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Old 11 April 2004, 18:45   #1
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Cover for Avon Searider 4 metre

I have a 4 metre Avon Searider with a 45hp Honda 4 stroke. I am looking to buy a cover for the Rib hopefully one that incorporates the Outboard. I thought it would be easy to buy one as I see loads of 4metre Seariders out and about but apparently they are no longer in production so the covers "died" with them. Anyone got any contacts?
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Old 12 April 2004, 18:35   #2
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I have a 4.1m RIB, and am too looking for a suitable cover as the boat gets kept outside. The smallest cover I could find was 4.5m. Does nobody made a small boat cover?!
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Old 12 April 2004, 18:40   #3
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We have a custom over in our SR 4.0 tenderboat. Shame I don't have a photo with me while I am out of office. I will try to find a photo for you later on. The cover works great is a major shield regarding to city dirt and sunlight.
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Old 12 April 2004, 18:45   #4
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I use a large rectangular tarp and bungee straps to cover mine and I tow with it on without any problems. The tarp covers the bow completely so road muck is kept to a minimum.
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Old 12 April 2004, 18:48   #5
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I would have done that, but I was worried that the tarp might chafe the tubes in strong winds. Does a tarp keep out UV rays as well as a proper cover?
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Old 12 April 2004, 18:59   #6
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No chafing noticed (use lots of fixing places) and as for UV rays, it's a black tarp and it is very dark under it so if the little UV beggers get through they will have to go round and get in underneath!!
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Old 12 April 2004, 19:31   #7
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We couldn't find a suitable cover for our old boat and so had one custom made instead. Don't know of any contacts in England but the guy who made ours also was a sailmaker, so maybe you could start asking your local sailmaker, or failing that, I've also heard of people who make the curtains for truck trailers making very good custom covers. Cheap too!!!
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Old 12 April 2004, 19:34   #8
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That looks pretty good. How much did it cost (if you don't mind me asking!)
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Old 12 April 2004, 19:51   #9
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I think it was around 250 Euro but I'm not positive. It was made by a guy in Kinsale, Cork. Marshalls Marine Textiles is what they're called. Fitted the boat and engine perfectly. If you're covering your engine , be sure to cover the cowling with a soft towel of some sort. Otherwise the cover can make existing scratches on the cowling a lot worse by peeling the paint.
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Old 13 April 2004, 17:01   #10
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Have a flick through yellow pages under canvas goods and you'll find a number of firms willing to part you with your money. My local firm offered to make me a custom pvc cover for 250. A bit rich for me at the moment, but I have a big YELLOW tarp that I annoy the neighbours with.



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Old 13 April 2004, 17:08   #11
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Contact your local sail maker. The one here in Bristol made me a custom cover for my 4m Avon.. Sold it with the boat.

Was good strong and fitted like a glove. Simply left the boat with them for two days and hey presto job done.
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Old 13 April 2004, 17:35   #12
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I presume that it was a bit cheaper than the 900 Ribcraft cover? I will get an overall cover made down here when the 6.5 arrives.
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Old 17 April 2004, 04:47   #13
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Timofengland where did you see the cover for a 4.5 rib, i'm searching everywhere. Cheers
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Old 17 April 2004, 06:05   #15
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It was on boatsandoutboards.com somewhere. Come to think it of it, it might have been that one above - it's for a 5m not 4.5m, sorry!
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Old 17 April 2004, 09:29   #16
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Try Ribcraft...01935 411846....
This is my boat, a 4.8 ribcraft, they also do a 4.2 and both boats are based on the searider hull. This cover was made by another manufacturer for ribcraft, I would think it would be a small leap for them to make one for a 4.0 boat of a similar shape/design
My cover was with the boat when i bought her so i have no clue as to how much they would charge. Maybe they would put you in touch with the people that made it so you could deal direct.
Worth a try mebbe
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PS...although this picture doesn't show it the cover extends all the way over the outboard too.
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I have a 4.1m RIB, and am too looking for a suitable cover as the boat gets kept outside. The smallest cover I could find was 4.5m. Does nobody made a small boat cover?!

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