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Old 01 May 2011, 06:42   #1
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Avon SR4 ski towing

Hi everyone,

I'm the new proud owner of a very old Avon sr4 and Evinrude 50hp. Seating layout is custom, but similar to the 'dutch porn star' rig that people talk about on here!

I picked it up for a song and obviously intend to make sure it is seaworthy etc, probably including the addition of a little 2hp aux!

I'd like to be able to tow a skier behind it. Does anyone have experience of how to attatch said skier? Ideally I'd like to get an a-frame, but I gather from other posts here that it might not be strong enoughon such a small boat? What other options are there?

I guess I'd want to stick a cork in the flood chamber too so it could get toskiing speed more quickly? Does anybody know exactly how big the flood chamber is so how much of a difference it would make?

Thanks very much in advance!



Any other hints warmly appreciated!
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Old 01 May 2011, 07:55   #2
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A frame is good.
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Old 01 May 2011, 08:29   #3
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Thanks Mollers!

Which part of the boat is yours attatched to? Is it bolted to the transom, and have you needed to stengthen it at all?

Do you plug up the flood chamber too?
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Thanks Mollers!

Which part of the boat is yours attatched to? Is it bolted to the transom, and have you needed to stengthen it at all?

Do you plug up the flood chamber too?
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This is the frame on a 'dry' fit prior to powder coating.
Yes, the flooding hull is blocked.
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Old 01 May 2011, 15:58   #6
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Cheers. As I suspected it looks like a fairly sturdy frame. My deck is a slightly different shape to yours so I guess I'd better talk to a boatyard about how best to fit it.

It would be great to know if anyone has built/fitted one or has an old one.
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