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Old 30 September 2009, 03:29   #11
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Many thanks chaps - very helpful and no I had missed that thread re buying a used RIB

Okay have now seen one I like the look off but before annoying the seller further thought I'd seek opinion here.

It is a 5.4m Searider, ex customs, Suzuki 65hp with electric trim and tilt and Self righting equipment







Seems a genuine sale - no storage space and family grown up - he's owned it since 2001

I don't think it's anyone from Ribnet - but apologies if you are :-)

Price 3500

Thoughts???

I've seen the discussion re the eBay 5.4m so not sure on the price for this one

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Old 30 September 2009, 03:32   #12
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Does it come with the bottles for the self righting gear and are they all tested? The self righting gear if working and in good condition should be worth a few quid.
From what you can see in the photos the tubes aren't bad and hull looks clean and original.
As for price I'm not sure as not many with righting gear come for sale.
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Old 30 September 2009, 03:38   #13
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Apart from the obvious tube inflation/water ingress to deck/transom questions:-
Looks quite standard and original so not too much possible moronics with console fitment.
Decent trailer.
Could do with a bigger engine-65hp isn't really enough if you want to be an adrenaline junkie.
Self-righting kit is a bonus but don't assume it works unless as chewy said, the bottle is tested and you've seen the bag inflated.
What ar the self-drainers? Pic doesn't look like they are elephants trunks.

Personally-and only personally-I'd be seriously looking at it, but trying to beat them down a bit with a view to selling the engine and using your remaining 1500+engine sale money to put a Yam 90 on it.



The ebay 5.4m is a bit of an unknown and needs treating as such-it could be fantastic, but it could also be a wreck-see Tim M's SR4 for an idea of what can be wrong when people mess...holes in the deck, rotten floors etc etc...
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Old 30 September 2009, 03:49   #14
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Okay Elephant Trunks - off to do a quick forum search now!!

I'll check how the self drainers work without these

Will the 65hp keep us happy in the short term - hubby and son not so keen on speed as mum!! but at least I guess this allows us to grown into it.

The boat is down in Devon - so need to be fairly sure we will buy it before dragging hubby down there ... moaning and groaning about distance

Thanks again - really appreciate all the advice and suggestions

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Old 30 September 2009, 05:36   #15
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Okay Elephant Trunks - off to do a quick forum search now!!

I'll check how the self drainers work without these

Will the 65hp keep us happy in the short term - hubby and son not so keen on speed as mum!! but at least I guess this allows us to grown into it.
Probably-Ollyit's 5.4 isn't too bad with a 60hp on it though it'll be a bit underpowered with 3 aboard,

3 up will be a tight squeeze on the standard jockey console btw.
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Excellent - I guess we can always add an extra seat at some point - currently we all squeeze on a 4m SIB (no seats!!) with 25hp - that scares the family enough - so I'm guessing this will be as much fun but with the potential to be better when we upgrade the outboard??

As long as we can get on the plane then speed currently is less of an issue - or do you feel planing maybe a challenge with three on board?

Thanks for all the time you are taking to help Nos4r2

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Looks a good buy. The 65hp could be a bit to under powered with 3 on board as Nos says.
I'd buy the A frame off you
BTW, Nos knows his stuff on all things searider. Great advice.
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Excellent - I guess we can always add an extra seat at some point - currently we all squeeze on a 4m SIB (no seats!!) with 25hp - that scares the family enough - so I'm guessing this will be as much fun but with the potential to be better when we upgrade the outboard??

As long as we can get on the plane then speed currently is less of an issue - or do you feel planing maybe a challenge with three on board?

Thanks for all the time you are taking to help Nos4r2

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No prob.

It's a difficult call-It'll plane without any problem with a 65hp and 3 onboard, but the real fun stuff starts when it gets rougher than your sib will take and still plane and for that you really need everyone seated. It's at that point you start to realise that you want as much power as possible for the boat.

Have a look through my stuff on Youtube and you might see what I mean.

http://www.youtube.com/user/AvonSearider54
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The 65hp could be a bit to under powered with 3 on board .....
Remember that people who are used to big engines will think anything with 25% (or 50% in JSP's case!) less power will SEEM slow & lethargic. I did my sportsboat course (at risk of showing my age!) with 60 Hp on an SR5.4, and it planed no problem with 4 or 5 aboard. (the other one planed with half of a twin 30Hp setup 4 up after someone forgot to put oil in one of the tanks- 30Hp on a 5.4 was properly slow, but it still planed - just!) No, a 60 won't be eye wateringly fast, but as you say, your crew may not appreciate 30 Knots on their first trip!

Also most engines around that size band should bolt straight in where the other one came out, so a later upgrade shouln't be too painful......
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Old 30 September 2009, 07:09   #20
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Good point 9D280 - and worth me remembering

Off to look this afternoon!!! - fingers crossed we come back with a new toy - bit worried that I'm doing the right thing but you've all helped push some of the worries away.

Apparently she has a couple of patches that were fixed during her commercial life - - I guess worse case scenario are new tubes - gulp!!

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