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Old 04 October 2011, 03:25   #1
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Avon Searider Deluxe (?) console conversion

Hello there,

I've just bought an SR4, which has the 4 "porn" seats, bonnet, dashboard & windscreen - which I assume is the deluxe model. It does, however, have the s/s struts for the transom to the deck, so appears to have a ply/GRP floor - I read this was not normal for a deluxe somewhere... anyhow.

I cannot live with the setup and will be converting to a console over winter.

Does anyone have advice on this? Having not picked the boat up yet, I'm not even sure how easy it is to remove the bonnet neatly - I'm sure it will be obvious once I see it closely, but any pointers?

Going back to the bigger project, if anyone has done this before (I'm sure loads of people have!) please can you advise on what to do, how to do it and if there are any "gotchas"?

Thanks in advance
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Old 04 October 2011, 06:10   #2
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Check out nos' build thread here:-
Nearly finished the SR4...
N/ot sure it was a delux, although had a bow dodger
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Yes, it was a deluxe-the dash was there but the porn seats were missing when I got it.
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Thanks guys - pleased to see someone else has been through the same exercise before. I had a good read of the other link and it looks like all might be doable (with a lot of hard work!)

Nos - would it be ok to occasionally pick your brains over the coming weeks as and when I need some brain power? No doubt I'll hit a few issues along the way

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Old 04 October 2011, 18:37   #6
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All the earlier SR4s had plywood floors & stainless transom braces.

Around the early 1980s, Avon developed a moulded GRP deck, which was used in the deluxe 4-seaters and to a limited degree in some of the rescue layout boats. The deluxe versions were subsequently dropped and all later rescue versions reverted to the plywood floor with stainless transom braces.

The 'bonnet' of early deluxe 4-seater boats was grey hypalon. This would be easy to cut & dress down to the tubes. From the late '80s, the bonnet was made of a red coloured synthetic cloth (on grey toobed boats), with a nylon sort of texture, which IMO wouldn't look very good dressed back & stuck down onto the tubes. Probably better to remove it completely and make good the glued sections on the tubes by covering with some new hypalon patches.

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Thanks for the comprehensive reply, Downhilldai. So, from what I think you're saying, the bow dodger is glued on and I will have to cut i off, leaving a little bit (an inch or so?) - gluing that bit back onto the sponson. Or - I could peel the whole thing off but would leave a obvious strip along... Not ideal as I wanted to remove it but no doubt it would be very obvious after gawd-knows how many years of UV damage etc

Although I will be collecting on Sat, I am anticipating to have to do this little lot:
- Remove porn seats
- Remove dash
- Cut off bow dodger
- Take outboard off (50hp Merc)
- Clean boat until fingers bleed
- Stick remaining bit from bow dodger down
- Patch up transom/deck as much as is needed
- Rub down both
- Gel coat/paint both
- Work out how to get a reasonable price console (i.e. buy vs make)
- Work out how to fix console to deck - then do so
- Reinstall outboard
- Buy Teleflex (?) steering and install
- Buy throttle/gear control and install
- Do other console stuff (isolator/kill cord/VHF and GPS holders)
- A hundred and one other things which crop up
- Enjoy!

I think I might not get on the water until 2012. I am not going to be on a shoestring budget, but I do want to keep the cost of all this as near to 500 as possible, Am I deluded?

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but I do want to keep the cost of all this as near to 500 as possible, Am I deluded?

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Possibly, i would think that a console (unless you make something yourself), and steering will not be too far off that
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I think I might not get on the water until 2012. I am not going to be on a shoestring budget, but I do want to keep the cost of all this as near to 500 as possible, Am I deluded?
- Remove porn seats 0
- Remove dash 0
- Cut off bow dodger 0
- Take outboard off (50hp Merc) 0
- Clean boat until fingers bleed 30 for cleaners, scourers etc
- Stick remaining bit from bow dodger down 20 for glues/solvents etc
- Patch up transom/deck as much as is needed 20 for fillers etc
- Rub down both 15 for sandpapers
- Gel coat/paint both 50 for materials (thats a guess)
- Work out how to get a reasonable price console (i.e. buy vs make) New 400+? Second hand 200+50 on tidying up and shipping or DIY at least 150 on materials
- Work out how to fix console to deck - then do so 40 for s/s self tappers and sikaflex
- Reinstall outboard 0 hopefully!
- Buy Teleflex (?) steering and install 100?
- Buy throttle/gear control and install 40+
- Do other console stuff (isolator/kill cord/VHF and GPS holders) 50 on wiring and bits and pieces easily
- A hundred and one other things which crop up
- Enjoy! 50 to fill it with fuel!

have you got battery, isolator, cables etc 70
i.e. the bad news is it will cost you the best part of 500 when you add up all the little bits and that doesn't include the console
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hi i put one of these on mine not bad for the money i did build the one befor it but it cost 50 quid to get it gelcoted over it and it was very heavy the new one is only about 2 or 3 pounds in weight i glassed mine down to the floor


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Blank-Jock...item27bee15015
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