give us an idea of value though

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Old 27 September 2014, 04:08   #3
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I have a Military spec 5.4 with a Yamaha 90hp two-stroke which is the optimum combo for the 5.4 in my opinion. A good mate has an SR4 with a Honda 50hp on the back which also seems to be the ideal combo for that boat.

In my opinion, I think you'll be disappointed with a 50hp on the back of the 5.4
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Old 27 September 2014, 06:14   #4
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avin done a SR4 from the hull upwards, my advice would be to work out exactly wot you're gonna get for your dosh, then workout ow much it's gonna cost you to get it ow you want it, n best av a couple of mogadon on the way

like Tony says, my SR4 is spot on with a 50hp, the 5.4 is considerably bigger n heavier, well it is wiv Tony on it , so I'm guessin you'd be disappointed n soon lookin to upgrade, which will start addin to the purchase costs

av a butchers at Tony's 5.4 wots up for sale, then av a look at wot you're thinkin of buyin, n jus weigh up ow much it's gonna cost you to get anywhere near were Tony's rib is
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Old 27 September 2014, 09:53   #5
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There are quite a few on this forum that run the Sr4+50hp combo. It works well for me.

I also think you'll be wanting more if you go for the Sr5.4+50hp combo.
As a minimum you'll be looking at blocking the hull(unless it already is?)

+1 for the Searider 5.4 in the For Sale section, I've absolutely no connection with the seller but would of been interested in it myself if I didn't need the extra seats.

Your doing the right thing and researching.

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