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Old 23 June 2015, 17:24   #1
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Avon SR4 Searider - Weight Capacity

Hi there,
Just enquiring if anyone can tell me the recommended passenger weight capacity
of my Avon 4.1 Searider Rib? Its not got its Stern Plate to clarify this..
Its has a deep V shaped hull if that makes any difference, I have a Yamaha 25 4stroke outboard and have the usual double jockey seat and have added a igloo cooler box in line which i was hoping to use as extra seating ( stainless steel frame and seat back rests to complete for safety.)
I know they say 2 people is the norm.But I have taken the missis and my 12 yr old out so far in calm F1-F2 conditions on the Solent and it seemed to cope ok albeit a little low in the water at the Stern.I'd ideally like to add my younger 9 yr old but don't want to swamp the boat.
Ive completed my RYA training & vhf Course last September ..just so you know I'm not some happy go lucky chancer.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 23 June 2015, 19:21   #2
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I thought the SR4 was rated to 6 passengers (inc helm), Max 50HP, and 650kg load (inc passengers and engine).

You wont swamp her with 2 adults and 2 kids. Maybe will take a bit longer to clear the water in the tank especially as 25HP is on the low side for a SR.
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Old 01 July 2015, 04:13   #3
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Ref: SR4 Capacity...Thanks

Thank You for taking the time to confirm these details, I will take your advice!
The SR4+4Stroke Yamaha25 was a package deal, It would be great to trade up to have more momentum going against the incoming tide but thats gonna be expensive. Thanks Again, Much Appreciated. Paul
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Old 01 July 2015, 04:30   #4
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Just popped down to mine and the plate says:

Max engine power 50hp
Max persons 6
Max persons weight 990lbs
Max load (persons / motor / gear) 1430lbs

My boat is a 1996 rescue spec.
It has a 30hp yam 2 stroke which is perfectly adequate. As long as the hull is clean it will plane with 4 persons on board.
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