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Old 30 October 2010, 14:51   #1
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Avon Sr4 suitable for family of 4?

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I'm thinking of getting one of these boats, it would mainly just be used by myself but I would like to be able to take the rest of the family(2 adults and 2 teenage boys(13 and 15)) out in it occasionally just for fun rides and trips to the IOW. would an sr4 be suitable for this?


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Old 30 October 2010, 14:54   #2
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Hi,

I'm thinking of getting one of these boats, it would mainly just be used by myself but I would like to be able to take the rest of the family(2 adults and 2 teenage boys(13 and 15)) out in it occasionally just for fun rides and trips to the IOW. would an sr4 be suitable for this?


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Not really. OK, just, for four teenagers, but in other than flat water it would be a chore.
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Old 30 October 2010, 15:26   #3
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Not really. OK, just, for four teenagers, but in other than flat water it would be a chore.
Agreed.

You'd be able to seat 4 prople in an SR4 Delux on back to back bucket seats, but there's not much room for anything else on board and the ride wouldm't be very comfortable in Solent conditions.
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Thanks for the quick responses, looks like I'm going to have to re think. what else might be worth looking at for about 3000?
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Not always the case...

I have run four 4m seariders in total, and I have taken 4 adults regulary laucnhing at the top of Southampton water to Isle of Wight, Lymington, Portsmouth and all sorts of water sports.

Go for max 50hp and centre console, seat two on console and one on either tube and will be fine. Yes if you get wind over tide will be a bit uncomfortable, but having been out in a Solent 6.5m RIB which could not even get on the plane in the same conditions, I would take the searider anytime.. and is a cracking boat to drive.

Also depends what prop you run and get a 50hp 3 or 4 cyl 2 stroke with powertrim and electric start so can adjust underway.

I have been out with some larger boats 5metre boats and they have been left behind..

Don't get a 40hp with 2 cylinders and manual trim or you will struggle!!
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but having been out in a Solent 6.5m RIB which could not even get on the plane in the same conditions, I would take the searider anytime..
Was your Granny helming the 6.5?

Owning a 7m Vipermax and a 4m SR and having owned a 6.5m Vipermax, I can confirm that the above is a load of bollox.
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That may be your opion..

Well Mollers, do you want to see the photos of going from Southampton to the Isle of Wight?
Fishface14 asked for opions.. and maybe doesn't have a budget for a 7m RIB..
I have owned 4m, 4.7m, 5.4m and 8.4m seariders.. and for 3000 or so you can't beat a 4m searider.. for 20,000 sure go for a 7m RIB but not a solent RIB as they are not very good!

I have also been out in a 5.4m Avon Searider in the middle of the Atlantic, and the middle of the Indian Ocean so know they are good boats.. how far offshore have you been Mollers?

Oh and for information when I was 15 and had a budget of 600 I used to launch at Marchwood and go across to the Isle of Wight in an 11ft Dell quay dory with a mariner 25hp, with 3 or 4 people, so to go in a 4m Searider is not such a myth...

Also Fishface14 have you seen:

The 4m Round Scotland RIB Challenge is set to provide the ribster with one of the greatest and most unique challenges possible - to circumnavigate Scotland and its isles from Inverness to Inverness in 4 metre RIBs.

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RIB International, the organiser of the event, will be entering a 4m Avon Searider. This is the very same craft that Michael Alexander and Richard Frere employed 20 years ago, when in 1998, they achieved the accolade of being the first people to complete the 500 mile course in a RIB. This achievement in turn gave birth to the most famous RIB challenge of all time, The Round Scotland RIB Race.

Have you achieved that in your 7m RIB mr Mollers?

No thought not..... but remember me going to the Isle of Wight from Marchwood a distance of what 8 miles... in a 4m RIB is BOLLOX...

So to the thread starter Fishface14, maybe ask on hear for someone to take you out in a 4m searider..

I have recently bought a 4m Flatacaft of ancient origins and have a tiller steered Yamaha 25 for it and will be going to the Isle of Wight from Southampton.. granted when they cancel the Red funnel ferries due to the weather, I probably won't go either because that would be stupid.... but I am sure Mollers in his Vipermax will be there, taking his Granny out for some wave jumping action.

And as both my Granny's are dead, if they were helming then as you say indeed
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Was your Granny helming the 6.5?

a load of bollox.
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Fishface14...

What is your budget?
Where you launching from?
How often will the family be joining you?
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You inferred that a 4m SR is somehow superior in sea to a 6.5m Solent, this is bollox and of no help to the OP whatsoever.
I won't bother to comment on other guff.
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