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Old 22 January 2009, 20:02   #31
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That 4m searider on boats and outboards is great and I'd happily kill you if you bought it But it is very expensive for what it is.
The thread in this link http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=26342
Is full of sound advice I got when I was in the same position. Have a read as it may help. You have more moeny to spend though
Good read, thanks JSP.

I am certain a Searider is what i want either a 4m or 4.7.

Quite excited about the thought of tracking a good one down.
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Old 22 January 2009, 20:26   #32
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Good read, thanks JSP.

I am certain a Searider is what i want either a 4m or 4.7.

Quite excited about the thought of tracking a good one down.
If you're restricted on access and storage room, measure up a 4.7 on a trailer 1st. They are quite a lot bigger than the 4m.
This might just be a comment on me being a bit throttle-happy, but I'd want to have a 70hp on a 4.7-In my opinion Seariders have just enough power when close to/on max rated HP.
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SR4M is the best!

I have a SR4M with a 50 HP Honda 4 stroke and it easily pulls my son on either a wakeboard or water skis. An ultimately seaworthy vessel and the envy of the local Coast Guard Auxiliary.
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Old 23 January 2009, 03:53   #34
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If you're restricted on access and storage room, measure up a 4.7 on a trailer 1st. They are quite a lot bigger than the 4m.
This might just be a comment on me being a bit throttle-happy, but I'd want to have a 70hp on a 4.7-In my opinion Seariders have just enough power when close to/on max rated HP.
Nos isn't it right that seariders are measured from transom to bowto give the 4, 4.7, 5.4 etc? So you still have a the cones to take into account?
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Old 23 January 2009, 07:45   #35
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an sr4 with the right prop and a 50hp 2 stroke will go like the blue blazes-i had close to 40 knots out of mine...
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Old 29 January 2009, 12:09   #38
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Avon A400

I have an 4m Adventurer with a Merc 40hp 4 stroke, & I find it fine a a family RIB, which can be handeld / launched recovered easily by myself.

It depends what you want to use it for, but for estuary / inshore family cruising it's fine.

Do think about the layout. I got mine with rear console & benchseat - this made it very stern heavy (engine, rear seat, batttery & fuel tank in an the back 40%.

I would go for something to put the weight further forward - BUT from this position I can see the other in the RIB at all times - importasnt with young children.

not the most exciting craft, and hull not best suited to heavy seas, but robust.

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Old 29 January 2009, 16:49   #39
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re Avon 400

Hi if I may put my pennies worth in

I had a A400 with a Yam 30 2stroke

both my kids and myself learnt to wake board of it (iam 15stone)

it was a very easy boat to launch and recover

it was the only Boat i have had that with a mate and myself i could spin the wheel at full speed whilst he sat in the bow and it would spin on its nose like a jet ski !!

i covered a number of fairly bigish trips in it from Phwhelli to Barmouth and back in the 2005 rib net cruise with the kids and the wife and kept up Just !

I know my wife doesnt like the idea of Jockey seats yet they are better as you use your legs as suspension and knees to grip

But if the weathers that bad the wife stays on the beach

as a family starter boat i think that its a great choice

make sure you clarify how many will use it and how regular and will they all want seats ?

I changed the Avon for a Zodiac Medline great family lay out but not the best handling rough weather capabule but it was what we wanted as a family and i have been over to Ireland and back on it last year 160 miles round trip

I have a number of freinds with Zodiac Pro 9's pro 7's Medlines and 550

if you want a small family rib and you dont want a work horse that could take you across oceans then consider the A400 or the A450 or the pro 7 for a really good Med layout try this

http://www.theyachtmarket.com/boats_...engthunit=feet


just my input

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Avon adventure

I have a 4.5m Adventure hull in white. Has been sat outside for past 6 months and the tubes are not pristine white anymore as another project kept me from using this one.
Is rated for 70hp which it did use to have on there and it was a lively boat. I have skied/ wakeboarded behind the boat no probs.
There are no patches so the tubes hold air.
2006 hull. Boat is open (although previously fitted out with seating which was transferred to another boat)
Send me a PM if interested..
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