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Old 06 November 2019, 10:29   #1
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Converting Avon Searider to Deluxe

Hi,

Iíve driven a lot of 4m and 5.4m seariders (tiller and jockey seat), but now I have a young family and thinking about buying or making a 5.4m deluxe with the side by side sports seats.

The old deluxe had 2 forward and 2 rear facing seats, and I assumed it could be a little unbalanced.

Does anyone have any experience of driving these deluxe boats? Is the ride quite hard with the sports seats? All advice is welcome.

Many thanks.
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Old 06 November 2019, 12:47   #2
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Hi Shearwater, lots of examples, advice and links to various Seariders here: the latest and most useful to "see feel and learn" is Harry Dwyer's one that I have linked below.
We are on the West of Scotland and I would not take a young family out to sea in Deluxe setup, hence changed ours to a jockey set up. Why? Moving around / climbing over seats in a swell is not easy and as the 5.4 m version is not wide enough for a two plus two and a side access space I would recommend a look at the you tube videos first. Best wishes Iain

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Old 07 November 2019, 14:01   #3
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Hi Shearwater, I to have a young family (4 & 9). Neither of which are overly happy with sitting down and prefer to spend most of their time stood up and holding on. However I’m in the process of changing my layout now, I’ve shortened the console down to a single seat and am creating a double bench seat along the back and a smaller single seat in front of the console. This set up won’t be everybody’s cup of tea an am aware that some don’t like the forward seats but suits out use perfectly. There is still plenary of safe floor space for walking around and standing but safe seating when needed too.
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