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Old 24 December 2013, 13:44   #1
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Avon Searider 4m

Bought an old Searider off here a year ago

I'm trying to tidy it up a bit so I spent today replacing the valve seals and rubbing down the floor with fine wet n dry also did the console.

This is where I need some advice

I was thinking of painting the deck with non slip Flo-coat & patching a few bolt holes in the transom & console then painting these with smooth Flo-coat also thinking of Flo-coat on the hull.

Will the hull mark as it goes on & off the trailer or is the Flo-coat fairly tough.

The deck is in fairly good shape other than the orange is a bit faded in places, is it worth painting or am I not going to gain much.

The tubes are in ok nick but a couple of the seams are not stuck that well one tube has a slight leak which I'll sort later.

Really don't think it is worth the cost of a re-tube so I'm thinking of wear patches over the seams & rubbing strakes to smarten it up a bit. Is this a diy job or one for a specialist? Any ideas on cost?

Might need to remove the engine to get at the transom its a Mariner 40hp 4 stroke is this something I can lift off or do I need a block & tackle.
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engine wise I would say about 75kg so two strong blokes could lift it off. make up a outboard stand for it before, then you have somewhere to put it.
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as you are in Warrington I would suggest SIT Ltd to get your tubes sorted, I'm sure they would be happy to give you a quote for re-gluing the seams etc, they have just made a new set of tubes for my SR4, the originals were well beyond fixing with glue
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Old 25 December 2013, 08:38   #4
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engine wise I would say about 75kg so two strong blokes could lift it off. make up a outboard stand for it before, then you have somewhere to put it.
Thanks 75kg is not that bad so it should come off in one lift.
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as you are in Warrington I would suggest SIT Ltd to get your tubes sorted, I'm sure they would be happy to give you a quote for re-gluing the seams etc, they have just made a new set of tubes for my SR4, the originals were well beyond fixing with glue
Thanks Chris had a look at the SIT website only 20 miles from me

The tubes really are not that bad just look a bit tatty so its more cosmetic where s/s rings ect have been pulled off.

Must say your tubes look spot on
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Thanks Chris had a look at the SIT website only 20 miles from me

The tubes really are not that bad just look a bit tatty so its more cosmetic where s/s rings ect have been pulled off.

Must say your tubes look spot on
there is another local tube company but I haven't used them so can't recommend them, but SIT are spot on, I'm sure they would be happy to have a look at your tubes and give you a quote for repairs and any additions you may want.

yes, they did an excellent job, made up with how it's turned out so far, just need to fit the engine now
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there is another local tube company but I haven't used them so can't recommend them,
That would be us. We are at Wigan so bit nearer to you.
We are ex Eurocraft so have plenty of experience between us.
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That would be us. We are at Wigan so bit nearer to you.
We are ex Eurocraft so have plenty of experience between us.
ah, knew you would be about somewhere, Eurocraft built the tubes on our 1st rib, a 5.2m Tempest as used by Safewater Training at New Brighton, a great rib
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Whit woo looking awesome, might i enquire how many sheckles would this set me back
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Whit woo looking awesome, might i enquire how many sheckles would this set me back
if you mean how much did the tubes cost on our SR4, then it's going to depend on what you want, but 2k+ would be a good starting point
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