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Old 15 October 2005, 09:49   #1
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I've been seeing some used examples of this boat about on the web for some quite atractive prices. Was this a good model? Another thing I want to ask about is ribs with old dirty tubes. Are these easy to clean up and make them look new?

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Old 15 October 2005, 12:12   #2
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Wonderful beasties-but then I WOULD say that, I love mine to bits. Tube cleaner is easily available-make sure you follow the instructions though!
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Old 15 October 2005, 12:13   #3
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Only a matter of time before you hear, "best rib ever." I happen to own one, so that's my opinion!

Seriously though, they are widely considered to be very seaworthy and well built. I've only owned mine for about a year, and haven't really had it out in any nasty conditions. I'm sure I will though. My 5.4 does have a tendancy to chine walk at high speed (80hp 2 stroke).

Tubes will generally clean up with elbow grease and proper products. I like the 303 stuff myself. My boat is an ex-US Coast Guard, nearly 20 years old with original tubes in great condition.

Assuming the tubes are in decent shape, it would be tough to go wrong with a Searider. Just beware of whatever outboard is hanging off the back. That's where you could easily go wrong...
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Old 15 October 2005, 12:16   #4
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Only a matter of time before you hear, "best rib ever." I happen to own one, so that's my opinion!

Seriously though, they are widely considered to be very seaworthy and well built. I've only owned mine for about a year, and haven't really had it out in any nasty conditions. I'm sure I will though. My 5.4 does have a tendancy to chine walk at high speed (80hp 2 stroke).

Tubes will generally clean up with elbow grease and proper products. I like the 303 stuff myself. My boat is an ex-US Coast Guard, nearly 20 years old with original tubes in great condition.

Assuming the tubes are in decent shape, it would be tough to go wrong with a Searider. Just beware of whatever outboard is hanging off the back. That's where you could easily go wrong...

yep...

Amazingly seaworthy-I took mine across the shambles bank in a force 6...6 foot whitecaps,wind against tide. Wasn't fun but it wasn't worrying...
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thanks for the info. I am probably looking at the 4metre or maybe 4.7 at tops. I have seen a 4m with a Mariner 60 on the back. Looks great, would this go well?
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Old 15 October 2005, 13:50   #6
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Depending on how your setup a 4 meter with a 60 is a death machine I think. I have a 50hp and have just set it up to do 38mph which gets unsteady. Any speed above 36mph I noticed the 4 meter searider starts to float odd and chine walk.

Other than the speed mine feels bomb proof in the rougher conditions. Its almost silly how tough yet small it is. I wish I had a 5.4 Searider though

I personally like the flooding hull setup also. When at rest the boat does not bob around so much.
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Kent Scouts have a 4m Avon Rib (cant remember exact model but its about 10 year old) with a yam 30 on it. On flat water it can outrun my 5.4 /90 ! Although as soon as any chop picks up you would wish you had gone for the 5.4
Maybe I am biased cos I have one, but in my professional and humble opinion they take some beating.
My boat is 22 years old, on its original tubes which are looking a bit tatty, and still it has years left in it. Not sure about a wolf in sheeps, but its more like Mike Tyson in a Les Dawson.
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thanks for the info. I am probably looking at the 4metre or maybe 4.7 at tops. I have seen a 4m with a Mariner 60 on the back. Looks great, would this go well?
Be aware that a 4m searider is only rated for up to 50hp by Avon. I suspect that insurance may get a bit funny about it if an asesser has to look at your boat.
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If you want to clean the tubes then contact Mike from Herne Bay (he posts as Mike), he has Spray9 which in my opinion is the best cleaner for tubes.
I have seen the results of this on several RIBS and it brings the tubes up like new.
It is inexpensive as well
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Didn't Olly have a result using the rib-revive stuff from rib shop?

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