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Old 09 August 2016, 14:19   #1
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Can I please ask for views on this searider

I'm thinking of going to have a look at this Searider 5.4m ex Coastguard RIB. Its a 3 hour trip for me to get there and I have no experience of what to look for. The seller seems genuine and from what is described the boat well looked after.

Could I please ask for views on condition and price based on the photos (I know it is difficult). From the photo of the hull where the tubes meet, there looks to be some gaps, is this normal. Sorry for the questions I have no idea when it comes to boats ! It is either this or an ex RNLI D class I fancy !

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Old 09 August 2016, 14:40   #2
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The only thing that makes me nervous about that is the transom cutout. It looks like it's either had a new ally cap or been cut down and capped.
If it's a later one with a solid GRP transom, it shouldn't be an issue, but if it's got a wooden core I'd be looking at it quite hard for water ingress.
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Many thanks for that. If it has GRP and been cut down is that an issue? Can I also ask what you think of these 2 bolts in the bow below the d ring?
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Many thanks for that. If it has GRP and been cut down is that an issue?
No, as long as it's been gelcoated/flowcoated after.
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Can I also ask what you think of these 2 bolts in the bow below the d ring?
I think they're from an internal lifting eye that's been covered up by the home made anchor locker. Again, shouldn't be anything to worry about.
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Many thanks, much appreciated
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Old 09 August 2016, 15:55   #6
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It looks pretty tidy but have a really good look round money seems ball park but try a knock down it will help to sort bits and bobs
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Thanks Jeff. I know my way around cars but when it comes to boats I'm clueless. I'm a bit worried about missing something expensive !
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No different to cars really saw dust in the gearbox and all that, engine wise see it running in gear and out check water tell tail look under the hood see if it's clean any damage exterior including prop sea trial best.trailer looks newish check bearings, Boat wise damaged hull odd chips scratches normal wear same with tubes odd bit of re-glueing but anything your not happy with or looks expensive I would leave unless you have the skills to sort from the pics it's not that bad nos hasent throw any alarm bells out other that the transom not my field that so many of these boats are re-furbed not sure of the original design but I think whisper on here does a few his opinion invaluable as is others but if it's a goodun coastguard spec and all that great boat good luck.

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Its all about the engine make sure that is ok don't worry to much about the boat repairs they will never be as expensive as a replacement engine also make sure tilt & trim is all ok as new motors aren't cheap either check engine has a good flow of water check for leaks/cracks feel for any excessive heat put into forward and reverse when running on hose if your good with cars I imagine you would spot something iffy good luck.
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Thanks for the replies, I'm feeling a little more reassured. I've pm'd whisper to ask about the transom.
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