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Old 01 September 2009, 05:44   #1
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Avon Searider 4

Hi all,

Just been given an Avon Searider 4. Its old, but got got a nice mariner 50 on the back...

The boat has been sitting for over a year, tubes were flat but still had air in them!! Now inflated and seem to be holding air ok (over 5 days now). The boat still had its bung in so was full of water, going to replace battery and conectors. All controls and steering move freely and still are greesed up...

Turned engine by hand also prop by hand so not siezed or anything. Before i finally try to start her up for the first time anyone got any other things to check? has been stood for over a year!

Anyone know anything about these ribs? Its the model with screen (missing) and two seats facing forward (like speadboat etc, not jockey).

Although not what i was originally looking for (want bigger, around 6m) as it was free, thought it wotrth spending little/time/money on LOL

Any advice would be appreciated.

Mike
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Hi all,

Just been given an Avon Searider 4. Its old, but got got a nice mariner 50 on the back...

The boat has been sitting for over a year, tubes were flat but still had air in them!! Now inflated and seem to be holding air ok (over 5 days now). The boat still had its bung in so was full of water, going to replace battery and conectors. All controls and steering move freely and still are greesed up...

Turned engine by hand also prop by hand so not siezed or anything. Before i finally try to start her up for the first time anyone got any other things to check? has been stood for over a year!

Anyone know anything about these ribs? Its the model with screen (missing) and two seats facing forward (like speadboat etc, not jockey).

Although not what i was originally looking for (want bigger, around 6m) as it was free, thought it wotrth spending little/time/money on LOL

Any advice would be appreciated.

Mike
The searider boys will be along in a mo wetting themselves

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Old 01 September 2009, 05:57   #3
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An SR4 for free!

Get some new fuel mix in the oil and give it a try.
Mine used to have the screen and porn seats fitted but I replaced them with a console.
Good little boat but scary fast with a 60hp on the back.

Get some photos posted.
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How fast is scary fast?

And why refer to it as porn seating, or I am just being naive
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How fast is scary fast?

And why refer to it as porn seating, or I am just being naive
Sorry retro porn seating.
Not sure how fast it goes but its more than quick enough for a 4m RIB!
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Not sure what year any of it is, but the Mariner is oil injected, engine looks like its just been serviced white grease on everything. Going to ditch the fuel thats in the tank, about 20 litres... anyone know how to get rid of petrol - no good me mixing bit a time into the car-- both my cars deisel!!

Not sure how it will handle on the water, smaller than any rib i have been on and gets bit choppy down here in the channel (I go out from Folkestone/Rye area mainly, but my boat is a 23ft and its not too bad)

All going well, going to get rid of boat, try the rib and then get bigger rib.

Thanks for your help

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An SR4 for free!

Get some new fuel mix in the oil and give it a try.
Mine used to have the screen and porn seats fitted but I replaced them with a console.
Good little boat but scary fast with a 60hp on the back.

Get some photos posted.
Will post some picks later, I would prefer a console and jockey seat - how hard/costly was it to do?
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Going to ditch the fuel thats in the tank, about 20 litres... anyone know how to get rid of petrol - no good me mixing bit a time into the car-- both my cars deisel!!
A couple of litres at a time won't bother the Diesel engine, but if the car has a catalyst then the oil could harm it.
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Sorry, should have added "nice one" on the Searider. If I had an excuse for another boat I'd have a 4m Searider in a flash, and I'd keep the flooding hull.
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What difference does the flooding hull make? mine has one. My cars have the euro engines with particulate filters in.. so still going to be stuck wiith it, might add little at time to boat and use it up.. Forgot to mention came with Ringo as well.. LOL
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